At St. John’s, we pride ourselves on a rich and varied curriculum designed to bring learning alive for our pupils.
Through crafted lessons that engage and challenge, our children grapple with complex, interesting topics balancing knowledge and skills development and enhanced through computing. We take the content as prescribed in the 11 subjects of the National Curriculum and the approved syllabus for RE, and tailor it to our children’s needs through a 2 year rolling programme. We make it purposeful and relevant using real life as often as possible to make learning authentic; that means visits out and visitors in are a regular feature of what we do.
Situated in close proximity to Durdham Downs, Bristol Museum and the city centre means getting out to enhance our children’s learning is easy, but we also travel further afield – be it to Roman ruins in Wales, as a WW2 evacuee to the Steam Museum in Swindon or even for a trip on the London Eye. We also have residential trips in Year 4 and Year 6. Our curriculum continues to develop, with an increasing focus on linking our learning to our local community. The key is to make learning enticing both in the classroom and out, giving our children a real sense of awe and wonder and ensuring that they see learning as an exciting challenge.
We believe that ensuring the National Curriculum is irresistible is just the beginning.
We teach French from Year 1 upwards, utilizing specialist teachers for this as well as for Music and PE so that our children get expert, passionate teaching and a clear progression.
We are a school that loves to sing and musical opportunities, including learning from a range of instruments, are wide and varied as children move through the school.
Children’s attitude to their physical development is crucial to their health and competitions and tournaments really enhance our PE provision.
Over the course of the year we have a number of immersive themed weeks involving exciting lessons, visitors, an inter-house competition and usually a bit of dressing up! Children get the opportunity to learn in detail about a particular artist, author or culture, or to broaden their musical or sporting horizons.
We are a member of the NW24 Teaching and Learning Partnership with Mr. Hoye chairing the Headteachers’ Group.
This provides opportunities across the year for our children to take part in a number of inter-school events and competitions including cooking, sport, art, story writing, maths and music. Our curriculum during the school day continues after school across both sites, through our comprehensive activities programme.
As a caring school that aims to enrich all aspects of each child’s development, we put high value on PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education). We make time in the busy day to check in with children, to talk through any issues that arise and to teach them to become independent problem solvers as they navigate the challenges of relationships and growing up.