St John's is a Church of England Primary School
St John’s is proud to be a Church School. We aim to value, respect and nurture each individual child, ensuring children are happy in school with a sense of purpose shared by teachers, children and parents. We strive to develop children with a distinctly Christian Ethos in mind, creating a safe place to ‘Love, Learn and Grow.’
Through whole school assemblies and daily routines we work hard to reflect our 4 chosen Christian Values of Love, Honesty, Forgiveness and Kindness.
St. John's advertises, interviews and appoints children to lead key areas across school. These include our School Council, Eco-School Council and PAWS Team. (Prayer and Worship Squad) These children are responsible for the ongoing development and celebration of Religious Education and the Christian Ethos of our school.
The children of St. John's take pride in actively working together to make a genuine difference to our school and our community.
Teaching & Learning at St John's
The curriculum we offer all our children is provided through a series of planned themes, which are created and implemented by our teaching staff and in line with the New Primary Curriculum of 2014.
As a staff team we discuss and review our curriculum through 'Intent', 'Implementation' and 'Impact.'
The Intent of our curriculum is taken directly from the 2014 National Curriculum. Please click on the links below to view what curriculum coverage is expected within each year group.
We Implement our curriculum through a Theme Based approach to encourage cross-curricular learning through a variety of experiences.
The staff team worked together to review the curriculum, building links as children move through primary school to ensure their knowledge is strengthened as well as broadened.
The aims of our curriculum are:
Please look at our class pages and Twitter account @SJohnRadcliffe to see how our curriculum is based on real life experiences and high expectations.
St. John's is proud to be a Church of England primary school where we welcome Christian families, those of other faiths and those of none.
We teach RE as a discreet subject and follow Questful RE, as promoted by the Blackburn Diocese.
We review the Impact of our curriculum through each member of our Teaching Staff and Teaching Assistants being part of an 'Action Army' who work together to monitor the Teaching, Learning and Impact of all aspects of the curriculum.
During regular half-termly meetings, staff meet to discuss the Intent, Implementation and Impact of curriculum areas and work together to host whole school events which celebrate cross-curricular learning in a community centred, fun way!
Planning and Assessment and Tracking
At St John’s Church of England Primary School we follow the four part daily lesson plan format. Planning is differentiated to meet the needs of all the children. Formative assessment is ongoing and planning adapted accordingly. Intervention programmes are implemented swiftly for targeted children where necessary.
All staff strive to ensure the children make rapid progress.
Summative assessment takes place at the end of the first two weeks in September, as a Baseline for each class and then at the end of each term. The data is recorded on a tracking sheet and passed onto the receiving teacher at the end of each academic year. This allows us to track each child from Nursery to the end of KS2.
Weekly lesson plans follow the four part format and include differentiation and use of additional adults. Teachers ensure each plan is personal to their current year group, taking into account the needs of the children, speed of progress, learning styles and differentiation. We constantly review and adapt the plans.
There are consistent Phonic plans, based on the Letters & Sounds approach, which are used to support and guide children. Children are taught in groups. Assessment is used to inform which group each child is placed in. Teaching is fast paced and all children actively participate. Continuing assessment ensures progress is monitored and children move groups to suit their ability as and when necessary.
Guided reading is delivered throughout school and we have adopted the VIPERSS approach to strengthen children's comprehension skills.
We use the following reading schemes:
Oxford Tree Tops
Oxford Project X
Every child receives a book for Home Reading on a weekly basis. Parents and Carers sign their child's 'Star Books Reward Card' every time they have read, this is monitored by staff as children work towards a weekly Reading Raffle Prize.