In line with our school Mission Statement, the Junior School at St John’s aims to develop internationally minded students who are ‘collaborative, communicative, inquiring, respectful and creative individuals with a passion for lifelong learning’.
International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme
In order to achieve this, the children study the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Year’s Programme (PYP). The curriculum that supports this learning places great emphasis on teaching our children how to learn and inquire, giving them the skills to acquire knowledge themselves; an absolute necessity in this fast paced and ever changing world.
Every child is supported on an individual basis to reach their personal potential; academically, emotionally, socially and physically. The PYP encourages the development of the child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside and encourages them to take action on their learning and new found understanding.
The most significant and distinctive feature of the PYP is the six transdisciplinary themes of global significance.
Who we are
Where we are in place and time
How we express ourselves
How the world works
How we organise ourselves
Sharing the planet
The students investigate these themes through a series of Units of Inquiry, which change every half term. Within the Units of Inquiry, children are taught all age appropriate literacy and numeracy skills as well as a science programme based on discussion, prediction, investigation and practical experimentation. Drama, ICT, History, Geography and Religious Studies are all integrated into the Unit of Inquiry ensuring local, national and global awareness and encouraging a high level of cultural understanding.
All classes from Reception to Year 6 at St John’s are taught by the class teacher for the majority of the day. This provides the children with continuity and confidence in school time. St John’s also believes that the teaching of certain subjects can benefit from the use of specialist teachers, in order to develop the children to their maximum potential. In the Junior School, these subjects are PE, Music and Languages.
Learning outside the classroom
There are many opportunities for extended learning in museums, galleries, local historic buildings and through the geographical diversity of Devon including the cliffs and beaches. Visits and activities are arranged on a regular basis so that the children have an understanding of the impact of their learning in the real world.
In Years 4-6, the children have the opportunity to experience residential visits lasting from 2 to 5 days with a varied programme of activities including team building.
Clubs and Activities
There is a range of lunchtime clubs and afternoon activities available to the Junior school including Chess Club, Football Club, Netball Club, Cricket Club, Circuit Training, Rugby Club, Athletics, Maths Club, Orchestra, Junior Choir, Theatre Club, Art Club, Modelling Club and Tennis lessons.