Our Curriculum

Introduction to Our Curriculum

Welcome to Our Curriculum Page

Here at John Perry we believe that our curriculum does not start and stop within the confines of the children’s classrooms. We believe that a curriculum is not just made up of a number of subjects but is the total experience a child receives from their time at school. Our children are influenced by everything they see, hear and do at John Perry. From the moment they pull on their school uniform and step through the school gates, they interact with their peers who have been taught our school values and speak with adults who understand the culture and ethos of the school.

Our curriculum is complemented by our dedicated and devoted staff, who help to manage, deliver and develop our curriculum and make the learning as enjoyable and relevant as can be by fostering effective and meaningful relationships with the children. Our provision is enhanced by our good relationships with parents and carers, Governors and the wider community, all of whom we work in partnership with.

We welcome visitors to our school to celebrate and share what John Perry is all about.
Please see our Curriculum Intent for more information about the aim of what and how we shape our curriculum and the outcomes we hope to achieve.

Please visit the ‘Year’ tab for more information about specific Year Group curriculum maps and newsletters regarding the learning for the current half term.

Curriculum Overviews By Year

Click on the year group below to find out more about our year group overviews.

ARP –             Autumn 1
Nursery –      Autumn 1
Reception –  Autumn 1
Year 1 –         Autumn 1
Year 2 –         Autumn 1
Year 3 –         Autumn 1
Year 4 –         Autumn 1
Year 5 –         Autumn 1
Year 6 –         Autumn 1

Half-Termly Newsletters

ARP Newsletter –            View Here
Nursery Newsletter –     View Here
Reception Newsletter – View Here
Year 1 Newsletter –        View Here
Year 2 Newsletter –        View Here
Year 3 Newsletter –        View Here
Year 4 Newsletter –        View Here
Year 5 Newsletter –        View Here
Year 6 Newsletter –        View Here

British Values

The Government defines British Values as the values of:

• Democracy
• The rule of law
• Individual liberty
• Mutual respect
• Tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs

As a school we understand the importance of these values but do not believe that these values will be assumed just because we demand it. Instead we aim to encourage children to discuss their view points, and then understand and challenge them always in a respectful manner. This will be implemented by the study of SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Culture Education).

Spiritual, moral, social and cultural education helps children develop personal qualities, which are valued in a civilised society; for example, thoughtfulness, honesty, respect for difference, moral principles, independence, and self-respect. At John Perry Primary School, we seek to teach these qualities across the curriculum and throughout school life. It is linked closely to our school values and ethos.

Character Education

Here at John Perry our intent is to develop each and every child so that they become conscientious, responsible and respectful citizens. We are passionate about the holistic development of our pupils. We see every child as a whole person. Through our broad, balanced and deep curriculum we look to address the physical, emotional, social, intellectual, spiritual and cultural aspects of a child’s life, who will be prepared to play a contributing part in society.
Character education is a fundamental part of anyone’s development. We understand that, as a primary school, we have a duty to develop each child’s character and are in a position to do so.

Cultural Capital

Cultural capital can be measured against how well one is able to succeed academically and engage in wider society. That is why at John Perry Primary we have designed our curriculum so that it provides our pupils with varied and relevant learning that prepares them for the world.

We understand that children have different starting points in life, whether that is academically, socially or emotionally but we strongly believe that this does not limit our children. Attitudes, beliefs and confidence are deciding factors that can stump or grow aspirations. Each child has the ability to be successful. Our aim is to improve the aspirations of our pupils through their experience at John Perry, which will inspire and open their minds to show them that anything is possible and to gain the cultural capital they need to be successful.

Handwriting Policy


The Handwriting Policy is intended to enable all children in the school to develop a
consistent and legible script that will assist their writing. It follows the guidance of the National Curriculum and is supported by the use of the Nelson Thornes Handwriting Scheme. Effective teaching of handwriting can only be achieved through modelling. Teachers must demonstrate letter formation and joins regularly for children to practise by copying and repeating.

Key Principles

• Handwriting and having a correct pencil grip should be taught explicitly in short frequent sessions. It should be modelled by staff and then supervised.
• Staff should be modelling correct handwriting at all times E.g. when writing on the board and marking children’s books.
• Where possible, especially in EYFS/YEAR 1 it should be linked to phonics and spelling patterns.
• High expectations of writing are needed; children should repeat handwriting if incorrect.
• A pen licence will be issued at the discretion of the class teacher when the child can write with speed, fluency and legibility.

EYFS Reading Curriculum


To provide a language-rich environment in which pupils acquire a wide vocabulary in preparation for them to become fluent and confident readers with a shared love of reading.

A systematic approach to teaching early reading and synthetic phonics is aimed at ensuring that all pupils learn to read words and simple sentences accurately by the end of Reception
A consistent approach to teaching ensures that all staff have the confidence and skills to enable all children, including those with SEND, to make rapid and sustained progress from their starting points.


In EYFS, reading is an important feature inside and outside the classroom. We have a range of ways in which we promote reading:
• Book corners that are stimulating and accessible, owned and loved by children
• Using core books to plan for children’s interests and class topics
• We have enthusiastic staff who share their excitement of books with children
• We have a range of quality books available in all learning areas of the classroom
• We use story props, story sacks, role play areas and displays to enhance core books • Well planned, shared reading sessions take place daily
• Opportunities are provided for children to learn from clearly modelled ‘reading behaviours’, for example, the recognition that print conveys meaning, the left to right directionality of English text, the purpose of punctuation
• Listening to and joining in a variety of genres, for example, non-fiction, poems, rhymes • Opportunities to retell and to act out stories using props and story maps.

Welcome to Our English Curriculum

At John Perry Primary, we enabled our pupils to express themselves creatively and imaginatively as they become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama, as well as of non-fiction and media texts. Children gain an understanding of how language works by looking at its patterns, structures and origins.

Phonics Statement of Intent

At John Perry Primary, we value Reading as a key life skill and are dedicated to enabling our pupils to become lifelong readers. Phonics is a way if teaching reading where children are taught to read letters or groups of letters by saying the sound(s) they represent. Children can then start to read words by blending the sounds together to make a word. We believe that Phonics provides the foundation to make our children confident and fluent readers and writers.

At John Perry Primary School, we are all mathematicians from our youngest nursery child to our oldest member of staff!

Maths lesson are a safe space for children to be creative, take risks and be responsible for their own learning – not being afraid to learn from their mistakes. We aim to provide children with a variety of tools that will help produce confident and resilient life-long learners of Maths, who enjoy learning and take pride in what they can do.

Children develop their fluency, reasoning and problem-solving skills through stimulating and practical lessons. Teachers have high aspirations for every student and ensure all lessons are challenging and inclusive.

Outdoor Learning

Children are spending less time outdoors than ever before and this is affecting their health, wellbeing and development. Time outdoors will make children happier and healthier, as well as equipping them with the skills they need for life. Children should be provided with opportunities to care for and interact with their natural environment, which is what we aim to do here at John Perry. We are fortunate enough to have space for children to enjoy, play and learn around the school.

We have a pond area with benches, a bug hotel, planters and a range of trees and shrubs where the children go learn more about the natural world. Our pupils enjoy any opportunity to visit this area where they can pond dip, plant or just observe nature, which brings a refreshing change to learning inside a classroom.

Our EYFS outdoor area replicates the learning indoors but in a more active, hands-on way, always under the supervision of our EYFS staff who engage in meaningful conversations and games with the children to develop their communication and language skills as well as their physical wellbeing.

Around the school, we have a range of outdoor play equipment such as tyres, trim tails and play frames which all promote active play and get the children move and improve their co-ordination, turn-taking skills and agility without them even knowing it!

Science Curriculum Intent

At John Perry, we strive to create scientists from Early Years up, and to provide our pupils with practical as well as methodological skills to be used throughout their lives up to adulthood. We want our pupils to foster a healthy curiosity and develop and in-depth understanding of their local area and the world we live in. All children are encouraged to develop and use a range of skills including observations, planning and investigations, as well as being encouraged to question the world around them and become independent learners in exploring possible answers for their scientific based questions.

Our Science curriculum has been developed to ensure full coverage of the National Curriculum and to adopt a sense of wonder about natural phenomena. We are committed to providing a stimulating, engaging and challenging learning environment where our pupils feel inspired not only to answer but to ask scientific questions. We want our children to have a broad vocabulary. Scientific language is taught and built upon as topics are revisited in different year groups and across key stages. We want our pupils to take charge of their own learning and communicate their ideas effectively, in order to lead them to a vocation of their choosing in later life. Science teaching at John Perry is practical, engaging and purposeful, ensuring all can be included.

Welcome to Our PE & Swimming Curriculum

At John Perry we view Physical Education as an essential part of a child’s development. We want children to develop knowledge, skills, understanding and enjoyment around sport and physical wellbeing. PE provides children with the opportunity to develop a positive attitude towards maintaining a healthy lifestyle and understanding the importance of values such as fair play, teamwork and sportsmanship. Through collaborative and cooperative activities, children learn to overcome challenges, learn resilience and show respect for others. PE is inclusive, allowing all children to take an active role in each lesson. We also encourage children to participate in competitive sport through class, year group, and house or borough competitions to develop their ability to work towards a common goal.

We commit to providing regular swimming lessons where children are taught to not only be confident swimmers but also about water safety.

In Key Stage 1, children learn fundamental movement skills extending their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others.

In Key Stage 2, children develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement.

Welcome to Our R.E. Curriculum

At John Perry Primary, we enabled our pupils to express themselves creatively and imaginatively as they become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama, as well as of non-fiction and media texts. Children gain an understanding of how language works by looking at its patterns, structures and origins.

Our Intent

It is our intent for the Religious Education element of our school curriculum to promote discernment and enable pupils to combat prejudice, preparing them for adult life, employment and life-long learning.

The 5 R’S are the foundations of Religious Education in our school:
• Religion- To have a clear understanding and knowledge of a wide range of religions and worldviews
• Reasoning- To ask thought-provoking questions and to be able to give in- depth and knowledgeable reasons to answers so that children can hold an informed conversation about religion and belief
• Respect- To be respectful and tolerant when learning about different beliefs, religions and values and to enable children to flourish as citizens in a pluralistic and global community
• Recognition- To recognise the similarities and differences between religions, local community and the wider society
• Reflective- To reflect on personal and different views and beliefs

Through the teaching of R.E., we aim to equip our children with the skills and opportunities to make judgements about spiritual and moral issues, as well as informed decisions regarding their own beliefs. Positive attitudes towards others are to be promoted.

PHSE Curriculum Intent

What is PSHE?

‘PSHE education is a school subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe and prepare for life and work in modern Britain. Evidence shows that well-delivered PSHE programmes have an impact on both academic and non-academic outcomes for pupils, particularly the most vulnerable and disadvantaged.

PSHE education aims to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. It offers learning opportunities across and beyond the curriculum, in specific lessons as well as in assemblies, circle time, special school projects and other activities that enrich pupils’ experiences.

Why it Should be Taught

Personal, Health and Social Education underpins life at John Perry School. Children’s attitudes to themselves and each other must be healthy if effective learning is to take place. The emphasis is on encouraging individual responsibility, awareness and informed decision making to promote healthy lifestyles. The Curriculum aims to provide opportunities for all pupils to learn and achieve. It promotes pupil’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and prepares children for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.

History Curriculum Intent

At John Perry, we value the importance of History and the role that it plays in allowing children to connect past and present-day events. Through history, we can learn how past societies, cultures and technologies were built, how they operated, and how they have changed. Throughout their time at our school, our pupils should develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of local, British and world history. By using the evidence available to them, they should draw conclusions about what life was like in the past and gain a better understanding of the world today. To achieve the objectives of the History National Curriculum, at John Perry each topic is taught through a half-termly topic approach. By the end of KS2, we would like the pupils to be confident at evaluating the validity of a variety of evidence sources. We believe that a good history curriculum should allow children to ask and answer questions, should inspire them and challenge their perceptions. Educational visits to relevant locations, for example museums and historical sites, stimulate our pupils’ interests. Visitors with first-hand knowledge/expertise will also be invited into school to further enhance the Humanities curriculum.

Geography Curriculum Intent

At John Perry, we know the importance of children learning more about their local area and the wider world. Geography allows children to make sense of the world around them and helps them to build greater awareness and appreciation of cultural diversity. Throughout their time at our school, pupils will undertake different learning opportunities each half term to help them to explore their natural curiosity in the world. A good geography curriculum should allow children to plan and undertake fieldwork to observe, measure and record features in the local area. Children will be given opportunities to ask their own geographical questions and will be encouraged to research these further and expand their understanding. We believe that educational visits and specialist visitors can inspire and provide context for the children’s learning and further motivate them to ask their own questions and continue their learning outside of the school environment.

By the end of KS2, we would like our pupils to be confident at using atlases and maps, be able to identify different human and physical features in real-life contexts and appreciate the similarities and differences between places, including our local area.

Art Curriculum Intent

At John Perry we believe that art is a significant and valuable part of the children’s education. It provides the opportunities needed to develop fine motor skills, observational skills and a critical understanding of the wider world.

We aim to give the children at John Perry a diverse and wide appreciation of art from a variety of cultures and from a plethora of artists, who themselves are assorted. The national Curriculum states that ‘A high quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art’

To become the renowned artist of tomorrow our children need to experience not only the visual elements of art (colours, shades, tones, patterns, shapes and lines) but also the tactile aspects of art (textiles, sculpture, collage and texture). Observing the works of artists who come from a variety of backgrounds and circumstances will enable the children to believe in themselves and their ability to achieve great works.

Computing Curriculum Intent

Through our Computing curriculum at John Perry Primary, we aim to give our pupils the life skills that will enable them to embrace and utilise new technology in a socially responsible and safe way to flourish. Our aim is to provide a high-quality Computing education which equips children to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world.

We want our pupils to be able to operate in the 21st century workplace and to know the career opportunities that will open to them if they become proficient in the use of new technologies. We want our pupils to become discerning and independent users of computing technologies, gaining confidence and enjoyment from their activities.

MFL Curriculum Intent

Here at John Perry we ensure that every child is able to have the opportunity to learn a new language and explore a variety cultures and traditions link to foreign language; enriching their lives and widening their skill set. This will enable them to form new and broader experiences, which they may have never had the opportunity to do so before, prompting diversity and inclusion.

At John Perry we strive to give the children opportunities to celebrate different cultures and languages; to develop an awareness of others around them and their own cultural identities; to be able to learn new ways to communicate with others and become lifelong learners. They should be able to develop their understanding of a new language, where it is derived from and commonly spoken. Using links to their grammatical understanding in English children are encouraged to compose sentences and phrases that will help them express themselves and understand others in another language. We use our Language of the month and celebration assemblies and events to help provide a rich and broad experience in MFL as well as our focus language (French) that we study throughout KS2.

Music Policy Intent


Our vision at John Perry Primary School is best expressed through the original DfE’s National curriculum overview:

“Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high- quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.”

(DFE, 2014 National Curriculum Music Programmes of study for KS1 and KS2)
We want our pupils to be able to have the opportunities to appreciate different forms of music, to enjoy their experiences of new and different types of music, to develop an awareness of cultural music, to participate in the making of music and become musicians themselves. They should be able to develop their music learning skills within a creative and rich context, which has meaning and purpose.

Aims & Objectives

To ensure that every child throughout KS1 and KS2 has the opportunity to:
 experience a variety of music
 be able to learn new musical skills
 learn appreciation of music through music from different cultures
We implement a sustainable and consistent model for Music teaching and learning, which is reviewed, monitored and improved.

Music WebLinks

Programme of study (NC link)