We are delighted to announce that our recent Ofsted inspection (September 2023) was rated GOOD, with OUTSTANDING in Early Years.

Our Curriculum


At St John the Baptist, our curriculum is designed to develop a passion for lifelong learning.   We have created a clear, cohesive and well-sequenced curriculum with high quality experiences that meet the needs of all our children.  It recognises children’s prior learning, provide first hand learning experiences, allows the children to develop interpersonal skills, and build resilience. 

We have developed our curriculum to ensure that knowledge, skills and concepts that start within the Early Years Foundation Stage are continually built upon so by the time our Year 6 children leave, they are ready to start a new chapter in their educational journey.  Using the National Curriculum as a framework, our curriculum goes beyond the experiences of the classroom to ensure that our children are exposed to the richest and most varied opportunities that we can provide, such as trips, visitors, enterprise, performances, musical experiences, community projects and fundraising. 

At St John the Baptist, cultural capital prepares children with the essential knowledge and skills for their future, and help to nurture resilience, curiosity and creativity.  Our school values of Respect, Honesty and Resilience are at the heart of all that we do to promote confident, self-motivated pupils who are driven to make a positive difference in our community.

In our Reception 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.
KS1 & KS2
In KS1 and KS2 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.
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