At Barnacre Road Primary School we deliver the National Curriculum through a broad and balanced creative curriculum.
We believe in the concept of lifelong learning and the idea that both adults and children learn new things every day. We maintain that learning should be a stimulating and enjoyable experience for everyone; it should be fun. Through our teaching we equip children with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to be able to make informed choices about the important things in their lives. We believe that appropriate teaching and learning experiences help children to lead happy and rewarding lives. We use the Dimensions Curriculum ideas to support our own planning and lessons.
The Key Stages of our school are the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), Key Stage One (KS1) and Key Stage Two (KS2).
Early Years Foundation Stage
The EYFS consists of the Nursery (age 3-4) and Reception (age 4-5) classes. The children in EYFS follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum where learning concentrates on seven areas split between prime and specific areas of learning.
The prime areas of learning are:
· Communication and language
· Physical development
· Personal, social and emotional development
The specific areas of learning are:
· Understanding the world
· Expressive arts and design
In EYFS the teaching is often done through play, where the children learn through practical activities.
Key Stage One (KS1)
Key Stage 1 consists of Year 1 (age 5-6) and Year 2 (age 6-7). When the children move into Year 1 (age 5-6) they start working on our Primary Curriculum.
Key Stage Two (KS2)
Key Stage 2 consists of Years 3 (age 7-8), Year 4 (age 8-9), Year 5 (age 9-10) and Year 6 (age 10-11). Through KS2 the children continue working on our Primary Curriculum
The Primary Curriculum
The primary curriculum includes the core areas of learning and experience which are essential to children's development and which are defined within the National Curriculum.
Children will also study the following foundation subjects through a topic themed based cross-curricular approach:
Further details of the National Curriculum can be found on the DfE website following this link:
Reading Schemes - EYFS and KS1
At Barnacre Road Primary School, we use a range of texts to support and challenge the children with reading.
The main reading schemes which we use for home reading are:
Big Cat Phonics
Oxford Reading Tree
The children may read their home reading book with volunteers in school time but otherwise the home reading book is for reading at home. In school we use a wide variety of different books for teaching reading in our Guided Reading sessions.
We teach Phonics daily, in school we call it Word Work, using the Letters and Sounds (DfES now the DfE) and Supporting Spelling (LCC) frameworks.
With changes to the new curriculum, we have reorganised our reading scheme books. All of the books we have got are all still relevant but sometimes the colour bands do not match the new phonics phases. When children read to a member of staff, the staff will make sure your child / children bring home reading books appropriate to them. Your child’s book will be changed during the routine of each class, with most children selecting their own book. If your child brings home the same book it may be a mistake or it may be that they have enjoyed reading it before and like the security of being able to read it again.
Our reading books are an expensive resource please look after them and use the school reading folder and keep the book separate from water bottles. The school has to make a charge as a contribution towards replacement.
Please record any reading done at home in your child’s reading diary, this can also include books they have at home that they enjoy sharing with you.
EYFS and KS1 Staff
Maths at Home
We use an online computer/iPad platform in school called RM easimaths. Through our subscription your child can also access this at home. The children in each class are given their own log in details for using in school and at home. (If you need another copy of the log in please let your class teacher know).
Maths is a skill that can be developed both in school and at home, and can easily be made fun and engaging, even a part of everyday play. Who hasn't counted the toys in and out of the box, or tried subtracting one fish finger from lunch? And we all know that children respond more positively to something that feels like play rather than work! With RM Easimaths, parents and carers can support their children in activities and exercises that are consistent with how they learn in class and with the built-in support materials, parents and children can work through challenges together. Parents and carers can also be confident that their child's progress is being carefully monitored with the built-in reporting tools, and the work is being personalised for their child's individual ability level.
This link takes you to the Parent section of RMeasimaths:
If you have any questions regarding the curriculum we teach, please contact the school directly.