Curriculum Overview

Let Your Light Shine Through Family, Friendship and Faith

National Curriculum

We deliver the National Curriculum by having an emphasis on cross-curricular teaching, where purposeful and relevant, with a strong focus on sequential and progressive skills. We believe that this is important for making the curriculum relevant and meaningful to pupils and for putting knowledge into context.

We believe that it is our responsibility to develop the Numeracy and English skills for all of our pupils. Using the Early Years Foundation Stage Strategy and National Curriculum as a basis, age-appropriate progression and knowledge for each core and foundation subject has been identified. This has been mapped out to ensure coverage of identified knowledge is secured across KS1 and KS2. We carefully select the sequence of when, what and how knowledge is taught and subject leaders work actively to review this regularly.

English and Numeracy skills are taught daily in subject based lessons, but also in other areas of the curriculum to ensure there is a transfer of these skills.

Science, computing and RE are taught as the other core subjects and, along with foundation subjects, are taught through topic.

Topics are either termly or half termly and may be on a two year rolling programme, or just a yearly programme.

The National Curriculum clearly states the expectations for each year group and details can

be found within this curriculum section of the website.


Intent: In writing the aims of the curriculum is to promote a high standard of literacy. To achieve this, children will develop by acquiring a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language.  They will demonstrate the ability to write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences. Using our ‘Talk for writing’ progression mapping children will be given a variety of purposes for their writing to demonstrate the features outlined in our writing progression.


Intent: Our Reading curriculum will insight a personal love of reading for all children. Children will become fluent and confident readers whilst engaging with a stimulating range of texts from a variety of genres in both fiction and non-fiction. Through this curriculum, children will develop and nurture the essential skills of word reading and comprehension.



At Barlaston First School, we want our students to enjoy Maths and have a secure and deep understanding of fundamental mathematical concepts and procedures, so that they leave us as happy and confident mathematicians.

We promote a ‘can do’ attitude to Maths without a fear of making mistakes.

Aims for our students:

• To develop a growth mindset and positive attitude towards Maths

• To become confident and proficient with number, including developing fluency with mental calculations and the ability to be able to see connections between numbers

• To become problem solvers, who can reason, think logically, work systematically and apply their knowledge of Maths

• To develop the use of mathematical language and the ability to explain their workings

• To become independent learners who can work co-operatively with others

• To develop a long term, deep and adaptable understanding of Maths which they can apply in different contexts


Intent - Within the Early Years Foundation Stage history is looked at building outwardly from ourselves. The aim is to help children to place themselves within history and begin to make links about how themselves, their families and significant individuals from their life time connect to the wider view of history. Through Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 the intent of the curriculum is to expand our view of the world wider than ourselves and our families. We begin to learn about events beyond our living memory and to timeline key events throughout history, beginning to discuss their significance and to identify changes through history. As children move through Key Stage 2, they will begin to evaluate evidence and discuss what sources may imply.


Intent: At Barlaston First School, we intend that all children will be able to flourish by using creativity and imagination, to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. We intend for all children to acquire appropriate subject knowledge and skills as set out in the National Curriculum, building in clear vocabulary that will support learning. It is our aim to create strong cross curricular links with other subjects, such as Mathematics, Science, Computing, and Art. We want Design and Technology to prepare our children for their role as agents for change in the world we share.

Intent: At Barlaston First School, we intend that all children will be able to flourish as responsible, digital citizens. Technology is everywhere and will play a pivotal part in our children’s lives. Therefore, we want to educate our pupils and model how to use technology positively and safely, allowing the children to let their light shine in our ever changing digital world. We intend our children to be confident and competent using a range of technology. 

Our computing curriculum includes computer science, information technology and digital literacy. It ensures progression of skills, and follows a sequence to build on previous learning. Computing is taught as a discrete subject in KS1 and KS2 as well as being embedded across the curriculum in all key stages to make learning creative and accessible. 

We recognise that technology can allow pupils to share their learning in creative ways. We also understand the accessibility opportunities technology can provide for our SEN pupils. Computing has strong links with Mathematics, Science, and Design and Technology and provides insights into both natural and web-based systems.