Aspiringto Shine for Jesus
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Curriculum Overview

At Ainsdale St John’s, we ensure our children have access to a broad and balanced curriculum.

Subject champions have a clear progression of knowledge and skills from EYFS up to Year 6.


Reading is valued highly. This journey starts with the use of Read, Write, Inc.

Developed by Ruth Miskin, Read Write Inc. Phonics is a high-impact phonics programme that transforms reading and writing for every child. Read Write Inc. Phonics is for children learning to read in Reception, Year 1 and 2, and for struggling readers in Years 3 and 4.

Once the children have developed strategies to read we then use Pathways to Read.

Pathways to Read is a brand-new programme designed to equip pupils with key skills to move them through the reading process towards becoming competent and fluent readers. To support this approach resources are linked to high-quality texts. Pathways to Read ensures engaging and purposeful reading lessons.

The units are used thematically alongside the award-winning programme Pathways to Write to encourage a whole school curriculum approach with the opportunity for topics to link across all year groups. Both programmes complement one another. 


In maths, we use a mastery approach based on White Rose small steps planning. All children move through age appropriate objectives with access to concrete resources to support in understanding abstract approaches. Reasoning and problem-solving activities are given to provide challenge for all.


Our new 'ASJ Way' supports our curriculum vision as we aim to give our children as many opportunities as possible to Aspire to Shine for Jesus.

With God's help we can achieve anything and we aspire to be the best that we can be.

We shine like a beacon of light within our community with an open door so that all feel welcome.

Our special family (school, church and community) follow in the footsteps of Jesus.

To support our 'ASJ Way' we have 3 core Christian values: Courage, Community and Compassion.


From this, we created our ASPIRE curriculum:

Achieve through resilience and perseverance

Show respect for Christian and British values

Promote high expectations for all

Inspire lifelong readers

Revisit knowledge and skills to embed learning

Encourage a love of learning


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Ainsdale St. John's CE Primary School

Sandbrook Road, Ainsdale, Southport, PR8 3JE

Mrs McCaughrean|Office Administrator

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