Curriculum Intent

Our school has a clear intent behind our carefully designed and balanced curriculum offer:

Barrowford St Thomas Primary School aims to nurture and prepare children educationally, spiritually, socially, morally and physically for their continuing education into the next phase and beyond into citizenship. Therefore our core aims are:

  • to provide the concepts, skills and attitudes embodied in the National Curriculum as a basis for the educational development of children
  • to provide a stable, consistent environment in which children can develop respect, self-esteem and an ability to value themselves and others
  • to develop the children's own spiritual development and moral values
  • to provide a framework in which children are able to be fit and healthy both physically and mentally.
  • to ensure that children are safe

In pursuit of these aims we will endeavour:

  • to encourage parents to be active partners in their children's education
  • to develop lively, enquiring minds fostered by increasingly independent learning
  • to instil a desire to learn by setting relevant targets, providing appropriate support, and rewarding achievement
  • to foster self-reliance, resilience and motivation
  • to provide a safe and stimulating working environment
  • to encourage children to act creatively and with imagination
  • to develop an understanding of the past which will help them to live successfully in the present, and to plan intelligently for the future
  • to develop the ability to work co-operatively
  • to encourage children to value the views of others and to argue dispassionately and rationally

The curriculum is designed to be broad, balanced and relevant to the experiences and needs of the pupils. It is structured to allow a progression in the acquisition of skills, knowledge and understanding. All pupils will have opportunities to experience all areas of the curriculum. All pupils will have the opportunity to learn from first-hand experiences, including through the extended curriculum and after-school activities. All pupils will be encouraged to develop their awareness of the community in which they live and be provided with opportunities to enterprise

The school follows the National Curriculum in all areas. Details of the National Curriculum are available in school and “on line” at www.standards.dfes.gov.uk if you should wish to see them.

Every effort is made to ensure a sound grounding in English, Mathematics, Science and Computing in line with the National Curriculum. The curriculum is wide and includes a thematic approach to some class work. Within these themes Technology, History and Geography, Art and design, Music, Drama, PE, MFL, and SRE statutory relationship education are covered in various ways. The curriculum will provide opportunities for children of varying aptitudes and abilities to find fulfilment and enable them to develop emotionally and physically as well as academically.

Pupil Offer

Barrowford St Thomas Primary School endeavours to create an atmosphere in which learning is enjoyable and meaningful. We regularly organise 'special weeks' such as our recent Science week which focused on the science and inventions from the Muslim World during their 'Golden Age'. We ensure that every term all our pupils enjoy either a specialist visitor or go on an educational visit. Special events are organised to enrich the current theme or topic. Class novels are carefully selected to be at the heart of learning. Throughout their time in our school we will ensure that all our pupils experience:

  • a visit to a museum
  • a visit to an art-gallery
  • visits to places of worship, Christian and other faiths
  • a visit to the theatre to watch a professional performance
  • an opportunity to hear live music, either in school or in a concert hall
  • the opportunity to represent the school in an external sporting event
  • the opportunity to perform a theatrical production on a stage in an external venue
  • regular opportunities to worship in our local church and cathedral.
  • forge links with children in a local school from a different cultural and religious background (through the Building Bridges project)
  • support either a local, national or international charity each year 
  • develop their enterprise skills; develop their understanding of money and how to run a business (for example designing, creating, marketing and selling a product at our Christmas Fair to make a profit which can be spent on resources for their class). In 2018, we raised sufficient money to buy a new digital camera for use in school.