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.
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.
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.
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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)