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At St. John's we aim to provide an inspiring, creative and balanced curriculum​ (see link at the bottom of the page for more information) that effectively meets the needs of all of our children. 


See below, or click on the links below to find out more information about individual subjects.


The children in our Reception classes experience all areas of the Early Years Curriculum.  There are seven areas in total and these are split into three Prime:


  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development 


and four Specific:


  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design. 


We are required to assess each child in our Reception Class on their progress towards the Early Learning Goals.  Assessments are based on observing pupils in their own play as well as the teachers' and other adults' (including parents & carers) knowledge of individual children.  Further information for parents & carers about the Early Years can be found within the Parents' Guide to the EY document below.  Another useful resource centre for parents and carers is 4Children, The national charity all about children and families.


Children in Years One and Two experience all areas of the National Curriculum through our thematic 'Learning Challenge Journey' approach.  The National Curriculum areas are:


  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Computing


For more information, see the links at the bottom of the page.


These three areas focus on teaching children the skills of communicating, speaking & listening, reading, writing, counting, calculating and measuring.  We often refer to these as 'basic skills' and they are applied in all aspects of the wider curriculum.


  • Science
  • History
  • Geography


These areas refer to 'understanding of the world' and learning from these aspects feed the remaining curriculum areas:


  • Art and Design
  • Design and Technology
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Eductaion


We also enrich our curriculum and seek to bring learning alive through school themed days, visits, visitors and clubs. Please read our "and the learning goes on guide" below for further details.

What is our thematic 'Learning Journey' approach?


At Leigh St. John's C.E. Primary School we aim to provide an innovative curriculum, which meets the needs of all our children.  Our children have opportunities to experience all the areas of the National Curriculum through creative, thematic topic work known as the 'Learning Challenge Journey.'  Each Learning Challenge Journey is underpinned by an overarching 'big' question and then broken down, week by week into subsidiary questions.  Through learning challenge questions children are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning.


We take great care to ensure that educational visits and visitors into school are used to enrich learning through first hand, practical experiences, as well as to broaden the children's understanding of the topics we teach.  Children's learning is assessed regularly, so that support and further challenge can be given where appropriate.  We endeavour to recognise and develop children's individual interests and talents through our ever changing, relevant topic themes.


Click on the link to view the themed learning planned for each class each term:

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