St John’s College believes in giving pupils a good grounding in the basic key skills, and oracy, literacy, numeracy and ICT are given great importance in the curriculum. All pupils are encouraged to read as much as possible and they read individually to a teacher in school two to three times a week. In Mathematics children make rapid progress and enjoy differentiated work. There is a thriving Junior Library, run by the pupils themselves, and there is also a weekly spelling test. In recent years, the School has pioneered a new Music curriculum which gives every pupil the opportunity for specialist group tuition in violin, keyboard, and recorder.
The pupils are fortunate to share all the facilities of the senior school. As the children progress through KS2 they are taught by specialist teachers from the senior school who adapt their teaching styles to cater for the needs of younger pupils. As a result the transition to the senior school is seamless and effortless.
The teaching style throughout the school is modern and aware of current educational thinking and best practice, involving pupils in their own learning. It is also traditional in its quest for high standards, critical thought and curiosity for new learning. Modern scientific, technological and economic awareness, an outward view towards the languages of Europe, as well as to our own Welsh culture, and a strong interest in the arts and social sciences underpin our special national responsibility and contribution to the civic community, in providing the music for public worship in the Cardiff Metropolitan Cathedral.