Barn Croft Primary School


Curriculum Statement
Governing bodies are required to produce a curriculum statement annually. This replaces the requirement under the School Framework and Standards Act 1998 for a curriculum plan.
As from September 2014 there is an expectation from the government for all mainstream primary schools to deliver the new National Curriculum. We have therefore adapted our School curriculum accordingly to ensure that we meet the current aims and statutory requirements. 
Please see our attached Curriculum Statement document at the bottom of this page for detailed subject content and vision.   
The Curriculum
At Barn Croft Primary School we take pride in providing a carefully planned school curriculum which ensures breadth, continuity and a clear progression.  Our curriculum aims to educate the child for life through meaningful learning experiences and we are very aware that children beginning primary education in September 2014 will be entering the work force in the late 2020s and so we need to ensure that our children are equipped with the necessary skills to cope with the challenges of a rapidly changing world.   
As many parents will be aware a new National Curriculum was introduced for implementation from September 2014. Naturally, the school will comply with all statutory requirements and will continue to teach English, Mathematics, Science, Computing, History, Geography, Art & Design, Design & Technology, Modern Foreign Languages, Physical Education and Music as well as Religious Education and PSHE.  We provide extra time for teaching Literacy and Numeracy, so that our pupils have the best opportunities to develop the essential reading, writing and mathematics skills needed to access and be successful in all areas of the curriculum.
It is the Government’s stated intention that the Revised National Curriculum will give schools greater freedom to develop their curriculum in a way that meets the needs of their pupils. Therefore we have used this opportunity to review our topic based curriculum to ensure that we develop key skills across the age range as well ensuring our children gain the essential knowledge in all the subjects. Subjects will be taught through the topics making links between different areas of learning wherever possible. However, there may be times when certain subjects or parts of them need to be taught discreetly. Parents can access their child’s class curriculum topic map (Jigsaw Map) for each half term on the website as well as an overall whole school map. Staff are creating this curriculum throughout the year and it will be reviewed regularly. Parents will also receive a copy of the Jigsaw Map with the half termly Curriculum Newsletters.

Educational Visits

In order to provide a broad and stimulating curriculum the children take part in regular  educational visits to venues such as woods, nature trails, art galleries, museums, field studies, beaches, zoos, parks & churches etc.  Parents will be informed of such intended visits in advance and are requested to give consent by completing a permission slip. Year 6 has a residential trip in the Summer Term.
(In the 1988 Education Reform Act (ERA), the Government emphasises its philosophy of free school education.  In doing so, it laid down arrangements for charging for school visits.  The details are extensive and detailed.  Put briefly, it states that school funds should finance all aspects of the school curriculum which take place, either largely or wholly, in school time.  However, voluntary contributions from parents can be requested if the activity cannot be funded from school capitation.)


Extra Curricular Activities
We provide a range of clubs for children throughout the year offering before and after school activities including dance, multi-sports, music, gardening, football, chess, drama and lego clubs, as well as lunchtime activities. We also welcome further parent volunteer help to provide yet more activities for the children.