At St John Bosco Primary School we follow the National Curriculum from Years 1 to 6. We focus on cross-curricular teaching to make learning relevant and meaningful. Topics work is enhanced by trips and visitors giving children the opportunity to see learning in action. We are a silver Rights Respecting School and believe that children have the right to become the best they can be (article 29 UNCRC).
Specialist musicians teach brass in Y5 and Ukulele and Guitar to children throughout KS2. We take part in a number of music events throughout the year e.g. singing at the Hidden Gem, Singalong and the Irish Music Festival.
PE coaches visit school to teach games and gymnastics across KS1 and KS2. We are committed to giving our children as many sporting opportunities as possible, including the Brownlee Foundation Triathlon, St Matthew’s partnership schools sports competition and events with other local schools.
All our children enjoy specific teaching around vocabulary, knowledge and cultural capital, alongside skills which will enable them to learn independently and efficiently as they grow older. We provide many opportunities for pupils to develop leadership skills though our GIFT chaplaincy team, Digital Leaders, Pupil Council, Sport Leaders and Lunchtime Buddies.
Our Early Years curriculum is carefully sequenced in each area of learning, giving specific focus to development of vocabulary and characteristics of learning to ensure our children have the skills they need for KS1.
Throughout St John Bosco the curriculum offer is ambitious for all pupils and adapted to meet the needs of pupils with SEND.
In summary, St John Bosco is a school where teaching and learning is based upon a language rich themed curriculum where pupils are exposed to a range of experiences to enhance their knowledge, understanding and long term memory. As a result, pupils at St John Bosco are confident, aspirational, articulate learners who are ready for the next stage of education.
If you have any questions regarding the curriculum we teach please contact the school.
Phonics and Reading
The Phonics scheme in Nursery is ‘Letters and Sounds’. When children enter Reception we use ‘Read, Write Inc’ until the children leave Year 2. Children are grouped across the three year groups according to their reading levels. The children take home Read, Write Inc reading books to read and share with their parents. Children who complete this reading scheme move onto the higher stages of ‘Oxford Reading Tree’ in Year 2. Children in Reception partake in Read Write Inc lessons daily. Children in Year 1 partake in Read, Write Inc lessons four days a week and Year 2, three days a week.
Please visit http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk for access to many ebooks at all levels and other reading activities.
Pupils in Year 3 onwards use Accelerated Reader to develop their reading skills. Accelerated Reader is a computer program that helps teachers manage and monitor children's independent reading practice. Your child picks a book at their own level and reads it at their own pace. When finished, your child takes a short quiz on the computer. Each child has their own log in to the website and read daily in school and is expected to read daily at home.
Please click on the links on each class page to find the information about what children are learning in class each term.
Links to the National Curriculum objectives and what children are expected to learn in each year group in English can be found below:
English Curriculum Objectives
Our Handwriting Scheme is the Nelson Handwriting Programme. It is a whole-school programme designed to help all children develop a confident, legible and personal handwriting style and meet higher curriculum expectations. The programme includes resources for pattern practice and motor skills, fun activities to bring handwriting to life and we have an online subscription to help implement the programme in our classes. All classes practice their handwriting daily.
The website link below will lead you to handwriting tips for use at home. https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/english/primary-handwriting/
Curriculum Overviews for each class
Please find the curriculum overviews for the skills and topics taught from EYFS to Year 6 below.