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St. James' CE Primary School



We place a considerable emphasis on teaching mental calculation methods and making maths link to real-life as much as possible.

There is a considerable emphasis on teaching place value using a range of resources to support children’s understanding. Formal written recording is practised regularly and is an important part of learning and understanding. St James’ School has developed a consistent approach to the teaching of written calculations in order to establish continuity and progression throughout the school.

Either click here for our Maths page or access on the link to the right of this information.


Here at St James primary school we pride ourselves on our passionate commitment to teaching Literacy effectively and with relevance to the child.

  • We strive to ensure that the learning environment is stimulating and fun
  • We celebrate all children’s work
  • All our lessons have a purpose through our through planning
  • We are aware of the pace of learning in all areas of literacy
  • We are committed to the teaching of Phonics everyday in Early Years and KS1

Either click here for our English page or access on the link to the right of this information.

The National Literacy Trust website


At St James’ our emphasis is on learning through experimentation and exploration;  this involves a lot of practical and investigative work as well as presentations to encourage the pupils to test their ideas, apply knowledge to novel situations and communicate their understanding.

Our aims are:

  • Foster a love for the sciences
  • Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
  • To develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
  • To ensure all pupils are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

KS1 Areas of Study

  • Pupils will ask simple questions and recognise that they can be answered in different ways observing closely, using simple equipment performing simple tests.
  • Pupils will identify and classify using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions gathering and recording data to help in answering questions.

KS2 Areas of Study

  • Pupils will explore and compare the differences between things that are living, dead, and things that have never been alive
  • Identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants, and how they depend on each other
  • Identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants, and how they depend on each other
  • Describe how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain, and identify and name different sources of food.

To help with this the pupils regularly take short field trips to local sites. Students carry out investigations of the ecology of the Thames banks, parks and other geographic sites.


Through History at St James’ pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. We aim to inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Children are encouraged to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, develop perspective and interrogate ideas by making judgements.

These skills help pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.

KS1 Areas Covered

Pupils will be taught about:

  • Changes within living memory. Where appropriate, these should be used to reveal aspects of change in national life
  • Events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally [for example, the Great Fire of London, the first aeroplane flight or events commemorated through festivals or anniversaries]
  • The lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements. Some should be used to compare aspects of life in different periods [for example, Elizabeth I and Queen Victoria, Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong, William Caxton and Tim Berners-Lee, Pieter Bruegel the Elder and LS Lowry, Rosa Parks and Emily Davison, Mary Seacole and/or Florence Nightingale and Edith Cavell]
  • Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality

KS2 Areas Covered

Pupils will be taught about:

  • Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age
  • The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain
  • Britain’s settlement by Anglo-Saxons and Scots
  • The Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor
  • A local history study
  • A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological
  • Knowledge beyond 1066
  • the achievements of the earliest civilizations – an overview of where and when the first civilizations appeared and a depth study of one of the following: Ancient Sumer; The Indus Valley; Ancient Egypt; The Shang Dynasty of Ancient China
  • Ancient Greece – a study of Greek life and achievements and their influence on the western world
  • a non-European society that provides contrasts with British history – one study chosen from: early Islamic civilization, including a study of Baghdad c. AD 900; Mayan civilization c. AD 900; Benin (West Africa) c. AD 900-1300.



At St James’ we aim to teach Geography to encourage curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with the children for the rest of their lives.

Teaching should equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the framework and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.


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Religious Education at St James aims to: 

  • Develop a strong foundation of the Christian faith through knowledge and understanding that includes Christian Beliefs and Values, The Bible, Old Testament Characters, the Life and Teachings of Jesus, Prayer and Worship, Saints, The Local Church, The Christian Community, Living out the Faith, Rites of Passage and Christian Festivals; 
  • Apply an understanding of Christianity to make reasoned and informed responses to life issues and moral choices; 
  • Develop some knowledge and understanding of the other main world faiths represented in the United Kingdom, applying an understanding of religion to develop respect, empathy and sensitivity towards all people; 
  • Enhance their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development; 
  • Develop the ability to reflect on their own beliefs, values and experiences and communicate issues of faith and truth; 
  • Develop skills of critical analysis and evaluation and the promotion of understanding of people from different faith backgrounds and none. 

We also fully embed the Christian ethos in the community as a whole with regular prayer group meetings as well as a Faith committee which includes members of the Church, Parent representatives, Teaching body, TA representative and the Pupil voice.  Our recent RE inspection found us to be Outstanding.


At St. James’ we aim to equip all learners with the experiences and skills of computing that they will use in a rapidly changing technological world.  Every child will be confident and independent in their use of computing. They will have safe access to high quality equipment anytime, anywhere, through a reliable robust computer network. There will be ongoing reference to the practising of eSafety in all internet use, both at school and home.


At St James’ we have a truly Creative Curriculum, this covers all areas of the arts, crafts and design.

We aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Produce imaginative and creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • Become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques such as dance and drama
  • Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • Know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.


We have recently been notified of this exciting opportunity from Globe Academy:

Globe Academy are excited to launch our Primary Music Programme. This free scheme offer students in our local primary schools the opportunity to take advantage of a number of different activities and opportunities. These include; free 1:1 lessons on an instrument of their choice with our specialist instrumental teachers, classroom music which is offered across a term and finally our Easter Music Camp when students will have the opportunity to experience a wealth of music at Globe over two days. We look forward to working with and meeting, any of your students and children during this academic year.

Mr. Oliver has spoken to year 6 teachers about offering the possibility of music tuition; there will be leaflets in the classroom for your child if they are interested, initial places are limited so do think about whether your child would like to take part. We hope to extend this offer to other year groups in the new year.

The Southwark Music Hub issues regular newsletters listing lots of exciting events concerning the making of music for young people, do click on the linked logo and have a look at the many events they have organised.

Physical Education

Our mission here at St James’ is to educate both mind and body. We think it is important to develop a strong understanding of health, promote a positive attitude towards physical activities, competition, personal-fitness and sporting skill.

We are lucky enough to have a full time PE teacher here at St James’ CofE . We are in receipt of Sports Premium funding (£9,940) which helps to fund the employment of this teacher full time. We also have our amazing Play Leaders that work with the children at Key Stage 2 and new this year at Key Stage 1.

We have well-equipped halls at both sites and have recently added extra play equipment to the playground in both schools. Key Stage 2 children have some amazing gym facilities inside and now out.

Nursery and Reception haven’t been left out either they have a new physical active play area in their outside area.

We have local swimming pools nearby that we are lucky enough to be able to use, the Salmon Centre for indoor clubs (football) and outside for rock climbing and the Oval Cricket Ground where the children compete in indoor cricket but to name a few.

Your child will be expected to bring a PE kit or remove their outerwear for indoor Physical Education. A school PE kit is available from our online school shop.



All our children are taught French every Friday afternoon. We learn using a range of resources, making the learning meaningful by relating it to everyday life and events in French speaking countries around the world.