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Teaching and Learning


Curriculum Statement:
Christ is at the centre of our curriculum and we provide an environment that nurtures and encourages and allows our children to blossom and grow into well-rounded individuals who are happy, polite and care about each other. Our Christian ethos underpins the whole curriculum and all we do as a community. We aim to provide our pupils with a rich diet of learning experiences which encompass their spiritual, social, moral and physical development as well as academic progress. Our curriculum is not in any way politically biased but has evolved from the underlying principles of our Mission Statement.
We aim to make our curriculum creative and exciting and allow our pupils to develop individual abilities, interests and potential. The new National Curriculum forms the basis of our curriculum with Literacy and Maths being core, and reading and writing being taught across all subjects. As a church school RE also is a core subject, and allows pupils to express their beliefs and ideas creatively through music, art and drama. All other foundation subjects are taught. However, we endeavour that our school curriculum is greater than the National Curriculum – that it is relevant and appropriate to the needs of our pupils in Dartmouth. Where possible we use a cross-curricular theme based approach and try to make learning fun and interesting.
We encourage our pupils to learn skills for life and develop thinking skills; to be resilient, to persevere, to enquire and question, to show independence and to work within a team.
We encourage children to be active and fit and enable them to participate in a wide range of sporting and physical activities, which also keeps them mentally fit and develops confidence, self-esteem, resilience and team work.
In the class links you can discover in more detail what your child will be learning each term.
If you wish to find out more about our curriculum we welcome you to come and talk with us.

Class One Curriculum:
Please click HERE to view the EYFS Guide for Parents.
Please click HERE to view the Class One maths home learning guide.
Please click HERE to view the Class one Curriculum.

Play Play Play!
Ever wondered what we do in Class One? Well hopefully this page will enlighten you all...
In the Foundation Years we offer children opportunities which enrich and enhance their education. Within the curriculum we aim to provide a warm and secure environment that is conductive to learning. Children are given the opportunity to explore, have fun, ask questions and experiment, in order to encourage confidence, self-esteem and most importantly ‘happy children’.
Play is the centre of everything in the Early Years, but how does it work? The short answer is through carefully planned and engaging play activities which are based on children’s current level of learning. At St John’s we carefully plan learning to reflect the children’s development, the curriculum will reflect where the children are at and will consequently change according to their current interests.
As the children arrive to school they are greeted with a vast array of activities to strengthen their fine and gross motor skills. Our aim is to provide activities which strengthen the muscles used for writing.

Children then have a daily, high-quality phonics session. These are fun sessions involving lots of speaking, listening and games where the emphasis is on children’s active participation. They learn to use their phonic knowledge for reading and writing activities and in their independent play. Please click on this link to view our Letters and Sounds handout.

During Literacy time teaching is centred on developing the skills of listening, understanding and speaking. Writing activities encourage children to use their knowledge of letters and sounds and write in different forms, such as lists and stories. Reading time in Class One offers a range of individual reading time with an adult, guided reading in small groups and shared reading as a class. In Class One we use the Bug Club program, which is an internet based reading scheme which allows children to apply their knowledge of letters and sounds to the reading process.

Our daily Numeracy sessions focus on developing children’s understanding of numbers and shape, space and measure. This is achieved through a broad range of contexts in which they explore, enjoy, learn, practise and talk about their developing understanding.

Physcial Eduation
Children’s physical movement is paramount to their development across the curriculum. Throughout all subjects activities are designed to develop children’s skills of co-ordination, control, manipulation and movement. We follow a program called Leap into Life for Physical Education, teaching is centred on the four key stands:

Functional Movement: the development of fundamental movement skills.

Aesthetic Movement: incorporates body awareness and the ability to interpret a variety of stimuli through movement focused on dance and gymnastics.

Manipulative Skills: focused on the ability to work with equipment and small apparatus and coordinate movements.

Movement Concepts: the development of, decision making, how, where and why to move and directional awareness.

Throughout the day children have access to both the indoor and outdoor environment which entertains a variety of resources and materials to boost children’s learning and development.

Please click HERE to view the Class Two curriculum.
Please click HERE to view the Class Two maths home learning guide.
Please click HERE to view the Class Two Long Term Curriculum Overview


Please click HERE to view the Class Three curriculum.

Phonics and Reading

Please click HERE to view the Letters and Sounds Booklet.
Please click HERE to view tips for reading with children.

British Values

Please click HERE to view our British Values policy.

Special Educational Needs

Please click HERE to view the current SEND policy.

Please click HERE to view the Autumn 2016 SEN report.

Please click HERE to view the Autumn 2017 SEN report.

Please click HERE to view the SEND Information Report.