The Barns Green Curriculum

Barns Green Primary School offers a broad and balanced curriculum which prepares pupils for life in modern Britain. We teach the Programmes of Study published in the National Curriculum in England. Our Religious Education education progamme is prepared by West Sussex’ Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE). For Personal, Social, Economic and Health Education we follow the SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) programme.The latter is being reviewed in the autumn term 2020 to ensure to bring it into line with the new requirements.

Our curriculum promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils.

Our curriculum prepares our students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.

In 2020 we began to review our curriculum plan.

Autumn Term 2020

Setting suitable challenges

Teachers assess pupils’ work carefully to ensure they are setting stretching work for pupils whose attainment differs from the national average. Teachers’ assessments are moderated regularly within school, within our Locality of schools and within West Sussex. Pupil progress is tracked at regular progress meetings. At these meetings, teachers are held to account for the progress of their pupils and any additional support they require is discussed.

Our classes are vertically streamed. This means that there are 2 year groups in a class, a very common way of working in small schools. Our curriculum is organised on a 2 year cycle, to ensure that children do not repeat content in a class.

Maths and English

Confidence in numeracy and other mathematical skills and fluency in the English language are essential foundations for success in all subjects. At Barns Green Primary, we use the Read, Write Inc. phonics scheme to introduce pupils to reading and writing. As they progress through school , the same scheme provides support for pupils’ spelling. Developing Writing is a key target for our school, and we are using the Talk 4 Writing approach. Our focus is for our pupils to produce quality pieces of writing over quantity.

In many of our year groups, boys outnumber girls. Teachers are aware of this and plan accordingly. Writing activities are based on real-life experiences, spoken language used in class is direct and clear, appropriate ‘scaffolding’ is provided for each text type. These examples of good practice are proven to work with both genders.

The phonics scheme used by Barns Green Primary School is Read Write Inc (RWI).

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We follow the White Rose scheme in Mathematics. This supports a child in developing from a conrete understanding of number through a visual undertanding to a sound understanding of number at an abstract level. We ensure that there are regular opportunities for pupils to use their number skills in problem-solving situations and expect pupils to use mathematical language when explaining their work.

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We supplement the White Rose materials with a number of strategies which we have found develop pupil understanding, including the use of Numicon.


If you have any queries about our Curriculum, and are a parent of a child at Barns Green Primary, please contact your child’s teacher in the first instance.

If you have any queries about our Curriculum and you are not a parent of a pupil, please contact the Mrs Coxon – – in the first instance. Your query will be forwarded to the relevant member of staff.