St Bartholomew’s prides itself in ensuring that all children have access to a curriculum rich in learning opportunities and which is broad and balanced across all year groups. Our aim is to provide every pupil with an education of outstanding quality. Our aims are high and we expect our pupils to make outstanding progress and to achieve clear learning objectives in every lesson.
Our new curriculum allows all children, from Reception to Year 6, to take part in daily English and Maths, and all children read to an adult every day. Our thematic approach to delivering the new National Curriculum ensures that all units of work have a clear focus – children are taught through different subjects to answer questions and experience clear wow moments to secure their understanding.
At St Bartholomew’s, we take great care to ensure that all children are meeting their end of year expectations. Children who need help to reach these are put into extra intervention programmes to ensure that all children make progress and work towards their targets.
The new curriculum is delivered to all children from Year 1 – Year 6. This is made up of the following statutory subjects; Art and Design, Design Technology, English, Geography, History, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Science and Religious Education. Children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 are also taught a Modern Foreign Language (French). We also deliver the compulsory elements of PSHCE, outlined in the National Curriculum and Education act.
From Nursery to Year 2, pupils are also taught phonics daily to support the development of reading, writing and accuracy in spelling. Children from Year 2 to Year 6 also have designated spelling sessions which develop children’s understanding of the English language.
Teachers frequently assess and analyse data related to the progress of the children in their class/set in Reading, Writing and Mathematics.
Please see the links below for further information about the school curriculum.
You can find out more about our curriculum by looking at our weekly newsletter which provides updates about what each year group are doing. Parents are also welcome to ask any questions about the curriculum on parents' evenings.
Phonics and Spelling
We use Letters and Sounds for our phonics programme throughout EYFS and KS1. This is used as an intervention as required in KS2.
From Year 2, the Read Write Inc. Spelling programme is used to teach the new requirements for spelling.
There are two core reading schemes used in school. From EYFS to KS2 the children follow a progressive reading scheme. Early years and KS1 children start on Oxford Reading Tree Scheme. These include a range of fiction and non-fiction books.
Children are then gradually moved on to a more advanced scheme when reaching year 2. From year 2 onwards, children read books from the Bug Club scheme which enables children to choose their own books within their level, giving them ownership of what they are reading. There are a range of fiction and non-fiction books aimed at both boys and girls. All these books have comprehension running alongside with a set of questions referring to each book