St. John the Baptist
C of E (Aided) Primary School, Findon
Curriculum

Within a Christian context, we follow the national curriculum (2014), which forms the backbone of our school curriculum. We also include other elements that enhance and shape the children's experiences, giving them a stimulating, rich and varied range of learning opportunities.

Through well planned cross-curricular topics, the children will build upon the knowledge and skills that they have already learned. Using first hand experiences, our extensive outside learning environment, hands-on resources and technology, the children take ownership of their own learning by asking questions, making hypotheses and constructing ideas about the world around them. The challenging activities equip the children with life-long learning skills to enable them to engage with and be a valuable member of their own community and the wider multicultural society that they live in.

Early Years

In our Early Years class, a particularly strong emphasis is placed upon being active and learning through play. We encourage the children to follow their interests, to make informed choices and become independent learners. The environment that we try to create is one in which the children feel happy and confident to ‘have-a-go’ and learn through their experiences. We hope that the curriculum is relevant and challenging, but also exciting and good fun.

The following documents make useful reading if you want to know what your child should be achieving by the end of the reception year.

Click here for: Reception Curriculum

 KS1 & KS2

In KS1 and 2 we follow the national curriculum (2014), which forms the backbone of our school curriculum but we also include other elements that enhance and shape the children’s experiences giving them a stimulating, rich and varied range of learning opportunities. All staff work hard to make lessons both enjoyable and effective and this is supported by two key curriculum initiatives of Open Futures and ELLI.

Click here to view:

Key Stage 1 Curriculum Coverage 2021 - 2022

Rowan KS2 Curriculum Overview 2021 - 2022

Holly KS2 Curriculum Overview 2021 - 2022

Oak KS2 Curriculum Overview 2021 - 2022

Phonics

The teaching of phonics helps a child understand that spoken words are made up of lots of different sounds, and that these sounds can be put together in different ways to help them read and write words.

All children in Early Years and KS1 take part in a high quality phonics session four times a week. These sessions are active and fast paced, with an emphasis on teaching the skills needed for reading and writing. We currently use a phonics scheme called Song of Sounds, which uses singing to promote the children's learning of the full range of phonic information.


Reading

The children are initially introduced to reading through the Oxford Reading Tree books. The Biff and Chip stories, Floppy Phonics books, the Songbirds, Snapdragons and the non-fiction books are used as a core scheme in Early Years and KS1. These books are colour coded and supplemented with other books from a range of different reading schemes. The children are actively encouraged to apply their reading skills to ‘real’ books and to select books from their class library to read as well. 

The children’s reading skills are developed and extended in a range of different ways - whole class sharing of a book, individual reading with an adult, guided group reading sessions, paired reading with another child

Accelerated Reader is a programme that engages children in reading books matched to their reading level.  Through a series of exciting quizzes, the children improve their comprehension ability and their love of reading. Incentives such as badges and cinema tickets, motivate the children to want to read more for pleasure and understanding.


Open Futures

This involves all the children learning through practical activities, namely gardening (Grow It) and cooking (Cook It), whilst they are also taught to reflect on their learning experiences by filming (Film It) and through discussion in philosophy for children lessons (Ask It). Click here for Open Futures page


ELLI (Effective Lifetime Learning Inventory)

This involves children learning about seven effective characteristics of learning, such as being resilient and creative, then learning to apply this to themselves so that they can develop their own ability to learn effectively. To help them understand these concepts more easily the characteristics are linked to animals such as Tough Tortoise who never gives up (Resilience). Click here for ELLI page

For more subject information please see the school prospectus.

 


Contact the School

Tel: 01903 873072
Email: office@stjbps.co.uk 

Jane Sharrock

Headteacher

St John the Baptist C. of E. Aided School,
School Hill, Findon, West Sussex, BN14 0TR.

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Curriculum

Within a Christian context, we follow the national curriculum (2014), which forms the backbone of our school curriculum. We also include other elements that enhance and shape the children's experiences, giving them a stimulating, rich and varied range of learning opportunities.

Through well planned cross-curricular topics, the children will build upon the knowledge and skills that they have already learned. Using first hand experiences, our extensive outside learning environment, hands-on resources and technology, the children take ownership of their own learning by asking questions, making hypotheses and constructing ideas about the world around them. The challenging activities equip the children with life-long learning skills to enable them to engage with and be a valuable member of their own community and the wider multicultural society that they live in.

Early Years

In our Early Years class, a particularly strong emphasis is placed upon being active and learning through play. We encourage the children to follow their interests, to make informed choices and become independent learners. The environment that we try to create is one in which the children feel happy and confident to ‘have-a-go’ and learn through their experiences. We hope that the curriculum is relevant and challenging, but also exciting and good fun.

The following documents make useful reading if you want to know what your child should be achieving by the end of the reception year.

Click here for: Reception Curriculum

 KS1 & KS2

In KS1 and 2 we follow the national curriculum (2014), which forms the backbone of our school curriculum but we also include other elements that enhance and shape the children’s experiences giving them a stimulating, rich and varied range of learning opportunities. All staff work hard to make lessons both enjoyable and effective and this is supported by two key curriculum initiatives of Open Futures and ELLI.

Click here to view:

Key Stage 1 Curriculum Coverage 2021 - 2022

Rowan KS2 Curriculum Overview 2021 - 2022

Holly KS2 Curriculum Overview 2021 - 2022

Oak KS2 Curriculum Overview 2021 - 2022

Phonics

The teaching of phonics helps a child understand that spoken words are made up of lots of different sounds, and that these sounds can be put together in different ways to help them read and write words.

All children in Early Years and KS1 take part in a high quality phonics session four times a week. These sessions are active and fast paced, with an emphasis on teaching the skills needed for reading and writing. We currently use a phonics scheme called Song of Sounds, which uses singing to promote the children's learning of the full range of phonic information.


Reading

The children are initially introduced to reading through the Oxford Reading Tree books. The Biff and Chip stories, Floppy Phonics books, the Songbirds, Snapdragons and the non-fiction books are used as a core scheme in Early Years and KS1. These books are colour coded and supplemented with other books from a range of different reading schemes. The children are actively encouraged to apply their reading skills to ‘real’ books and to select books from their class library to read as well. 

The children’s reading skills are developed and extended in a range of different ways - whole class sharing of a book, individual reading with an adult, guided group reading sessions, paired reading with another child

Accelerated Reader is a programme that engages children in reading books matched to their reading level.  Through a series of exciting quizzes, the children improve their comprehension ability and their love of reading. Incentives such as badges and cinema tickets, motivate the children to want to read more for pleasure and understanding.


Open Futures

This involves all the children learning through practical activities, namely gardening (Grow It) and cooking (Cook It), whilst they are also taught to reflect on their learning experiences by filming (Film It) and through discussion in philosophy for children lessons (Ask It). Click here for Open Futures page


ELLI (Effective Lifetime Learning Inventory)

This involves children learning about seven effective characteristics of learning, such as being resilient and creative, then learning to apply this to themselves so that they can develop their own ability to learn effectively. To help them understand these concepts more easily the characteristics are linked to animals such as Tough Tortoise who never gives up (Resilience). Click here for ELLI page

For more subject information please see the school prospectus.