Barncroft Primary School Curriculum Statement

At Barncroft Primary School, we aim to provide children with a broad and balanced curriculum which has clear progression in subject knowledge and skills and is underpinned by our aims, values and purpose.

We adopt a flexible approach which is responsive to individual needs, whatever their starting points. By immersing our children in rich, first-hand purposeful experiences, including the use of environments and expertise beyond the classroom, we are preparing them to become confident, caring, respectful and responsible future citizens.

Our children are encouraged to be active learners. They are given opportunities to question, think and talk about their learning and to reflect on how they could apply their new skills in other contexts. There are high expectations for children to use appropriate vocabulary to articulate their thoughts and ideas. This is closely entwined with assessment to encourage growth mindset attitudes to learning. In the classroom, there is evidence of enjoyable challenge, where children are supported to succeed.

Success is acknowledged and celebrated using a variety of ways. These include ‘Learner of the Week’ certificates which are shared in Celebration Assembly, Marvellous Me awards which are shared instantly with parents online and P4C learning skills certificates where children can work towards collecting a soft toy as a reward to keep.

The physical, mental, spiritual, cultural and intellectual health of the child is interwoven throughout our curriculum to ensure our children adopt an appreciation of the diversity and richness of spirituality and cultures across the world.

Early Years Foundation Stage

To build resilience and an enthusiasm for learning, children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum in our inclusive Foundation Stage. Our high quality learning environment encourages our children to become motivated, creative, independent learners and thinkers who want to find out more about the world around them through mostly child-initiated learning. They will develop the social, cognitive and linguistic skills needed to succeed in the next stage of their education.

The Early Year Foundation Stage curriculum is based on seven areas of learning:

  • Communication and Language
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development
  • Mathematics
  • Literacy
  • Understanding of the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

The National Curriculum

Year One to Six follow the National Curriculum which is delivered using an integrated approach, where appropriate. We have three whole school overarching themes across the year and each year group has a specific topic which is linked with the main English text driver. We work closely with a range of advisors so that our curriculum provides opportunities for enriched and embedded knowledge to be gained by our learners.

Barncroft Primary is a recognised Advocate School for Inspire Maths. It is built on the proven approach to teaching mathematics in Singapore and is recognised globally as one of the most impactful ways to teach and learn maths. The programme follows a concrete – pictorial – abstract approach which ensures deep understanding of mathematical concepts during individual lessons and over time. Carefully-designed spiral progression in the programme builds up knowledge over time, enabling all children to become confident mathematicians.

We keep our parents informed of their children’s learning journey so they can offer a supportive role at home. Each half term a Curriculum Overview is sent to parents and a copy can also be downloaded from the website. The term ends with a Learning Showcase, where parents can come into the classroom and discuss the learning journey with their child. This provides an audience and purpose for the child’s learning and is an opportunity for parents to be part of this journey. In addition to this, we also hold a minimum of two Assertive Mentoring meetings each academic year. This provides a supportive framework for the child where the class teacher, a member of the senior leadership team, the parent/carer and the child meet and discuss successes and next steps.

For more information about the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum please view https://www.foundationyears.org.uk/files/2014/08/EYFS_Parents_Guide-amended.pdf

For more information about the National Curriculum please see A parents' guide to the new National Curriculum