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St John XXIII Catholic Primary School Inspiring Faith in our Future


Our school's curriculum is all the planned activities that we organise in order to promote learning, personal growth and development.


We offer children a broad, balanced, differentiated and relevant curriculum which recognises individual developmental needs and takes account of National Curriculum requirements.


The following topics are taught in each of the classes.



Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 1



Oceans and Sea

Year 2

From Farm to Fork



Year 3

Peter and the Wolf

Kings, Queens and Castles


Year 4




Year 5



World War One

Year 6


SATs Preparation

World War Two


We aim to provide children with the ability to meet the unknown challenges of the twenty-first century. We focus on developing children's learning capacity so that they can become positive, responsible citizens who can work and cooperate with others while at the same time developing their knowledge and skills, in order to be the best they can be.


The aim is for our curriculum to be the best for our children at St John XXIII Catholic Primary School.  We want it to be exciting, interesting and engaging so that children are curious and want to learn.  We want children to come home from school excited about what they are learning about.


We also want our curriculum to be about raising standards. Our curriculum is now skills based, with a focus on improving key subject skills.  This is so that children gain the subject knowledge, skills and understanding appropriate to their stage of development.


We do this by following three simple principles.  The what, why and how of curriculum planning:


What: National Curriculum Programmes of Study. This ensures the curriculum is broad and meets

statutory requirements.


Why:  So that children learn and get better at using key subject skills.


How: We plan exciting contexts for learning that 'hook' and engage learners so that they want to learn more.  We aim to make learning real and relevant to the lives of our children.


The curriculum at St John XXIII Catholic Primary School is constantly being reviewed and updated to ensure that it meets the needs of our children. The Creative Curriculum has been organised through a 'topic based' approach which incorporates the key skills set out in the National

Curriculum. The use of Computing is encouraged in all topic areas as a subject in its own right and in both the teaching of the topic and in the opportunities for children's independent learning. Each class teacher is responsible for the delivery of the Creative Curriculum.


Although links can be made with all subjects, the following subjects are taught as dedicated, discrete sessions:


Maths - Maths skills are key to developing everyday skills although links can be made to the curriculum through data handling, position, measurement (especially in Science) DT and Geography.


English - English, Phonics, Guided Reading and Handwriting are taught as discrete subjects as they build up basic skills.


RE – Come and See RE Curriculum


PE and Swimming - delivered by teaching staff and additional specialised staff.


MFL (Spanish)


Teaching staff are encouraged to broaden the experience of the topics for the children through trips, visitors into school and shared experiences of the wider school community, e.g. involvement with parents and school links etc.