St. James & St. John Church of England Primary School A village school in the heart of the city 4 Craven Terrace, London W2 3QD Tel: 0207 504 0535 E-mail:
St. James & St. John Church of England Primary SchoolA village school in the heart of the city 4 Craven Terrace, London W2 3QDTel: 0207 504 0535E-mail:
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St James & St John School Curriculum


Our literacy scheme is a complete, thematic approach to the teaching of primary English that places children's literature at its core. Children explore at least thirty-six literary texts and experience a range of unique significant authors as they move through the school.

As a whole-school approach, it provides complete coverage of all National Curriculum expectations for writing composition, grammar, punctuation and vocabulary, as well as supporting coverage of spelling, phonics and reading comprehension. Furthermore, all elssons lead to purposeful application within a wide variety of written outcomes.


Each unit taight will be closely matched to the themes in our topic work and help support learning outcomes across subjects.

Foundation Subjects

We provide a creative curriciulum based around the Cornerstones Curriculum, for the following Foundation subjects:


= Geography and History;

= Science;

= Music;

= Art; and,

= Design Technology.


We also follow the National Curriculum requirements for Computing, which is taught to coincide with our foundation subjects and in PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) we follow a separate scheme to ensure opportunities for specific social skill lessons.


All of our planning is adapted to the needs of the pupils being taught with all children, from Year 1 to Year 6, learning Spanish.


We employ a PE coach who delivers outdoor P.E. lessons and supports with the planning of indoor P.E. whilst we also currently provide, in connection with Lords Cricket Ground, targeted cricket training for students in Years 5 and 6.


R.E. is taught as a discrete part of the core curriculum, following the London Diocesan Board of Schools scheme of work.

What is the Cornerstones Curriculum?

The Cornerstones Curriculum is a creative and thematic approach to learning that is mapped to the 2014 Primary National Curriculum to ensure comprehensive coverage of national expectations. Our new curriculum is delivered through Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs), which provide a rich menu of exciting and motivating learning activities that make creative links between all aspects of learning.

Our leanring outcomes in each topic are taught in four stages:




= Hook learners in with a memorable experience;

= Set the scene and provide the context for learning;

= Ask questions to find out children's interests; and,

= Spark children's curiosity, using interesting starting points.




= Teach facts and information for deeper understanding and knowledge;

= Demonstrate new skills and allow time for consolidation;

= Provide creative opportunities for making and doing; and,

= Deliver reading, writing and talking across the curriculum.




= Provide imaginative scenarios that encourage creative thinking;

= Enable children to apply previously learned skills;

= Encourage enterprise and independent thinking; and,

= Provide opportunities for collaborative working and problem solving.




= Provide environments for reflective talk;

= Create opportunities for shared evaluation;

= Celebrate and share children's success; and,

= Identify next steps for learning.

We believe children learn better when they are encouraged to use their imagination and apply their learning to engaging contexts. Our new curriculum provides lots of learning challenges throughout the academic year that will require children to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding effectively across the curriculum. Through this approach to elarning, we continue to develop strong links with various educational organisations to help strengthen the children's knowledge and udnerstanding with various trips and activities outside school.

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