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Heaton St Barnabas’
C of E (VA) Primary School

Rossefield Road, Heaton, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD9 4DA

Tel: 01274 545019 | Fax: 01274 553910 | Headteacher: Mrs D Smith

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Our curriculum Vision:

Curriculum Vision

At Heaton St Barnabas CE Primary School, we believe all children deserve the opportunity to have a broad range of experiences that are engaging and purposeful. We want the children to be inspired and motivated to dream big and play a part on the world stage. When children leave our school we want them to be able to promote the School Values by:

Enthusiasm – to be book smart, knowledge rich and ambitious world class learners

Respectful – to be open minded and tolerant, be good communicators and have positive relationships

Happy – Creating Happy Memories being proud of belonging to St. Barnabas and develop a love of learning

Responsible – for their learning and actions and support each other as positive learners

Honest – be honest with each other and about themselves to make positive contributions in their learning

Kind – show kindness towards others and support them where needed in all aspects of the curriculum and school life. To be a good neighbour towards others now and in the future.

Curriculum Intent – How we design our curriculum:

All children, including those with SEND, are taught through an enquiry-based curriculum.  Each year group has an engaging curriculum that allows children to experience big, broad topics that interest and excite learners. Each class has a range of themes across the year such as Extreme Earth, Remarkable Romans, Ocean Explorers, We are Warriors, We all went on Safari and Beautiful Planet. Children have started the year by researching their class theme and choosing lines of enquiry into the theme.  We believe learning is not a linear experience for children therefore our way of teaching reflects this. We have developed a curriculum that blends knowledge and skills together in a spiral of different subjects.

The Long and Medium Term Plans have been designed so children will revisit key areas from different subjects throughout the year and therefore will be able to commit knowledge to their long term memory and will get the opportunity to revisit skills.  A progression of expected knowledge and skills for the end of year in each subject has been created.   As children move through the school, the expectation for the depth and breadth of their learning is increased. They engage in skills of a similar nature, but at a higher level of understanding leading to a mastery approach to learning. The school continues to evaluate and make changes to ensure that the curriculum is planned and sequenced so that new knowledge and skills build on what has been taught before.

Extra-curricular clubs also form an important part of the school’s provision, especially in sports. Educational visits, visitors and key whole school events make learning ‘come alive’ for children.  The school ensures that all children are exposed to cultural experiences and timetable key events into the school calendar so children get to experience new experiences as they progress through school.  Examples of this have been: Theatre visits, Bradford based festivals, residential trips, attending a university, visits to a wide range of museums and places of interest.  The school reviews this yearly as part of their curriculum offer and plans are in place for the school to further include experiences such as visits to parliament and city hall.

Curriculum Implementation:

Our carefully crafted curriculum balances the national expectations and an all encompassing range of experiences allowing our children to flourish. Clear strategic planning allows the curriculum to be dynamic and adapt to the context of the school and children’s needs. Age related expectations combine the acquisition of knowledge and development of skills to create a purposeful and exciting learning journey for every child. The curriculum has high expectations to combine transferable skills, demonstrate a breadth of vocabulary and develop strong cross curricular links. Inviting classroom environments stimulate and engage quality thinking and reasoning. Explicit daily, weekly and medium term planning is responsive to children’s needs; incorporating holistic approaches to teaching and learning.The school has reviewed and updated their Long Term Plans which can be viewed here. If you would like to look at the medium term plans for our topics, then please take a look at the class pages.  We also showcase evidence of children’s learning on the class pages.

Curriculum Impact for our Children

As a diverse and multi-cultural school community, we believe our children possess unique talents, skills and qualities. As such, they have the right to succeed, the right to recognise their own greatness and the right to develop who they are in a respectful and nurturing environment. Our school ethos is firmly rooted in our values with a love of learning being the foundation of everything we do. From their different starting points, all children will make good progress academically, emotionally, creatively, socially and physically. Knowledge, understanding and skills will be secured and embedded so that children attain highly and are fully prepared for secondary school. They will have strong communication skills, both written and verbal, and will listen respectfully and with tolerance to the views of others. They will take pride in all that they do, always striving to do their best. They will demonstrate emotional resilience and the ability to persevere when they encounter challenge. They will develop a sense of self-awareness and become confident in their own abilities. They will be kind, respectful and honest, demonstrate inclusive attitudes and have a sense of their role in our wider society.

Recovery Curriculum

To ensure that our pupils catch up on lost learning due to school closures during lockdown, we are in the process of implementing a recovery curriculum. Our plan for this aims to provide a sustained approach to supporting pupils’ learning and their wellbeing; addressing gaps in pupil attainment and progress whilst helping the school community recover emotionally.

Heaton St.Barnabas’ Recovery Curriculum focuses on four key aspects:

  • Building Relationships
  • Establishing and maintaining Routines
  • Making Learning Relevant
  • Allowing time for Reflection

Great teaching and the role that parents play in supporting children learn are the most important factors to improving outcomes for pupils.

Whole School Long Term Creative Curriculum Plan


Long Term Plans 2022 – 2023

Curriculum Policies

General Information

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