St John's Curriculum

 We have carefully designed our curriculum for our children and their experiences. We strive for excellence by preparing them for their next stage, building on the knowledge they already have and broadening and deepening their understanding. We want children to have a strong sense of self in the local community and through the wider curriculum give them a deeper understanding of their locality and citizenship in a national and world context.

Our aim is to provide children with a deeper understanding so that they can say “I know this so I can do this.”


In our curriculum we strive to expose children to the 'best' in each subject, and so become their best versions. We have a range of trips and experiences to broaden children's horizons and deepen their cultural capital. We have designed our curriculum and use knowledge organisers to show repetition of key subject specific knowledge and vocabulary, as we believe that children are ‘wired to thrive on repetition’. This repetition means that children know more and remember more. Where relevant, we focus on the key characteristics of life in Penistone and tailor our curriculum to close knowledge and experience gaps.

Our curriculum is designed for all of our children to create a broad range of opportunities and experiences which ensure that:
  • We are our best version
  • We enjoy a challenge
  • We celebrate diversity
  • We are prepared for our future
  • We are safe
Achievement is celebrated, through children knowing more, remembering more and being able to do more, meaning that children
are ready for their next stage of education.  In our relentless pursuit of excellence, we measure this achievement through Deep
Dives into every aspect of our curriculum. 

Excellence then is not an act, but a habit!                                               




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St John The Baptist Primary School
High Street, Penistone, Sheffield S36 6BS

Infant Site:

Chapelfield Lane, Penistone S36 6FS