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Our school curriculum aims to excite and inspire learners. Through the National Curriculum, year group teachers plan together to address not only children’s academic needs but their physical, emotional, cultural and spiritual needs.
A large element of fun is added through themed days and enrichment weeks. Together with this, we are regularly visited by theatre groups and workshops which add a lively dimension to our school day.
All classes take part in trips and activities linked to curriculum areas of study. In recent years, classes have visited Wildwood, Heart’s Delight Farm, Dover castle and Canterbury Cathedral. Our Year 5 pupils participate in a residential trip to Arethusa, near Rochester, each year to take part in activities such as sailing, high ropes, rock climbing and archery. This trip helps to develop self-esteem, creating more confident young people.
In Reception and Key Stage 1, reading is supported through the use of a structured scheme which guides children through the early stages of learning to read. Daily phonics sessions based on the DfE’s “Letters and Sounds” initiative are taught to support children’s ability to decode words. The children also have access to a wider range of books with richer language and content.
Where possible the curriculum is delivered through cross curricular themes to link work from different subjects together, allowing children to make effective links in their learning.
Our curriculum meets the needs of all learners and is enriched through trips, visitors, events, special projects, visits and support from the community so that learning comes to life. Each term, class teachers send home an orientation letter setting out the main subject areas to be covered. In addition, parents receive weekly information about their child’s learning so that they can support their child at home.
The new curriculum is a ‘mastery’ curriculum, i.e. teachers must ensure that all children acquire the required knowledge and skills before moving on. The curriculum also requires that children are ‘secondary ready’ by the time they leave primary school. At Barham we believe that this is (and always has been) our core task. However; it is key that the process by which this is achieved is as creative, engaging and exciting as possible, and instills an enthusiasm for learning which lasts long after the children have left this school.