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Curriculum

At St.James' CofE Primary School we aim to provide the children with a curriculum which is broad, well balanced and above all stimulates the children to learn. In addition to acquiring skills and knowledge we aim to help the children to grow in confidence and maturity so that they can enter secondary school, and later, adulthood with the ability to pursue wholeheartedly, academic social and cultural activities.

We deliver programmes of study that meet the National Curriculum requirements issued by the DfE. This National Curriculum comprises of three core subjects:

English, Mathematics, Science

And foundation subjects:

History, Geography, Design and Technology, Art, Music, Physical Education (PE), Computing, Religious Education and MFL (Modern Foreign Languages)

The teaching of Religious Education is statutory in all schools. It is taught as a subject outside the National Curriculum but following the Blackburn Primary Syllabus.

At St.James' we place great emphasis on Numeracy and Literacy as these underpin many of the other aspects of the taught curriculum.

Whilst the core subjects are taught on a regular basis the foundation subjects may be taught as blocks of work over a matter of weeks, or through theme days.

The planning of the curriculum is based around a scheme of work called Cornerstones. The programmes for both Key Stages make use of our local environment. E.g. Watergrove reservoir. We also study other localities so that children gain an understanding of Britain as a diverse society.

This programme is regularly reviewed to ensure compatibility with new directives or to make necessary improvements to the existing programme of work.

There is now a great deal of emphasis in the use of ICT across the curriculum with a focus on ‘Computing’ and, in particular, computer skills to enhance the learning in all the subjects of the curriculum. Through the subject of ‘Computing’ we aim to teach a progressive set of skills that enable all the children to become competent and confident users of ICT. We have increased the range of equipment in this area to provide a wealth of opportunities to develop and apply these skills.

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