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St James

Church School

Love God, Love Others, Love Ourselves.

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Our Curriculum Intent

The Curriculum


At St James Church School we follow the 2014 National Curriculum for KS1 and KS2 and the Children in the Foundation Stage follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.


For all of our pupils we recognise the importance of developing the attitudes and lifelong skills that will enable them to become successful learners. We recognise that children learn in many different ways and that this should be taken into consideration when planning lessons. We believe that appropriate teaching and learning experiences will prepare children for the next stage of their education and ultimately produce happy, confident, enquiring minds and as a result, young people who will make a positive contribution to society.


Our teaching and learning values are centred around ‘Growth Mindset learning (C.Dweck Ph.D). We believe:


Learning requires EFFORT

ALL individuals CAN LEARN and improve



As Carol Dweck says “successful individuals love learning, value effort and persist in the face of obstacles”



Our Shared Trust Curriculum Intent Statement


The Bath and Wells Multi Academy Trust approach to the curriculum is to support and enable all our schools to provide a curriculum that:

  • Is tailored to meet the needs of the school, its context and its pupils
  • Is rooted in the unique context of each school, drawing on its culture, heritage and community
  • Provides experience of and connections to the world beyond the school in both time and place
  • Provides a broad range of creative learning experiences to develop children’s moral, spiritual, social, mental, physical and cultural understanding
  • Provides opportunities for pupils to understand and develop our five core Christian values – kindness, respect, perseverance, forgiveness, love
  • Is ambitious for all pupils
  • Recognises, celebrates and welcomes each pupil as a unique individual
  • Secures pupils’ core skills, knowledge and understanding to at least an age appropriate level and beyond, and is adapted, designed and developed for pupils with learning needs or disabilities
  • Provides both coverage of the National Curriculum and appropriate progression from EYFS to Y6 and beyond
  • Provides enrichment opportunities to broaden and enhance the curriculum experience for pupils
  • Is flexible and responds to pupils’ feedback, the evaluations of how well pupils learn and make progress, and in pupils’ performance in external and internal assessments


All pupils in our Trust should:

  • Enjoy learning and understand the importance of this for their growth and development.
  • Understand and apply Christian values that enhance the experience and development of themselves and others.
  • Demonstrate positive behaviour that reflects the core Christian values of the Trust.
  • Have a sense of belonging to their community.
  • Be confident, ambitious, aspirational, self-evaluative, learners who are engaged, excited and empowered by their learning experiences.
  • Have a sense of pride in who they are, where they live and the school they attend.
  • Make a positive contribution to their community and wider society.
  • Be well prepared for life in modern Britain.
  • Achieve at least age-related expectations across the curriculum including in reading, writing and mathematics unless pupils’ disabilities or learning needs mean that this is not possible.
  • Make good progress across the curriculum appropriate to their prior attainment.
  • Experience equality of opportunity, addressing any gaps in their knowledge, skills and understanding, to diminish social disadvantage.
  • Achieve well in external assessment against National benchmarks at the end of each key stage.
  • Articulate their hopes and aspirations for their future.