At Barnack CE Primary School we are committed to ensuring a vibrant, engaging and relevant curriculum for our children which whilst ensuring we meet the requirements of the National Curriculum also nurtures and develops all our children and prepares them for secondary school and the future.
It is our intention to deliver a broad, balanced curriculum to continual high standards. We aim to contribute to the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical needs of every individual and support the encouragement of British Values. Beyond the curriculum we ensure that the school maintains and celebrates its traditions, takes account of significant national and cultural events, and encourages and supports a wide range of charitable work and fundraising.
Our teaching is based around the recent National Curriculum along with the agreed local syllabuses for RE and PSHE. You will find on these pages an overview of the topics covered alongside details of our teaching methodology.
At Barnack CE Primary we teach a curriculum that is focused on key skills and enjoyment within a whole school centred around Christian Values. Now we have discrete year group classes we have organised our curriculum around a year group based approach which colectively cover the requirements of the New Curriculum. The only exception being a common whole school topic, which will rotate and will be focused on our local area and history, and enable colaborative and shared learning to take place. Previous whole school topics have been WWI,The Olympics, Forests, Food and Farming and this year we shall be studying 'Into the Future'.
Each year group organises the work around core topics which these incorporate the majority of foundation subjects and link to our work within the core subjects which are also taught discretely. Full details of each specific classes' programme of study for each term are detailed on the accompanying tabs on the website along with a whole year overview document.
All of our children are taught maths daily in line with the National Curriculum. There is an ongoing focus on developing mental mathematics, mental and written methods of calculation and an understanding of number and the wider currciulum. The children are encouraged to question and explore mathematics and to use and apply their knowledge to a range of contexts and across the curriculum.
Literacy including Phonics
Our children have daily literacy lessons which follow the National Curriculum. We encourage a love of both reading and writing and teach a solid foundation of spelling, grammar and punctuation. Our work is closely connected to our topic work and develops writing for both creative and real life purposes.
In our Early Years and Key Stage 1 class we teach synthetic phonics and early reading skills primarily using the Read Write Inc scheme, supplemented by additional materials. We continue to teach reading into Key Stage 2 with daily guided reading sessions.
Our Physical Education is provided by a combination of class teachers and external specialists. We cover all elements of the National Curriculum including Outdoor and Adventurous Activities and all children having swimming lessons. This is complemented by the many and varied opportunities to take part in both extra curricular clubs and to take part in competitive sports fixtures.
Our curricular Music is delivered by an extrenal specialist who covers the requirement of the National Curriculum and links her work to the children's topics. This complements the opportunities the children have to learn specific instruments, to sing and to perform.
The school follows a detailed programme of study for PSHE lessons (attached) which links to and supports our Christian Values. This incorporates key messages on keeping safe; E-Safety and Healthy Eating and supports our school policy on Sex and Relationship Education (attached).
ICT is taught through a combination of specific skills lessons and through application in other subjects. The children use laptops, netbooks, ipads, cameras and a range of siftware packages to enhance our topic sessions.
The children in Key Stage 2 also attend 2 residential visits. 1 to an outdoor adventure centre, Hilltop, and the other to a residential centre at Alymerton, both in Norfolk.