Our School Curriculum
At St Bartholomew's, our purpose is to empower all of our students to take responsibility for their own learning and unlock their potential by providing them with a range of opportunities to prepare them for their next steps. We deliver a creative and interactive curriculum for our students which supports the development of well-rounded individuals. The children at our school are at the heart of our curriculum. If parents require more information on our curriculum they should speak to their child's teacher. We want our children to enjoy a broad and balanced curriculum to ensure they develop a love of learning.
Our exciting, innovative ‘Harmony’ curriculum embodies and nurtures inquisitive, curious learners encapsulating all core and foundation subjects through a carefully planned enquiry-based, multi-disciplined curriculum which promotes and develops a love of learning and a connection to the world around us.
We believe that every child should have the opportunity to develop and build their self-esteem and confidence and we want our children to have high aspirations and strive to do their very best. Our curriculum is designed to fit the needs and interests of our children and every opportunity is taken to learn outdoors with a view to making cross curricular ‘connections’ to all areas of the curriculum and life.
Love for Learning
Through careful planning, sequencing and assessment, we provide our children with activities, experiences and off-site visits that build a love of learning. Our personalised provision may involve children receiving additional interventions, specialist small group teaching and targeted support in their classroom.
At the centre of all learning is the ability to read and at St Bartholomew’s the head teachers vision places a high priority on ensuring all our children grow up with a love of reading and the skill to learn from text. Through the teaching of phonics, starting in our Nursery, we teach children using Letters and Sounds and Onset and Rhyme. Where children ‘struggle’ to learn phonics, we have a variety of ‘catch up’ programmes to support them and in some cases, this continues up into Key Stage 2. We try hard to match books to the sounds that children are learning and balance this with providing them with books they enjoy reading. Our teachers base the curriculum around popular core texts that broaden the children’s experiences and enrich their vocabulary. Our core reading scheme is the Oxford Reading Tree and this is used to support the children develop their reading stamina and there are consistent systems across the school to manage the assessment of reading, alongside ensuring there are opportunities for the children to refine their skills by reading to adults in school, Reading Buddies or parents. Staff receive regular training on the teaching of reading in order that they can support children regardless of the stage the child is at. Rapid Reading is a programme that we use to accelerate the reading development of children in danger of falling behind their peers and staff use Cracking Comprehension to support children with this important study skill.