The curriculum at Knaresborough St John's is broad and balanced. We have a creative approach which is specifically tailored to our children’s needs. As staff we have given careful consideration to our children; their experiences and needs and developed a curriculum that caters for them specifically.
Our curriculum intent is:
At Knaresborough St John’s Primary School, we value Art and Design as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Art and Design provides the children with the opportunities to develop and extend skills and an opportunity to express their individual thoughts and ideas. We encourage children to be reflective and evaluate their work, thinking about how they can make changes and keep improving.
Our aim is to engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. Our Art curriculum provides children with opportunities to develop their skills year on year using a range of media and materials. Children learn the skills of drawing, painting, printing, collage, textiles and 3D work. They are introduced to a range of works, developing knowledge of the styles of famous artists and are given the opportunity to explore different creative ideas inside the classroom and outdoors. Art specific vocabulary is taught to enable children to understand and explain what techniques they are using and to be able to apply these skills across the curriculum. Every child has a sketch book to allow their creative journey in our school to be recorded and to showcase how skills progress.
At St. John’s C of E Primary School, we aim to equip children for the ever-changing digital world. Our computing curriculum ensures children have the knowledge and skills to become digital creators as well as users. Children develop their understanding of programming by writing and debugging algorithms to try and solve problems. Computing sessions are taught with a combination of discrete sessions as well as topic-based contexts to add purpose and understanding.
Children are aware of how to keep themselves and others safe and how to become discerning digital citizens. E-safety is taught at age-appropriate levels with a half-termly focus. By the time children leave us, we aim to equip children with the skills to be responsible, competent, confident and creative individuals
At Knaresborough St John’s Primary School we believe that Design Technology should foster enjoyment, satisfaction and purpose in designing and making things and enable children to question ideas and talk about how things work using subject specific vocabulary.
The cyclical process used within our school allows children to apply a growing body of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make prototypes and products for a wide range of users. To select appropriate tools and techniques when making a product, whilst following safe procedures and finally critique, evaluate and test their products, and the work of others. The subject encourages children to become autonomous and creative problem-solvers, both as individuals and as part of a team.
Design Technology allows the children to develop creative, technical and imaginative thinking and to develop confidence to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world by developing an understanding of technological processes and products, their manufacture and their contribution to our society,
At Knaresborough St. John’s Primary School we believe that literacy and communication are key life skills and that through the English curriculum we should help children develop the skills and knowledge that will enable them to communicate effectively and creatively with the world at large, through spoken and written language. We intend to provide a language-rich and stimulating environment, where speaking and listening, reading and writing are integrated.
In writing we intend to:
- provide opportunities for pupils to become confident, competent and expressive users of the language with a developing knowledge of how it works
- provide opportunities for pupils to be reflective users of language, able to analyse and evaluate its main features
- provide opportunities for role-play and drama
- provide opportunities to write for a ‘real life’ purpose
- enable children to be aware of an audience and purpose when writing in a range of styles and genres
- encourage pupils to have fluent and legible handwriting
- develop a love of writing so they develop confidence
- inspire children by using a range of high quality texts to ignite interest and their imagination
In reading we intend to:
- to foster an enthusiasm for, and love of reading, a wide range of literature for life
- develop independent readers , who have the stamina to engage with age-appropriate texts
- expanded children’s vocabulary
- enable children to use a full range of reading cues (phonic, graphic, syntactic, contextual) to monitor their reading and correct their own mistakes
In phonics and early reading we intend to:
- present high quality, systematic phonic work as defined by phonics programmes (Letters and Sounds)
- enable children to start learning phonic knowledge and skills by the age of four, with the expectation that they will become fluent readers, having secured word building and recognition skills, by the end of Key Stage One
- ensure that the children apply phonic knowledge as their first approach to reading and spelling, even though all words do not conform to regular phonic patterns
At Knaresborough St John’s we seek to inspire in children a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people which will remain with them for the rest of their lives. We want our children to gain confidence and have practical experiences of geographical knowledge, understanding and skills that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time. In both KS1 and KS2, children investigate a range of places – both in the United Kingdom and abroad – to help develop their knowledge and understanding of the Earth’s physical and human processes. Through the curriculum, we provide opportunities for children to investigate and make enquiries about their local area to help them develop a sense of who they are, their heritage and what makes Knaresborough unique and special. They learn how to draw and interpret maps and develop their skills of research, investigation, analysis and problem-solving. Through their growing knowledge and understanding of human geography, children gain an appreciation of life in other cultures. Geography teaching also motivates children to find out about the physical world and enables them to recognise the importance of sustainable development for the future of mankind.
Knaresborough St John’s Primary school is passionate and enthusiastic about teaching an engaging history curriculum that encompasses exciting and meaningful cross curricular links. We want the children in our school to understand more, remember more and know more. Throughout Key Stage 1, children develop a sense of their own and local history, helping to understand where they came from and how their lives have been influenced. In Key Stage 2, we continue to build on this as we think about the history of Britain, how that has been influenced by the wider world and the affect that has had on our lives today.
We want our children to love and be enthused when learning history whilst gaining a cultural understanding both in the classroom and through educational visits. In doing this, the children have the opportunity to enhance their abilities to think critically, develop their own perspective and judgments and articulate their own evidence-based opinions.
Mathematics is an important subject that helps us to understand so much about what happens in the world. We want all pupils at Knaresborough St John’s Primary School to experience enjoyment of mathematics and develop a sense of curiosity about the subject with a clear understanding gained through positive attitudes. We believe all children can achieve in mathematics, and teach for secure and deep understanding of concepts through fluency, reasoning and problem solving. We use mistakes and misconceptions as an essential part of learning and provide challenge through rich and varied problems. At our school, the majority of children will be taught age related content and will be supporting in understanding this through pre-teaching and corrective teaching when necessary. They will spend time applying and being creative with new knowledge in multiple ways. We aim for all pupils to:
- become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics so that they develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
- reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry and develop and present a justification, argument or proof using mathematical language.
- be able to solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication, including in unfamiliar contexts and to model real-life scenarios
- have an appreciation of number and number operations, which enables mental calculations and written procedures to be performed efficiently, fluently and accurately to be successful in mathematics.
Modern Foreign Language
The intention of the French curriculum at Knaresborough St John’s is that children are taught to develop an interest in learning other languages in a way that is enjoyable and stimulating. We encourage children to be confident in their own abilities, as well as building their communication skills. We strive to enhance children’s curiosity about language and the world around them, developing their awareness of, and respect for, cultural differences. Irrespective of academic ability elsewhere, language learning puts children on an equal footing, and deepens understanding of their own language. Our MFL curriculum is designed to progressively develop and embed the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, to enable children to use and apply their French learning in a variety of contexts and lay the foundations for future language learning. Children progressively acquire, use and apply a growing bank of vocabulary organised around topics. All our children in KS2 will have regular language lessons, following the North Yorkshire Scheme of Work to ensure coverage and progression across school. Every child has a French exercise book, which will follow their language learning throughout school. Although in Key Stage 1 there is no specific requirement for the teaching of MFL, children in KS1 will be exposed to songs, rhymes and games.
More Able, Gifted and Talented
Knaresborough St Johns is committed to providing a rich, inclusive personalised and challenging curriculum for all its learner; one that promotes the highest standards and encourages each and every individual to achieve their full potential…
Our school aims to offer a personalised curriculum which ensures all have the opportunity to achieve their potential. As for all other pupils, we aim to encourage and support the more able, Gifted and Talented through a broad based, relevant and challenging curriculum, encouraging the pursuit of excellence and celebrating the achievements of each pupil. We will ensure that all have opportunity to an extensive curriculum whereby ability, gifts and talents can be expressed.
For more Able, Gifted and Talented children this requires the best possible provision in order to facilitate their success. Successful provision for the most able students provides not only inherent value in terms of enabling more Able, Gifted and Talented students to pursue their interests and areas of expertise, but also the foundations of improving the numbers of students achieving above greater depth across all subjects.
The National Curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music
- Be taught to sing, create and compose music
- Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated.
At Knaresborough St John’s Primary School the intention is that children gain a firm understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing, and composing across a wide variety of musical genres. Our objective at Knaresborough St John’s Primary School is to develop a curiosity for the subject, as well as an understanding and acceptance of the importance of all types of music. We are committed to ensuring children enjoy music in the wider community, and are able to use their musical skills, knowledge, and experiences to involve themselves in a variety of different contexts.
At Knaresborough St. John’s Primary School we recognise the importance of PE and the role it has to play in promoting long term, healthy lifestyles. Our intent is to provide a fun, high-quality and inclusive PE curriculum that inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in lessons, competitive sports and other physically demanding activities. We want our pupils to appreciate the benefits of a healthy and physically active lifestyle. We are passionate about providing children with opportunities to learn transferable skills such as cooperation and collaboration, as part of a team, understanding fairness and equity of play. We believe that PE and sport is a natural gateway to make resilient learners who enjoy being challenged and finding ways to complete tasks they once found too difficult, using a growth mind-set approach.
At Knaresborough St. John’s C of E Primary School we ensure that PSHE is not only an embedded part of our broad and balance curriculum but that skills and knowledge are taught and promoted through overarching aims and objectives. We support our children to become healthy and responsible members of society equipped with the skills to embrace challenges. Our aim is to build on these skills for our children to enable them to create and lead a happy and successful adult life. We support them in gaining knowledge and skills to enable them to make informed decisions about their well being, health and relationships and to build their self-efficacy. Experiences are given to put these into practice as they develop the capacity to make sound decisions when facing risks, challenges and complex situations. We strive to foster a sense of respect and belief in order for our children to flourish, achieve and develop resilience.
Our key intent in RE is to allow pupils the opportunity to explore the big questions of life, appreciating their own and other’s beliefs and cultures in an environment of acceptance and respect. Though this, children can make sense of religion and worldviews and can reflect on their own views and experience, beginning at a local level, then broadening to national and global perspectives.
RE is taught in accordance with the North Yorkshire Agreed Syllabus (2019), and is underpinned by Christian values and aims. The curriculum allows children to explore, discover and achieve through an enquiry approach, resulting in confidence to engage in balanced and considered discussion about religion, belief and moral issues.
At Knaresborough St. John’s, we believe that every pupil, regardless of needs, disability, race or gender, has a right to equal access to a broad and balanced curriculum. We present this curriculum in a supportive and stimulating atmosphere, which values each child and encourages them to achieve their full potential. We recognise every child as an individual, promoting self-esteem, independence, respect and responsibility. We work closely in partnership with parents and the wider community, as we understand that this is effective in helping children to learn and develop. We encourage children to be proactive in their learning by helping them to understand what they are good at and what they can do to get better.
It is our intent for all children with additional needs to:
- Have access to a broad balanced and relevant curriculum
- Be happy and feel secure.
- Be included.
- Achieve the very best of which they are capable.
- Demonstrate personal development and growth.
- Make good progress based on their personalised targets and Individual Provision Map (IPM)
- Experience wider activities leading to greater independence.
- Make effective independent decisions.
We would like to foster curious, knowledgeable, and practical scientists who question, explore and investigate the world around them with passion and enthusiasm.
We know excellent science occurs in our school when we are:
- Actively and practically learning
- Experiencing a sense of awe, wonder and excitement
- Curious and asking questions to extend our knowledge
- Investigating, predicting and testing
- Discovering new things
- Creating our own questions
- Experimenting and solving problems
- Making links between subjects and seeing the ‘big picture’
- Using a wide range of resources
- Involving our parents
We know excellent science occurs in our school when we are:
- Discovering new things
- Exploring our senses
- Practically learning
- Curious, excited and asking questions
- Sharing and testing our ideas
Our curriculum is implemented through cross curriculum theme work and subject specific lessons. These cross curricular topics that aim to inspire and excite children about new learning. The children go on a learning journey and record the skills and knowledge they gain in a variety of ways. All of this is designed to support their learning so they remember long term the content they have been taught.