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St. Barnabas CE Primary School Curriculum
St. Barnabas delivers a theme based curriculum.  Each new topic has an exciting launch, a chance for children to explore the theme in depth and a final celebration of learning.
progression of skills has been carefully mapped from Reception to Year 6.
Each theme incorporates several subject areas.
Within each theme we promote a whole school Christian value every half term, which is rooted in theology.
The class pages show the current theme.


Statement of Intent
At St Barnabas we believe that a quality English curriculum should develop children’s love of reading, writing and discussion. We believe that the ability to read is fundamental to pupils’ development as independent learners, during their time at primary school and beyond. We consider reading to be a vital skill that can open up many exciting possibilities in a child’s life. Not only does reading enable them to understand, interpret and communicate with each other and the world around us; it also empowers them in following their interests and creating a positive future for themselves. We believe that success in reading has a direct effect upon progress in all areas of the curriculum; therefore reading is given a high priority at St Barnabas, enabling the children to become enthusiastic, independent and reflective readers across a wide range of literature, including different text types and genres, books, posters, and newspapers. With the changing world in mind, children are also encouraged to use a variety of online resources which encourage them to use their reading skills. 
We recognise the importance of nurturing a culture where children take pride in their writing, can write clearly and accurately and adapt their language and style for a range of contexts. 
We want to inspire children to be confident in the art of speaking and listening and who can use discussion to communicate and further their learning.
We believe that children need to develop a secure knowledge-base in English, which follows a clear pathway of progression as they advance through the primary curriculum. We believe that a secure basis in English skills is crucial to a high quality education and will give our children the tools they need to participate fully as a member of society.


Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Skills Progression
Phonics Skills Progression
Reading Years 1-6 Skills Progression
Writing Years 1-6 Skills Progression

English Learning Zone

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Phonics and Read Write Inc


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