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In Reception, children show good concentration in well planned, absorbing and imaginative activities - Latest Ofsted ReportLeaders have established a positive culture for learning mathematics - Latest Ofsted ReportThe use of pupil premium funding is well targeted to support disadvantaged pupils’ learning - Latest Ofsted ReportDisplay walls are providing effective support for learning - Latest Ofsted ReportThe school, through its distinctive Christian character, is outstanding - Latest SIAMS ReportA culture of collective worship and prayer enables this large school to resemble a united caring family - Latest SIAMS Report

Curriculum Aims

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:

  • To ensure that each child has a command of language and the ability to communicate effectively and confidently in reading, writing, speaking and listening.
  • To develop a knowledge and understanding of basic mathematical facts and concepts and of how to use them.
  • To encourage scientific curiosity and to organise observational studies, particularly in the local environment.
  • To awaken children’s awareness of their heritage, both local and national, and to give some understanding of their place in the world.
  • To give an understanding of moral and ethical codes, religious beliefs and ideas, and of how to live with others.
  • To teach skills and the appreciation of aesthetic qualities in the creative arts, art craft, music and drama.
  • To develop and maintain a healthy body of providing enjoyment in physical activities.
  • To encourage children to develop a habit of learning and to develop a lively enquiring mind and a cooperative attitude towards all the people who are working for the successful achievement of these aims
  • To promote British Values by giving an understanding of democracy, of other faiths and beliefs and the development of respect and tolerance. 


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.