What Makes Us Special
Here at St John's we are proud of so many things that make us special.
Our curriculum combines focused age related learning in the core subjects with a cross-curricular Topic approach for other subjects. We have also begun to re-design our curriculum in order to provide more opportunities for our KEY DRIVERS of our curriculum: creativity, wider horizons for children, children identifying their personal success, wellbeing and spirituality.
Every child, every year, will be involved in a class production - not just the Reception / Y6 christmas production. This means that every year, every child will develop their confidence, speaking and listening skills, co-operative learning and simply their chance to shine!
Every Term, every child will take part in an Interhouse Tournament - allowing them to experience representing something bigger than themselves as part of a collective endeavour.
Each year, every child will have swimming lessons and have specialist sports coaching as part of our PE Curriculum. We also have a huge and diverse range of after school clubs delivered by teachers, parents, governors and external coaches.
We have a Breakfast Club to support those families that need extended hours provision. These clubs are run by our TAs who know the children, care for them and support their learning as unique individuals.
Our WAYS have termly focus in collective worship and are highly valued by parents and children alike - they recognise that it helps children to build a core set of values and principles to guide them through life. Whats more, our WAYS are built into our Behaviour Policy - so they are more than simply our values...they are the WAY we behave, the WAY we are, the WAY to be.
We have regular Church links through Parish members that deliver fortnightly 'Open the Book' collective worship and when visit St John's Church at least twice a term for special family services. Our Y6 every year attend a leavers service at Salisbury Cathedral.
Pupil Voice in our school is firmly embedded in all that we do. We have weekly circle times in PSHE, regular Class Councils that feed into the fortnightly School Council meetings that help develop our school, a Spirituality Council that focuses on ways to develop and express our spirituality, a Sports Council that focuses on sporting development across the school, and a newly formed Eco Council that focuses on gardening and recycling.
Our Jigsaw PSHE curriculum explicitly teaches calming down, stress management techniques and strategies - a 'mindfulness' approach to give children the foundations to help them manage the stresses of modern life in teenage years and adulthood.
We teach 'Learning Powers' - a range of dispositions and capacities that help children to learn how to become better at learning. These are life-long skills sets that a child will use in all areeas and stages of their life. We call these PRIDE and they are even built into our WAYS.
We provide Personalised Pupil Targets - a set of goals each term that have been identified by teacher and child togther as the best objective to work on that term to make accelerated progress.
We aim to personalise the learning of all children through a personalised curriculum that includes children helping to identify what they would like to learn. This is exemplified in our Learning Log homework (please see the HOMEWORK page) that allows each and every child to take control over their learning - developing their own individual passions.
We provide a Nurture Base with specially trained staff who can provide small group learning for those who are having a tough time or who are struggling that day to make the righ choices.
We offer specially trained staff as ELSA provision to work closely with children who have worries they need to talk through.
Our SENCO leads the school on focused intervention and support programmes for pupils just behind age related expectations ans for those children with special educational needs.