Sherborne St John CE Primary School delivers a creative, stimulating and diverse curriculum. We do this through providing children with a balance of focused subject teaching with well planned opportunities to use, apply and develop their knowledge and skills across the whole curriculum. This is facilitated by the engagement of children’s interest through educational activities which are imaginative and inspirational.
Sherborne St John CE Primary School follows the National Curriculum framework, but where possible subjects are delivered through cross-curricular projects. Each project is introduced by a ‘hook’ to trigger enquiry and inspire learning. Children work towards an ‘outcome’, giving their work purpose and with the opportunity to celebrate their achievements with an audience where appropriate.
The following document gives an overview of the curriculum for each class. Whole School Map 18 – 19
If you would like further information about our school’s curriculum please ask your child’s teacher or contact the school office.
If you would like further information about the National Curriculum please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum
Please visit the National Curriculum Guide for Parents for more information
We follow the National Curriculum for English. At the core of this are literacy sessions during which the skills of reading, spelling, grammar and punctuation are taught in a structured way. Through the specific genre of texts for each term, the children read and study a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts. During these literacy sessions children are taught the skills of reading and writing through whole class/year group lessons followed either by an independent task often working within an ability group or a guided task working with the teacher or learning support partner.
Children are encouraged to read for pleasure and develop higher order reading skills. We have a library and organise book fairs to promote reading.
In EYFS and Key Stage 1, children are taught phonics through a structured and systematic scheme produced by Ruth Miskin called Just Phonics, which is part of the Read Write Inc Programme. This scheme teaches children to recognise and write phonemes and how to use these to blend for reading and segment for spelling.
Children are taught to apply their phonic knowledge and key word recognition though whole class and group guided reading sessions, as well as individual reading sessions. They are given the opportunity to practice their reading through our home school reading books. These incorporate a range of recommended reading schemes, such as Oxford Reading Tree and Collins Big Cats.
Children are taught to write with purpose and audience in mind. They learn to plan, draft and edit their work. Spelling and grammar are taught at every stage of the process. Reading and writing are also incorporated into all other areas of the curriculum.
Please click on the year groups for our SPAG objectives
Years 1-6 SPAG
We follow the National Curriculum for Mathematics. This is delivered through a daily maths lesson. In most lessons there is an initial emphasis on mental and oral work, where the children are encouraged to use a variety of strategies to perform calculations quickly and accurately. The main teaching activity which follows may take a variety of forms which begins with some whole class/year group teaching. Usually the lesson will end with a plenary, providing the teacher with an opportunity to summarise the main points of the lesson and address any misconceptions. The maths curriculum is delivered through a balance of practical, investigational and problem solving tasks.
The National Curriculum for science teaches scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the Programmes of Study. Pupils are given the opportunity to develop both investigative and analytical skills. We teach them to observe and measure accurately, to predict outcomes, and to classify, record and communicate their experiences.
The School is a Church of England foundation school safeguarded by the Education Acts. Religious Education in this school reflects the aims of the agreed Hampshire syllabus “Living Difference III”. Religious Education should foster in pupils a reflective approach to living and enable and enrich this process through their study of living faiths, acknowledging the fact that the religious traditions in Great Britain are in the main Christian but taking account of the other principal religions represented in the Country.
Please click here for our RE Overview
Computing in our school is taught from National Curriculum through both specific computing and cross-curricular topics. Each classroom has an interactive whiteboard and we have a bank of forty laptops for pupil use. All of our PCs and laptops are networked and have internet access, they have full multimedia capacity and access to colour printing. Children use IT in a variety of ways which include: programing, word processing, desk top publishing, spreadsheets, data handling, graphics packages, presentation software and simulations.
In History, the children study important episodes and developments in Britain’s past from ancient to modern times, learning about ancient civilisations and the history of other parts of the world. The children are encouraged to develop a range of historical skills and concepts. Chronology, change and continuity, the importance of historical sources and of differing interpretations are all important aspects of this subject.
Geography starts by giving the children the opportunity to study their immediate location, after which they look further afield. Children are encouraged to develop lines of enquiry. We make good use of the local environment, including the grounds of The Vyne.
Many of our Art topics have cross-curricular links with other subjects. The children are given the opportunity to communicate their ideas and feelings in a visual form. They will use a wide range of media and techniques. We also study the work of various artists and the techniques they used.
The Design Technology curriculum allows children to develop the skills of designing, making and evaluating products. Pupils work with food, wood, card, fabric and electrical control. This subject is mainly practical and often linked to cross-curricular topics.
In Music, we encourage the children to sing, perform and using their own notation, record the musical ideas they have developed. We study a wide range of music from all times and many cultures. We focus on listening skills and how to communicate their moods and feelings through the medium of music. We also buy into the Hampshire Listen2Me scheme.
The PE curriculum covers gymnastics, games, dance, athletics and swimming. All children from Year 1 onwards are offered swimming lessons. Each class has timetabled sessions for indoor and outdoor PE. Good sportsmanship and teamwork are encouraged throughout. We also take part in sporting events and competitions with other local schools.
Personal, Social, Health and Citizen Education
We have a comprehensive programme relating to PSHCE. This includes working on personal safety, citizenship, health and personal fitness and global issues as well as learning about Growth Mindsets. We currently use SEAL and Heartsmart as resources.
Please click here for our PSHE Overview
Our Early Years Foundation stage (EYFS) Curriculum
The year your child spends in the Foundation Stage plays a major part in helping them make the transition between home and school. During this year, the adults carefully plan activities to ensure all children encounter new experiences and extend their skills, develop their confidence and build on what they already know. Children deepen their understanding by actively investigating, initiating play and learning from their surroundings. These experiences will provide opportunities for your children to work towards their Early Learning Goals. The Foundation Stage children have their own statutory curriculum called “The Early Years Foundation Stage”.
The Foundation Stage curriculum is organised into seven areas of learning –
3 Prime areas – Communication & Language, Personal Social & Emotional Development and Physical Development.
4 Specific areas – Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts & Design.
These areas are developed through adult led activities, structured play and child initiated activities, following the children’s interests and half termly projects.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
At Sherborne St John CE Primary School, we help our children to:
- Develop positive relationships with adults and other children
- Learn to work together
- Develop a growth mindset and positive attitude towards learning to help them achieve their best
- Develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings Communication is at the heart of our children’s learning and is central to all they do.
Communication and Language
- The children are encouraged to speak and listen in a range of situations
- We provide opportunities to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselvesWe aim to develop physical development through:
- PE activities and dance – using imagination and showing an awareness of space
- Using small equipment and materials to develop fine motor control and coordination
- Using equipment to develop gross motor skills. Large movements support the development of writing through control, suppleness and coordination
- Learning to understand how to stay fit and healthy through exercise and dietLiteracy skills transfer across the whole curriculum – we learn to read and we read to learn! We write for lots of different real reasons and with a purpose so that we are interested and inspired.
- Reading – we start with picture books for sequencing, handling, directionality, meaning, talking and sharing… followed by books with text to develop word recognition and decoding skills. High Frequency Word cards are taken home to develop whole word recognition
- Phonics – learning letter sounds and names, upper and lower case to help us read and write. We have daily phonics sessions, using the ‘Just Phonics’ scheme across FS and KS1
- Writing – independent mark-making on a large and small scale is encouraged and further developed through emergent writingWe use our whole environment to help us learn as maths is all around us.
- Numbers – we focus on numbers to 20 to start, recognising, counting and ordering
- Calculating – lots of practical problems, 1 more, 1 less, adding objects together, etc
- Shape, space and measure – e.g. pattern making, sorting & recognising shapes, using sand to measure capacityChildren are given opportunities to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials to:
Expressive Arts & Design
- Develop skills in music, art, drama, dance, story-telling, role play through projects and the children‘s own interests
- To enable them to express themselves in a stimulating environmentThe world around us is a fascinating place in which we all have different and similar experiences. We use our senses to explore and our enhanced IT provision to research and support our learning, encouraging children to:
Understanding the World
- Use first hand experiences to explore the environments and people/ communities around them – immediate, local and further afield
- Develop their understanding of predicting, decision making, problem solving, investigating and observation
Assessment in EYFS
We assess our children all the time, formally and informally through observation of child initiated activities as well as planned adult led activities. Observations and assessments are recorded in different ways, eg actual work, post-its or photographs. Additional assessment evidence is recorded in an individual online learning journal using Tapestry.
During the EYFS year, each child is assessed as ‘Entering’, ‘Developing’ or ‘Secure’ against the different stages of development within the age bands of 30 to 50 months and 40 to 60 months.
At the end of the EYFS year each child is assessed against Early Learning Goals for each area of learning and deemed to be:
- Emerging – working towards the expected level
- Expected – working at the expected level or
- Exceeding – working beyond the expected level Parental SupportWhat can I do to help my child before they start school?
- At Sherborne St John CE Primary School, we see your child’s development as a shared commitment. Communication between home and school is vital and we really value our open-door policy for parents. We have a minimum of two Parents Consultation Meetings a year and each child has a Learning Journal where we record our observations and collect evidence of the child’s progress.
- We also observe each child and understand their Characteristics of Learning – Playing and Exploring, Active Learning and Creating and thinking critically.
- Share books, visit the library, recognise own name, recognise numbers, develop independent dressing and hygiene routines,
- Fun activities – playing games such as I Spy and Snakes & Ladders develops skills such as hearing sounds, reading numbers and sharing/ taking turnsWhat can I do to help my child once they start school?
- Spend time talking to your child.
- Reading books sent home with your child, discussing the stories and explaining vocabulary
- Helping them to learn the High frequency Word flashcards that come home
- Helping them to recognise letters; sounds and names, lower and upper case
- Recognising, ordering and writing numbers to 20
- Supporting accurate counting with one to one voice to pointing correspondence