Curriculum Intent

Curriculum Intent

St Bartholomew’s C of E V/C Primary School is located in Armley, an inner-city area in the west of Leeds.  Our school is a large voluntary controlled school in one of the highest deprived areas in the country (top 3%).

Our school curriculum is shaped by the key challenges children from our local area may face as noted above.

At St Bartholomew’s, our curriculum will develop both successful learners and confident, responsible citizens.  The school holds both in high regard.  

Our curriculum will:

  • Raise aspirations
  • Develop essential skills across all curriculum areas
  • Be inclusive for all learners including disadvantaged, EAL, SEND
  • Promote healthy lifestyles
  • Prepare pupils for their next step in education
  • Provide all children with daily mathematics, reading and English

At St Bartholomew’s, we value the importance of developing basic skills in English and Maths to ensure all children can then access the wider curriculum.

Learning that is exciting, memorable and stimulating is non-negotiable.  Children will enjoy school and be immersed in their learning; having a desire to attend school.  

We ensure children have a thirst for learning through:
•    Passionate teachers
•    Engaging lessons
•    First hand experiences
•    Wide range of extra-curricular activities
•    Exciting daily worship 

By the time children leave St Bartholomew’s, we not only want them to have fulfilled their academic potential but we want confident, independent British citizens who demonstrate the following attributes:

•    Ambition – always aiming to better themselves.
•    Courage - they will not be afraid to try new things.
•    Commitment - they will work hard.
•    Willpower – they will strive to be the best they can be.
•    Integrity – they will tell the truth at all times.
•    Drive – they want to better themselves at every opportunity.
•    Patience – they will accept that some things take time.
•    Resilience – they will always keep trying.
•    Optimism – they know that good things will happen to them if they work hard.


The St Bart's Bucket List

Here at St Bartholomew’s, we have created a bucket list of experiences that children will complete in each year group. These include visits, activities and visitors in school. The list is set out into year groups, with 20 fun activities for each child to complete each year. 

We make sure this list is a fun way to further enrich our curriculum and links closely to our curriculum intent. The range of experiences helps raise aspirations, develops essential curriculum skills, are inclusive for all and promote healthy lifestyles, as well as preparing pupils for their lives in and out of school, including their next step in education. Lots of the activities are based around school or the local area and help develop cultural capital and an appreciation of our local community. We want all children to be exposed to cultural experiences, regardless of where they are from.  

Please see individual year group pages to see if you can spot any of the activities on our photos! 

Curriculum - St Bartholomew's Bucket List

St Bartholomew's Bucket List
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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, held each term.

Please find the year group subject overviews and reading / phonics information below:

Curriculum - Subject Overviews

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Year 1
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Year 2
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Year 3
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Year 4
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Year 5
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Year 6
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Curriculum - Reading and Phonics

We use Letters and Sounds for our phonics programme throughout EYFS and KS1.

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