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The Curriculum at St. James’ C of E Junior School


St. James’ Junior School is a city centre school in the heart of a culturally diverse community. With 39 different spoken languages and over 90% of the children speaking English as an additional language, limited vocabulary and oracy are significant barriers to our children’s learning and progress. Many of our pupils are disadvantaged, with 60% eligible for Pupil Premium funding. Therefore, a high proportion of our pupils have limited wider-life experiences, which again has the potential to restrict their learning, progress and development.


In order to offer the highest standard of education to meet our pupil’s needs, we have designed a curriculum (updated in September 2020) that inspires children through appropriate, age related challenges, high level questioning and by providing experiences that enthuse and engage the children. Our curriculum is fully inclusive and is designed to meet the needs of every pupil, regardless of their background and needs. We want every child to aspire to achieve the best that they can and our curriculum links to the School’s vision of Every Child, Every Chance, Every Day.


Our curriculum encourages children to ask questions in order to further develop their knowledge and understanding. Children are stimulated through using new methods and ideas to meet their learning outcomes, therefore enabling them to know more and remember more.


For more information on individual subject areas please click on the links below.

By clicking on the year groups below you can view the curriculum overviews, knowledge organisers and glossaries for each half-term.