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The curriculum is ‘what’ will be taught. The Government has slimmed these requirements down to enable schools to add areas they feel children need for their development. At St James CE Primary School we deliver the International Primary Curriculum as part of our curriculum provision which is closely matched to the NC requirements. 

We will mix a rich cross curricular approach through the IPC to make learning fun, with discrete teaching of specialist subjects such as computing, PSHE, RE, Music and physical education. For more information about our school curriculum please make an appointment at the school office to see the Principal Mrs Mangnal.

 Here are our new curriculum maps for 2020/2021 for below.

SMSC and British Values

At St James we support the teaching and learning of the fundamental British Values. We do that through a week of activities celebrating British Values. We have 3 weeks in the school year that look at  the 5 British Values and look at a range of topics that support this. To see our British Values overview please click below.

Foundation Subjects

Here at St James CE Primary School Gorton we provide a creative curriculum based around the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) is one of the fastest-growing curriculums in the world today.

With the new National Curriculum being introduced by the Government this year (2014-15) we have been working hard to refresh our school approach and provision for pupils. As part of this work we have decided to implement the IPC, a internationally recognised approach for delivering outstanding learning opportunities for children.

Mile Stone 1

Mile Stone 2

Mile Stone 3

The school delivers the International Primary Curriculum. The school fundamentally believes that children will be better equipped for life beyond school if they are more globally aware. As a school we define international mindedness as:

“To have an awareness of ourselves and others”

Great learning, great teaching and great fun…

It is a comprehensive curriculum with a clear process of learning and with specific learning goals for every subject, for personal learning and for international mindedness. The IPC is now the curriculum choice of international and national schools in over 1,500 schools in 80 countries around the world.

You can find out more about IPC here:

IPC primary curriculum

IPC Key Information


Curriculum Long Term Plans


At St James we have music provided for us from One Education- The Manchester Music Service. All classes have a 30 minute music lesson per week taught by a music specialist. Our musician in residence will teach pupils all aspects of the music curriculum.  As part of this pupils will also learn to play musical instruments, with Year 3 learning to play African Drums, as well as whole school themed music days.