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What does your child learn at school each day? Find information about our curriculum subjects here.


In the Nursery and Reception Years  (ages 3-5) we cover the Early Years Foundation Stage.  This includes a variety of areas including Reading, Writing and Numbers but also includes areas such as Communication and Understanding the World.  Click on  Curriculum Statements: Early Years Foundation Stage in the Teaching and Learning tab above to see more in-depth information.


In Years 1 and 2 we teach according to the National Curriculum for Key Stage 1.  To find out more about what areas are covered and how we assess the children please click on Curriculum Statements: Key Stage 1 in the Teaching and Learning tab above to see more in-depth information.


We have arranged our School Curriculum to incorporate the Early Years Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum for Key Stage 1. We have made what we feel is an varied and innovative curriculum that interests and excites our children. This is arranged into half termly themes. 

We are also required to teach Religious Education and as a Church of England School we follow the syllabus provided by the Diocese of Carlisle.  Further details can be found from the Diocese of Carlisle website:


Further information about the subjects is also available by clicking below for each year group.

Here at St James C of E Infant and Nursery School we use a variety of methods and schemes to teach children and help them progress.  In September 2016 we introduced a new Phonics and Reading Scheme into the school called Read Write Inc.  Read Write Inc. is a whole school programme with children being grouped across the school and all taught Literacy at the same time each day. Further information about the programme can be found in the Parent resources section on the drop down tabs above.


For those children who need a little extra help from time to time, we offer a variety of intervention schemes. Further information can be found under SEND information. Each of these schemes are tailored to the needs of the individual child.  These are all aimed at giving a little extra help in addition to the quality teaching we offer. Our Senior Teaching Assistants are highly trained in these schemes and with this small group and withdrawal work, we find that children find these schemes enjoyable and confidence building.


British Values


Ofsted now require schools to show that Spiritual, Social, Moral and Cultural teachings include the presence of British values such as tolerance, understanding of others, democracy, respect and acceptance of the rule of law and individual liberty.


Here at St James C of E Infant and Nursery School we ensure that our curriculum is  appropriately broad and balanced to help prepare our young people for life in modern Britain by actively promoting fundamental British values.  


Click below to link to an overview of how we incorporate British Values into our school.