Skills Based Curriculum

Put simply, the design of our curriculum allows us to focus on what is most important to your child's progression - skills!   By doing this, we are providing your child with the tools he/she needs for life.

The key skills for each year group are as follows:-

   Year 1          Year 2        Year 3
Year 4          Year 5        Year 6

*Please note that these documents are only a guideline, as we adapt our curriculum to meet the specific needs of the children within each of our mixed age classes.

Extra-Curricular Activities

We offer a wide range of extra-curricular activities over the course of the year, both during and after school.  We also regularly compete against other schools in a range of sports through the Sports Partnership.

Further information about these activities can be found

Examples of activities we have offered in the last two years include:-

Football, Cricket, Cookery, Gymnastics, Multiskills, Cheerleading, Netball, Dance, Judo, Choir, Storytelling with iPads, Club Francais, Tag Rugby, Fitness, Art Club, Dodgeball, Musical Theatre, Balloon Modelling, Movie Club, Magic Club & Mini Olympics.

Musical Tuition:- Guitar, Violin,  Woodwind, Recorders, Ocarina & Vocal Coaching

Note: There is a small charge for activities.

Our Curriculum

At Higham St John's School, we believe passionately that all our children should receive a curriculum that is broad and balanced, enabling all children to succeed.  To achieve this, we provide a learning experience that is both challenging academically, yet enables all children to develop their personal talents to the maximum in a safe, nurturing Christian environment.

We have designed a skills-based curriculum that both challenges and excites children in their learning.   Where possible we teach subjects in a 'cross-curricular' format, which enables us to teach the full range of National Curriculum subjects, whilst giving us time to explore topics in a greater depth.

The National Curriculum

We follow the National Curriculum, which is a statutory requirement for what needs to be covered within our school.   We have tailored this for our children and the following documents will provide you with an outline of what we will cover each year.

Full Curriculum Map

Each term, teachers send out a newsletter detailing what is happening in each class.   If you have missed a copy, please get in touch with the school office.


Class 1          Class 2          Class 3          Class 4          Class 5

A Typical School Day:
8:55am   - Registration and Early morning work
9:10am   - Collective Worship
9:30am   - Maths
10:25am - Morning Break
10:40am - Guided work / Phonics
11am      - English
11:45am - KS1 Lunchtime (12pm KS2)
1pm -        Lesson 4 (see individual class timetables)
2pm -        Afternoon Break (Except Reception)
2:15pm -   Lesson 5

3:10pm - Tuesday - Thursday Key Stage 1 Collective Worship
3:30pm - End of the School Day


We use the 'Letters and Sounds' programme for teaching phonics within the Early Years and Key Stage 1.  This involves daily phonics lessons led by our staff, as part of English Lessons.
We provide a session on how we teach phonics early on each academic year, so that you can support your child at home.

This siteprovides an excellent overview of 'Letters and Sounds', alongside games and activities that can be played at home.   If using the games, please check with your child's teacher to see which sounds have already been taught, rather than try to teach new sounds at home.

Higham St John's C.E. Primary School

Headteacher:  Mrs H Shaw  NPQH  FCCT

Bursars: Mrs C Anderson & Mrs A Robinson