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Values and Vision

Through our Christian faith and values, we will work together as pupils, staff, parents, carers, governors and the wider community to engage in learning of the highest quality and instil integrity that will take the children through to adulthood.

By investing in all members of our community and providing a challenging, nurturing and inspirational environment we aspire to develop a culture of resilience and       life-long learning where everyone succeeds.

Respecting the ideas of all, we learn from each other and strive to be the best that we can be.

In a safe and happy school we will encourage children to value others and sow the seeds for them to become good citizens of tomorrow.

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.

Every  child, every year, will be involved in a class production - not just the Reception / Y6 christmas production. This means that every year, every chilkd 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 attend specialist gymnastics 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 and a Tea Time Club to support those families that need extenbded hours provision. These clubs are run by our TAs who know the children, care for them and support their learning as unique individuals.

Our Values for Life termly focus in collective worship is 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. Parish members deliver fortnightly 'Open the Book' collective worship and we visit St John's Church at least twice a term for special family services.

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 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 offer a Family Support Worker to work alongside families who have concerns or worries.

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.

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