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Overview

Curriculum Intent:

The curriculum at St James’ is inspired by John 10:10. It aims to give every child, regardless of starting points, background or ability, the opportunity to live life to the full and use their gifts and talents for the common good

The whole curriculum is underpinned by our VERITAS values:

  • Excellence
  • Resilience
  • Integrity
  • Trust
  • Aspiration
  • Service

 

Therefore our curriculum:

  • Is holistic, encompassing academic disciplines, enrichment, cultural capital and character development
  • Develops mastery, with knowledge being developed from Year 6 to Year 13 through detailed curriculum plans which track back from KS5 to KS2
  • Is knowledge based and planned for the layering of knowledge in order that students can build a ‘web’ of information.
  • Is engaging and challenges students to think and speak ‘like experts’
  • Promotes literacy and oracy
  • Promotes VERITAS and the individual search for truth by teaching critical thinking. 

 

Please look at our individual subject websites for a clear view of how this is implemented across the school and how we measure the impact. 

The outline of our current curriculum is detailed below

KEY STAGE 3

Religious Education ICT
   
Art

Languages:

 
  • French
Design Technology
  • Spanish
   
Drama Mathematics
   
English Music
   
Geography Physical Education
   
History Science​

 

Set Groups

English, Mathematics, Science, Modern Foreign Languages, Geography, History, Religious Education

Mixed Ability Groups

Art, Drama, Design & Technology, ICT, Music

 

KEY STAGE 4

Religious Education Hair & Beauty
   
Art History
   
Art Photography Languages
 
  • French
Business Studies
  • Spanish
 

 

Construction

Mathematics

   
Design & Technology: Media Studies
  •      Product Design
 
  • Food Technology
Music

 

 

Drama

Physical Education

    

 

English Language

Psychology
   
English Literature Science
 
  • Biology
ICT & Computing
  • Chemistry
  • Creative iMedia
  • Physics
 
  • Additional Science

Geography

 

 

Set Groups

Mathematics, English, Science, Religious Education and ICT & Computing

Other subjects are in mixed ability groups

 

KEY STAGE 5

Religious Education  
   
Art Mathematics
   
Business Studies Media Studies
   
Economics Physical Education
   
English Language Product Design
   
English Language & Literature Psychology
   
Geography Science:
 
  •       Biology
Government & Politics
  •       Chemistry    
 
  •        Physics
History  
  Theatre Studies
Languages:  
  • French
Travel & Tourism
  • Spanish