Curriculum

Our Curriculum

At St John the Evangelist Primary School all children have a right to a broad, balanced and relevant education which provides continuity and progression and takes individual differences into account. We want children to develop a love of learning across a wide range of subjects. All work is planned to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum (2014) and staff work hard to deliver exciting and stimulating lessons. The National Curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens. It introduces pupils to the best that has been thought and said; and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.

Our curriculum seeks to give our children excellent core skills so that they can learn about the world around them and achieve their potential. At St John's, our children come into school ready to learn and with a wide range of talents and interests so we believe that every subject is important and we invite our children to come along on a journey of discovery through the arts, science and humanities so that they have a broad base of knowledge to understand the world and shape their future. 

To develop our increasingly diverse school population, we aim to provide a wide range of cultural influences through our topics, assemblies and lessons to challenge thinking and celebrate diversity. We also recognise that our children need to develop their independence and resilience so that they are ready for the challenges of the curriculum and their next phase of education. Children leave St John's reflecting our core mission: as good people who can make a difference in the world. 


Curriculum organisation

At St Johns our curriculum is organised into a 2 year rolling plan Cycle A and Cycle B. In each year there are 6 termly topics. Each topic has a main focus and is usually based around a quality English text. (Detailed termly plans can be found on the teaching and learning pages for each year group.)We are currently on Cycle B. These plans are regularly reviewed and adapted to meet changing needs and interests and ensure that our children are given access to the best of what has been thought and said.

Half Termly topics are supplemented with a number of Theme Weeks.

These include: Book week, which this year looks at the book Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World By Kate Pankhurst.

Geography based theme weeks in which the children study a country in depth.

Science week and this year we also have a World Faith Week - in which we explore different Faiths from across the World.

Newsletters detailing information about past theme weeks can be found on the teaching and learning pages.


In their learning children will:

  • Engage with their learning so that they develop independent learning and remain committed to learning throughout their school careers and their lives.
  • Develop the personal qualities they need be good citizens and to respond the changing contexts of their future lives.
  • Develop a sense of their own nationality and culture at the same time developing a profound respect for the nationalities and cultures of others.

Curriculum resources

We use a variety of teaching materials to support and assess the children’s learning. This includes the use of Rigby Star, Bug Club and Rapid Phonics to teach the children to read. We use The White Rose Maths hub resources to support our maths teaching and the Rising stars Primary Framework to assess the children’s learning. Further information on the curriculum can be obtained by sending an email to the school bursar admin@sjsmacc.cheshire.sch.uk

The documents below provide further information about each subject (please note we are currently developing our curriculum offer and this will be updated during the summer term 2021). 

St John The Evangelist Church of England Primary School

Ivy Road,
Macclesfield
SK11 8QN
Louise Terrington (bursar) 01625428222 admin@sjsmacc.cheshire.sch.uk
SENCo Mrs Kay Clarke
Headteacher Mr Mark Harrison