JOY Time

JOY Time Rational

At St. John's CE Primary School we have the highest aspirations for all of our children.  Whilst our core curriculum is based on the National Curriculum to ensure breadth and balance in the delivery of each subject, we are committed to ensuring that we further develop the cultural capital of each child.

What is Cultural Capital?

The National Curriculum aims to provide pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge they need to be educated citizens. It introduces pupils to the best that has been thought and said, and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement. However, the national curriculum is just one element in the education of every child. There needs to be time and space in the school day and in each week, term and year to range beyond the national curriculum specifications. (National Curriculum 2013)

  • Cultural capital is the accumulation of knowledge, behaviours, and skills that a child can draw upon and which demonstrates their cultural awareness, knowledge and competence; it is one of the key ingredients a child will draw upon to be successful in society, their career and the world of work.
  • Cultural capital promotes social mobility and success.
  • Cultural capital gives a child power. It helps them achieve goals, become successful, and rise up the social ladder without necessarily having wealth or financial capital.
  • Cultural capital is having assets that give children the desire to aspire and achieve social mobility whatever their starting point.

We recognise that for children to aspire and be successful academically and in the wider areas of their lives, they need to be given rich and sustained opportunities to develop their cultural capital.

What is JOY Time?

At St. John's C.E Primary School, JOY Time is an opportunity to discretely teach some of the skills and knowledge needed to further encourage a love of living and learning, extend an awareness of the world and ignite aspirations. 

  • JOY Time is a bespoke curriculum that we have written to meet the current needs of our children to develop their cultural capital. We appreciate that these needs are fluid and we will continue to change and adapt the content of JOY Time to address this year on year.
  • JOY Time units will be introduced by class teachers at the beginning of each year and be taught weekly by our Teaching Assistants every Friday afternoon.
  • The knowledge and skills covered in our JOY Time units are not isolated to JOY Time and may be also taught throughout the week.
  • There are many cross curricular links across many areas of our JOY Time units which can be used not only as stand-alone units but also to enhance the teaching of other subject areas.

JOY Time Units

For the academic year 2020 -2021 we will focus on the following units:

Games Club

 During Games Club sessions we will teach the rules of traditional board and card games. This is a great and fun way to help children to develop a variety of skills, including strategy, cognition, memory and recall. They also encourage children to think creatively, engage socially with other children and follow rules. Games can develop confidence, boost motivation and provide relaxation. Turn taking, resilience, stamina and learning how to be a good winner and loser are vital skills that we will teach during JOY Time.


Art Attack

During Art Attack sessions, we will expose children to a variety of modern and traditional artists which will give them the opportunity to further appreciate how art comes in many forms. This will enable children to see how Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. They will be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation. (Art National Curriculum).


Music Box

During Music Box sessions we will expose the children to a variety of traditional  classical composers and compositions which will help to develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to become discerning listeners. Children will appreciate how music is an instrument for creativity and comes in many genres and styles.



What’s that Word?

 During What's that Word? sessions, children will improve their vocabulary skills. A robust vocabulary improves all areas of communication - listening, speaking, reading and writing. Children will master the skills of using a dictionary and thesaurus. They will learn a 'Word of the Week' which they will be encouraged to use across all areas of the curriculum.                




During What's that Word? session, children will learn an idiom. Every culture has phrases and proverbs that make no sense when carried over literally into another culture. Idioms provide a deeper familiarity of the English language to comprehend what someone means when they use them in conversation. Learning idioms will help children appreciate that the English language can be fun and develops the ability to play with words.


Poetry Slam

 During Poetry Slam sessions, children will be exposed to a various genres of poetry written by a diverse range of poets; past and present.  Children will enjoy hearing poems, being read to and will be given the opportunity to recite poetry. Poetry Slam will enable the children to appreciate poetry as a form of expression around a diverse range of subjects. They will also understand how there can be patterns, rhythm and music in a poem.  Children will express their understanding of a poem in written and pictorial forms.



Where in the World?

During Where in the World? sessions, we will inspire in pupils, a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. Children will develop specific knowledge about the United Kingdom and their locality. Children will gain confidence in using an atlas and become familiar with locating places, recognising symbols and features of maps.



Wonderful Me!

The National Curriculum requires schools to make provision for personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE). These lessons are based around six progressive themes, which are revisited each year. These are additional units will be delivered alongside the SCARF units.





  • Wonderful Me - relates to pupils' sense of identity, understanding their own emotions and appreciating who they are
  • People Around Me - explores children's relationships with the people around them, including how to communicate, empathise and resolve conflicts as well as identifying people within their support network and learning how to ask for help
  • Meaning and Purpose - focuses on setting and working towards goals and building self-esteem through drive or purpose
  • Resilience - teaches how to celebrate failures and learn from them
  • Healthy Body, Healthy Mind - explores the importance of diet, exercise and good dental health
  • Relaxation - this element can often get overlooked, so we look at a range of strategies to use in different situations.


Have a look at one of our JOY Time units in the files below.

Have a look below to see our JOY Time Overviews.





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