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Juniors Curriculum Overview

Curriculum Statement

St James’ Junior School aims to provide a broad, balanced and exciting curriculum that enables our children to become confident, responsible and independent learners. Through our curriculum we aim to develop children’s caring, creative and critical thinking skills through an ethos of inquisitiveness, enquiry and enterprise with high quality relationships, caring attitudes and a sense of fairness. We value the diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds of all our pupils, staff and families, celebrating this at every opportunity. Underpinning all that we do is our school's vision and GROW code of conduct which instils our core values of being Grateful, Respectful, Outstanding and Welcoming. These are carefully developed through our collective worship and curriculum themes which as a result consolidate the British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance. This approach not only helps prepare our children for their future life, but it enriches the daily life for everyone at St James’, teaching us to understand, enjoy and respect the differences in our community and the wider world.



The underpinning principles of our curriculum are to:

  1. Inspire excellence and aspiration, through engaging, exciting and stimulating activities and environments;
  2. Develop and challenge every child to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need to succeed as learners throughout their life;
  3. Ensure equal rights of access to each area of the curriculum, irrespective of ability, gender and ethnic or cultural backgrounds;
  4. Instil the values of democracy, liberty, respect and tolerance.


Curriculum Development

Working in partnership with our families, our community and our Infant school we provide children with the time and opportunity to develop and master new skills in a safe and secure environment. We provide language rich learning opportunities to develop early communication skills as well as opportunities for both indoor and outdoor learning to develop children’s communication, physical, personal and social skills.

We believe that Primary education is not just about targets and results in league tables, nor is it simply a preparatory step for secondary school; it is much more than that. As a school we believe that by developing skills, knowledge and attitudes, our children will become individuals, who can access and enjoy learning throughout their lives. We want children to have a memorable learning experience at St James’ that encourages and inspires them to achieve their potential and fosters an attitude of “wanting to learn” as well as “needing to learn.”

For more information about what we teach in each Year group and how you can help your children with their learning please  click on the curriculum overview below or visit the class pages on the website. Alternatively, please contact the relevant members of staff for each year group:


Year 3 – Mr Ferrier

Year 4 - Mrs Fern

Year 5 – Miss Bain

Year 6 - Mrs Dudman