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The Curriculum at St James'

Teaching and Learning at St James'

At our school each class contains 2 or 3 year groups and parents often ask how teaching and learning is organised across the curriculum in this particular situation.

The school's approach to teaching and learning is based on the following principles:

  • Teaching within the classroom is varied in organisation with a mixture of individual, group, pairs, interest/friendship groups, year groups and whole class teaching.
  • Groups are usually of mixed ability.

A variety of teaching methods are used including:

  • Direct and indirect teaching.
  • Discussion/listening to children's responses.
  • Finding out/discovery/first hand/investigation.
  • Demonstration by the teacher.
  • Open and closed questions and a variety of questioning techniques.
  • The value of play particularly in the Early Years is recognised.
  • Teaching assistants work with individual children or in groups.
  • Volunteer helpers are welcome in the school.

Typically, a lesson may begin with a whole class session to introduce the subject or concept.  Children will be given specific questions at different levels to encourage and confirm understanding, allowing the teacher to have an overview of the class as a whole.

Following this and depending on the nature of the task, the class may split into groups, often under the direction of the teacher and or teaching assistant.  This ensures that pupils are closely guided and supported in their learning.

The lesson may end with the whole class sharing their work together and key learning intentions being reinforced.

Reception children have support from teaching assistants and extensive indoor and outdoor play facilities so that they can choose activities that are planned to extend their learning experiences.  They follow the Foundation Stage Curriculum. 

Curriculum Summary

To support our teaching of Phonics, we use the reading schemes: Read, Write, Inc and Oxford Reading Tree.

Our curriculum is planned to cover the requirements of the current National Curriculum over a two year cycle.  Click on the links below to see our long term plans for each class.

Long Term Curriculum Plan - Ash Class - R & Yr1

Long Term Curriculum Plan - Elm Class - Yrs 2, 3 & 4

Long Term Curriculum Plan - Yew Class - Yrs 5 & 6


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