Our curriculum

At St John Vianney, we strive to make our curriculum an exciting, engaging and enriching place for our children and pride ourselves on providing a broad, innovative and balanced approach to learning. 

The curriculum is designed around the statutory National Curriculum 2014. The links below provide parents and carers with concise and useful information about the curriculum, which can be used to support children in their work at home.

Our curriculum is based around high quality teaching & learning materials, schemes and resources, from our Maths Mastery scheme to the Opening Worlds Humanities curriculum, developed with Christine Counsell and Steve Mastin.

This page has detailed information about our reading, writing and maths curricula for each year group, and you can click here for an overview of a class by class overview of the wider curriculum (History, Geography, Science, Relationships & Health, Computing, Music, PE, Art & Design, Design & Technology and French

The National Curriculum (2014)

An excellent introduction to the Curriculum, summarised by year group, detailing the skills and knowledge taught for each class, along with some good ideas for parents to help their children at home:

Primary School Curriculum – a Parents’ Guide

Curriculum Overview

'At a glance' view of the subjects and skills required for each year group. A very clear overview for parents.

Overview of the National Curriculum for years 1 to 6

Subject Guides for Parents     

Excellent resources for parents to help them to understand the subjects and topics taught on their child's class. It also contains supporting videos and ideas for activities at home.

Maths, ReadingWritingGrammar, SpellingScienceHistoryGeography 



Religious Education 

The curriculum and supporting materials are is based on the belief that God is always the initiator in the history of our creation and redemption. 

It focuses specifically on REVELATION – LIFE IN CHRIST – CHURCH & CELEBRATION from the Curriculum Directory which is based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Scriptures. 


'A class-by-class guide to what is being taught and learned in your child's class.

Curriculum for Autumn 1

Curriculum for Autumn 2

Curriculum for Spring 1

Curriculum for Spring 2

Curriculum for Summer 1

Curriculum for Summer 2


Ruth Miskin Training - Ruth Miskin Phonics Training

Reading - Phonics

Reading is THE essential skill; the gateway to the vast majority of learning. At St. John Vianney, we are always seeking to ensure that reading is a pleasure, never a burden. 

Systematic Teaching & Learning of Phonics is essential to ensure that children have the ability to fluently de-code so that they can confidently join the life-long adventure of reading for pleasure. 

In EYFS and KS1, and beyond, we use the Ruth Miskin (RML) programme for teaching Phonics. 

CLICK HERE to access a fantastic guide for parents, including many resources and tips you can use at home to support your child through this vital (and enjoyable) phase of their reading journey. The better, more confident they are at this, the more they will succeed in all other school subjects (and well beyond)!


Reading - KS1 Guided Reading

As children master all stages of the Phonics programme, they progress onto an exciting and engaging series of books, design to further develop their fluency, understanding and love of reading.

Project X is a modern, vibrant and engaging reading programme specially developed to help motivate boys and address the gender gap in literacy. With four programme strands, Project X supports teaching, assessment and practice of a full range of reading and comprehension skills.



  Project X Alien Adventures | Oxford Owl


Project X Alien Adventures: Gold Book Band, Mixed Pack of 6 (Oxford Level  9) | Oxford Owl for Home

Reading Through KS2

Children's love of reading, along with their fluency and comprehension is developed significantly as they progress through KS2, from Year 3 to Year 6.

Teachers and classes share some amazing reading experiences. Mixing classic works by all time children's favourites with modern works, fiction with non-fiction, plays and poetry, the children's reading diet is carefully constructed to boost their love of reading and to ensure that the wider curriculum is supported with forays into the non-fiction worlds of our History and Geography curricula. 

We have adopted a 'Mastery' approach to the teaching of reading, where lessons are carefully choreographed by the teacher:

  • In Focus - a session to introduce the skills being taught and a task for all children to work collaboratively with their teacher on
  • Guided Practice - this part of the process allows for children to practice skills, with partners or groups, guided by the teacher
  • Independent Work - once the children have been guided through the above, they are ready to tackle tasks and questions independently


Click on the following links to view the detailed Reading Curriculum for each KS2 Class: Year 3Year 4Year 5, 

Year 6


At St. John Vianney, we have developed principles for writing that are consistent across the school and assist children, of all abilities, in their enjoyment of, and engagement in, writing.

Our principles are:

1.Teach children to ‘be writers’, rather than ‘to do some writing’ (a class to become a ‘community of writers’).

2.Explicitly teach children to follow a writing process: plan, draft, edit and revise their writing

3.Give children inspiration and purpose to write.

4.Devote significant time to writing pedagogy and practice.

5.Providing children with effective feedback- of the right sort at the right time.

6.Talk and vocabulary development are crucial.

7. Overcoming barriers with effective scaffolding and support is key.

Click on the following links to view the detailed Reading Curriculum for each KS2 Class: Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, 

Year 6

Maths - No Problem!    

Our Maths Mastery curriculum, based on research-led principles from the teaching of maths in Singapore, ensures that our mathematicians develop a deep and secure understanding through the use of ‘concrete’, ‘pictorial’ then ‘abstract’ ideas.

Pupils will explore concepts using concrete materials, before progressing to pictorial and, finally, abstract (the CPA approach).

Children work collaboratively, in mixed ability groups, to support each other in mastering key concepts. Higher attaining pupils can quickly move onto ‘mastering’, while others have the opportunity to really grasp the learning.

An extract from the Maths No Problem website summarises its principles and benefits:

* The first to introduce Singapore teaching methods to the UK

* Chosen by pioneering schools

* First to publish a 2014 National Curriculum maths series

* Chosen by the NCETM and DfE for use in the maths hub programme

Maths – No Problem! About Us

Maths — No Problem! Textbook 1A | maths mastery curriculum

Maths ― No Problem! Workbook 3A: Amazon.co.uk: Har, Dr. Yeap Ban, Oh,  Brandon, Hermanson, Dr. Anne: 9781910504055: Books



Click on the links below to view the Curriculum Map for Maths in each each Class:

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Year 4 Year 5 Year 6




History & Geography 

Opening Worlds is a knowledge-rich programme for teaching history and geography in Years 3 to 6. The programme readily lends itself to cross curricular planning and has been developed by Christine Counsell and Steve Mastin, two leading curriculum minds in the UK.

St. John Vianney, as part of the Haringey Education Partnership, was a proud early adopter of this programme and contributed to its development.

Opening Worlds does more than merely meet the requirements of the National Curriculum for history and geography. Sequencing, and the inter-linking nature of both subjects, ensure that children are able to develop a rich, secure vocabulary by a careful system of 'revisiting' and practice. 


Relationships & Health Education (RHE)

From the Summer Term of 2021, Relationships & Health Education (RHE) will become statutory in all primary schools in England. In line with government guidance.

At St John Vianney, this will be taught through a Relationships & Health Curriculum, supported by Religious Education and Science

Through these subjects, we want to support all young people to be happy, healthy and safe – we want to equip them for adult life and to make a positive contribution to society.


 Here are the key Documents: