In Years 1 – 6 all pupils follow the National Curriculum made up of English, Mathematics, Information Communication Technology (ICT), Science, Design & Technology, History, Geography, Physical Education, Music, Art & Design & Modern Foreign Languages in KS2. As we are a Catholic school, Religious Education is also taught in every age group.
Across the school a thematic based curriculum is adopted. The children clearly find their learning experiences stimulating, exciting and dynamic through this approach to learning.
To increase opportunities for creative development, children in KS1 and KS2 experience a collaborative approach to the Creative Arts. We call this our MADD afternoon (Music, Art, Dance, Drama).
As a Catholic School our basic religious ethos is to be found across the whole curriculum and not just within the RE lesson. Our Religious Education Programme is based on the programme of study published by the Diocesan Department of Religious Education, using Curriculum Mapping Documents and the Bishops Conference RE Directory. The Diocesan Education Service has also published an RE Strategy “Learning & Growing as the people of God” to further support the teaching of RE. During Summer Term 2014, the school was graded as ‘Outstanding’ for its Religious Education Programme and teaching by the Diocesan Religious Education Inspection Team. A copy of the RE Inspection Report is available in school.
The children’s religious experience is greatly enhanced by weekly celebrations of the Liturgy e.g. Mass, Assemblies and Prayer Services. The children in the Reception class have a ‘Prayer Friend’ in Year 5 to support them in their first year of school life.
Our weekly Friday Mass is a very special time for us to pray and worship together. It is a sacred, wonderful part of our faith to share. The children know that we show respect and reverence before, during and after Mass. We ask that when you join us at Mass you respect that our Church is a place of prayer and reflection. Please also note that photographs should not be taken during Mass.
Year 3 children are prepared to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion. Year 6 children are prepared for the Sacrament of Confirmation.
The Academy Committee have agreed a Family Life Education Policy which has taken into account the advice of the Diocesan Education Service, Birmingham Health Education Department and the distinctive Catholic nature of St James’ School. This policy is available on our website for any parent who wishes to read it.
In planning and delivering the Curriculum, the school takes into account the Department for Education (DfE) statutory documents and guidelines, Birmingham Education Authority Curriculum Policy guidelines, guidance from the Diocesan Education Service and our own Mission Statement.
Throughout the school the children are taught in mixed ability classes. Children are grouped in a variety of ways according to the objectives to be achieved. Work is differentiated in a number of ways including input, task and output, so that individual pupils can progress effectively. There are a variety of teaching styles and strategies used in order to deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum in the most effective manner.
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