At St John’s we develop children’s character through the ‘St John’s Way’ Curriculum. To build character, we define the behaviours and habits that we expect children to demonstrate. We want to support our pupils to grow into adults who are polite, respectful, grateful and who put others before themselves. We believe that as pupils practice these behaviours, over time they become habits that positively shape how they feel about themselves and how other people perceive them.
Regular, purposeful practise overtime consolidates children’s understanding and helps them remember the expected behaviours and conduct. If children practise them explicitly and return regularly to them over time, the behaviours become automatic and frees their working memory up for their learning. When children have learnt routines, their cognitive load will be reduced.
This curriculum sits alongside the school’s Pupil Behaviour Policy.
While the curriculum is for all pupils, it will be applied differently in different year groups depending on the children’s ages and may be applied differently depending on individual children’s SEND needs. Sensitivity must always be applied when teaching the curriculum.
The content of the St John’s Way Curriculum is either part of the Behaviour and Conduct curricula or Positive Attitudes for Learning curricula.