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At St. James' we have an exciting and engaging curriculum, based on the premise of 'Engage, Empower and Inspire' - please see the attached Curriculum Model document for further details.

Our broad themes are decided by staff and pupils and whilst answering the requirements of the National Curriculum 2014, this is by no means the totality of our curriculum. The jigsaw images provide an overview of the statutory curriculum content for each year group.


Our curriculum offer encompasses our school vision as follows;

We are a safe, happy and caring family where we support and enable one another to become confident and inspired life-long learners.  We celebrate our differences and believe that we all have a part to play in our community and the wider world.

As a church school, this vision alongside our school values lies in the heart of all that we do here at St James’.

We aspire for each and every child to leave us at the end of the school day or at the end of their Primary journey being confident, happy leaners who are curious, kind and positive citizens with a passion to learn more.  We want our learners to be fully equipped for the next stages of their education be that going into the next year group or leaving us for High School.

We achieve this through an exciting curriculum which offers all our children the opportunity to excel in something.

We follow the statutory National Curriculum requirements for all subject areas to ensure progression in learning knowledge and skills. In EYFS children follow the requirements of the foundation stage curriculum. Our whole school curriculum is designed around a key text through which sequences of learning are created. We recognise children’s prior achievements and provide first hand learning experiences.

How do we implement our curriculum every day?

Our children receive a well-balanced broad curriculum entitlement. There is a strong emphasis upon the skills and knowledge requirements of English, Maths and RE which give access to all other areas of learning. Our children benefit from a wide range of extra-curricular activities too.

We believe that there are aspects such as independence, collaboration, responsibility and self-confidence which are also essential to develop the whole child. At St James’ we use a ‘Growth Mindset’ approach to foster such skills.

Our curriculum ensures the following:

  • Trips and visits
  • Visitors and workshops
  • Texts that show case themes
  • Memorable learning
  • Questions to research
  • Celebrations of learning

We also work in ‘family groups’ within the week. This provides the children opportunities to work with cross year groups, siblings with siblings, and take part in a variety of learning such as; cooking, yoga, drama, crafts, outdoor learning, sports. We pride ourselves on enabling our children to form close relationships with all children across the whole school.

If you would like to know more about our curriculum, please speak to your child’s class teacher in the first instance. Thematic information leaflets are posted on each class page and highlight the learning for each term.

Children are encouraged to develop their learning through creating links across and beyond the National Curriculum. As a result are children are excited by their learning, enjoy being in school and talk passionately about what they have achieved.

The reading scheme that is primarily used in Key Stage One is Oxford Reading Tree, although this is supplemented with other resources. In Key Stage Two, Rigby Navigator is used as a stimulus for guided reading sessions.

Our Phonics teaching programme in EYFS and Key Stage One draws upon a range of resources to ensure that teaching is personalised to best suit the needs of our learners. 

If you would like further information regarding the curriculum taught at St. James', the 'Learning and Teaching Policy' is available from the School Office. More specific information about what is being taught in each class during each term is also available from your child's class teacher and on the class pages - we hope you find this useful.