Academic Curriculum


At John F Kennedy Primary School, we understand that every interaction we have with our children is an opportunity to have a positive impact on the child they are, and the adult they will become. We work together to ensure that we support the whole child and work towards developing future citizens who know how to look after themselves, their community, and the wider world. We aim to ‘live’ what is learnt and apply it to everyday situations in the school community.

At John F Kennedy we aim to:

• provide opportunities for all children to achieve their full potential

• provide a broad, balanced, exciting curriculum within a caring and welcoming environment

• foster a ‘have a go’ attitude, where children feel safe to try new things

• celebrate children’s successes

• create a school ethos that is firmly based on mutual trust, respect and tolerance

• encourage caring and thoughtful attitudes

• nurture confidence, resilience and independence

• empower pupils to make informed decisions and choices


At John F Kennedy Primary School, we follow a separate subject approach. Links to other subjects are made where relevant. Our intent is that our children receive a broad and balanced curriculum, as it is our belief that each of the subjects are as important as the other, with equal value. The intention is that children should know more, remember more, and do more to equip them for their next steps in life and eventually employment.

The curriculum is designed to support teaching staff to have a secure subject knowledge across the subject range. Each subject leader clearly maps out progression within each subject, giving clear learning intentions, strategies for recording, cross-curricular links, and educational visits to ensure that there is depth to each theme taught.

Teaching is holistic and delivered in a range of ways incorporating quality first teaching as well as enrichment opportunities. Learning environments have the stimulus to support effective teaching, learning, knowledge, and progress with all subjects.


Clear assessment strategies are prominent within our curriculum to ensure that children are tracked throughout the year to confirm that all children make at least good progress. Direct feedback on learning is given to children to ensure that any misconceptions are addressed. Children are part of their own assessment process. Self-assessment takes place within subjects assisting in embedding learning. The curriculum design ensures that children have a secure knowledge base of each theme taught at the end of each key stage.