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Barnes Farm Infant School

Barnes Farm Infant School

Building Futures, Inspiring Success

Our Curriculum

What does the curriculum look like in our school?
"A strong feature is the way teachers enable pupils to use their knowledge, skills and understanding in a wide range of interesting and, often, real-life situations" Ofsted March 2014
The curriculum is approached through a combination of skills based teaching and subject focus. Basic skills are taught to support the development of the core National Curriculum subjects of English, Mathematics and Science and the foundation subjects including Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Blocks of themed work enable the children’s skills to be used in a meaningful and relevant way. Cross curricular themes of safety, Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE), environment and community care are integrated into the appropriate subject areas.
Foundation Stage
"Teaching in the Early Years Foundation Stage is very effective. The staff plan work that builds well on children’s own particular interests and, consequently, they thrive in the supportive atmosphere. The adults question children well to deepen and check on their understanding. Ofsted March 2014
The Foundation Stage curriculum gives a high priority to the seven areas of learning: these are broken down into Prime and specific areas.
The Prime Areas are
  • - Communication and Language
  • - Physical development
  • - Personal, social and emotional development
The Specific Areas are
  • - Literacy
  • - Maths
  • - Understanding the world
  • -Expressive arts and design
 There is a great deal of emphasis on the three key characteristics of effective teaching and learning.
These are:
  • Playing and exploring
  • Active learning
  • creating and thinking critically
Much of the work is practical and investigative, children will be learning through a range of structured and play activities both inside and outside the classroom. The children will be encouraged to use an independent approach to all activities.
Year One and Year Two
"Teachers have high expectations of themselves and pupils. They make sure that pupils of all abilities learn well by providing work at the right level of difficulty. A very close check is kept on the progress made by each pupil. As a result, staff know pupils really well. Those at risk of falling behind get the extra help they need." Ofsted March 2014
The whole curriculum is planned by the teaching teams to incorporate appropriate themes and the subject requirements of the National Curriculum and the Primary Strategy. Every classroom is organised to enable the children to operate individually, in groups and as a whole class where appropriate. The emphasis in all curriculum areas is on the attainment of an independent approach to learning and self-motivation towards quality work.
Special Educational Needs
The school promotes an inclusive policy. It has a positive approach to all children, recognising that every child has special needs, which in certain situations will require extra support.
Early identification of a child’s special needs whether learning, emotional, behavioural or exceptional ability enables the provision of a suitable education plan.

"Teachers and teaching assistants work well together to help pupils of all abilities, including disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs" Ofsted March 2014
More Able Pupils
Pupils are assessed on entry to school and regularly throughout their time in school. Identification of particular talent or skills results in the child’s inclusion on our Able Pupils Register.