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Our Curriculum

At St James Church of England Infant and Nursery school, we focus on living out our school vision of ‘Choose the Right Path’ Proverbs everything that we do including the curriculum provision. This ensures that the curriculum we offer is firmly based on our focus Christian values and places Jesus at the centre of all learning opportunities. Our staff aim to promote opportunities for love, kindness, forgiveness, friendship, respect and courage by weaving these themes throughout the curriculum.


The primary objective of our curriculum is to ensure that children develop a lifelong love of learning and that they are well prepared for the next stage of their schooling and beyond. We achieve this through the curriculum we offer which is ambitious, rich and meaningful for the children.


Reading is a prime focus at the heart of our curriculum. We provide children with innovative and exciting learning opportunities both inside and outside the classroom and we are committed to ensuring that all children have access to a broad and balanced curriculum.


The content of the curriculum is driven by the National Curriculum/EYFS statutory guidance and locality/ context of our school. It is planned in a sequenced, coherent way to ensure that the learning needs of all pupils are met. Some children with special educational needs require the curriculum to be adapted to meet their needs. We approach this on an individual basis, working in partnership with parents and outside agencies. We take time to make links between different curriculum subjects to help children make links in their learning. By approaching the curriculum in this way, children learn more and remember more and therefore become successful learners.



Reading and phonics schemes

The children are taught daily using the ‘Read Write Inc’ phonics scheme, which progresses through the phonemes, practising blending (to read) and segmenting (to spell) and gives the children the skills they need to become confident readers and writers. As part of the learning process the children are allocated books matched to their phonics ability to take home and Read Write Inc book bag books to supplement their reading.


If you would like to learn more about how your child uses phonics, please speak to your child’s class teacher, who would be happy to talk to you about the learning process and how you can support at home.