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Curriculum Information

National Curriculum 

At SJS we follow the National Curriculum programmes of study in all year groups. You can find out more about the National Curriculum by visiting this link:


The following is a useful guide for parents on the National Curriculum

Please be aware that the documents below show an example of what is expected for our SJS curriculum, however we know that every child, class and year group has different needs each year, due to lived experiences, special needs and current context. With this in mind, we have a flexible approach to our learning in school, so subjects, lessons and units can be adapted to suit the needs of each class/year group each year, allowing for the best quality education for each child possible. Some aspects may be different to what you read below. For a full update of each half term, please speak to the class teachers. 

SJS 4 Year Curriculum Cycle

The document below outlines the main topic themes for the 4 year journey that a child will go on at SJS. It is a working document, so things can change to suit to needs of specific year groups or whole school groups. In particular the yellow section changes to suit the needs of the children in school. We want there to be a clear journey plan in place for staff and children, whilst still allowing for there to be flexibility in our approach, to ensure it suits the needs of the school each year. 

Curriculum Documents

The next documents present an outline of the content of the new National Curriculum and our locally agreed syllabus for RE. Core subjects (English, Maths & Science) are presented in a year-by-year format, based on the outlines given in the National Curriculum.

If parents/carers require any further information about the curriculum at SJS, please contact the school via email or phone. 

English Curriculum

At Sir John Sherbrooke Junior School we use high quality novels and picture books as a stimulus to enrich our curriculum and extend our children’s experiences.  All children from Year 3 to Year 6 are provided with many opportunities to develop and apply their reading and writing skills across the curriculum.


It is our intention through the curriculum we have created to provide pupils with high quality education in English that will teach children to speak, read and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others effectively.  


Our curriculum promotes all pupils to read widely across both fiction and non-fiction to establish an appreciation and love of reading, to gain knowledge across the curriculum and develop their comprehension skills.


Maths Curriculum

As a school we follow the White Rose maths scheme, but adapt it, where needed, to best suit the way our children learn. 

SJS Curriculum Learning Journey - SJS's Target Grids


At SJS we ensure that our curriculum has a clear learning journey across all year groups, by using a progressive set of learning objectives for each subject. These targets build on the learning the children have done in the previous year(s), which not only allows the previous learning to become more embedded, but also gives the children a good foundation of knowledge to build their new learning from. We work closely with the local infant school to ensure that the SJS curriculum builds directly from the KS1 curriculum targets the children will have learnt before they start at SJS.


Some of our curriculum subjects have highlighted non- negotiable objectives that every child must achieve by the end of the year and a range of other targets that the child will cover most, but not all of. Again, these highlighted targets are progressive and build on the targets from the previous year(s). Others don't as all targets must be covered.


Please be aware that we are currently in the process of reviewing and adapting our curriculum further, to ensure it provides even deeper and more relevant learning for our children. Most subject now don't have highlighted targets as it is felt the children are in place, where they are able to retain more.


By the end of KS2 our aim is for all the children at SJS to have covered, achieved and embedded all the National Curriculum objectives for each subject.

Relationships, Sex, Health Education - RSHE

Please see the following documents that lays out the areas of Relationship and Health Education taught in each year group. When your child is in Year 6 they will also cover a few lessons around Sex Education, which you have the right to opt your child out from.

RSHE Parent Information

For the first time in 20 years the RSHE curriculum has been changed. In light of these new changes, SJS have decided to use the RSHE scheme of work created by Kapow. It is a fully comprehensive scheme of work, which ensures every year group is learning their required knowledge in a way that is age appropriate and taught in a sensitive manor. Please read the documents below to gain a better understanding of what the new RSHE curriculum involves for each stage of your child's learning at SJS.  All parents/carers can contact school with any additional questions at any point.


Curriculum accessibility for equality and SEN


For information about our curriculum accessibility please see the SEND Information Report, SEND Policy and Accessibility Plan.

Extra Learning, Catch Up or Working from Home Resources

  • Sir John Sherbrooke Junior School,
  • Flatts Lane, Calverton, Nottingham,
  • Nottinghamshire, NG14 6JZ,