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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 31 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 42% 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.

Cornerstones Curriculum


At St. James' Junior School we have introduced a creative curriculum based around the Cornerstones Curriculum, a nationally recognised approach for delivering outstanding learning opportunities for children.


What is the Cornerstones Curriculum?

The Cornerstones Curriculum is a creative and thematic approach to learning that is mapped to the 2014 Primary National Curriculum to ensure comprehensive coverage of national expectations. Our new curriculum is delivered through Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs) which provides a rich menu of exciting and motivating learning activities that make creative links between all aspects of our children’s learning. Children progress through four stages of learning in each ILP – Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express. 

We believe children learn better when they are encouraged to use their imagination and apply their learning to engaging contexts. Our new curriculum provides lots of learning challenges throughout the academic year that require children to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding effectively across the curriculum.

Cornerstones also provide a rigorous essential skills framework that outlines the end of year expectations in all subjects. These essential skills are tied to activities and are age related so that staff can track children’s progress and identify their individual learning needs.


Our curriculum is progressive and allows children to build on previous learning and make links to learning across multiple subjects.


For move information about Cornerstones Curriculum click here


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