The Curriculum at Barton Park Primary School
The curriculum at Barton Park has been designed to provide children with high quality, rigorous and engaging learning opportunities. Enquiry and creativity are central to our curriculum and these principles are underpinned by a solid foundation in the key skills. We want to build on each child’s natural curiosity and help them become enquiring, resilient and confident learners, able to communicate their ideas to both peers and adults.
In reception our curriculum is designed to follow the Early Years Foundation Stage and in Key Stage One and Two it follows the National Curriculum. Phonics and Maths are taught using well established and respected schemes of work, to ensure coverage and progression of skills. Our reading scheme is linked directly to phonics, so parents can be sure that the reading books sent home support in-class learning, whilst providing a level of challenge and enjoyment. PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) supports all of our work and play in school and is central to children’s growing understanding of themselves within their world.
Barton Park Primary uses the Learning Challenge Curriculum to create cross-curricular topics, using a question as their starting point and supported by a quality text in English. This enquiry approach is built around the principle of greater learner involvement in their work; it fosters children’s curiosity and supports them in developing mastery of each subject through independent enquiry and deep thinking. A flexible approach ensures that we can respond to children's interests and our long term curriculum maps are revised regularly, to ensure we are making use of local, national and international events as well as responding to our changing cohort of children.
At Barton Park, we aspire to offer a variety of rich experiences that deepen every child’s understanding and enjoyment, as well as being able to reflect the cultural heritage of our diverse community. Well planned, high quality trips and residentials support in-class learning throughout each key stage. As your child moves through the year groups, there will be opportunities for them to experience sport and culture through city and county wide events, as well as chances to collaborate with other local schools. We will make use of specialist teachers to enhance our curriculum provision and optional extra-curricular activities will be offered outside of class time.