Children at St Bartholomew’s School benefit from small classes. We offer a broad and balanced curriculum, ensuring the child’s entitlement to all areas of the National Curriculum (2014). We use a themed approach to each term’s work to develop unity and progression throughout the subjects. Literacy, Numeracy and Science are given greatest emphasis. PE and Music are taught by specialists, particularly in Key Stage 2.
The 'topic based' approach to the curriculum followed at St Barholomew's means that wherever possible we group our subjects around a broad theme. The topics we choose depend on three factors:
- the content set out in the National Curriculum for each of the subjects
- the interests and needs of the children
- the core values of the school.
For example, our topic "War and how it affected Longnor" covers lots of History in the National Curriculum and provides opportunities for our pupils to develop skills in other subjects.
We recognise the importance of Information Technology within the curriculum, and our IT resources are used to enhance children’s learning. Each child has access to a computer of their own. We have interactive whiteboards in every classroom.
Spanish is taught to all pupils from Reception onwards.
This year we have the services of a P.E. teacher to teach the children dance, gymnastics and athletics. The children are invited to take part in Cluster festivals, galas and competitions. All children from Reception to Year 4 have a weekly swimming lesson for three terms per year at Leek Swimming Pool. St Bartholomew’s was awarded Activemark status in 2010 by the DfES in recognition of the quality of its PE provision.
In Religious Education the emphasis is on Christianity, but other religions are experienced throughout the child’s school life here. Daily assemblies focus on positive attitudes and values. RE is enriched by our relationship with St Bartholomew’s Church, with the children attending termly assemblies in church and taking part in services to celebrate the main festivals of the church year.
The National Curriculum sets our the minimum content. at St Bartholomew's Primary we make sure that children learn lots of additional skills, knowledge and understanding. For example:
- we offer a range of after-school clubs and the chance to learn how to cook
- current local, national or international events can provide a great basis for learning
Parents have the right to withdraw children from religious education and/or religion based assemblies, if they so wish.
Sex and relationship education is addressed, as the subject arises, in a sensitive, age-appropriate manner, in order to form a balanced view of the subject.