The Curriculum at St John the Baptist Primary School

At St John’s we recognise the importance of the Curriculum in our Vision Statement.

We strive for excellence in all that we do, we aim:

  • To ensure that everything we do is centred on children’s learning, well-being and achievement
  • To enable our children to become successful lifelong learners who achieve high standards and reach their optimum level of achievement and progress
  • To educate pupils in all aspects of life and develop a lifelong love of learning

In order to realise this vision, we will:

  • Provide a high quality, stimulating learning environment based on a rich, balanced and exciting curriculum.

We are commited to meeting the requirements of the new primary curriculum, launched in September 2014. We have updated our schemes of work to reflect its content and challenge, using its greater sense of freedom to tailor the curriculum to match the learning needs and interests of our pupils.

Wherever possible, emphasis is placed on cross curricular learning by designing themed lessons that act as a vehicle to transfer key skills in Reading, Writing and Maths.

Key Skills

At St John’s we recognise that all subjects help our children develop their lifelong love of learning. In Reading, Writing and Maths, targets are used to highlight each individual child’s next step to success. English, Maths and Guided Reading sessions take place every morning, with Science and the Foundation subjects (history, geography, computing, religious education, physical education, art, French and design and technology) taking place during the afternoons. However, we always seek to base our learning around cross-curricular topics where relevants links between knowledge and skills from different subjects can be combined.

Over the course of the year, we have themed days which allow children to develop their skills in a more focused way. There are also educational visits and days allocated specifically to studying in our outdoor environment which reinforce the learning taking place in the classroom.

Being a Successful Learner

We place great importance on improving children’s independent learning skills, as identified by the school, pupils and parents. These, we feel, can be achieved by remembering to be:

  • Resilient
  • Enthusiastic
  • Ambitious
  • Creative
  • Hands on

More information can be found on our REACH to learn page on this website.

Each area of the curriculum is lead by a subject leader who is responsible for monitoring the quality of teaching and learning for that subject, supporting colleagues with the professional knowledge and ensuring that there is continuity and and progression across the school.

At our school all year groups, except Year R, work on a two-year cycle of planning.

Cycle 1:

Autumn A  Autumn B Spring A  Spring B Summer A Summer B
Year 1-2

Around Our School


 Space Dinosaurs Weather Florida Animals at Work
Year 3-4

Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age.

Roman Empire

Local History Study


(South America)

Anglo-Saxons / Settlement in Britain; the Viking Raids
Year 5-6 Ancient Greeks

Evolution & Inheritance

Geographical Skills and fieldwork

Leisure and Tourism

Cycle 2:

Autumn A Autumn B Spring A Spring B Summer A Summer B
Year 1-2

Friendship /

Roald Dahl

R.J. Mitchell Plants Winchester v.Waltham Chase Mini-beasts Seaside
Year 3-4

An overview of Ancient Civilizations;

Ancient Egyptians

European Study – Russia

Local Study


Year 5-6 Earth and Beyond The Mayans Horribly History of Hampshire Human Body


The Human & Physical Geography of a New Settlement


Year R:

Autumn A Autumn B Spring A Spring B Summer A Summer B
Year R All About Me Celebrations Chinese New Year New Life Lifecycles