Through our curriculum we aim to provide a rich, varied and purposeful curriculum which has its roots based on our school values of Hope, Courage, Love, Perseverance and Friendship, our Vision and Mission statements and underpinned by our Christian faith. We deliver an ambitious, aspirational curriculum which is well planned, child led and meets the needs of all our pupils. In order for our children to build on previous knowledge we plan lessons sequentially and often revisit learning and give opportunities for learning to be applied in different ways. Growth Mindset is promoted across all of the curriculum and all staff promote a sense of community for the children, parents, Church and the wider community. Through our curriculum we also aim to excite, inspire and empower children through a range of cultural experiences alongside offering a range of literature that reflects our values and validates their realities. Our curriculum aims to prepare all pupils for life in our British Society by fostering in them attitudes and qualities which enable them to become confident, caring, responsible citizens of tomorrow.

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What Is The Meaning Of Growth Mindset?

Growth Mindset: “In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment.” ( Dweck, 2015)

Growth Mindset

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Growth Mindset, help your child try new things.

Developing a growth mindset - 5 tips for parents.

How you can instill a growth mindset at home.

The Skills Builder Universal Framework provides a common language for building essential skills with children and young people.

Skills Builder believes that there are 8 essential skills to develop, these are - 


The Skills Builder Universal Framework shows how to build essential skills at every stage of life. We are Darwen St James' are beginning our skills builder journey this year. We will be using the skills builder language in all of our lessons and from the Spring term we will be teaching short lessons on our focused skill to develop it further.

Why does your child need to build their essential skills?

Research shows that building essential skills supports:

Social and emotional wellbeing

Learning and academic outcomes

Careers and opportunities

Where does your child have opportunities to build their essential skills?

As a parent or carer, you are best placed to support your child to recognise all of the different places where they are developing their essential skills. We will be teaching the children about the essential skills at school, but school is just one part of the picture. Hobbies, interests, community connections and activities at home can all help to build the eight essential skills your child needs now and for their future success.

Some example activities for these areas could include -

Hobbies and Interests-

  • Free Play and Gaming

  • Music and Drama clubs

  • Youth Groups and Organisations

  • Arts and Crafts


  • Building relationships with family and friends

  • Caring responsibilities

  • Helping out at home eg. cooking, cleaning

  • Contributing ideas for family activities and events

Community Connections -

  • Charity Work

  • Pet care

  • Local Community and Religious Groups

  • Neighbourhood Networks

How can you support your child to build their essential skills?

You can easily support your child to build their essential skills.  Talk with your child about the essential skills, what they are and how they are so useful. Help your child to identify where they already build their skills so they can talk about their skill strengths with others.  Look for opportunities to build essential skills together.

We are thrilled to announce that we have been awarded the Silver Award for Skills Builder.