Curriculum Overview

‘Leaders are proactively committed to the community and ‘go above and beyond’ transforming the lives of those they serve.’ (SIAMS, March 2020)

At St James, we nurture the whole child. Our curriculum recognises children’s prior learning experiences and is carefully designed to enrich and inspire pupils to become successful learners. We want our children to be brave, responsible, independent, communicators who are knowledgeable and self-motivated. The curriculum, and supplementary experiences at St James, are integral in developing these and supporting lifelong learning and future success.

St James has designed an ambitious, knowledge-rich curriculum, which aims to meet the needs of all children in school and considers the community in which they live. We believe our children have a right to acquire the knowledge, skills and understanding needed in order to overcome social disadvantage and enhance their cultural capital so they can ‘gain an advantage.’

Our curriculum prioritises knowledge, along with vocabulary acquisition, and holds reading at its core. We believe knowledge is power and is the key that opens many doors. Research has shown that a broad vocabulary is a key indicator to future academic attainment and frequent reading adds to children’s vocabularies exponentially.  It is our duty to equip children with the appropriate knowledge, skills and understanding they need in order to thrive and address any disadvantage.

The curriculum is taught as discrete subjects. We do this as we want our children to understand each subject as an academic discipline. We want them to be immersed in a subject and feel inspired by what they learn within it. It is progressive, with the sequencing of knowledge and skills carefully considered in each year group. We have planned what knowledge we think is important children should know, and ensure it builds on previous learning and progresses over units of work, both within and between year groups.  This approach ensures knowledge is remembered and built upon, whilst ensuring conceptual understanding is deepened.

Wider curriculum: Our pupil’s entitlement to a rich and varied curriculum is not limited to subjects. To widen our pupils’ experiences we include a number of enrichment activities, including providing a variety of after school clubs, residentials and educational trips and visits to enhance learning and allow children to develop interests and life skills.  We encourage an active involvement in school life through our CREW Team, Ethos Ambassadors and School Council. We also utilise the expert skills of wider agencies including the police, local community groups and have very close links with the local church. We are fortunate to have an established forest school, which provides a wealth of learning opportunities beyond the classroom.

Curriculum Drivers

B - Brave
R - Responsible 
I  -  Independence
C - Communicator
K - Knowledgeable
S - Self-motivated

Reference (ICB version) Verse
Children are brave enough to talk about the things that matter. They take risks, and know mistakes are how we learn. They have the courage and resilience to keep going, even when things become overwhelming. They can resolve conflict peacefully.
1 Corinthians 16 v 13 Be careful. Continue strong in the faith. Have courage and be strong.
Isaiah 41 v13 I am the Lord your God. I am holding your right hand. And I tell you, Don’t be afraid I will help you.
Luke 21 v 19 (NIV) Stand firm, and you will win life.
Children are aware of their obligations to society, their community, the world, and to one another. They understand how their actions affect others and the world around them. Understand the importance of their locality.
Romans 15 v1 We who are strong in faith should help those who are weak. We should help them with their weaknesses, and not only please ourselves.
Philippians 2 v 4 Do not be interested only in your own life, but be interested in the lives of others.
Galatians 6 v 2 Help each other with your troubles. When you do this you truly obey the law of Christ.
Children can apply the skills and knowledge taught in a range of contexts. They can form their own opinions after hearing a range of opinions/facts.
1 Thessalonians 5 v 21 But test everything. Keep what is good.
2 Timothy 1 v 7
God did not give us a spirit that makes us afraid. He gave us a spirit of power and love and self-control.
Romans 12 v 11 Do not be lazy but work hard. Serve the Lord with all your heart.
Children are able to effectively communicate with one another. They can articulate their reasoning and understanding clearly and with confidence. They can justify their reasoning when debating issues.
Colossians 4 v 6 When you talk, you should always be kind and wise. Then you will be able to answer everyone in the way you should.
Psalm 37 v 30 A good person speaks with wisdom. He says what is fair.
Proverbs 31 v 8 Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves. Defend the rights of all those who have nothing.
Children are well-informed about a range of topics and feel intelligent as a result. Children are proud to be clever and retain key facts and information.
Matthew 5 v 14 You are the light that gives light to the world.
Proverbs 18 v 15 The mind of a smart person is ready to get knowledge, The wise person listens to learn more.
James 3 v 13

Is there any among you who is truly wise and understanding? Then he should show his wisdom by living right.
Children are inspired by what they see/hear/do within the curriculum. Role models are clear and support children believing in their own ability to achieve and further their life opportunities.
Philippians 4 v 13 I can do all things through Christ because he gives me strength.
Jeremiah 29 v 11 I say this because I know what I have planned for you, says the Lord. I have good plans for you. I don’t plan to hurt you. I plan to give you hope and a good future.
Matthew 19 v 26 Jesus said, For men this is impossible. But for God all things are possible.

Whole School Curriculum Overview

To view the whole school curriculum overviews, please click the link: Year Group Overviews

Year Group Overviews

Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
Year 4
Year 5
Year 6