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 areas, and we aim to ensure that children have as wide a range of experience as possible 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, we believe that each child should be properly equipped with the basic tools of learning in particular of English, Numeracy and Oracy. These are given a very high priority by teachers and are soundly taught.
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.
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.
Classes in the Nursery and Reception 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 manly in units and sometimes as part of a cross-curricular topic.
The Barham curriculum overview and year group termly plans are sent to parents by class teachers. These give details of the topic and units being followed by the children. These are also avaliable to view on the right.
Pupils at Barham Primary School will leave year 6:
- 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.
Reading for Enjoyment
At Barham we are keen to nurture in our pupils a love of reading and books. Many exciting and rewarding activities are arranged in school to promote the pleasure and knowledge that can be gained from books; i.e. ‘Book Week’.
Book Weeks include visits by published authors, skilled storytellers from many cultures, performances by professional theatre groups, making books, using drama, dance and music to illustrate texts. Pupils are surrounded by a wide range of books to give the opportunity to an informed choice about books they want to read and share with others, whether at school or outside school.
Our Approach to Reading and Phonics
Children in Reception and Key Stage 1 follow the synthetic approach using the Letters and Sounds programme. It is an approach to teaching phonics in which individual letters or letter sounds are blended to form groups or letters and sounds, then those sounds are blended into words.
Letters and Sounds is a resource published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007. It aims to build children’s speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven.
Pupils at Barham are encouraged to read for pleasure. Weekly library sessions are allocated so pupils can read and borrow a range of books from the school library. Classes in each year group across the school also visit the local library on Ealing Road throughout the year. We have the highest amount of children taking part in the Brent Summer Reading Challenge each year.
Ways you can support your child with reading:
- Read with your child regularly
- Read to your child
- Talk about what they are reading
- Ask questions about what they are reading
- Visit the library in your community
More information about the Primary National Curriculum can be found on the Department for Education website.