Approach to Learning

Curriculum Introduction

At Standens Barn, our children enjoy an engaging curriculum that is planned to support them in their development in becoming independent, lifelong learners. 

Our school values; Brave, Enthusiastic, Safe and Thoughtful are key to the learning across the school with opportunities planned and offered with every child at the forefront of our minds. 

Each child is unique and our curriculum is adapted to suit each child, cohort and need as necessary. We are an inclusive school and more information about how we meet the needs of all our children and how we comply with the Equality and SEND Acts is available in the following link:

The National Curriculum framework is adhered to at Standens Barn alongside personalisation to ensure the learning is pertinent to children's understanding of their local area and current topics.  

We want children to be able to articulate themselves, be good readers and writers and be able to carry out mathematical calculations. For this reason, these areas of learning underpin all that we do at the school. The greater part of curriculum time is spent on ensuring that these skills are taught to your child. The reading scheme we use in the school is based around a system that bands the difficulty of a book together, called book bands. This ensures that the reading of words is developed over time through a scheme that gets progressively more challenging.

We also use a 'Themed Learning' approach so your child will become immersed in an area of learning during their time of study. Subjects may be linked together to support learning around a particular 'theme'. For example on the theme of the Romans, the children can use drama to explore life in Roman times, they can write historical stories and newspaper accounts of significant events, they can explore mosaic art and make Roman shields, they can learn about sun dials and the Roman Clock and become fully immersed in the area they are learning about. However, not all learning can be linked to a theme and so, for example, Sport and PE are taught and some areas of Science may be taught separately.

To keep you up to date with what areas your child is studying please look at the Year group links. In here you will find the current theme and areas of learning that your child will be studying. You will also find newsletters and Parental booklets and guides that give you ideas and information.


Reading at Standens Barn Primary School

Literacy is at the heart of what we do and underpins our curriculum; reading is essential in its own right but also important for language development, thinking skills, empathy and links with all other areas of learning. Children are taught in a variety of ways. Children will read individually and in groups called 'guided reading' and as whole classes. The children will be exposed to a variety of books and genres and this is supported by having a reading book that they will take home as well as a library book. We have an expectation that as parents you will play your part in this and support your child with their reading, by trying to read with them every day for at least 20 minutes.

Throughout the school year, parents and carers of children in reception and Key Stage 1 will be invited in to see how phonics is taught and how this links with understanding the book as well. Our phonics teaching is based on Read Write Inc.


Maths Curriculum

Our maths teaching is based on the White Rose scheme of work and is underpinned by the bar modelling theory of mathematical teaching, which is also supported by My Maths. There is a strong emphasis on developing number work and fluency alongside problem-solving and relational understanding. This ensures that children quickly develop their number bonds and times tables knowledge so that they can apply this to mathematical understanding.


RE & PSHE Curriculum

The schools follows local SACRE guidance for religious education (RE) and the Scarf programme for PSHE, that fully complies with DfE requirements for September 2020. 

For current learning in each class, please visit the Classes section