Foundation Classes

There are 7 classes of children aged from 3-7yrs who follow the Foundation Phase Curriculum. 

This new framework is skills based. The Foundation Phase Curriculum blends practical and creative activities with knowldege and understanding of the world. The curriculum covers 7 areas of learning, the focus is on creating an exciting, stimulating and purposeful learning environment, using both indoor and outdoor spaces. 

Personal and social development, well-being and cultural diversity is at the heart of the Foundation Phase Curriculum and the learners' skills are developed across all areas of learning. Motivation and comittment to learning is encouraged as pupils begin to understand their own potential and capabilities to become confident, competent and independent thinkers and learners.  

Children's literacy skills are developed as they are immersed in exciting language experiences and activities through the curriculum and their reading and writing developed during the Read, Write, Inc synthetic phonic programme.

Their mathematical skills are developed through oral practical and play activities, as well as using a variety of ICT resources for exploring number. The Maths Makes Sense programme is used across the school. The children have daily lessons using concrete objects to deepen their understanding of key mathematical concepts. 

Junior Classes

There are 8 classes of children aged from 7 – 11 years (years 3 to 6). 

The National Curriculum orders 2008 detail the skills and range of learning junior children are to experience.  This is also linked to the non-statutory Skills Framework.  These programmes of study inform schemes of work specific to Johnstown school.  At the core of the Curriculum are assessment for learning strategies, which are utilised to continually move learning forward.  Learners actively engage with a variety of exciting learning opportunities that center around Key Skills development.  They will often share and discuss their learning experiences, processes and outcomes within 'Perfect Partners', 'Terrific Trios' or small groups. 

Please take the opportunity to click on our year group links to find out about the variety of activities recently undertaken by our learners.

Autumn Term in the Nursery Topic – Paws, Claws and Whiskers This term we are learning about Pets, Jungle animals, autumn and winter. After looking at photogr…

Reception Stars and Rainbows Autumn Term 2013 What colourful Rainbows and Shining Stars we have been in this Autumnal Weather.Where shall we begin; ‘Scrumptio…

Autumn Term 2013 Dens and Dandelions  The Dens and Dandelion project had a forest skills and science focus; teaching children about plants, flowers, trees and…

Dens and Dandelions Year 2 Autumn 2013 Our Cornerstones project ‘Dens and Dandelions’ has really inspired us to become engaged, hands-on Year 2 learners. We fo…

Autumn Term Learning Both Dosbarth Maenobyr and Dosbarth Biwmares have made a settled transition to the juniors in Johnstown School. They are trying really har…

Year 4 have had a very busy half term!   We have introduced the new and exciting ‘Cornerstones’ curriculum and have focused on the theme ‘The Big Dip’. We con…

Autumn Term Learning Year 5 have had a very exciting and busy half term during which we have completed our 3 week swimming programme and we have enjoyed our ne…

Autumn Term Learning Pupils in Year 6, are incredibly lucky, they have each been allocated an iPad for individual use which is evidently having such a positive…