Curriculum Intent

At St. James’ we are designing a broad and balanced curriculum to ensure the needs of all learners are met. Through the subjects that we teach, pupils will gain an understanding of the world in which they live (e.g. History, Geography, Religious Education, Art and Design). The topics have been specifically chosen to reflect our pupils, the community and aspects of faith and culture; thereby ensuring that they have an understanding of people and places, locally and the wider world. Our environment celebrates all communities and provides strong messages of diversity and respect.


As a school we have used the 2014 National Curriculum as a basis for the opportunities in school. Other wider opportunities and experiences support and broaden this provision to best meet the needs of all learners. The way that we teach enables pupils to talk about their learning and ask questions. Where possible, cross curricular links are made in a variety of ways e.g. through story, drama, art, PE etc.
Wider opportunities exist in our educational visits, a wide range of after school clubs which include fencing, debate, sewing, ‘Maths Fighters’ and e-cadets. In addition, this academic year art, music and MFL (Mandarin) will be taught by specialist teachers, ensuring that the pupils get quality teaching by a specialist.

Long Term Curriculum Plan

End of Year Expectations