Brilliant Barwell Infant School - Children First!
Brilliant Barwell Infant School - Children First!

Love Learning - The Barwell Infants' Curriculum

The whole Barwell Family has a responsibility to "be the best that we can be!


Team Barwell believes that every child in our school has the right ot make good progress, and deserves to be prepared for independence in future life and learning, regardless of their start in life. 


We are committed to nurturing, caring for and educating the whole child.  Quite simply, our motto is "CHILDREN FIRST"

Our school will create children who...


CAN read and write and apply maths skills to achieve at least age-related expectations by the end of Year 2

CAN make at least good progress

CAN talk about their learning, organise and articulate their thoughts, and interact and collaborate

CAN be independent in learning and life

ARE healthy and happy

ARE enthusiastic, motivated and positive

ARE confident, resilient and diligent

ARE embracing of difference and change


HAVE a safe, secure and supportive environment

HAVE a creative and engaging curriculum

HAVE consistently high quality, engaging and inspiring teaching

HAVE consistently high quality provision and learning environments

HAVE their individual needs, interests, cultures and beliefs considered and catered for

At Barwell, we aim to provide a broad, balanced and connected curriculum that is educational and fun! 


As a state maintained school, we follow the government's Framework for EYFS and the National Curriculum for KS1.  Whilst English and Maths are usually taught discretely (through daily lessons) the other curriculum areas are taught through a 'topic' approach.  This means that the teaching team identify a topic which they believe will interest and inspire the children (this could be anything - from pirates or dinosaurs to the latest Disney film!) and then devise activities which will enable the children to explore and make links between different subjects or areas of learning.


At the start of each topic, teachers will provide parents with details about the skills and knowledge that they will be covering; and may also suggest ways in which you can support your child and develop their interest in the topic at home.  This information can be found on the class pages above.

In addition, reading and phonics are central to every child's development and learning, and play a key role in much of the work we do in school.

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS):

Rather than using traditional subjects (Science, History, etc.), the EYFS curriculum is organised into 'Areas of Learning'. 


There are three prime areas: 'Communication and Language', 'Physical Development' and 'Personal, Social and Emotional Development'; and four specific areas: 'Literacy', 'Maths', 'Understanding the World' and 'Expressive Arts and Design'.


At the end of EYFS, the children will be assessed as being either 'Emerging', 'Expected' or 'Exceeding' in each of these areas; according to how securely they have accessed and achieved the Early Learning Goals.


Click the link below to download the EYFS Framework:

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Key Stage 1 (Year 1 and Year 2):

At Key Stage 1 the children follow the National Curriculum for all subjects except RE, in which we follow the Locally Agreed Syllabus for Leicestershire.  The teaching team strive to make this curriculum as lively, exciting and as relevant as possible; and adopt a 'hands on' approach whenever possible to ensure that the children are fully engaged and enjoying their learning.

  Autumn1 Autumn2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2


Year 1


Awesome Autumn










Year 2

Australian Adventure


& Grow

The Swinging


Charlie & the Chocolate Factory


& Castles





Click the links below to see how the skills and knowledge are covered over Year 1 and Year 2.

Barwell Infant School KS1 Curriculum.pdf
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Barwell Infant School KS1 Computing Curr[...]
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Maths in Key Stage 1 (Year 1 and Year 2):

Like many schools, we have chosen to follow the schemes of learning designed by the White Rose Maths Hub.


You can find out more about what your children will be learning in Year 1 and Year 2 by visiting their website.

You can find the government's Programmes of Study for each subject by clicking on the red buttons below:

N.B. These Programmes of Study also refer to the expectations for KS2 (Year 3 - 6)

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