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Model School Primary School, Northland Rd, County Londonderry



St John's is a Church of England Primary School

St John’s is proud to be a Church School. We aim to value, respect and nurture each individual child, ensuring children are happy in school with a sense of purpose shared by teachers, children and parents. We strive to develop children with a distinctly Christian Ethos in mind, creating a safe place to ‘Love, Learn and Grow.’

Through whole school assemblies and daily routines we work hard to reflect our 4 chosen Christian Values of Love, Honesty, Forgiveness and Kindness. Each classroom has a celebration sheet onto which children add their names when they have shown one of our values to another member of our school community. 

Since September the school has advertised, interviewed and appointed 7 children to lead our PAWS Team. (Prayer and Worship Squad) These children are responsible for the ongoing development and celebration of Religious Education and the Christian Ethos of our school. 

The children have regular meetings with our RE Co-Ordinator, Mrs Birkett-Rothwell, and are actively working together to make a difference to our school and our community.

Teaching & Learning at St John's

The curriculum we offer all our children is provided through a series of planned theme, which are created and implemented by our teaching staff and in line with the New Primary Curriculum of 2014.

The aims of our curriculum are:

  • To enable all children to learn and develop their skills, to the best of their ability;
  • To promote a positive attitude to learning, so that children enjoy coming to school, and acquire a strong basis for life-long learning;
  • To teach children the skills of English, Mathematics and Communication Technology;
  • To fulfil all the requirements of the National Curriculum and agreed syllabus for Religious Education

The document below provides a clear over view of all the themes taught, throughout school.

Planning and Assessment and Tracking

At St John’s Church of England Primary School we follow the four part daily lesson plan format. Planning is differentiated to meet the needs of all the children. Formative assessment is ongoing and planning adapted accordingly. Intervention programmes are implemented swiftly for targeted children where necessary.

All staff strive to ensure the children make rapid progress.

Summative assessment takes place at the end of the first two weeks in September, as a Baseline for each class and then at the end of each term. The data is recorded on a tracking sheet and passed onto the receiving teacher at the end of each academic year. This allows us to track each child from Nursery to the end of KS2.

Weekly lesson plans follow the four part format and include differentiation and use of additional adults. Teachers ensure each plan is personal to their current year group, taking into account the needs of the children, speed of progress, learning styles and differentiation. We constantly review and adapt the plans. There are consistent Phonic plans, which are used to support planning BUT as a guide only. Children are taught in groups. Assessment is used to inform which group each child is placed in. Teaching is fast paced and all children actively participate. Continuing assessment ensures progress is monitored and children move groups to suit their ability as and when necessary.


Guided reading is delivered, at least, twice weekly throughout school.

We use the following reading schemes:

Oxford Reading Tree

Pearson Literacy Land

Collins Big Cat

For home reading we use:

Oxford Reading Tree

Pearson Literacy Land

Collins Big Cat

Every child receives one online book and one hard copy book each week.