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. 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.

Children are taught the skills and knowledge needed to be confident mathematicians.


• 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

• Instil 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 PE National Curriculum. Our scheme of work ensures that children have a varied and well mapped out PE curriculum. It provides the opportunity for progression across the full breadth of the PE National Curriculum for KS1 and KS2 for both indoor and outdoor PE. This progression is clearly identified on progression maps and each lesson has been carefully planned to match these. In KS1, the focus of the PE curriculum is on the development of the fundamental skills that will be built upon in KS2 when they are applied in specific sports. It is our intention to develop a lifelong love of physical activity, sport and PE in all young people. We aim to help ensure a positive and healthy physical and mental outlook in the future and help young people to develop essential skills like leadership and teamwork. PE at St James promotes qualities such as enjoyment, commitment, creativity, fairness, enthusiasm and concern for quality as well as success. We nurture a sense of love for PE 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 PE National Curriculum. Our overarching aim is for teachers to have the knowledge and skills they need to feel confident in teaching all areas of PE, regardless of their main areas of expertise. Lessons are planned alongside subject-specific progression maps to ensure that children are given the opportunity to practise existing skills and also build on these to develop new or more advanced skills. Interwoven into the teaching sequence are key assessment questions. These 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. Formative assessments are supported through the inclusion of assessment grids. IPads are used to capture photographic and video evidence and, where appropriate, QR codes can be produced for ease of access to evidence of achievements. In addition to PE lessons, children are encouraged to be active for at least 60 minutes per day. This is done through active lunch and play times, guided activities at lunch times and also a range of Extra-Curricular clubs.  Teachers use questioning to gauge pupil responses and inform assessment. Input for lesson and the structure of lessons is disseminated in a structures and progressive way from the warm up, skill builder and activity for assessment. Where pupils are struggling with skills or PE concepts. Lessons are differentiated to ensure maximum progress is made. Gross motor interventions happen across the school based on SEND and PE assessment data.


Each unit is mapped against the progression documents to ensure that learners develop detailed knowledge and skills across the full breadth of the PE 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 PE 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 half terms unit.  This is then reported on and used for differentiation.

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Why Physical Literacy is Important.

 St James School believe that it is vital children lead healthy and active lifestyles and, through our PE curriculum, along with Extra- Curricular activities, we aim to impart these beliefs on the children. We are strongly encouraging all pupils to become more active and to know the value of being fit and healthy to enable them to experience life in all it's fullness. Children take part in Wake Up Shake Up at the end of each lunchtime , which is based on fun moves to ‘pop’ music which are designed around core movement skills to encourage good physical development. Children complete a 'daily mile' as a way of being physically active throughout the day. We also make sure that our playtimes  and lunchtimes encourage active lifestyles and have lots of equipment for the children to use as part of this. We want our children to take what they learn in school and embed it into their wider lives and even into their adolescence and adulthood when they leave us.

We encourage children to compete in sports at varying levels. We strongly believe that it is important for children to engage with competitive sports and activities in order to build character and help embed values such as fairness and respect. During the school year we have a busy calendar of events, such as multi-skills festivals, football, netball, quicksticks and tag-rugby tournaments as well as youth games events. We also arrange matches against local schools.

We have many Extra-Curricular sports clubs at St James. These are run both by members of staff and external coaches. For example, running, Sports 4 All, football, netball,  rounders, gymnastics and cricket clubs are all offered and we are looking to expand this even further over the upcoming terms.

In summary, we want all children at St-James to be inspired by, enjoy, succeed and excel in sports and fitness, both in the short and long term.


'Life in all its fullness' John 10:10 

At St James, we believe that it is important to stay healthy. You would probably be shocked to find out how much hidden sugar is in the food and drink we consume every day. This Change4Life website is very helpful to see how much sugar is in the things we buy. There is an app that you can download so that you can take it shopping with you and there are also some really lovely, healthy recipes. Take a look. 

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