Curriculum

At St John Fisher, we recognise that we are building the foundations for life long learning with Christ at the centre. We want to capture and nurture a love of learning that our children will carry with them as they grow. We therefore strongly believe that learning should be fun, hands on, active and challenging. Our curriculum is carefully planned to ensure that all our children are encouraged to reach their full potential.

Curriculum Maps

You can view the whole school curriculum map here: PDF icon Whole School Curriculum Map

Please click on the images below to view the curriculum taught in each year group.

English Maths Science Computing
Physical Education Religious Education Art Design & Technology
Humanities PSHE

Catholic Education

Religious Education is a core subject. The primary purpose of Catholic Education is the step by step study of the mystery of Christ, the teaching of the Church and its application in daily life, therefore the principal aims of the school in terms of the Religious Education which it provides are:

  • to lead the children to a deepening knowledge and understanding of the Catholic Faith.

  • to provide opportunities for the children to develop a loving relationship with god and their neighbour.

  • to encourage children to respect and be fully aware of the needs of others as equal members of God’s creation.

In order to fulfil the requirement of the Curriculum Directory, we use the 'Come and See' scheme as our main resource to support teaching and learning in Religious Education, however other resources are also used to ensure coverage and breath.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (Click for the EYFS Framework)

The Early Years Foundations Stage is the first part of the National Curriculum focussing on children from 0 to 5. The philosophy underpinning the curriculum is that learning should be planned and structured with an emphasis on learning through play. The Early Years Foundation Stage principles that guide the work of all our skilled practitioners are grouped into four distinct but complementary themes:

  • a unique child

  • positive relationships

  • enabling environments

  • learning and development

These four guiding themes underpin effective practice in the Early Years Foundation Stage across Religious Education and the 7 other areas of learning.  All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected.  Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children's curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.  These three areas, the Prime Areas are:

  • communication and language
  • physical development; and
  • personal, social and emotional development.

Schools must also support children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strenghtened and applied.  The specific areas are:

  • literacy
  • mathematics
  • understanding the world; and
  • expressive arts and design.

In the Early Years Foundation Stage children learn through a mixture of adult focussed and child initiated activities.  They are assessed on entry to Nursery and Reception and again at the end of the Reception Class. Our phonic programme for EYFS is Read, Write, Inc.

Key Stages 1 & 2

In addition to Religious Education, the children follow the Revised National Curriculum 2014 for KS1 & 2 (click for the revised curriculum).   Central to the taught curriculum are the development of effective learning and thinking skills, well- being skills, personal, emotional and social skills. In addition to Religious Education, the main areas covered are: English, Mathematics, Computing, Science, History, Geography, Art, D&T, Music and PE. Spanish is introduced in KS2. The phonic programme used in KS1 and early KS2 is Read, Write, Inc.

Details of what is taught in each year, is communicated through the termly curriculum overviews to parents.  Children take the statutory tests at the end of KS1 and KS2.  Children's progress is reported to parents during Parents' Evenings during the Autumn and Spring Terms and through the annual written report at the end of the school year. However, parents have opportunities throughout the school year to view the children's work and they are welcome to make appointments to see the teacher if they have any concerns or want to discuss their child's progress.

Throughout the school we maintain high standards of teaching and learning through:

  • regular assessments of children’s learning

  • thorough planning and good teaching

  • encouraging children to become independent learners

  • children’s enjoyment of learning

  • regular monitoring of teaching and learning

  • curriculum enrichment