St. James Church of England Primary School has developed their new unique curriculum, taking account the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum whilst ensuring that our curriculum is specific to the needs of our children and our community.  Our curriculum takes into account the location of our school and the specific resources available to bring learning alive for our pupils. Experiences and opportunities have been planned across each year group to ensure that all pupils encounter a curriculum that is engaging, relevant and provides them to develop fully as individuals.   Our personal, social, health and ecomomic (PSHE) curriculum is built on best practice and is integrated and a strength of the school.

Our Christian distinctive nature permeates all aspects of our school curriculum and our core values are interwoven throughout all learning opportunities.  Our curriculum has been developed on our mission of

“Committed to excellence; inspired by Christ.”

The National Curriculum

The national curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge they need to be educated citizens. It introduces pupils to the best that has been thought and said, and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.

The national curriculum is just one element in the education of every child. There is time and space in the school day and in each week, term and year to range beyond the national curriculum specifications. The national curriculum provides an outline of core knowledge around which teachers can develop exciting and stimulating lessons to promote the development of pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills as part of the wider school curriculum.

Our Curriculum

This curriculum was developed collectively and has chosen not to use publish plans or schemes as a basis of the curriculum. The school has made a number of promises to the children of St. James’ offering a wealth of visits, experiences and opportunities to broaden horizons and raise aspirations.  Each year group has developed their own long term plan encompassing all subjects across the range from Art to History, Geography to DT. The new computing curriculum has been planned and resourced to meet the needs of all learners. English, Maths & Science will be taught as per recommended through the National Curriculum.  RE is taught according to the guidance set by Blackburn Diocese. Staff and subject leaders have worked on all non core subjects and computing and ensured that skills and knowledge has been planned in a coherent and progressive manner.  Subject leaders have used their expertise and knowledge to offer guidance and support to ensure that subjects delivered offer the maximum benefit for all pupils.

The school follows the National Curriculum for both English & Maths.  Reading is taught through systematic synthetic phonics, using Letters & Sounds as a framework.  Reading is promoted throughout our reading scheme; using Oxford Reading Tree and other real books alongside online reading resources.

The school sets high expectations of all pupils. Care is taken to ensure that all pupils, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds have opportunity to broaden and extend their understanding and close the gap in knowledge, skills & learning. Lessons are planned to ensure that every pupils achieves.

The school will use ongoing assessment strategies to ensure pupils make accelerated progress across the curriculum.

Alongside the delivery of curriculum entitlement during the school day we offer a range of extra-curricular opportunities and experiences that further enhance our curriculum.  Music tuition is offered and subsidized for all KS2 children, Sports premium money is used effectively to promote health and well being whilst increasing the number of clubs and competitive games on offer to our children. Pupils can attend a range of other arts, craft and learning clubs at lunchtime and also at the start and end of the school day.


Please take a look at our promises to parents on what we teaching to our children at St. James CE Primary School. If you should require any more information about our curriculum please feel free to contact school.

Our promises

Within each year group, the children follow a specific curriculum plan as detailed below:

Early Years Foundation Stage

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

If you wish to find out any more information regarding our school curriculum, please contact us using the information on the contact page.