Our curriculum consists of the National Curriculum core and foundation subjects, which are taught through a relevant, contextual and inspiring creative curriculum and enrichment programmes including Art Week, Book Week, Maths and Enterprise Week and Science Week. This provides children with a strong grounding in a full and balanced curriculum across all subjects. Many areas of our curriculum are taught through cross-curricular topics. This is a fun and engaging approach to learning and means that many of the subjects listed above are linked to a topic. Topics are wide and varied and include subjects such as Space, Invention and Famous Faces.
We like to look at our children as individuals and provide them with the support they need as individuals. This includes any child who has a specific learning difficulty or special educational need and any a child who is very able, gifted or talented.
Regular visits and visitors to school ensure learning is always first hand where possible and a programme of extracurricular activities includes creative and physical opportunities.
The National Curriculum does not apply to pupils in the Foundation Stage. The curriculum for our youngest children is organised into seven areas of learning. These include: communication and language; physical development; personal, social and emotional development; literacy; maths; understanding the world and expressive arts and design.
Our curriculum is organised so that that children continue to achieve their best and to enjoy their learning through exciting new topics. Teachers’ planning makes links between subject areas wherever possible to enable children to apply their skills in different curriculum areas and make their learning more meaningful. Each term we also provide a detailed outline of the topics and focus to be covered in each subject by each year group.
Our curriculum is arranged in 4 phases to reflect the mixed-age classes we have at Barrs Court:
FS2, Key Stage 1 (Year 1 / 2), Lower Key stage 2 (Year 3 / 4), Upper Key stage 2 (Year 5 / 6)
We have a two-year cycle of topics to include all the subject requirements at each phase. This ensures continuity and progression and avoids repetition.
English and Maths are given the highest status in our curriculum to help learners to improve their learning and performance in education, work, and life. These are embedded in the school’s curriculum
English and Maths are assessed 4 times a year and all other subjects are assessed 3 times a year.
Current curriculum information / topics can be found under the Classes section of the website.