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KS1 and KS2 Curriculum

All children from Year 1 to 6 follow the 2014 National Curriculum which covers English, Mathematics, Science, Computing, History, Geography, Music, Physical Education (PE), Design Technology, Art and Design. In addition to the National Curriculum we teach Personal, Social, Health, Education (PSHE), Religious Education (RE) and Spanish at Barlby.

In KS1, the school morning follows the structure of Guided Reading, Literacy, Phonics, Handwriting and Maths. There is a strong focus on the development of synthetic phonics for reading, writing and spelling, alongside the development of letter formation and cursive handwriting. In KS2, the school day begins with Guided Reading, followed by Literacy, Guided Maths and Maths. Handwriting sessions are also carried out several times a week.

Afternoon topic learning is delivered through the Cornerstones Curriculum, which ensures foundation subjects are taught creatively, with strong cross curricular links. Curriculum topics are linked to children’s interests such as Superheroes (Year 1) and Potions (Year 4). These topics are also entwined with core subject learning.


Our aim is to provide our children with an engaging, exciting and empowering curriculum that equips them for today and tomorrow.

Literacy statement of intent

To deliver an exciting, innovative Literacy curriculum which enables and empowers children's written and oral communication and creativity.

Maths statement of intent

For every child to develop a sound understanding of Maths, equipping them with the skills of calculation, reasoning and problem solving that they need in life beyond school.

EYFS statement of intent

Working in partnership with parents to encourage independent, happy learners who thrive in school and reach their full potential.

Computing statement of intent

To develop children's experience and understanding of ICT, preparing them for jobs of the future.