St James' C of E Primary School, Blackburn

Curriculum Overview

What does your child learn at school each day?

Find information about our curriculum subjects here.  The links on this page provide information about our school curriculum in each academic year for every subject and are split into ‘core’ (English, Mathematics and Science) and ‘non-core’ subjects (Religious Education, Art and Design, Design and Technology, Computing, History, Geography, Languages, Music and PSHE.)

At St. James’ we use the Lancashire Scheme of Work to ensure full coverage of the National Curriculum. This is a cross-curricular scheme which incorporates many subjects each half term under one theme.

The Year 1 - 6 Curriculum details the themed half termly units and the overview identifies which subjects are lead subjects, additional subjects or on-going subjects in the half termly units. Maths and English are taught daily and Science is always a lead or on-going subject. The ‘ Key Learning documents’ for Years 1-6 are based on the programmes of study from the National Curriculum and pinpoint the key pieces of learning in each year group.

Topmarks Here you will find a wide range of interactive resources for Early Years, KS1 and KS2 to enable you to further support your child’s learning at home.



English - Reading (involves Word reading and Comprehension)

Word reading involves using phonic knowledge to decode unfamiliar words and the speedy recognition of familiar words. The teaching of phonics plays a huge part in helping pupils to develop these essential skills. Phonics teaching, following the Letters and Sounds programme using resources from ‘Phonics Play’ and ‘Jolly Phonics’,  is used to teach reading to children in the EYFS, when they start school ,and is continued throughout Key Stage 1. You can access free phonics resources through Phonicsplay and Letters and sounds.


Comprehension involves showing a good understanding of what has been read and these skills are developed through high-quality discussions and reading sessions on a daily basis. We use several reading schemes across school including ‘Oxford Reading Tree’;  ‘Floppy’s Phonics’; ‘Big Cat Collins’; ‘Storyworld’  and a scheme called ‘Read, Write, Inc’.

English - Writing involves vocabulary, grammar and punctuation, composition, spelling and handwriting. A high priority is given to all aspects of writing so that children will develop the stamina and skills to write at length, with accurate spelling and punctuation. Children are given the opportunity to write for a wide range of purposes across the curriculum where opportunities are planned to develop the skills of grammar, punctuation, handwriting and spelling.



Mathematics at St. James’ aims to develop each child’s ability to think and solve problems mathematically by using the appropriate skills, concepts, knowledge and understanding and  apply this to new situations and problems; both in and out of school using the appropriate mathematical language.  Lancashire Mathematics Planning materials are used to plan daily maths lessons and there are additional opportunities for contextual learning and using and applying mathematics linked to the themes. An online resource that can be used at home, as well as in school, is Times Tables Rockstars. This website can be used to boost times table recall speed.



Science in the Early Years Foundation Stage provides opportunities for children to explore Science using a cross curricular approach. In Years 1 and 2 the principal focus of Science teaching is to enable pupils to experience and observe phenomena, looking more closely at the natural and humanly-constructed world around them. In Years 3 and 4 the main focus is to enable pupils to broaden their scientific view of the world around them whilst in Years 5 and 6 the principal aim is to develop a deeper understanding of a wide range of scientific ideas. ‘Working Scientifically’, developing understanding of the processes and methods of Science, is not taught as a separate strand instead it is embedded in the scientific content of the National Curriculum programme of study for Key Stage 1, Lower Key Stage 2 and Upper Key Stage 2.  We provide the pupils with experiences from which they can raise their own ideas and investigate through step by step scientific enquiries. 

The following link is to  ‘Engineering Interact’ a website which through interactive challenges covers:  light, sound, forces,the earth and beyond and electricity. 

Physical Education

All pupils are expected to participate in a high quality PE curriculum that inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport or other physically demanding activities. PE helps support pupils in living a healthy and active lifestyle and builds character, embedding values such as fairness and respect.

Children in Key Stage Two also have the opportunity to attend swimming lessons to reach the national standard of being able to swim 25m.

Physical Education Overview

Physical Education Key Learning Years 1-2

Physical Education Key Learning Years 3-6

Should you require further information or have any questions about the school curriculum please feel free to discuss with your child’s class teacher or view the curriculum newsletters on the website for information on your child’s learning each half term.

St James' C of E Primary School Earl Street, Blackburn BB1 8EG
Headteacher Mr D Stitcher
SENDCo Mr J Cameron
- email address on telephone request
Enquiries should be addressed to Mr R. Dewhurst.
Telephone 01254 698335
Office Hours Monday to Friday 7:45am to 4:00pm