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Barham Primary School

Embedding Excellence

Barham Primary School

Embedding Excellence

Barham Curriculum

The Curriculum at Barham Primary School

At Barham we aim to provide a stimulating school environment to ensure that all children achieve their maximum potential. However, the National Curriculum does not cover all of the possible areas of learning. Our aim is to ensure that children have a range of experiences that are as wide as possible during their time at school. We endeavour to teach to the highest standards in ways that match each child’s own aptitude and ability. That means offering a curriculum that is broad, balanced and right for each child. Children are taught using a variety of methods, which include whole class teaching, group work and individual work. Teachers choose the most appropriate method depending on the nature of the subject and the needs of the children.
Children’s personal qualities are equally important and we aim to help children to develop a sense of consideration and self-confidence so that they value themselves and their abilities and make a full contribution to the life of the school and prepare for adulthood.

All classes from Year 1 to Year 6 follow the National Curriculum which includes the subjects of English, Mathematics, Science, Computing, Geography, History, Music, Art, Physical Education and Religious Education. Six global learning themes underpin our curriculum which have been selected from the 17 Sustainable Development Goals from the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (See our Curriculum Intent Statement 2019-2020). Each theme is broken down into knowledge and understanding, skills and attitudes. We believe that global learning helps pupils make sense of the increasingly complex and rapidly changing world in which they live. Our curriculum enables pupils to think critically about world issues and to develop an awareness of the impact our own actions can have on others.

1. Good health and well-being (3)

2. Quality education (4)

3. Gender equality (5)

4. Climate Action (13)

5. Peace, justice and strong institutions (16)

6. Reduced Inequalities (10) & Clean water and sanitation (6)

Please note! We are currently updating and improving our curriculum. More documents will be available soon!
Classes in our Nursery and Reception settings are in the Early Years Foundation Stage. They follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum which covers the 7 areas of learning and development; Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language, Physical Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Art and Design. These areas are broken down into Early Years Outcomes which lead on to the Early Learning Goals. These areas of learning and development are taught mainly in units and sometimes as part of a cross-curricular topic. 

Pupils at Barham Primary School will leave year 6:

  • Adaptable so they can adjust to the changing world
  • Developed self believe so they are not afraid to question and voice their views
  • Have the resilience to stand up for their rights
  • Reading and writing with confidence, fluency and understanding, using a range of independent strategies to self-monitor and correct
  • With a love of reading and a desire to read for enjoyment
  • With a passion for words and their meanings; developing a growing vocabulary in spoken and written forms
  • Understanding a range of text types, media types and genres;
  • Able to write in a variety of styles and forms appropriate to the situation
  • Using their developing imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness
  • Having a suitable technical vocabulary to articulate their responses

    More information about the Primary National Curriculum can be found on the Department for Education website.

Parents and members of the public, are welcome to contact the school office, to find out more about the Barham Curriculum.  See contact details below.
Email: or call Tel: 020 8902 3706.