The Wider Curriculum at Bartons

Our aim is to provide a broad, balanced and interesting curriculum to enable the children to acquire essential knowledge, concepts and skills. It is planned to be creative, motivating and exciting.

The Early Years curriculum for children in Reception classes incorporates the following areas of learning:

  • communication & language;
  • physical development;
  • personal,social and emotional development; 
  • literacy;
  • mathematical development; 
  • understanding of the world; 
  • expressive arts & design.
The curriculum for Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 are carefully planned to incorporate both whole class teaching and differentiated group work as appropriate. The following subjects are taught; English, Mathematics, Science, Music, PE, Computing, History, Geography, Art and Design, Design and Technology, Languages and Religious Education. Personal Social Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE) over arches all curriculum areas.

Sometimes subjects will be taught separately but will often be linked through topics as part of a creative curriculum to make them more interesting and relevant.
Our curriculum is inclusive and takes account of children's interests and talents. We believe in educating the whole child and therefore ensure that the arts and sports have a key role in their primary years.
As a school, we invest in Music provision and external specialist teachers from the West Sussex Music service visit the school weekly and teach our children as part of the Key2Music and GetIntoMusic programmes. Year 1 children learn to play the recorder. Year 3 children learn rhythmic drumming and the ukulele and Year 4 learn Samba. This high quality learning alongside our annual KS1 and 2 productions allows our children to develop a love of sounds and music. The whole school also attend a weekly 'Singing assembly' where they learn a range of songs and styles from around the world. Every two years, a group of children from Years 4, 5 and 6 take part in the national singing festival Young Voices. This brings 20,000 primary children from around the country together to celebrate singing at The O2 in London. 
The school is a member of the West Sussex School Sports Partnership and this membership allows us access to high quality sports training for teachers, regular local sporting competition and an Outstanding P.E specialist who teaches lessons across the school. We have a good range of sporting after school clubs, sporting equipment and work with our secondary colleagues to develop initiatives with our pupils such as Sports Leaders, Bronze Ambassadors and Future Flyers.   

Assemblies play an important part in the life of our school and are predominantly Christian but are inclusive and respectful of all faiths. Parents however have the right to withdraw their child from the teaching of Religious Education and from assemblies, if they so wish.