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Welcome to

Totnes St John's C of E Primary School

Our Curriculum

At St John's we aim to inspire every child. We teach through creativity and challenge and feed curiosity, problem solving, teamwork and independence.

Our extensive grounds and Forest School allow us to use different environments to teach in imaginative ways. We also make regular trips into Totnes and the surrounding area as well as undertaking day trips and residential visits.

We follow the National Curriculum, teaching English and Mathematics almost every day, along with Science, Information and Communications Technology, History, Geography, Design Technology, Art, Music, Physical Education (including swimming), French and Religious Education.  Music is an essential part of life at St John's with every child part of the school choir and theatre explored through annual school performances.

Children learn with visiting specialists - including artists, scientists and leading sports people - as well as through our team of skilful staff.

Every term parents receive a summary of the topics to be covered in their child’s class.

Our children are taught in year groups as follows: 



4-5 year olds

Key Stage One

Year 1

Year 2

5-6 year olds

6-7 year olds

Key Stage Two

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

7-8 year olds

8-9 year olds

9-10 year olds

10-11 year olds


Curriculum Maps

As part of the National Curriculum, we produce curriculum maps for each year group to give an overview of how each subject will be covered throughout the year.  Click on the links below to view the curriculum maps for each year group.


Year 1 curriculum map

Year 2 curriculum map

Year 3 curriculum map

Year 4 curriculum map

Year 5 curriculum map

Year 6 curriculum map


Reading at St John's

Teaching children to read is a key priority for the school. We want every child to leave us with a high standard of reading and love of literature. Early reading is underpinned by the use of daily phonics in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. The teaching of phonics in these year groups is based around the Sounds Write programme  

We have a well stocked library which is open for parents to use with their children during the week. Along side this we use Accelerated Reader throughout Key Stage two which encourages the children to read regularly across a range of different book types.