Church Street, Pemberton, Wigan, WN5 0DT
The School’s Curriculum
In line with National Curriculum the School’s policies are based on the philosophy that the Primary School child should be given:
1) A solid foundation in language and mathematics (at least one hour literacy and one hour
mathematics per day)
2) An appreciation of literature, art and music.
3) Opportunities to develop an enquiring mind into science, information and design
technology, history and geography.
Long term plans and context for learning sheets give information to parents about the curriculum. The context for learning sheets are shared with parents each half term at Key Stage 1 and termly in Key Stage 2.
The context for learning sheet outlines a main theme that runs throughout the term or half term. During the year the children may e.g. study the area or have a visit to the local library. We also have visitors that come into our school to e.g. share their experiences with the children or bring artefacts to show them. We also have visits further afield to enhance the children’s learning e.g. a visit to Chester to help with the study of the Romans.
At various times throughout the year we have themed days/weeks to help to engage the children. For example, we have had a Literacy through football day that linked football with sport.
Around the time of world book day, we have a day that focusses on particular books. In the past we have had visiting authors, poets and theatre groups and had a book or author that we have studied throughout school. Last year we studied the author Hans Christian Anderson that linked well with the theatre group that came to school who performed the story of his life.
We are also going to have a healthy eating week in the forthcoming year. We have invited a chef school to visit St. John’s and each child is going to become a chef for the day.
Events during religious festivals also take place. We obviously have close links with St. John’s Church and celebrate the main festivals e.g. Harvest and Christmas with them. The children sing as a group and individually as part of these festivals. Every year we share a Christmas celebration in church with parents/carers and members of the community.
We have guided reading sessions with groups of children every day. We use the Oxford Reading Tree scheme for these sessions that also includes Floppy phonics and the Songbirds scheme for early readers. We also use the Phonics Bugs reading books by Pearson for children working at Phase 2 in phonics.
The children are given a reading book to take home with them to practise with parents/carers. We use the New Way reading scheme and Dandelion Readers for children to use at home and as an extension for early readers we use also have the Open Door scheme.
In Reception, Key Stage 1 and early Key Stage 2 we have daily phonics lessons for which we use the Letters and Sounds Scheme. This involves the teaching of phonics from Phase 1 to Phase 6. Following this the children are also supported in their phonics teaching with Support for Spelling at early Key Stage 2.
St. John’s is a Church of England Aided School in the Liverpool Diocese and therefore religious education is of the greatest importance and links with the Parish Church are very close. In formulating our Religious Education Policy the School Governors have chosen to adopt areas of teaching from the Liverpool Diocesan R.E. Syllabus’ with a view to delivering good quality Religious Education to our children. Parents have the right to withdraw children from periods of religious instruction but it must be understood that the child can not be isolated from the Christian environment nurtured in the school.
A daily act of collective worship takes place, the aims of which are listed below:
To provide opportunity for pupils to:
consider spiritual and moral issues
explore their own beliefs and values
To encourage pupils to participate and respond through:
active involvement in the presentation of worship listening and joining in worship