Our Curriculum

Vision for Learning at John Ball School

We believe that the purpose of a school curriculum is to meet pupils’ needs, but primarily to take them beyond their own interests and experiences to places they might not otherwise go. Rich, meaningful experiences that lead children to an increasingly wider understanding of themselves and the world around them will mean that they are prepared for the opportunities ahead of them. It is vital that our children learn what is in the statutory National Curriculum; however, it is important to extend our pupils beyond this and to contextualise the curriculum as far as possible so that it is relevant to all our children’s lives.

Children will meet the curriculum with differing needs; therefore, we must ensure that these needs are met through excellent teaching and pedagogy so that pupils have access to the curriculum as far as is possible. Thus, we aim to ensure we fulfil curriculum statutory requirements and much more.

To do this, we established our key ‘curriculum drivers’ for our school in consultation with pupils, staff and members of our community. These aim to ‘drive’ learning forward through the unique curriculum taught at John Ball Primary School.

We use these ‘drivers’ to underpin the development work we undertake in all areas of school life and to ensure our curriculum offer is an enriching experience for our  community, meeting their needs whilst reflecting our location in Lewisham, Blackheath and London.


We want our children to develop a sense of pride in themselves and respect for others. We believe they need to have a highly developed emotional literacy in order to experience positive relationships. We believe in the power of the school community to change and enhance lives.

We want our children to become eloquent orators, speaking with confidence and fluency in a variety of situations. We believe that helping our children find their voice is as important as them becoming avid readers or great writers and will work to broaden vocabulary and encourage talk in all areas of learning.

Adventure and Exploration
We are passionate about the health of our children. We want our children to lift their eyes from the screen to be excited by the real world, engaging in rich experiences to develop imagination. We will use these experiences to develop confidence and allow them to manage real risks by having fun and a little danger!

Innovative Thinking
It is vital that we nurture the natural curiosity of our children, enabling them to become independent in thought and action and encouraging them to imagine, enquire and become increasingly enterprising. We will give children opportunities to think critically, by solving problems and making choices.

London and Beyond
We believe our children need to know about and understand the world that is beyond their immediate doorstep; developing opportunities to experience the richness of its diversity.  We also believe in supporting and learning about the community in which our children and families live; developing ways to care about its management and sustainability.

Children cannot aspire to things they have never encountered. We will work to broaden our children’s horizons, expanding their knowledge of the world by nurturing their interests as well as encouraging fearlessness of what is new or unknown.

Our SEND policy outlines how our curriculum is made accessible for this with disabilities of special educational needs.  

You might find it helpful to read our teaching and learning policy on the ‘school policy‘ page.  

2022/2023 Curriculum Maps
Curriculum Nursery
Curriculum Reception
Curriculum Y1
Curriculum Y2
Curriculum Y3
Curriculum Y4
Curriculum Y5
Curriculum Y6