Our Curriculum

Curriculum Development 

Our curriculum is currently in year three of its re-design and re-development. For more information in regard to our curriculum journey, please view the document below.

St. James & St. John Church of England Primary School - Our Curriculum Journey
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Our Curriculum Aims

Our Vision

Jesus says, "I have come that they may have life and have it in all its fullness."

John 10:10

ENJOY

To foster a love of learning through providing exciting and enjoyable learning opportunities across subject areas, both, in and outside of the classroom.

To learn from errors and mistakes and be prepared to receive, give and act on feedback to move learning on.

   
SELF

To ensure children's personal, spiritual and moral development are integral parts of our curriculum.

 

To foster a love of learning through providin

g exciting and enjoyable learning opportunities across subject areas, both, in and outside of the classroom.

   
CHALLENGE

To provide challenging learning opportunities for all children and give children the chance to take risks in their learning.

 

To learn from errors and mistakes and be prepared to receive, give and act on feedback to move learning on.

   
REFLECT

To learn from errors and mistakes and be prepared to receive, give and act on feedback to move learning on.

 

To develop reflective learners who can identify strengths and areas for improvement in their own and others learning.

   
COLLABORATE

To develop the skills needed to work effectively with others and have a sense of the positive impact this can have on outcomes.

 

 

To develop reflective learners who can identify strengths and areas for improvement in their 

   
ENGAGE

For children to develop the key skills needed to engage with the next stage in their education and be able to demonstrate these especially in reading, writing and mathematics.

 

To develop reflective learners who can identify strengths and areas for improvement in their 

How We Organise Our Curriculum

Our curriculum is organised into 4 distinct topics of learning, which group each of the subjects and the subject-specific skills and knowledge to help deepen and connect learning.

 

These topics help organise specific skills and knowledge in the subjects of:

  • Science
  • History
  • Geography
  • Art and Design
  • Design Technology
  • Computing

These 4 thematically organised topics are supplemented by focus weeks of learning about local history, science, international relations and diversity, religious festivals and celebrations, healthy living and personal, social, health and economic development.

 

The teaching of English and Mathematics is kept discrete, with skills used within subjects when appropriate. English is taught with the use of high quality texts, which are usually thematically related to the overarching topic.

 

Religious Education is also taught discretely, using the LDBS scheme of learning.

 

PSHE, Music, PE and Spanish are all taught as separate subjects, following individual schemes of work.

Subject Essential Knowledge and Skills

Mathematics

Maths Essential Skills and Knowledge - Year 1
Maths Target Ladder Year 1.pdf
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Maths Essential Skills and Knowledge - Year 2
Maths Target Ladder Year 2.pdf
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Maths Essential Skills and Knowledge - Year 3
Maths Target Ladder Year 3.pdf
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Maths Essential Skills and Knowledge - Year 4
Maths Target Ladder Year 4.pdf
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Maths Essential Skills and Knowledge - Year 5
Maths Target Ladder Year 5.pdf
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Maths Essential Skills and Knowledge - Year 6
Maths Target Ladder Year 6.pdf
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English - Reading

Reading Essential Skills and Knowledge - Year 1
Reading Target Ladder Year 1.pdf
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Reading Essential Skills and Knowledge - Year 2
Reading Target Ladder Year 2.pdf
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Reading Essential Skills and Knowledge - Year 3
Reading Target Ladder Year 3.pdf
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Reading Essential Skills and Knowledge - Year 4
Reading Target Ladder Year 4.pdf
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Reading Essential Skills and Knowledge - Year 6
Reading Target Ladder Year 6.pdf
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English - Writing

Writing Essential Skills and Knowledge - Year 1
Writing Target Ladder Year 1.pdf
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Writing Essential Skills and Knowledge - Year 2
Writing Target Ladder Year 2.pdf
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Writing Essential Skills and Knowledge - Year 3
Writing Target Ladder Year 3.pdf
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Writing Essential Skills and Knowledge - Year 4
Writing Target Ladder Year 4.pdf
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Writing Essential Skills and Knowledge - Year 5
Writing Target Ladder Year 5.pdf
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Writing Essential Skills and Knowledge - Year 6
Writing Target Ladder Year 6.pdf
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Science

Science - Animals Including Humans Essential Skills and Knowledge Years 1-6
Science - Animals Including Humans Essen[...]
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Science - Earth and Space Essential Skills and Knowledge Years 1-6
Science - Earth and Space Essential Skil[...]
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Science - Electricity Essential Skills and Knowledge Years 1-6
Science - Electricity Essential Skills a[...]
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Science - Evolution and Inheritance Essential Skills and Knowledge Years 1-6
Science - Evolution and Inheritance Esse[...]
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Science - Forces Essential Skills and Knowledge Years 1-6
Science - Forces Essential Skills and Kn[...]
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Science - Light and Sound Essential Skills and Knowledge Years 1-6
Science - Light and Sound Essential Skil[...]
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Science - Plants Essential Skills and Knowledge Years 1-6
Science - Plants Essential Skills and Kn[...]
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Science - Seasonal Changes Essential Skills and Knowledge Years 1-6
Science - Seasonal Changes Essential Ski[...]
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Science - Substances, Matter and Materials Essential Skills and Knowledge Years 1-6
Science - Substances, Matter and Materia[...]
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Science - Working Scientifically Essential Skills and Knowledge Years 1-6
Science -Working Scientifically Essentia[...]
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Religious Education

Art and Design

Art and Design Essential Skills and Knowledge Years 1-6
Art and Design Essential Skills and Know[...]
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Computing

Computing Essential Skills and Knowledge Years 1-6
Computing Essential Skills and Knowledge[...]
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Design and Technology

Design and Technology - Planning, Knowledge and Evaluation Essential Skills and Knowledge Years 1-6
Design and Technology - Planning, Knowle[...]
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Design and Technology - Making, Using and Understanding Essential Skills and Knowledge Years 1-6
Design and Technology - Making, Using an[...]
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Geography

Geography - Knowledge and Understanding Essential Skills and Knowledge Years 1-6
Geography - Knowledge and Understanding [...]
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Geography - Practical Essential Skills and Knowledge Years 1-6
Geography - Practical Essential Skills a[...]
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History

History Essential Skills and Knowledge Years 1-6
History Essential Skills and Knowledge Y[...]
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Modern Foreign Languages

Modern Foreign Languages Essential Skills and Knowledge Years 3-6
Modern Foreign Languages Essential Skill[...]
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Music

Music Essential Skills and Knowledge Years 1-6
Music Essential Skills and Knowledge.pdf
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PE

PE Essential Skills and Knowledge Years 1-6
PE Essential Skills and Knowledge.pdf
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PSHE

PSHE Essential Skills and Knowledge Years 1-6
PSHE Essential Skills and Knowledge Year[...]
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