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Model School Primary School, Northland Rd, County Londonderry


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.