St James'

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Curriculum Intent


At St James we believe that Geography offers the unique opportunity to become fascinated by the world and its people.  Our children study and learn to appreciate diverse places, people, resources, natural and human environments as well as physical and human themes.  Our programme of study enables children to discover how the Earth’s features are shaped, interconnected and change over time.


At St James we believe that History inspires children’s curiosity, encourages them to ask critical questions and enables them to have a better understanding of the society in which they live and that of the wider world.  Working as historians, they will be able to: critically analyse different sources of information; gain a sense of their own identity within a social, political and cultural background and foster a sense of wonder about how things were like in the past and what they may be like in the future.



At St James we place English at the heart of our curriculum.  Appreciating language and literature is integral to our intention to experience ‘joy in learning’.  In order to achieve this we undertake a text based approach, where quality texts from our literary heritage and a combination of modern fiction and poetry underpin our learning in English.  We aim to enable the children to express themselves confidently and creatively through the mediums of speaking and listening, reading and writing.   Unlocking the potential of every child through carefully planned learning sequences will enable our children to develop key communication skills now and for their futures.