Our curriculum

Our vibrant curriculum ignites a love of learning with topic-based teaching methods fully engaging the children.

We offer a broad and balanced curriculum, which is delivered through an engaging topic based approach. Children enjoy exploring a range of topics that develop their literacy and numeracy skills as well as weekly French and swimming lessons, PE, Games and Music. To ensure all areas of learning are being developed we use the basic framework of the Key Stage One National Curriculum as a guideline.

We use a combination of group and individual work, promoting learning for all children across differing levels of attainment and ability. The individual strengths of the children are nurtured and encouraged, so each child can reach their full potential.

Our topic based curriculum offers a wide range of learning opportunities aimed at stimulating and nurturing your child’s development and interests.

The high teacher-to-pupil ratio ensures that each child is able to develop and learn at their own pace. We encourage progress through immediate positive praise and rewards celebrating achievements.

French, music and physical education are taught by dedicated specialist teachers from the Prep School, giving the children an early advantage in experiencing and developing their skills in these subjects.

Our teaching is extended outside as each classroom has an integral outdoor area offering the children another learning dimension. In addition, our nature garden, forest school and adventure playground encourage activity and exploration in the exciting world around them.

Trips and visits support and extend our academic curriculum. We also invite visitors; ‘Florence Nightingale’, Braces Bread, Pirate Pete and Roaming Reptiles to name a few, to bring their love of their subjects into the classroom to further extend the boundaries of the children’s learning.

We operate an open-door policy, inviting parents into the building in both the morning and afternoon. This gives time for informal conversations about how the day has gone and the opportunity for children to show off what they have done during the day.

Our staff work hard to provide a safe, caring and stimulating environment for children to grow, develop and flourish at their own pace and stage of development.


At St John’s, in order for children to foster curiosity in multiple disciplines, we feel it is very important that our pupils have the opportunity to participate in many clubs and activities outside of the academic curriculum. We provide pupils with a breadth of activities in a more informal manner than that of a classroom.

Our co-curricular activities give pupils a chance to explore and do things outside the realm of the normal curriculum and ensure all-round development.

Some examples of clubs and activities we offer for Pre-Prep are:

  • Ballet
  • Dance
  • Music Lessons
  • Choir
  • Coding Club
  • Sports Clubs
  • Tennis Coaching