Our Curriculum

Learning as a family in Jesus, though Love, Hope and Forgiveness 

Matthew 19:26 “with God all things are possible.” ​ 

Our curriculum is aligned to the National Curriculum. It was revisited in 2019, with the aim of making it relevant and purposeful for all children at St. James’. There is clear progression through their years with us, allowing knowledge to be built on. encouraging children to explore and understand their world. It is a curriculum underpinned by real-life experiences giving the children the opportunity to use their skills and acquired knowledge. The ultimate goal is to create ‘lifelong learners’ who have transferable skills that they can use in all aspects of their lives. Our curriculum is not ‘fixed’ allowing it to be tailored to meet the needs of the children and their cohorts.

It is designed to be broad, balanced, relevant and meet the needs of all children.

Our learning based curriculum through topics and allows us to go with the needs and interests of the children.


The foundations of our curriculum are that it:

  1. develops the whole person – knowledge, skills, understanding and attitudes
  2. is filled with rich first-hand purposeful experiences
  3. is flexible and responsive to individual needs and interests
  4. encourages the use of environments and expertise beyond the classroom
  5. makes meaningful links between areas of knowledge across the curriculum and the major issues of our time

RE – we teach the locally agreed syllabus Living Difference 4, combined with Understanding Christianity- set through the school

Safeguarding – is woven throughout the curriculum along with our Christian Values of Love, Hope and Forgiveness.

Speaking and listening + PSHE (ARK curriculum) complement our curriculum.

The Whole School Curriculum Map was built by the SLT as well as subject leaders, with next steps being based on knowledge …. what comes before and what comes after developing the knowledge and skills of the whole child.



We want all children to:

–           be world ready and be global citizens as part of the wider world

–          respect others and themselves.

–           have skills to keep safe

–           have happy memories

–           foster a love of learning and real curiosity

–           build positive relationships

–           be emotionally resilient

–           celebrate diversity – tolerance

–           thrive


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