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Curriculum at Barnfields


At Barnfields Primary School, we believe that the curriculum encompasses every experience children participate in during their time at school. Barnfields’ bespoke and enriched curriculum is designed with great thought and care, recognising the school’s unique characteristics and the needs of the children that it serves. It is essential that during their time at Barnfields, children are equipped with the attributes needed to succeed in their next stage of education and beyond by fostering life-long learning behaviours. As a result, our curriculum has three core components: knowledge, skills and character.  

We offer a broad and balanced curriculum that ensures progression through coherently-planned lesson sequences that are relevant, ambitious and challenging for all children.  Meaningful links are made within and across subjects, enabling them to embed prior learning, think more deeply and make connections. 

Opportunities are created for children to thrive in different subject areas through a balance of written and practical activities, enabling them to develop interpersonal skills, take risks, problem solve, build resilience and become creative, critical thinkers. This captures the inclusive nature and high aspirations of our school.

We understand that children learn and progress at different rates. We ensure that the National Curriculum is taught at the appropriate level and challenge for the stage of the child's development. If required, adaptations are made to the content to ensure that it is accessible for all children at Barnfields irrespective of any educational needs or disability.

Throughout our curriculum, we aim to promote an understanding of our local community and this is frequently used to inspire children by drawing upon the rich resources in Staffordshire. Local history is valued and studied, along with other heritage, geographical, creative and business links. Children are encouraged to compare and contrast their local area with other parts of the country/world to develop a greater understanding of social and cultural diversity. Wider global issues are also studied (especially in KS2) in order to prepare children with the skills and understanding needed for later life.

Children leave the school with a sense of belonging to a tightly-knit community where they have the confidence and skills to become responsible, respectful and active citizens who can contribute positively to society in the 21st Century.

Our Curriculum Intent is encapsulated within the school’s vision statement – Believe and Achieve.