St John's Upper Holloway C.E Primary School

Jesus said: 'Love each other as I have loved you'. - John 15:12

Curriculum and assessment

At St John's we follow the New National Curriculum for all subjects and have worked hard to ensure that it is delivered in a way that is creative, inspiring and challenging. We believe that the following key principles are important in our curriculum:

Breadth - We teach all subjects in the national curriculum and also try to provide ample opportunities to support children's spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

Balance - We try to ensure that sufficient time and weight is given to each subject in order that children achieve well in relation to the national expectations. Our timetable is flexible which allows teachers to deliver lessons either weekly or in a consecutive series or "block" so that children can be immersed in the topic.

Creativity - We believe that children learn best when they can make links, both within and between subjects. We teach our humanities and science through a cross curricular approach, enabling our pupils to apply the core skills of literacy and maths within a context. We also try to deliver lessons in a variety of ways to support children with different learning styles and needs - visual, auditory and kinaesthetic.

Inspiring and relevant - Children learn best when they are engaged and stimulated by their learning and we try to ensure that our curriculum reflects this with units of work that will enthuse and motivate. We use trips and visitors to bring learning to life and to help children recognise that learning also happens outside the classroom.

Challenging - We have high expectations for all our children from when they enter in Nursery to when they leave in Year 6. Our curriculum reflects this and, combined with our focus on consistent quality teaching, ensures our children leave St John's prepared for the next stages of their learning, including being "secondary ready".

Our curriculum maps for each year group can be clicked on below as well as through the class webpages. These are an overview of what is taught in each term but are also flexible to enable teachers to adapt planning and provision to meet the needs and interests of their pupils. We have specialist teachers to support PE as well as some aspects of music. We have also produced more detailed plans for English and maths in each year group.

Early Years Curriculum overview

Year 1 curriculum map

Year 2 curriculum map

Year 3 curriculum map

Year 4 curriculum map

Year 5 curriculum map

Year 6 curriculum map

English detailed plans for:  Year 1    Year 2    Year 3    Year 4    Year 5  Year 6

Maths detailed plans for:   Year 1    Year 2    Year 3    Year 4    Year 5   Year 6

Over the last few years we have changed how we assess pupils to focus on specific objectives rather than "levels". You can read about our approach to assessing children's attainment and progress by reading our current assessment policy.

Daily literacy and numeracy lessons ensure that children have all the core skills they need to access the curriculum fully and be independent learners. We believe that children also need to develop the skills required to be confident and enthusiastic readers. Reading takes place in every class each day using a range of graded reading books (Oxford reading Tree, Rigby Star and Rigby Navigator) as well as "real books" and children are encouraged to take books home to read each night with their parents. Our "Reading for Fun" weeks encourage children to develop a love a reading and to develop preferences for specific authors or text types. We also plan "buddy" reading sessions when the older children can read with the younger ones. All our Early Years and Key Stage 1 classes also have daily phonics sessions in small groups. Children are encouraged to use their phonic skills to help decode the words in their reading books but are also taught to use a range of other cues such as context, picture cues and sight vocabulary. We offer workshops each year to provide advice to parents on how they can support their children at home with reading, maths and other areas of the curriculum.

Daily maths lessons take place for all classes to help them develop core skills and knowledge. We also provide opportunities for children to apply their skills and understanding through regular problem solving and investigations. Children are helped to learn their number facts, including times tables, in line with the new national curriculum expectations and are tested on these regularly for quick recall.  Our school subscribes to and as well as supporting maths in class, pupils have log in details so that they can also access it at home.  

Our topics are cross curricular and have a wide range of trips planned to inspire the children's learning. Our children and parents particularly like our whole school projects such as science week or Carnival where we work together to bring learning to life and have fun! We recently worked on a school project about Father john Gerrard and his escape from the Tower Of London. You can see some of the highlights by clicking on this link

(note, the file is large so you may wish to open it rather than save it!)

Our class pages (on the Year Groups tab) will give you an insight into the sort of wonderful things are children are learning. They also provide details of the curriculum map for each class and some useful links to websites that will support the children's learning.

Weekly homework helps children to reinforce much of the learning that has taken place during the week in school and is an opportunity for parents to work with their children and support them with their learning. Click here to see our homework policy.

Our recent parent meeting talked about the many strategies parents can use to support their children with reading.

Click here to see the presentation for our infant classes.

Click here to see the presentation for our junior classes.

We also delivered a parent workshop to explain phonics, both in terms of how we teach it here in school as well as ideas and resources for parents at home.

Click here to see the phonics presentation