St James' Church of England Primary School

Together in faith, we are a winning team.

Our Curriculum

Our 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.  

 

Reception

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

We value the help and support you can give your children in achieving these at home. 

We have built our curriculum using our local knowledge to meet the needs of our community in order to achieve our school Vision, Mission and Values. Our curriculum is purposeful and inspiring. We expand the lives of our families and encourage our children to use what they have learnt to become exceptional citizens.

The Early Years Foundation Stage

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework forms the basis of teaching and learning for our Nursery and Reception children at St James'.  We believe that this is a very important stage for our children as it builds foundations for future learning. Children learn best at this stage when experiences are fun and exciting and 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 will mostly develop these 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 these 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.  

 The National Curriculum

For children from Year 1 to Year 6, we deliver the National Curriculum in the core subjects of English, Maths and Science, and the foundation subjects of History, Geography, Art, Music, Physical Education, Design Technology and Personal Social Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE) and Computing. 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. Link to: National Curriculum.

We aim to provide the children with a wide range of experiences that promotes their self-motivation, curiosity and enjoyment of the world. We do this through carefully planned cross curricular topics which cover the strands of the national curriculum, coupled with activities that strengthen the children’s skills in literacy and maths. We develop in our pupils a sense of identity and capacity to relate to others (both past and present) through systematic enquiry and questioning.  We encourage creativity and curiosity through knowledge and understanding of the world.

The work of our school is, however, much more than this and we are proud to offer learning opportunities and experiences which go well beyond the requirements of the National Curriculum. We aim to provide a memorable, rich and invaluable beginning for our children which encourages life long attitudes for learning for their spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development. 

Reporting to Parents and Carers

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.  We keep parents and carers informed about the learning in their class through our class websites, invitations to visit school and look at work in the classroom and copies of our half termly Knowledge Organisers.

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 learning and the routines for your child in their new class.

Every half term you will receive a Record Card for your child with their attendance band and figure 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 always look forward to seeing you.

Assessment

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)
  • Multiplication Tables Check (Year 4)
  • End of Key Stage 2 SATs (Year 6)

Other Curriculum Activities and Enrichment Opportunities

Sports and Swimming

On Wednesdays all children from Reception to Year 6 have a sports lesson delivered by our sports coach so that the children experience high quality tuition in sports like volleyball, football, hockey, netball, cricket and athletics as well as dance and gymnastics. Additional physical activity sessions are provided to support targeted children.  Years 3 and 4 have swimming tuition at Ashton swimming baths.    

Library

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

Music

We work with Tameside Music Service to provide whole class music tuition from Year 1 upwards, ranging from percussion, glockenspiels and ukuleles.  Additional music activities are available through after school clubs.  We have a fantastic partnership with the Hallé Orchestra and are part of their HalléInspire Project which enables our Key Stage 2 pupils to work alongside Hallé musicians to compose and perform music linked to their topic. 

Outdoor Learning and Cooking

Our children have the opportunity to find out about growing and cooking first hand in our gardens and polytunnels which they follow up with our afternoon cooking sessions.

     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.

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