John Stainer

Whole School Curriculum Map and Intent

In this section, you will find all you need to know about our curriculum. Each subject overview gives an insight into our curriculum across the school. For further information about the programme of study for each curriculum area, please click on the following link https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum#programmes-of-study-by-subject 

Click here to view our curriculum overview for each subject

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Curriculum Intent

  • Our curriculum celebrates the diversity of our community and the wider world, and is carefully designed to enthuse and engage children at all levels in their learning, teaching them valuable and transferable skills through the full range of primary subjects. It is then linked with further exciting reading, research and visit opportunities.

  • The curriculum ensures that academic success, reliability, responsibility and resilience, as well as physical development, well-being and mental health are key elements that support the development of the whole child and promote a positive attitude to learning.The curriculum encourages and provides creative and problem solving opportunities, high levels of technological awareness including media safety and an appreciation of the arts, whilst also nurturing the essential values of kindness, empathy and integrity.

  •  Developing strong and respectful relationships is at the heart of our intent, and we promise that at John Stainer, every pupil will receive what we proudly state in our mission statement which is ‘an excellent education, to enjoy, empower and enable’.

  • It is our job, in partnership with the parents and through our carefully designed curriculum, to support every pupil to become an aspirational, highly skilled, self directed and globally aware learner who is able to work independently or collaboratively with confidence, focus and a sense of pride in their achievements.

Pupils are still working on the Early Learning Goals of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum as they enter Year 1. There is a period in the Autumn Term where the majority of children progress to the National Curriculum. Throughout this period and beyond all children are still developing their phonic knowledge through the Soundswrite Programme and developing their fluency in reading through the Reading Programme.

 The National Curriculum is delivered using an integrated topic approach and regularly assessed  to ensure coverage and progression throughout the school. Milestones at the end of Year 2 and Year 6 ensure that children are meeting expectations in their learning. The more able are challenged further in their learning and children who find aspects of their learning more difficult are appropriately supported so that they too are enabled to experience success. National requirements and school requirements are mapped out as a whole school and then individual year groups plan the curriculum for their pupils accordingly. The curriculum is underpinned by the school’s Core Values, and these are taught on their own and through other areas of the curriculum, including assemblies. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils and their understanding of the core values of our society are woven throughout the curriculum.

 The English curriculum and the mathematics curriculums are taught in mixed ability groups in Key Stage 1 and Lower Key Stage 2 but there may at times be  targeted ability grouping in Upper Key Stage 2. In all year groups there are small group interventions in order to support pupils in securing the key skills to become successful readers, writers and mathematicians.

Specialist teachers teach swimming, our teachers teach all the other subjects. All subject leaders are given training and opportunity to keep developing their own subject knowledge, skills and understanding so they can support curriculum development and their colleagues throughout the school. Theme weeks, whole school activities and opportunities and trips within and outside school all enrich and develop the children’s learning. After school clubs and events extend these opportunities further. Additional whole school programmes and approaches support quality teaching and learning and the school is well resourced in terms of learning materials, books and technology.

The outdoor environment and the local community are considered an opportunity for active learning for all our pupils. The school grounds have been developed so they can enrich different curriculum areas, and in addition we have access to the Brockley Nature Reserve.

 Pupils have opportunities to share their learning with each other, their parents and carers and other learners through school-based and external exhibitions, performances, competitions and events involving other schools. Developing their independence and motivation as learners and their sense of responsibility as future citizens is at the heart of all our teaching and learning.