St James C of E Primary School

St James C of E Primary School


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Vicarage Road, Hereford, Herefordshire HR1 2QN

Tel: 01432 273961



TEACH              NURTURE           CELEBRATE

Our Curriculum aims and design have been developed in line with the needs of St James CE Primary School community, promoting the Christian Values we hold dear. Our curriculum is ambitious and well-planned to ensure all pupils gain ample knowledge and skills to succeed in their next stage of education and life after primary school.

The aims are also based heavily on our school vision of Teach, Nurture and Celebrate in order that children should experience ‘Life in all its fullness’ (John 10:10). All stakeholders were involved in creating the vision and aims, including: pupils, parents, PTFA, and staff members at all levels. SMSC is embedded throughout our curriculum design. The aspect of Spirituality is a particular focus for us

 The St James Curriculum was chosen and adapted to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to meet Key Stage requirements and allow for smooth transition to the next phase of education. We re-designed our curriculum to enable children to experience a more enquiry-based approach. This allows children to develop key skills and seek vital knowledge through exploring big questions and concepts.


  • Within our curriculum, we aim to inspire all pupils through engaging learning experiences
  • We aim to nurture passionate, healthy and successful learners by providing a broad, balanced and enquiry-based curriculum
  • Instill children with the values, knowledge and skills to enable them to achieve beyond expectations and experience success
  • Provide a progressive curriculum where skills and knowledge are developed through quality ongoing assessment.


Our Curriculum offers a coherently planned sequence of lessons to help teachers ensure they have progressively covered the requirements of the History National Curriculum. Our scheme of work ensures that children have a varied and well mapped out History curriculum. It provides the opportunity for progression across the full breadth of the History National Curriculum for KS1 and KS2. This progression is clearly identified on progression maps and each lesson has been carefully planned to match these. Lessons are ordered with the intent of building an overview of Britain’s past as well as that of the wider world and to be able to communicate historically. It is our intention to develop a lifelong love of and interest in learning about historic events and people in history. We want to inspire children to want to know more about the past and to think and act as historians. We nurture a sense of love for History and celebrate successes.  All lessons are differentiated which helps to ensure that learning is as tailored and inclusive as possible. Each unit of work will have an overarching question which children will explore attached to it as a focus for the children to build towards being able to answer. At the end of a year pupils should be secure in nearly all units.



Our lesson plans ensure that all teachers are equipped with the secure subject knowledge required to deliver modern, high-quality teaching and learning opportunities for all areas of the History National Curriculum. Our overarching aim is for teachers to have the knowledge and skills they need to feel confident in teaching all areas of History, regardless of their main areas of expertise. Lessons are planned alongside subject-specific progression maps to ensure that children are given the opportunity to learn about historical events both in Britain and the wider world. Interwoven into the teaching sequence are key assessment questions. Children are given opportunities to understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses. Also, they are given the opportunity to develop and understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed. These opportunities allow teachers to assess the different levels of understanding at various points in the lesson and also allow time to recap concepts where necessary, helping to embed learning. Teachers use questioning to gauge pupil responses and inform assessment. Where pupils are struggling with skills or historical knowledge, lessons are differentiated to ensure maximum progress is made.



Each unit is mapped against the progression documents to ensure that learners develop detailed knowledge and skills across the full breadth of the History curriculum through engaging and age-appropriate curriculum content. After each unit of work, pupils will be assessed using the end of Key Stage expectations set out in the 2014 National Curriculum. The high quality, progressive and consistent approach to History will provide pupils with the best possible platform to achieve at a high standard. It is our aim that children recognise their full potential and we encourage and enthuse them to aim high in all areas of their learning. At end of a unit the teacher is able to judge whether a child is secure in that unit.  This is then reported on and used for differentiation.

 History Skills Progression document - Triple I.pdfDownload
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