Art and Design Technology
We follow an exciting and ambitious curriculum from Reception to Year 6. Each topic starts with a 'WOW!' experience, for example, an educational visit, visitors into school or special themed days. The children's learning is also celebrated with specific outcomes at the end of each topic. For example, we have created exhibitions, performed plays or organised sales. Teachers plan for cross curricular opportunities in English and Maths wherever possible. The year is peppered with curriculum days, such as an 'Arts' Day - "Our Wonderful World" is our most recent experience. These days provide pupils with an opportunity to examine a specific area in more detail, providing independent thinking and challenge.
Our Subject Leads work in teams so that they can share ideas and prepare and plan together for different subjects. Below are tabs for each group of subjects. For each of the subjects, we are developing our intent, implementation and impact statements to align with National Curriculum aims and with our school vision and aims. In that way, the curriculum on offer to our Saint John's pupils is specific and relevant to each of them, ensuring that we grow their learning from their diverse roots, challenging them to reach up and reach out and preparing them for their lives in our community and beyond.
At Saint John’s CE Primary School, we want all of our children to have the opportunity to experience and be inspired by the work of a diverse range of local and international artists and designers. Our intent is to show the importance and value of human creativity across different cultures and historic periods. This will enable children to develop an understanding and appreciation of how art shapes, impacts and enhances communities and surroundings. This knowledge will enable the children to gain cultural understanding and develop critical thinking skills. Children will also be empowered to appreciate and celebrate cultural diversity. Our Art Curriculum will engage, inspire and set challenges so that every child can flourish and develop their individual creativity. All children will be encouraged to take risks, experiment and work with a wide range of materials. There will be a clear progression of skills which will build on prior learning and techniques to develop confidence and mastery. Children will learn to evaluate, reflect and think about how they can make changes and improve their work. In addition, they will be encouraged to discuss and evaluate the work of others with sensitivity and respect, using appropriate technical and critical vocabulary.
At Saint John’s CE Primary School, we provide a safe and engaging environment for children to flourish in a range of different physical activities; this is essential for their physical, emotional, spiritual, social and moral development. Christian values permeate our curriculum and are integral to ensuring that children support and encourage each other to achieve, recognising that caring for each other when playing - whilst also being competitive! - is an essential element of Physical Education. Our desire for children to be challenged as well as supported is also fundamental, whether that be in a personal or team context. We recognise that every child is different, so our curriculum is diverse, offering the opportunity for every child to discover a sport that they love and take this love of learning with them to secondary school and beyond. We intend for every child to leave Saint John’s with the skills that they will need to access physical activity in the wider community and to remain physically active for the rest of their lives.
At Saint John’s, all children from Reception to Year 6 receive two sessions of PE per week. We use GetSet4PE to support our planning, ensuring that our curriculum builds the fundamentals and enables our children to apply their skills and knowledge to a wide range of sports. Key knowledge and skills are mapped across each year group to ensure that knowledge is developed progressively. The children experience a wide range of sports and activities throughout their time at Saint John’s: this gives them the opportunity to apply their skills in different contexts and ultimately discover a sport that they love. Invasion games, striking and fielding games, net and wall games, gymnastics, dance, swimming, outdoor adventurous activity and athletics are all covered within this spiral curriculum, ensuring progression and sequencing in their learning. Our children experience challenge in a caring and supportive environment through participation in class activities and intra-school events, often as a culmination of their termly work but also in annual events such as Sports Day.
Alongside this, we offer extra-curricular activities, run by teachers and external coaches, that provide pupils with further opportunities to develop physically, emotionally, spiritually and socially. Sporting clubs include: netball, football, cricket, judo, tennis and multi-skills. All of these provide children with the chance to share their talents, represent our school in competitions and provide pathways to sport within the community.