St James' CE Primary School

St James CE Primary School

Our Curriculum

At St James' we take great pride in the academic achievements of our children. However we take equal pleasure in seeing children grow as compassionate, thoughtful, people with high standards of personal integrity.

In order to achieve this, we provide a curriculum which ensures that children have every opportunity to flourish as high achievers in every area of life and learning.  We strive to provide learning experiences that will promote pupils' spiritual, moral, physical, social and cultural development and prepare all pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and joy that life has in store for them.You can download our Teaching and Learning Policy here. 

We believe that children learn best when they are provided with an exciting curriculum that is broad, balanced, rich and relevant for them and when they are actively involved with their learning. Therefore we ensure that as far as possible, learning is fun, challenging and exciting for the children and that they have say in what they would like to learn and how they would like to tackle it.We believe that children learn best when they have challenging but achievable targets negotiated with them and so we ensure that children are actively involved in assessing their own progress and understanding clearly what they need to do to take the next step forwards.We believe that children learn best when they have a confident and developing understanding of the essential skills of literacy, maths and ICT, therefore we place great emphasis on teaching these core skills to children.We believe that children learn best when they have excellent teachers and teaching assistants to support their learning and so we work hard to ensure that our staff have every opportunity to develop their own talents and interests to the full so that the children benefit.We believe that children learn best when they have the opportunity to take an active role in their learning.  For this reason, within the limits that we have, we involve children in deciding what they would like to learn as well as how they would like to do it.We believe that children learn best when they have real exciting activities planned, both in and out of school.    

Our school aims to provide as broad a curriculum as possible to suit the varying aptitudes, interests and abilities of its pupils.

 

Every effort is made to provide a happy, caring environment in which children can feel secure, be encouraged to give of their best, develop a positive attitude to all the learning processes, and feel part of an integrated community. In this way, we will be able to fulfil our mission statement.

 Loving Learning, Loving Life, Loving God's World.

 Strong emphasis is placed on self-confidence and self-motivation; the development of self-respect and respect for others, and the appreciation of the need for sound learning habits. The school aims to provide a balanced curriculum for the education of the whole child, so that the intellectual, physical, emotional, aesthetic, moral and spiritual development might be assured. Children actively input into the planning of each topic so that it can be relevant and exciting for them.

 The statutory programmes for the National Curriculum are undertaken throughout the school. The detail of our National Curriculum delivery is set out below.

 

English

At St James’ CE Primary School we believe that Literacy is a fundamental life skill and the key to learning for all children. Our English curriculum is based on the New National Curriculum. Our overarching aim is to promote high standards of spoken and written language, high quality writing skills with an emphasis on spelling, punctuation and grammar plus a life-long love of reading for learning and pleasure. Year groups use the New National Curriculum to plan work which incorporates opportunities for developing the four key areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening. Children are encouraged to demonstrate their literacy skills in other subject areas as well with all written work being contained in their Learning Journey books.  

Click here to view the overview for Phonics and Reading at St. James'.

Click the link the find the English National Curriculum.

 

Mathematics

At St. James’ CE Primary School we recognise that mathematics is a much needed and necessary tool for everyday life. We follow the framework from the New National Curriculum to plan tailored units of work which incorporate practical “hands on” experiences, games, ICT opportunities, group tasks, investigations and a range of real life contexts which develop both mathematical understanding and problem solving skills.

We have published booklets which outline how we teach children the four operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division in maths. You can download them here

Click the link to find the Mathematics National Curriculum.

 

Science

Our school is well equipped for science and most of the work we undertake with the children is practically based.  The children also take an active role in writing risk assessments for science activities.  The New National Curriculum states that ‘A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.’

Click here to view our Science overview showing what is taught in each year group. 

Click the link to find the Science National Curriculum.

 

Religious Education 

Religious Education plays an important part in the life of the school. We follow the Hampshire recommended syllabus. Apart from the actual RE lessons, the children attend assemblies during the week, one of which is taken by the Rector of St. James' Church, who is also a governor. The children also visit the local church a number of times during the year for Easter, Harvest and Christmas celebrations, as well as a final Leavers' Service.
Parents who do not wish their child to attend RE lessons have that right but must put their wish into writing. The class teacher will see that the child is removed and given other work with another teacher.

Click here for our Religious Education overview.

 

To find out more about the other subjects on the curriculum click on them to link to the subject overviews.

Art

DT

Computing

Geography

History

MFL

Music

PSHE

Physical Education

SMSC - please see the St. James' SMSC and British values policy  for details of our spiritual, moral, social and cultural provision in school.

 

 Please do contact us if you require any further information concerning our curriculum.   

 

Sex and Relationships Education

Sex and relationships education is an integral part of the Personal, Social and Health Education curriculum. Governors have agreed a Sex Education Policy in line with Hampshire Guidelines, which can be downloaded by clicking on the link.

Summer Production

At the end of each school year, the children from Years 3 - 6 put on a musical Production. In the past these have included Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dream Coat, Oliver, Bugsy Malone and the Wizard of Oz. These are always produced to a tremendously high standard and wherever possible look to parents and friends of the school for support and practical help. 

Year 6 Residential Visit - Fairthorne Manor

Each year, we organise a residential trip to Fairthorne Manor. Here, children are able to be involved in challenging outdoor adventure and teambuilding activities that would not be possible at school. Children come back full of enthusiasm and excitement at the great time they've had and the way that they have developed as people.