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Curriculum

At Barlow Church of England Primary School we pride ourselves on our broad and balanced curriculum. Each teacher incorporates fun and exciting activities into each lesson. Opportunities are provided for pupils to practice and apply English and maths skills in other subjects.

Each term when a new topic is started ew aim to provide a hook to engage the children into their learning. This might be a special event, a letter arriving for the class, the classroom being transformed in some way or an exciting stimulus to start a discussion. Each topic will also have a landing to give the topic a real purpose this might be opening a museum, a trip, an event the children have planned themselves, some fundraising or sharing presentations with other children in school.

 

 Our curriculum works on a two year cycle in Class 1 and a 4 year cycle in Class 2, due to our mixed aged classes. It is taken directly from the new National Curriculum that was launched in September 2014. It is an ever changing curriculum and one designed to prepare our children to be life-long learners.

At Barlow Church of England Primary School we pride ourselves on our broad and balanced curriculum. Each teacher incorporates fun and exciting activities into each lesson. Opportunities are provided for pupils to practice and apply English and maths skills in other subjects. Each term when a new topic is started ew aim to provide a hook to engage the children into their learning.

This might be a special event, a letter arriving for the class, the classroom being transformed in some way or an exciting stimulus to start a discussion. Each topic will also have a landing to give the topic a real purpose this might be opening a museum, a trip, an event the children have planned themselves, some fundraising or sharing presentations with other children in school.

 

Our curriculum works on a two year cycle in Class 1 and a 4 year cycle in Class 2, due to our mixed aged classes. It is taken directly from the new National Curriculum that was launched in September 2014. It is an ever changing curriculum and one designed to prepare our children to be life-long learners.

 

 

Early Years

 


The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum (EYFS) is divided into 7 areas of learning. 

 


There are 3 Prime Areas:

 Personal, Social and Emotional Development

 Physical Development 

 Communication and Language.

 

 These areas of learning are very important as they are essential skills that need to be learnt, developed and encouraged in order to be successful across the other areas. For example, children who have speech and language issues often find it more challenging when they come to write as they struggle to formulate sentences, to hear themselves and then write it down. If children cannot develop their levels of concentration then they will struggle to stay on task. If gross and fine motor skills are not developed then this will impact on a child’s ability to use tools and write. This is why it is important that these areas are embedded first.

 

 There also are 4 Specific Areas:

 Literacy

 Mathematics

 Understanding the World

 Expressive Art and Design.

 

 These areas allow children to develop skills and knowledge in specific curriculum areas.  Our aim is for our children to complete EYFS as balanced learners in all of the 17 areas of the curriculum.

 

Children have a daily synthetic phonics lesson. We follow the Letters and Sounds scheme. It is fast paced and children are encouraged to apply their newly acquired phonic knowledge from their first week in school. Reading and writing is promoted across the curriculum and there are daily opportunities for developing reading and writing skills across the areas of provision.

 

Children also have a daily maths lesson, where they develop their number skills and awareness and understanding of shape, space and measure. Children also have opportunities to use and apply these acquired skills and knowledge through independent child initiated activities.

 

 We use an online assessment system called 'Tapestry' to share your child's learning journey with parents. We also encourage parents to upload their own photos from home to evidence further learning. 

 

At the end of the year children are assessed against the Early Learning Goals, 17 in total from the 7 areas of learning. Children will either be working towards the early learning goals, so they are emerging. They may have achieved the early learning goal, so they are at the expected level of learning. They may be working beyond the early learning goals, so they are exceeding. This judgement is reported to parents at the end of the year on their child’s report. 

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