The children follow a broad based and stimulating curriculum that is delivered by specialist teachers who bring their own love of their subject into the classroom.
YEARS 3 TO 5
All pupils in the junior forms study the following subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, French, Humanities (History, Geography, Religious Studies), Art, Design and Technology, ICT, Drama, Music, Physical Education and Games.
Largely the same curriculum is followed by all pupils, however work is appropriately differentiated to meet individual needs. This ensures that more challenging work is set for the more able and the necessary support and reinforcement work is offered to pupils who need it.
YEARS 6 TO 8
In Year 6 the pupils are set for all subjects. This allows for more individualised teaching to target specific pupil strengths. Pupil progress and setting are reviewed regularly to ensure that pupil needs are continuously monitored.
In Years 7 and 8 pupils work towards the Prep Schools Baccalaureate (PSB). Not only are they assessed on their knowledge during the two year course, but also invaluable skills for the future such as leadership, independence and communication.
The PSB also includes an individual project and the opportunity to show all the areas that a child may shine in, be that on the sports field, the stage or in the choir.
The PSB very much reflects our philosophy of developing well-rounded children.
Please see the Curriculum Booklet for full details of the academic provision at St John’s. This sent home to parents annually with details of work outlines for each subject. This is also available on request from the School Reception.
Throughout the year the children are given the chance to participate in many different activities, both in and out of school, which are designed to further enhance their educational development.
Visits to the theatre, art galleries and museums as well as to places of historical and geographical interest take place for children of all ages. Pupils also enjoy regular visits by speakers and performers who bring their enthusiasm, passions, adventures, achievements and experiences into the classroom.
The school hosts academic enrichment evenings throughout the year with specialists from senior schools coming with exciting talks and shows. These have ranged from an introduction to classical mythology (perfect for Percy Jackson fans) and a science show packed full of mind-boggling numbers, explosions and liquid nitrogen ice cream.
There are also educational competitions held across the curriculum for pupils of all ages. Pupils are also invited to participate in external events across the country including Science, Maths and Language Challenges.
The school day is busy and full and therefore pupils are not expected to spend hours working after school at home. Prep is set to provide reinforcement or consolidation work for topics covered in lessons and each item of prep should take no longer than 30 minutes to complete.
We are increasingly aware of pupils busy personal lives and will always endeavour to take account of sporting, music and other out of school commitments. To this end, pupils will often be given more than one night to complete their prep.
All pupils may stay after school each day, from 5:00pm until 6:00pm, where prep work can be completed in a quiet and constructive learning environment.
Prep schedules are issued to all pupils at the beginning of each academic year (a copy of which can be found in the Curriculum Book).
All pupils are assessed at regular intervals and parents are informed of progress. If any child is not making the necessary academic progress after an initial settling-in period, a meeting is organised with parents as soon as possible to work out a route to resolving the situation. This may include the creation of an Individual Educational Plan that sets out specific milestones to be achieved in class.
The purpose of assessment is to ensure that all pupils are making the desired progress and meeting their full academic potential. At the beginning of each academic year, every pupil in Years 3 to 8 sits a CAT 4 electronic test of cognitive ability. The results of these tests indicate pupil potential, areas of weakness and appropriate teaching strategies.
Alongside these, Progress Tests in English, Maths and Science are also completed at the end of each school year. This information can then be used alongside CAT4 data to ensure that pupils are achieving their full potential.
Teachers also perform informal, interim assessments in their specific subject areas to monitor pupil progress throughout the year. All teachers track pupil performance using a traffic light system (RED – below expectation, AMBER – meeting expectation, GREEN – above expectation) at the end of each half term. Children also sit standardised reading (NGRT) and spelling age (SWST) tests annually to ensure they are making the expected progress year upon year.