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The Curriculum Aims of the School

James Cambell Primary School aims to provide a balanced curriculum. 


Our curriculum aims to:

  • Provide a broad and balanced education for all pupils through a variety of learning experiences to extend their understanding of themselves and the world in which they live
  • Enable pupils to develop knowledge, understand concepts and acquire skills, and be able to choose and apply these in relevant situations in preparation for the next stage of learning
  • Support pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
  • Support pupils’ physical development and responsibility for their own health, and enable them to be active
  • Promote a positive attitude towards learning where independence, perseverance and resilience are developed
  • Ensure equal access to learning, with high expectations for every pupil and appropriate levels of challenge and support
  • Promote the learning and development of our youngest children and ensure they are ready for Key Stage 1

Curriculum Organisation

At The James Cambell Primary School, we have developed a creative and thematic curriculum which includes the teaching of subject knowledge and skills as part of a wider topic-based curriculum. This allows pupils to make useful links between areas of learning and to consolidate skills while being fully engaged in their learning as it has a meaningful context.


In consultation with staff, we have developed a connected curriculum to deliver the 2014 National Curriculum and other aspects, including PHSE and the local Borough’s Religious Education syllabus. Depending on the topic being covered, a theme can last from half a term to a full term in KS1 and KS2. Each topic is focused around a particular curriculum area but all subjects are taught across the term. The combinations of themes planned over a year will teach the statutory programme of study for the National Curriculum.


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. 


If you require any further information regarding our curriculum please contact the school office or email at

Curriculum Overviews

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 Phonicsplay, 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.