St James Primary School
St James is a friendly, thriving Church of England Primary School, situated in the village of Elstead. Being a primary school we provide a seamless education over seven years, until the children move onto their secondary school, allowing us to get to know the children really well and giving them a consistent education. Our school provides a happy, challenging learning environment, based on a Christian ethos, where all the children are encouraged, supported and nurtured.
We have high expectations for learning and we focus on ‘bringing out the best’, giving the children every opportunity to develop and succeed, not only in their time with us, but beyond.
St James will be the primary school of choice for our local
community, Bringing Out The Best in our children.
Literacy and communication are key life skills. Through the English curriculum, we will help children develop the skills and knowledge that will enable them to communicate effectively and creatively through spoken and written language and equip them with the skills to become lifelong learners. We want children to enjoy and appreciate literature and its rich variety.Read More
At St James we follow a mastery approach. This includes a belief that all pupils are capable of understanding and doing mathematics, given sufficient time. Teaching for mastery: a set of pedagogic practices that keep the class working together on the same topic, whilst at the same time addressing the need for all pupils to master the curriculum and for some to gain greater depth of proficiency and understanding.Read More
Throughout each and every of our units of study the emphasis is on the children learning by doing. We have planned our units to provide activities that will enable the children to test their previously held ideas. In doing so, they will also be encouraged to develop a bank of skills and an understanding of the processes required to become good scientists.Read More
The Religious Education of children is central to all areas of the school’s life. It is one of the purposes of a Church School. It is also a curriculum subject which helps children understand the main tenets of Christianity, and gives them an awareness of the diversity of religious beliefs around the world. Our aims in teaching Religious Education are that children should explore religious faith and practice, discover the beliefs, practices and history of Christianity through an exploration of God, Jesus Christ, the Church, worship and prayer, the Bible, Christians in action, Christmas and Easter.Read More
The ethos and atmosphere at St James are a measure of the success of our provision of Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE). It encourages children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society as we intend that our children will play a positive role in contributing to the life of the school and the wider community. Personal, Social and Health Education also includes citizenship, aspects of drug education and sex and relationships.Read More
At our school, pupils have access to two hours of PE every week. Through which, we develop the six areas of activity as set out in the National Curriculum: Dance, Gymnastics, Games, Athletics, Outdoor and Adventure Activities and Swimming. Each week, your child will have one outdoor PE lesson and one indoor PE lesson.Read More
The Wider Curriculum: The national curriculum is made up of eight foundation subjects.Read More
We count science as a core subject. The eight subjects are; Computing, Design Technology, History, Geography, P.E, Art, Modern Foreign Languages and Music. We teach French as our Modern Foreign Language in KS2, introducing it to the children in KS1. Spanish Lessons are offered to all as a lunchtime club.