St James' Curriculum Information

Curriculum Overviews

Long term curriculum overview for Early Years to Year 6

Click below to see how this is spread across the year in each class.

Nursery Reception
Class 1 Class 2 Class 3
Class 4 Class 5 Class 6

End of Year Expectations: Leaflets for Parents/Carers

We know that each year there are pieces of knowledge and skills which build on previous learning and are essential to make sure that children are ready for the next phase/year of learning. These handy leaflets are to help our parents and carers see what their child needs to be able to do by the end of the school year.  We value the help and support you can give your children in achieving these at home. 

Class 1 Class 2 Class 3
Class 4 Class 5 Class 6


Useful KS1 Weblinks

Although these particular BBC Bitesize webpages are no longer updated, they still provide lots of really useful fun activities for practising skills at home.


     At St. James' children in Nursery and Reception are taught using the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework. We believe that this is a very important stage for children as it builds foundations for future learning. Children learn best at this stage when experiences are fun and exciting, taught within a stimulating and supportive environment.

     Throughout Nursery and Reception your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development. Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first:

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional education

     These prime areas are the most essential for your child's healthy development and future learning. As children grow the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematical development
  • Understanding of the world
  • Expressive arts and design

At the end of their reception year,

children are assessed

against the Early Learning Goals.  

Click here for details of all 17 goals.  

     For children from Year 1 to year 6 we deliver the National Curriculum in the core subjects of English, Maths, Science, Religious Education and Information and Communication Technology, and the foundation subjects of History, Geography, Art, Music, Physical Education, Design Technology and Personal Social Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE). French is taught to pupils from year 3 to year 6. Religious Education is taught in accordance with Tameside’s Agreed Syllabus approved by the Education Committee.

     We follow the advice issued from Department for Education (DfE) and Tameside Council when delivering the curriculum.

National Curriculum - September 2014

     A balance of teaching across all the subjects is maintained during the year with greater emphasis being placed on English and Mathematics, particularly in the early years. Some of our work is organised on a cross-curricular basis, through our Learning Challenge Curriculum, with children leading learning and undertaking integrated projects whilst working towards the appropriate National Curriculum targets. Specific subject teaching is undertaken when necessary and is more evident as children progress through the Key Stage 2. 

     Parents and carers receive newsletters from class teachers throughout the year so that they know what topics are being studied that term, these are also available on the class pages of our website. We also organises curriculum 'workshops' for parents in order to demonstrate and explain school policies, National Curriculum programmes of study and display children's work and achievements.

     The work of our school is, however, much more than this and we offer a variety of learning opportunities and experiences, which go well beyond the requirements of the National Curriculum. We aim to give your children a rich environment and encourage life long attitudes for learning for their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

Reporting to Parents

     We know that successful partnerships between parents/carers and school are vital to ensure that every child is nurtured and supported to achieve the very best that they can.  Good communication is key to getting this right.

     Early in the autumn term you and your child are invited to an important 'Getting to Know Year...' meeting to find out more about the topics and the change in routine for your child in their new class.

     Every half term you will receive a Record Card for your child with their attendance band and figures along with effort grades for learning, homework and behaviour.

     In the spring term you will be invited to discuss your child's progress with their teacher.

     At the end of the summer term you will be given your child’s end of year report with their attainments in all subjects (including results of statutory tests) and reflections on their achievements during the year.

     You are welcome to come and discuss your child’s progress at any time during the year; class teachers and support staff are usually available on the playground at the beginning and end of each day and appointments can be made if more time is needed.  We will also contact you if we have any concerns about your child's learning.  There are regular points during the year when you are very welcome to come into class and look at your child's work/books and discuss their progress and next steps - for example, following Friday class led assembly and 'Stay and Play' sessions.  We look forward to seeing you.


        At St James’ Church of England Primary School, effective assessment is essential to quality teaching and learning and is a part of all teaching strategies to help identify areas for development and chart progress.  It helps us to strengthen learning across the curriculum and helps teachers enhance their skills and judgements.  This is a continuous process throughout school undertaken by all the teaching staff through formative marking, feedback and observations and also through summative tests. The children are encouraged to be part of this process and develop their own skills in assessing their own performance against their learning challenges.

     There are statutory assessments tasks and tests at different points during your child's school career.

          Early Years Foundation Stage Profile (end of Reception)
          Phonics Screening Check (Year 1 and for some Year 2)
          End of Key Stage 1 SATs (Year 2)
          End of Key Stage 2 SATs (Year 6)

Other Curriculum Activities


     Years 3 and 4 have swimming tuition at Ashton swimming baths. 


     On Wednesdays all children have a sports lesson delivered by our sports coach so that the children can experience high quality tuition in sports like volleyball, football, hockey, netball, cricket and athletics as well as dance and gymnastics.  


     All children are given the opportunity and are encouraged to borrow books from the school library to read at home.


     French is taught to children in years 3 to year 6.


     We provide whole class music tuition from year 1 upwards, ranging from percussion, ocarinas and recorders to strings, brass and clarinet.  Additional music activities are available through after school clubs.

     At St James' we work together to ensure your child has a broad and balanced curriculum from Nursery to Year 6.

A copy of our Teaching and Learning Policy can be found in the Virtual Office.