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The Curriculum Aims of the School


James Cambell Primary School aims to provide a balanced curriculum based on the following principles. 


1. To help develop lively, enquiring minds, the ability to question and argue rationally and to apply themselves to tasks and physical skills. 


2. To help pupils to acquire knowledge and skills relevant to adult life and employment in a fast changing world. 


3 . To help pupils to use language and numbers efficiently. 


4. To instil respect for religious values, and tolerance of other races, religions and ways of life. 


5. To help pupils to understand the world in which they live in and the interdependence of individuals, groups and nations. 


6. To help pupils to appreciate human achievements and aspirations.


Curriculum Organisation


The general principles within which the curriculum will develop are contained in the Education Reform Act. The Act also sets out key elements that must figure in every pupil's curriculum. These key elements which comprise the basic curriculum include:


  • Religious Education for all pupils
  • The National Curriculum for children of compulsory school age.   


The National Curriculum comprises: 


​Three Core Subjects  


  • English 
  • Mathematics 
  • Science 


Foundation Subjects 


  • History  
  • Geography 
  • Design and Technology
  • Art and Design 
  • Music 
  • Physical Education 
  • Modern Foreign Language


These subjects are not intended to be a complete curriculum and other aspects may include personal and social education as well as health education and swimming. The curriculum at James Cambell Primary is creative and cross curricular and relevant to an ever changing 21st Century world. 

Curriculum Statement 


At James Cambell Primary School we recognise that all pupils have access to a broad range of learning experiences which allow them to develop the knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes necessary for their self-fulfulment and to enable them to play a full part as repsonsible citizens in the 21st Century. The curriculum aims to provide opportunities for all pupils to learn and to achieve, irrespective of of social background, culture, race, gender, differences in ability and disabilities. 


We aim to provide skills of literacy, numeracy and computing, helping them to develop enquiring minds and the ability to think rationally. 


The curriculum also promotes pupils' spiritual, moral,  social and cultural development and supports them in developing principles for distinguishing between right and wrong. Pupils are encourages to think creatively and critically and to respect others and the environments in which they live. The curriculum enables pupils to develop their physical skills and promotes their personal and social well-being. 


We believe that the curriculum should stimulate enjoyment of, and commitment to, learning as a means of encouraging the best possible progress and the highest attainment for all pupils, preparing them for effectively the next steps in their education. 

Reading Schemes 


At James Cambell Primary we use letters and sounds as our preferred way of delivering high quality teaching of synthetic phonics. 


We use Rigby, Collins Big Cats and Bug Club for our reading scheme which is introduced in Reception and continues to Year 6.


We expect that all pupils will read at home whether it is using the scheme provided or other interest books and ask that parents sign their child's reading log and provide feedback. 


Books are changed at least once a week but can be changed more frequently if requested by the parent.  

The New National Curriculum 2015

Curriculum information by Year Group