The Catholic religious ethos of St John Fisher Catholic Primary School is to be found across the whole curriculum and not just within our Religious Education programme. Our faith is enriched through contact with the faith and prayer of the staff and the Christian atmosphere of our school. Pupils are helped to understand their world and their lives in the light of our faith. The school supports, extends and clarifies what the children learn and experience at home and in church. We work together to learn more about our pupils and families and to understand the community and Parishes of Sacred Heart and Blessed Dominic Barberi.
At St John Fisher School, the curriculum has been designed to meet the needs of the children and families within our community. Our curriculum is designed to provide pupils with the opportunities, skills and experiences they need to be successful in their education and life beyond St John Fisher School. We recognise that a child’s time at St John Fisher School is not an isolated experience but rather part of a longer journey, which will prepare them to take up their place in the world as kind, tolerant, open minded and resilient citizens. Our curriculum aims to develop our pupils’ spiritually, socially and academically. We endeavour to provide experiences and opportunities that are above and beyond the basic curriculum, thus making our curriculum design at St John Fisher School unique.
Here at St John Fisher, we provide a broad and balanced curriculum based around the Cornerstones Curriculum, a nationally recognised approach for delivering outstanding learning opportunities for children.
What is the Cornerstones Curriculum?
The Cornerstones Curriculum is a creative and thematic approach to learning that is mapped to the 2014 primary national curriculum to ensure comprehensive coverage of national expectations. It is based on a child-centred pedagogy called ‘The Four Cornerstones’ and is delivered through Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs) and Knowledge Rich Projects (KRPs), which provide a rich menu of exciting and motivating learning activities that make creative links between all aspects of children’s learning. Children will progress through four stages of learning in each Knowledge Rich Project (KRP) and Imaginative Learning Project (ILP): ENGAGE – DEVELOP – INNOVATE – EXPRESS.
At St John Fisher School, we believe children learn better when they are encouraged to use their imagination and apply their learning to engaging contexts. Our curriculum provides many learning challenges throughout the academic year that require children to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding effectively. Using Cornerstones to support our planning and teaching ensures that pupils are assessed against a rigorous essential skills framework that outlines the end of year expectations in all subjects. These essential skills are tied to activities and are age-related so that staff can track children’s progress and identify their individual learning needs.
We aim to offer a curriculum built on creativity and enjoyment which is carefully planned into topics and encompasses subjects across the whole curriculum and to support children’s natural curiosity. We endeavour to stimulate their imagination offering an opportunity to work in depth and become independent, confident and successful learners with high aspirations who are well prepared for life in the 21st Century.
Topics are planned where possible, to coincide with nationwide and worldwide events and celebrations.
Pupils in reception are taught in accordance with the Department for Education’s Early Years Foundation Stage guidance.
Mathematics, reading, grammar and phonic lessons take place daily throughout the week.
Termly Topic Plans
Each term, topic plans are sent to parents to provide further details for their child’s year group; these can also be viewed on the class information pages:
Our curriculum is mapped to the new 2014 Primary National Curriculum ensuring comprehensive coverage of national expectations. Should you want further information, please click on the link below to access the National Curriculum, covering each Primary school subject:
Further Curriculum Information
If you require further information please speak to your child’s class teacher or contact Mrs Penman, our Principal.