Our curriculum

At St John's we follow a creative, topic-based curriculum that is led by a key text. The objectives for our curriculum come from the National Curriculum 2014. Click the link below to see our long term curriculum for this year. We will soon be adding a medium term plan, which provides further detail. If you would like to know more, please visit our subject website pages or attend one of our school workshops or parent events such as Share the Learning, Class Assembly or Parents' Evening.

Spring Term  1 - The Industrial Revolution in Manchester

We will be exploring the lives of famous scientists such as Thomas Edison and thinking about what we can learn from inspirational people from the past. Look him up on the internet! 

In school we will be experiencing a recreated workhouse. We will be creating a newspaper report on some of the amazing things that happened during that time. 

See if you can do some research to find out about what it was like to be a child in Victorian times. 

In science we will be learning about forces and linking our D&T project to mechanical systems.

Our key text is, ‘Leather Shoe Charlie’ by Gyeong-hwa Kim - an engrossing story, which teaches us about the Industrial Revolution.

We will be sharing other fantastic books that link to our Victorian topic too.

Spring Term  2 - Wolves; North America and Canada

This half term we have been reading lots of stories about wolves and learning about their environment and habitat around the world. In particular, we have studied the regions of North America, including Canada and Alaska, where wolves live in the wild.


In DT, we looked at close up pictures of wolves and sketched what we saw. Then we designed our own wolf mask. These were great fun to make and we are so pleased with the results!



Summer 1: Polar regions and explorers

Next half-term, we will be moving further afield in our studies. We will be asking the questions:

Which journeys could we go on and what might we discover?

Who has explored the world before us and what did they find?

Can we travel beyond the Earth?

Our main study books will be 'Shackleton's Journey' by William Grill and 'Survivors' by David Long. We will find out all about explorers and their daring journeys and discoveries, especially in the polar regions of the earth.

In DT we will design and make a survivor'spack for going on a polar expedition.

What do you think might need to go inside it?

Some explorers took mascots them to keep them safe. What would your mascot look like?


Suspense story writing

Here are some of the - just published - titles for 5A's suspense stories...