The Curriculum at St James

Here at St James we believe that a rich and relevant curriculum should be taught and embedded through the application of key literacy, numeracy and speaking and listening Skills.  We have therefore developed the “Magic Curriculum”.


The Magic Curriculum is Memorable, Aspirational, Gripping, Inspiring and Creative.  Each year group studies three units over the year to enable broad and balanced study over different subject areas.  These units are Science led with other subject areas being linked in a meaningful and creative way. 

Reading and Phonics Scheme

Phonics is taught daily in Nursery, Reception, Key Stage 1 and as an intervention in Key Stage 2. The school adopts the LCP synthetic phonics scheme,  based on 'Letters and Sounds' and 'Jolly Phonics'.


Throughout the school we value reading for pleasure, and children have opportunities to enjoy reading and listening to books every day. In KS1 and KS2 children are to taught reading skills in daily guided reading lessons and a class book is read to the children by an adult every day.


All children have a weekly library lesson and are able to borrow 2 books from school – a library book and a book from the appropriate book box for their ability


We expect all children to read at home a minimum of 3 times each week, and for parents to sign the children’s reading record when they have read

The Maths Curriculum at St James

At St James our children have five dedicated lessons of Maths a week with a mixture of fluency, problem solving and reasoning. A focus of number and place value embeds the teaching within each class which are then linked to other areas of the curriculum.


Across the week, children are taught a range of skills linked to the National Curriculum. They then master and apply these skills in a range of problems to expose them to problem solving and reasoning activities in which they can discuss the maths they are learning. The element of mastering the curriculum through problem solving and reasoning is a whole school focus with our children being enthusiastic and inquisitive in reasoning their answers. Children are taught to use both concrete and pictorial methods for explaining their methods before moving onto more abstract ways of recording.


This year we have signed up to Doodlemaths which is a programme designed to help children practise their maths skills at home. Every child from Reception up to Year 6 have a login for Doodlemaths. It also supports the children with their weekly homework of practising their number bonds and times tables for a fortnightly test. Please ask your child's teacher if they have forgotten their Doodlemaths login!