St John's Church of England

Primary School

Church Street, Pemberton, Wigan, WN5 0DT

01942 222133


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We aim to develop every child’s potential to become a confident and curious young person who has a passion for learning and achieving. This will be achieved by inspiring and supporting children during the teaching of a range of subject areas.

Each year group has a long term plan and knowledge organisers.   Parents/carers are informed of what their child will be learning about during the year.  This informs parent/carers about the learning challenge question that the children are aiming to answer during their studies. 


Lesson objectives are taught in line with the National Curriculum. Various schemes are used to enhance the teaching of skills and knowledge in all areas of the curriculum.  Individuals’ progress will be tracked, data collected and strengths and weaknesses identified to support future planning and interventions. Lessons are delivered in a subject specific way with some cross-curricular links.


The impact of our curriculum will be measured by assessment procedures which allow us to measure outcomes against all schools nationally.  We also measure against the expectation statements of our curriculum.  We use Target Tracker to track all individuals in all subject areas against the set curriculum statements. We also aim for our pupils to develop into well rounded individuals who embody our values and carry with them the knowledge, skills and attitudes which will make them lifelong learners and valuable future citizens.


At St. John’s we foster positive can do attitudes.  We teach for secure and deep understanding of mathematical concepts through manageable steps.  At our school, the majority of children will be taught the content from their year group only. They will spend time becoming true masters of content, applying and being creative with new knowledge in multiple ways.  We aim for all pupils to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics and to be able to reason and problem solve.

We teach the National Curriculum, supported by White Rose Maths Hub scheme to ensure clear skills and knowledge progression. This ensures that skills and knowledge are built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children.   Each day we complete the Flashback 4 sessions to keep all areas of maths knowledge ‘bubbling’.  Every lesson starts with a problem for the children to solve.  Our planning is based on the ‘small steps’ which break each block into manageable steps for each lesson.  Children are taught Mathematics for approximately 1 hour daily. Support is determined during each lesson to ensure secure understanding based on the needs of the child.   Challenge is visible throughout the whole session, where children are asked to reason and prove their understanding at a deeper secure level.

We use a range of apps to re-cap on previous learning from Maths lessons or key learning areas such as number bonds, doubles, times tables, quick re-call division facts etc. Teachers are encouraged to use ‘Keep Up Maths’ sessions to immediately tackle misconceptions and consolidate learning if not understood in the morning teaching session.

By the end of KS2 we aim for children to be fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics with a conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.


We believe that communication, both oral and written, is the key to educational progress, to social integration and to personal development and happiness.

We believe that it is the right of every child to become a competent and confident user of the English language, enabling them to live, work and succeed in a literate world.

To teach all children skills whereby they can become independent learners, effective communicators and develop into well-balanced citizens able to use the English language confidently and with ease in the workplace and in their every day lives.

Reading – We use the New Way, Dandelion and Oxford reading tree schemes for home reading books.  In class we learn to read during our phonics lessons and read as a whole class using VIPER questionning. We use VIPER questions to help to develop comprehension skills.

Phonics – Throughout school we use the Sounds Write phonics scheme to teach the reading of letter sounds and names. Sounds Write is also used for individual and group interventions.

Progression in writing is ensured throughout school by using the Power of Reading scheme of work.

Handwriting – We try to encourage all children to take pride in their work and present every piece of work neatly.  We teach cursive handwriting and teach the children to begin every letter on the line.


At St John’s, science is taught by using a prime learning challenge for each unit of work. This challenge is expressed as a question, and the pupils work through a series of lessons, investigations and experiments to find the answer.

Foundation Stage

At this age, science is studied as part of ‘Knowledge and Understanding of the World’, and the aim is to help children to make sense of the world around them. They will learn to develop their skills of observation, prediction, critical thinking and discussion, which will come in useful throughout school, not only in science, but also in other areas. The children will conduct experiments, be encouraged to explore different methods of discovery, and they will start to use drawings to present their findings. This is a fun and practical part of the curriculum, as the children will work with a range of materials both inside and out of the classroom.

Key Stage 1

Throughout Key Stage 1 science lessons, your child will be learning about the importance of asking questions, gathering evidence, carrying out experiments and looking at different ways of presenting their results. Lessons are practical and will focus on the world around them. 


Key Stage 2

The principal focus of science teaching in Key Stage 2 is to enable pupils to develop a deeper understanding of a wide range of scientific ideas. They do this through exploring and talking about their ideas; asking their own questions about scientific phenomena; and analysing functions, relationships and interactions more systematically. At Key Stage 2, they encounter more abstract ideas and begin to recognise how these ideas help them to understand and predict how the world operates. They also begin to recognise that scientific ideas change and develop over time. They learn to select the most appropriate ways to answer science questions using different types of scientific enquiry, including: observing changes over different periods of time, noticing patterns, grouping and classifying things, carrying out comparative and fair tests and finding things out using a wide range of secondary sources of information. Pupils draw conclusions based on their data and observations, use evidence to justify their ideas, and use their scientific knowledge and understanding to explain their findings.


We aim to prepare our learners for their future by giving them the opportunities to gain knowledge and develop skills that will equip them for an ever-changing digital world. Knowledge and understanding of ICT is of increasing importance for children’s future both at home and for employment. Our Computing curriculum focuses on a progression of skills in digital literacy, computer science, information technology and online safety to ensure that children become competent in safely using, as well as understanding, technology.

We teach the National Curriculum, supported by a clear skills and knowledge progression. This ensures that skills and knowledge are built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children. To ensure a broad range of skills and understanding, Computing is taught across three main strands: digital literacy, computer science and information technology. Online safety is taught within each Computing lesson as a short starter activity as well as being taught as a unit each year. Online safety procedures are communicated with all staff and parents. We ensure children are able to use these skills to enhance their learning whilst following Purple Mash scheme of work, which embeds e-safety throughout the school and ensures progression and full coverage as required by the Computing Curriculum.


The implementation of this curriculum ensures that when children leave St. John’s, they are competent and safe users of ICT with an understanding of how technology works. They will have developed skills to express themselves and be creative in using digital media and be equipped to apply their skills in Computing to different challenges going forward.


Geography is taught through a learning challenge approach using the Focus Education scheme.  Each year group is taught Geography using a prime learning challenge, expressed as a question, as the starting point. We intend to engage all children in geography through the use of other subjects such as art, music and D&T. School trips and visitors allow the children to have memorable, firsthand experiences of what they’re learning and they have the opportunity to ask questions and deepen their understanding on a number of concepts taught.

Key Stage 1

We aim to develop pupils’ knowledge about the world, the United Kingdom and their locality.  They are taught to understand basic subject vocabulary relating to direction and human and physical geography.  Children are taught to use geographical skills to enhance their locational awareness as they start to produce simple maps with a number of symbols. Fieldwork is also introduced as the children observe the world around them.

Key Stage 2

We aim to develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding beyond the local area, including the United Kingdom and Europe, North and South America.  This includes the location and characteristics of a range of the world’s most significant human and physical features.  Pupils are encouraged to develop their use of geographical language, knowledge, understanding and skills to enhance their locational and place knowledge. They will use a variety of resources including ordnance survey maps, atlases and globes to locate features and will be expected to draw their own maps with an understanding of scale. In upper Key Stage 2, the children will explore how humans affect the environment and ways in which we can sustain our World. 


History is taught through a learning challenge approach using the Focus Education scheme.  Each year group is taught History using a prime learning challenge, expressed as a question, as the starting point. We intend to engage all children in history through the use of other subjects such as art, music and D&T. School trips and visitors allow the children to have memorable, firsthand experiences of what they’re learning and they have the opportunity to ask questions and deepen their understanding on a number of concepts taught.

Key Stage 1

Pupils are taught to develop an awareness of the past, using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time.  Pupils are taught to look at the chronological framework and learn where the people and events they study fit into this.  They are taught to use a wide vocabulary of everyday historical terms and should use these to recall past events that are significant to them, the world and their locality.  They investigate different methods that can be used to find out about the past and how it is represented.

Key Stage 2

Pupils are encouraged to continue to develop a secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history, establishing clear narratives within and across the periods they study.  They are encouraged to note connections, contrasts and trends over time and develop the appropriate use of historical terms.  Pupils are taught to regularly address and sometimes devise historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity and difference, and significance.  They are taught to understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources. The children also learn how to interpret sources and make judgements on their reliability and an understanding of why they may contradict each other.


Music is taught throughout school and the GM Music online scheme “Charanga” is followed to ensure progression.

Key Stage 1

Pupils are taught to:

  • Sing songs and speak chants and rhymes both expressively and creatively.
  • Play a range of tuned and untuned instruments musically.
  • Listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music.  Including regular live performance by children and through visits from live musicians during “Music Alive” week.
  • Experiment with, create, select and combine sounds.

Key Stage 2

Pupils are taught to:

  • Play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression.
  • Improvise and compose music for a range of purposes.
  • Listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory.
  • Use and understand staff and other musical notations.
  • Appreciate and understand a range of high-quality live and recorded music from different traditions and from great composers and musicians, including visits from live musicians during “music alive’ week.
  • Develop an understanding of the history of music.

Design and Technology

Design and technology is taught throughout school and is often linked to the learning challenges in History, Geography and Science. 

Key Stage 1 & 2

Pupils are taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in the process of designing and making through a variety of creative and practical activities.  When designing and making, pupils are taught to design, make, evaluate and develop their technical knowledge.

Pupils are also taught to how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating.


At St John’s we want our children to love art, craft and design! We want them to have no limits to what their ambitions are and to grow up wanting to be illustrators, graphic designers, fashion designers, architects or printmakers. Our Art curriculum is designed to engage, inspire and challenge pupils, whilst equipping them with the knowledge and skills to be able to experiment, invent and create their own works of art. As pupils progress, they should gain a deeper understanding of how Art and Design reflects and shapes our history and how it contributes to the culture, creativity and wealth of our world. We want our children to use the local area as inspiration, to learn from other cultures and to respect diversity. To that end, we have carefully selected a wide range of unique and diverse artists, craft makers and designers for children to study.


P.E is split into sections, games/athletics, dance and gymnastics. 

Key Stage 1

Pupils are taught to master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities.

Pupils are taught to participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending.

Pupils are taught to perform dances using simple movement patterns.

 Key Stage 2

Pupils are taught to:

  • Use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination.
  • Play competitive games, modified where appropriate and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending.
  • Develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance.
  • Perform dances using a range of movement patterns.
  • Take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team.
  • Compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.


We use the PE Hub scheme of work to plan lessons.


Children in Key Stage 2 are provided with swimming instruction from Year 3 and beyond if needed.  Our aim is for children to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres using a range of strokes.  Pupils are also taught to perform safe self-rescue in different water based situations.

Religious Education

 At St. John’s, Religious Education is taught in creative and challenging weekly lessons from Reception to Year 6. Religious Education provides opportunities for spiritual development and personal reflection. It develops children’s knowledge and understanding of the nature of religion and belief, it provokes challenging questions about meaning and purpose, truth and values, identity and belonging. Religious Education prepares children for citizenship in today’s diverse society. It enables them to develop sensitivity to, and respect for others.


 At St John’s Primary School, we are committed to the development of the whole child and as a consequence we place Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) and Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) at the heart of all that we do. Through our curriculum, our school environment, our school ethos and the strength of our relationships, we strive to promote pupils’ self-esteem and emotional and physical well-being and help them to form and maintain worthwhile and satisfying relationships, based on respect for themselves and for others, at home, at school, at work and in the community.

We use the 1decision scheme of work to ensure that through our curriculum our pupils: 

  • understand the school and British values; their impact on their daily lives and within the school and the wider community including that of the Christian faith
  • know and understand what constitutes a healthy lifestyle
  • know how to keep themselves and others safe
  • understand what makes for good relationships with others
  • have respect and tolerance for others
  • be independent and responsible members of the school community
  • be positive and active members of a democratic society
  • develop self‐confidence and self‐esteem, and make informed choices regarding personal and social issues 
  • develop a knowledge and appreciation of money and the effect it has on themselves and others
  • develop good relationships with other members of the school and the wider community

 Pupil voice lies at the heart of our school and the curriculum and opportunities we offer our pupils mean that pupils grow into independent, active and responsible members of our school community playing an active part in decision making.

Modern Foreign Language (MFL)

Languages are an essential part of a broad, balanced curriculum. Not only do they provide an opportunity to communicate more effectively with others, they also help children to understand what it is to be a global citizen. This includes the importance of tolerance and understanding, which is crucial knowledge in today’s world.

At St John’s Primary School, we believe that the learning of a language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for our pupils. It helps them to develop communication skills, including key skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. The children’s knowledge of how language works will be developed and extended. Lessons will enable pupils to make substantial progress in one language. The linguistic skills gained will assist and lay foundations for further language learning. It will provide pupils with the confidence and independence to explore and be able to attempt manipulation of the structure of language. Learning another language gives children a new and broader perspective on the world, encouraging them to understand their own cultures and those of others.

We follow the Janet Lloyd scheme of work to access lesson plans, songs, rhymes and French speaking audio clips.