The Curriculum

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Curriculum Overview for years1-6

Each year group produces a topic web which is handed out to parents and posted on their class webpage. This topic web provides more detail about what aspects are covered and taught for each new topic.

Children study at primary level for seven years. A reception course in the first year, (YR), Foundation Stage, which is followed by the first two Key Stages of the National Curriculum through years Y1 to Y6. Key Stage 1 refers to the Infant years (Y1 and Y2), Key Stage 2 refers to the junior years (Y3 to Y6).
The National Curriculum consists of five core subjects: English, Mathematics, Computing, Science and Religious Education.
Foundation Subjects: Art, Design Technology, History, Geography, Music and Physical Education.

Religious Education

Ellel St John’s is a Church of England Primary School and carefully follows the Religious Education syllabus produced by the Blackburn Diocese Board of Education. The syllabus is delivered as follows:

Reception and Key Stage One

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RECEPTION Me, others and the world around me.

I am special


Special people



Stories Jesus heard

Stories Jesus told


Special times, places and objects


Special places


Special times

Year 1 God and Creation

Christmas gifts and gift bringer

Jesus was special


Celebrating new life


What is a saint?


Year 2 The Bible

Christmas- Good News

Jesus friend to everyone

Easter- Symbols

Non-Christian faiths

Festival of Holi


The Church

Non-Christian places of worship

Ascension and Pentecost

Key Stage Two

Key Stage 2
Autumn Spring Summer
Year 3 Rules for living

Non-Christian link

Christmas – God with us

Called by God

Easter – Joy, sadness, joy

Jesus –the man who changed lives

Why do Christians sing in worship?

Year 4 God, David and the Psalms


Christmas – Light



Easter- Betrayal and Trust

The Church

Sacred Places – non-Christian

What matters most

Year 5 The Bible

Sacred texts – non-Christian


Christmas- Matthew and Luke

Jesus the teacher



Easter- Victory

Pentecost – what happened next?


Women in the Old Testament-

With a non-Christian link

Year 6 Life as a journey

Pilgrimage –non-Christian Unit

Christmas – Advent

Passover – non-Christian unit


Easter- Who was Jesus?

People of faith


Change the world


Core Subjects
All pupils study the five core subjects: English, Mathematics, Computing, Science and Religious Education, according to the guidelines set out in the National Curiculum.  Computing supports all areas of the curriculum, as well as being taught separately. Larger proportions of time are allocated to these core subjects and with particular emphasis on the development of basic skills which are taught in a variety of ways. English and mathematics are timetabled for at least 1 hour each day in all the classes.



English and literacy are regarded as particularly important because the skills of speaking and listening, reading and writing are vital to all other curricular areas. Therefore is taught explicitly in English lessons, but also within other other topic areas such as History. The aim of the school is that each child should be articulate, literate and able to listen and to write clearly, legibly and fluently to the best of his or her ability by the time they leave Ellel St. John’s.


At Ellel St. John’s we aim to ensure that each child leaving the school at the age of 11 is numerate, having the skills of computation, measurement and spatial awareness appropriate to his or her ability. The children develop mathamatically at their own pace through a carefully structured syllabus. Concepts are formed and built upon through practical, oral, and written work, whilst encouraging an enjoyment of mathematics and a fascination with numbers. Within the Mathematics curriculum, numeracy is given priority. Our approach to number is that mental methods should always be used as a first option when tackling calculations. Other methods are only appropriate when the calculation is beyond the mental capability of the child. Learning mutlplication tables is not left to chance and is built into our curriculum.


Foundation Subjects

The foundation subjects of Geography, History, Music, Art, Physical Education, Design and Technology are given sufficient time to make a worthwhile contribution and meet the overall requirements of the National Curriculum. The school has detailed policy documents for all areas of the curriculum and we will be pleased to expand upon this necessarily brief summary of our philosophy.

Thematic Approach

At Ellel St. John’s we aim to foster a love of learning. We want our pupils to be challenged, enthused and skilled to become working citizens of the 21st century. We have consistently high standards in school and always expect the best of our pupils. We deliver a creative curriculum that makes meaningful links between different subjects and one that is based, wherever possible, in our own local area. The engagement of pupils is core to all our teaching and so we plan to integrate valuable, exciting experiences into the curriculum. We make extensive use of the locality and the community to support the curriculum and make regular use of visits and visitors to enrich the learning experiences.

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Reading at Ellel St John’s

We love books and reading at Ellel St John’s! We aim to make sure our children are immersed in books from the time they join us in Reception to when they leave at the end of Year 6. Children have access to a wide range of good quality reading materials in their own classroom reading corners, through our reading scheme, in the stimulating range of books we use for our ‘Guided Reading’ sessions and also in our well stocked school library.



As well as developing in our children a love of books and knowledge of genres and authors we also provide them with clear building blocks to develop the skills they need to become fluent readers. From starting in Reception, children are taught ‘Letters and Sounds’, a systematic, synthetic approach to learning how to read. They move through the phonic phases until they are confident and enthusiastic readers.


The school uses Oxford Reading Tree as its main reading scheme but supplements this with a range of books from other schemes as appropriate. These books are all colour coded for easy recognition and graded in order of difficulty. We encourage parents to become involved by reading to, listening to or just talking about books with their children. Reading diaries are used to record books read and also as a means of communication between parents and teacher to help support the reading process. A variety of events are held throughout the year to inform and educate parents on their role and how they can best help their children. The school also makes use of Reading Volunteers to listen to children read across the school.