St Barnabas Curriculum

The St Barnabas Curriculum

The Curriculum is all the planned activities that we organise to promote learning and personal growth and development.  It includes the formal requirements of the National Curriculum, as well as the range of extra-curricular activities that the school organises in order to enrich the experience of the children.  It also includes the ‘hidden curriculum’, or what the children learn from the way they are treated and expected to behave.  We aim to teach children how to grow into positive, responsible people, who can work and co-operate with others while developing knowledge and skills, so that they achieve their true potential.


We believe that our own rich St Barnabas Curriculum enables children to develop these skills and attributes, whilst ensuring that the core elements of the Primary Curriculum are met.  Teachers at St Barnabas use cross curricular approaches in their planning to make connections between subjects, whilst instilling the core skills in Maths, English and Science.  

The St Barnabas Curriculum has been designed to inspire, motivate and enrich all children’s learning. It is designed to provide a stimulating set of learning goals which will stretch and develop children at St Barnabas to become more active citizens within the school community and beyond. It is designed to be relevant and applicable to our local community and the children and families within the school. The St Barnabas Curriculum has been organised into termly themes. These themes cover the National Curriculum objectives based on the Primary Curriculum 2014 for History, Geography and Science but importantly also link the other Foundation subjects (art/DT/music), mathematics and English.  These themes are to be flexible and reviewed annually to ensure that they not only meet the requirements of the National Curriculum but reflect the needs of our pupils. PSHE, RE, Music, Languages, Computing and P.E are taught discretely but where it is possible to make meaningful links to the theme this is to be encouraged.


The St Barnabas Curriculum aims to:

  • Provide a broad and balanced curriculum which provides continuity and progression and meets the needs of the Primary Curriculum 2014.
  • Take into account the diverse cultural and learning needs of all children across the school.
  • Embed key skills in order to prepare children for real-life and everyday situations.
  • Build children’s confidence and motivation by providing opportunities to apply knowledge and learning in a variety of ways.
  • Provide enrichment opportunities where learning and teaching can take place beyond the classroom setting.
  • Increase learners’ motivation, enthusiasm and engagement in their learning, making learning more meaningful by putting it into contexts that are relevant to the local and wider environment.
  • Give opportunities to teachers for a flexible timetabling approach to make space for true depth of study.
  • Establish cross-curricular links to foster a broader understanding of topics – to include all areas of the curriculum.
  • Create and maintain an exciting and stimulating learning environment, including whole school and Key Stage “theme weeks”.

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