Curriculum Information

About Our Curriculum

The National Curriculum is split into three key stages;

  • FOUNDATION STAGE – Reception year
  • KEY STAGE 1 – Years 1 and 2
  • KEY STAGE 2- Years 3 to 6

The school follows the National Curriculum core subjects in English, Mathematics, Science and the foundation subjects of Art, Geography, History, Computing, Music, PE, and Design Technology. PSHE (Personal, Social and Health and Citizenship Education) is also included in the curriculum. In addition, RE is an important part of the curriculum and given appropriate emphasis for a church school, and we follow the Cambridgeshire Agreed Syllabus.

We aim to foster a lifelong love of learning, through adopting a highly practical and cross-curricular approach to learning. Our creative curriculum aims to deliver a twenty-first century education that will equip our children with the skills required to be an independent and responsible citizen. The curriculum is the means by which the school achieves its objective of educating children in the knowledge, skills and understanding that they need in order to lead fulfilling lives.

Where possible and relevant, literacy, geography, history, art and science are embedded within the topic framework. We use Abacus maths scheme as the core scheme for the teaching of mathematics and where possible link mathematical skills into the topical content studied each term. We use the Letters and Sounds phonics scheme for our Early Years and KS1 pupils.

We try to capitalise on as many first hand experiences as possible and regularly invite visitors into school to enhance the children’s experiences. We also make careful choices regarding trips and visits made away from the school site. Such activities may be used a topic launch activity or for consolidation/follow up to prior learning.

To learn more about the curriculum at Barnabas Oley CofE Primary School, you should contact your child's teacher, subject leader or Mrs Downes. Additionally, you can find the National Curriculum Programmes of Study at :

School Topics

We have developed a rolling programme of whole school topics to encourage cross-curricular learning whilst offering stimulating and child interest based themes.

The topics for the current academic year are as follows:

 Autumn Term 2018

Spring Term 2019

 Summer Term 2019

 Castles and Courts

 KS1: Stuarts/Fire of London
KS2: Tudors

KS1: Human Geography features
KS2: Human Geography (counties, cities, regions)

Everyday materials (Y1)
Forces and magnets (Y3)
Materials (Y2,Y5)
Forces (Y5)

Trips/Visits/Events: Warwick Castle
Oxburgh Hall

Book Week

Explorers and Inventors

KS1: Columbus/Scott
KS2: Egypt

Place Knowledge
KS1:Geography skills, mapping
KS2: World Map/OS Maps

Space (Y5)
Evolution and Inheritance (Y6)

Trips/Visits: Fitzwilliam Museum
History off the page

Science Week

Mini Beasts and Mega Beasts

 All living things and their habitats (Y2-6)
Animals including humans (Y1, Y3)
Life cycles including plants (Y4,5,6)
Adaptation and variation (Y5,6)

Trips/Visits: Dinosaur Park/Nat History Museum,
Hinchingbrooke Centre

Creative Arts Week

Future Topics

Autumn 2019

Spring 2020

Summer 2020

Food and Farming
The Magical Bookshop
Olympics 2020

Autumn 2020

Spring 2021

Summer 2021

Invaders and Pirates
Oceans and Water
How We Lived Then

Autumn 2021

Spring 2022

Summer 2022

Space; To Infinity and Beyond
Our World
Feeling Fit


Part of this cross-curricular approach includes the use of activity weeks. These include Book Week, Science Week, Healthy Week and Creative Week when the usual curriculum is suspended to allow particular focus on these areas.

Where possible, first hand experiences are arranged to stimulate enquiry and learning and visits and visitors are arranged to further enhance their experience and understanding. Please see our Class pages and the Special Events Photo Gallery for the latest information on what pupils have been up to!