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St James’s Catholic Primary School ‘Put out into the deep’

Curriculum and Learning Links

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At St James’s we strive to ensure that every child receives a broad, balanced curriculum.  We want our children to achieve the highest possible standards in reading, writing and maths, but believe it is equally important that they enjoy learning in a range of other subject areas. 

 

We follow the National Curriculum but enhance it with imaginative planning around topics to make the learning experience more coherent and meaningful.  We enrich our curriculum through visits out of school, planning themed days around topics and arranging visitors to come in to school.  We are fortunate to have specialist teachers for Music, Art, French and Sport.

 

Our Curriculum aims to develop skills that are essential for effective learning in school and throughout life.  We look to create opportunities that enable pupils to develop these vital skills:

  • Enquiry: The skill of enquiry enables pupils to ask relevant questions; pose and define problems; plan what to do and how to research; predict outcomes and anticipate responses; test conclusions and improve ideas.
  • Problem Solving: Developing skills and strategies that will assist in the solving of problems including the skill of identifying and understanding the problem; planning ways to solve a problem; monitoring progress in tackling a problem and reviewing a solution to a problem.
  • Creative thinking: The ability to generate and extend ideas; to create hypotheses; to apply imagination and to look for alternative, innovative outcomes.
  • Information Processing: The ability to locate and collect relevant information; to sort; classify sequence; compare; contrast and analyse part/whole relationships.
  • Reasoning: The ability to give reasons for opinions and actions; to draw inferences and make deductions; to use precise language to explain thoughts and to make judgements and decisions informed by reasons or evidence.
  • Evaluation: The ability to evaluate information to judge the value of what is read, heard or done; to develop criteria for judging the value of their own and others’ work or ideas; and having the confidence in their judgements.

 

Our teachers plan in year group teams to ensure there is parity of planned learning experiences.  The curriculum is enhanced by the use of a wealth of resources.  Each year we plan special theme weeks when we focus on a specific subject and give the children the opportunity to apply the skills they have learnt in reading, writing and maths throughout the week.  For example we have Arts week and Science week.  Each half term we also plan challenge days where children have the opportunity to apply their thinking skills and learning behaviours in different learning contexts (puzzle mornings, a talent show, a class debate or team-building activities). 

 

To ensure that each subject area is developed and enhanced each teacher has a subject specialism and leads a subject, monitoring how it is taught, how well children are progressing and what actions the school needs to take to improve the teaching and learning the children receive. 

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