Curriculum Information

The curriculum is ‘what’ will be taught in our school. The Government has slimmed these requirements down to enable schools to add areas they feel children need for their development. At St Barnabas we deliver the International Early Years Curriculum and the International Primary Curriculum as part of our curriculum provision which is closely matched to the NC requirements. 

We will mix a rich cross curricular approach through the IPC to make learning fun, with discrete teaching of specialist subjects such as MFL, Computing, PSHE, RE, Music and Physical Education. Our curriculum is designed to make sure it is accessible for those with disabilities or special educational needs.

For more information about our school curriculum please make an appointment at the school office to see the Principal.

Our Curriculum


Power Maths is a UK curriculum mastery programme designed to spark curiosity and excitement and nurture confidence in maths. It is:

  • the only mastery programme perfectly aligned to the White Rose Maths progressions and schemes of learning.
  • written specifically for UK curriculum classrooms by leading mastery experts from around the world and recommended by the UK’s Department for Education.
  • an enriched approach that cleverly combines interactive teaching tools, rich and quality textbooks and practice books.
  • a continuous and embedded approach to teacher support and professional development throughout.
  • built around a child‑centred lesson design that models and embeds a growth mindset approach to maths and focuses on helping all children to build a deep understanding of maths concepts.

click on the links below to see the Maths Yearly Overview for each year group.

Power Maths is the only mastery programme perfectly aligned to the White Rose Maths and the National Curriculum. Please click on the links below to see how Power Maths links to Development Matters and the National Curriculum.


At St Barnabas CE Primary Academy we use Pathways to Write for our English scheme of work. We follow a Mastery approach to English through the programme ‘Pathways to Write.’ Units of work are delivered using high quality texts and children in all year groups are given varied opportunities for writing. Skills are built up through repetition within the units, and children apply these skills in the writing activities provided.  Many opportunities for widening children’s vocabulary are given through the Pathways to Write approach and this builds on the extensive work we do in school to provide our children with a rich and varied vocabulary.

For further detail on the skills that your children are learning on a termly basis, please contact your class teacher.

Phonics and Reading

St Barnabas Primary Academy we use Read Write Inc Phonics as our Phonics scheme of work.

At St Barnabas we recognise the importance of early reading and have chosen a phonics scheme that is rigorous and has a sequential approach helping to develop pupils’ fluency, confidence and enjoyment of reading. Read Write Inc Phonics is a DfE approved scheme which looks at both reading and writing and ensures reading books are closely matched to the sounds learnt.

In Reading pupils learn the English alphabetic code: first they learn one way to read the 40+ sounds and blend these sounds into words, then learn to read the same sounds with alternative graphemes. They experience success from the very beginning. Lively phonic books are closely matched to their increasing knowledge of phonics and ‘tricky’ words and, as children re-read the stories, their fluency increases. Along with a thought-provoking introduction, prompts for thinking out loud and discussion, children are helped to read with a storyteller’s voice.

In Writing pupils write every day, rehearsing out loud what they want to say, before spelling the words using the graphemes and ‘tricky’ words they know. They practise handwriting every day: sitting at a table comfortably, they learn correct letter formation and how to join letters speedily and legibly. Children’s composition (ideas, vocabulary and grammar) is developed by drawing on their own experiences and talking about the stories they read.

For more information on Phonics or Reading at St Barnabas Primary Academy please click on the links below.

International Early Years Curriculum

The International Early Years Curriculum (IEYC) is an internationally researched curriculum for learners aged 2-5+years old made up of developed thematic units of learning to guide learning activities and experiences. The IEYC is designed around and driven by underpinning foundations that insure the curriculum remains learning focused and puts the goal of improving learning at the centre of what we do.

Why did we choose IEYC?

  • It uses international best practices, holistic enquiry and play-based approaches and covers all curriculum areas and the Early Years Foundation Stage: cognitive, personal, social and emotional development
  • It is flexible and works alongside the National Curriculum while offering the structure required to suit all teachers
  • It is designed around 8 Learning goals that we consider essential to children’s learning and development
  • The learning units provided are based around exciting themes which capture children’s natural curiosity
  • Assessment is done using observation and interactions by teachers, and children to achieve a holistic view on a child’s development recorded and monitored by teachers regularly

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International Primary Curriculum

Here at St Barnabas  we provide a creative curriculum based around the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). The IPC is our International Primary Curriculum for children aged 3 – 11 years old. It is a comprehensive, thematic, creative curriculum, with a clear process of learning and specific learning goals for every subject. It also develops international mindedness and encourages personal learning.

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At St Barnabas we intend that children will enjoy physical exercise and appreciate the importance of it in regards to personal health and wellbeing. They will develop teamwork, resilience, and co-operation skills in a variety of activities and sports. From an early age they will develop a range of fundamental skills in movement and athleticism. To deliver on this intent, we use the Twinkl PE Scheme of Learning which includes: gymnastics, dance, yoga, athletics, invasion games and striking and fielding games. In addition, we access high quality PE lessons through our partnership with Premier Sports who we are currently developing a new scheme of work with.


At St Barnabas we use Jigsaw as our PSHE scheme of work.  Jigsaw is a mindful approach to PSHE, that brings together Personal, Social, Health Education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development in a comprehensive scheme of learning. PSHE is taught once a week from Nursery to Year 6 and helps teachers to focus on tailoring the lessons to their children’s needs and to enjoy building the relationship with their class, getting to know them better as unique human beings. Within Jigsaw, there are 6 key themes which are repeated in each year group. They are:

  • Being Me in My World
  • Celebrating Difference
  • Dreams and Goals
  • Healthy Me
  • Relationships
  • Changing Me

RSE Curriculum

The government has released new and updated guidance on the delivery of Relationships and Health Education. All schools have a statutory duty to deliver the curriculum. As a school we use the Jigsaw Scheme of Work.  Jigsaw offers a comprehensive Programme for Primary PSHE including statutory Relationships and Health Education, in a spiral, progressive and fully planned scheme of work, giving children relevant learning experiences to help them navigate their world and to develop positive relationships with themselves and others. Within Jigsaw, there are 6 key themes which underpin the Relationships and Health Education curriculum at an age-appropriate level (see above).

For more information on the content of the RSE curriculum please click on the link below.


At St Barnabas C of E Primary Academy, we use Purple Mash Computing Scheme of Work. Purple Mash scheme is a comprehensive set of resources aligned to the National Curriculum for Computing, Technology and Digital Competence. The Scheme of Work is intended to facilitate teachers in achieving the very best outcomes for children. It exposes children to a wide variety of digital tools, technological skills, and innovations. It contains everything that is needed to deliver inspiring and engaging lessons whilst allowing for the flexibility to meet individual school needs. The scheme begins each year with progressive online safety unit.


At St Barnabas we use Charanga as our Music Scheme of work. Charanga is an award-winning, modern-day resource for primary music that covers the National Curriculum. The scheme uses a vast library of songs, resources and listening activities celebrating the world’s greatest music and is used by 50,000 teachers nationwide. Charanga is taught through 6 units of work per year from Reception to Year 6. Each Unit of Work comprises the of strands of musical learning which correspond with the national curriculum for music:

  1. Listening and Appraising
  2. Musical Activities
    1. Warm-up Games
    2. Optional Flexible Games
    3. Singing
    4. Playing instruments
    5. Improvisation
    6. Composition
  3. Performing

Alongside our Charanga music scheme we also have Musical lessons from the Manchester Music Service who support our Year 5 pupils to play Ukulele. We also incorporate music into our IPC topics where appropriate to ensure cross curricular links with music.


By the time our children leave St Barnabas we want them to have a thorough understanding of Christianity as a living faith and a good understanding of other major world faiths. We want our children to have opportunities to ask and answer big questions about life and be able to explore and reflect upon similarities and differences between their own beliefs and values and those of others.

To enable children to achieve this we teach RE using the Questful RE scheme of learning, supplemented by Understanding Christianity. Questful RE enables children to know about and understand Christianity as a living faith that influences the lives of people worldwide and as the religion that has most shaped British culture and heritage. It also allows children to know and understand about other major world religions and world views, their impact on society, culture and the wider world, enabling children to express ideas and insights. It also contributes to the development of children’s own spiritual and philosophical convictions, exploring and enriching their own beliefs and values.


Parents have the right to withdraw their child from RE lessons.  To do this, please make an appointment to discuss your wishes with the Principal.  Following this meeting, if you still wish to withdraw, please put your request in writing and address it to the Principal.  The Principal will respond within 10 working days.


At St Barnabas French is our chosen modern foreign language and it is taught through the Rigolo scheme. Rigolo is underpinned by a sound understanding of primary MFL pedagogy including a strong focus on pronunciation, songs to aid memorisation, inclusion of cultural insights, with a focus on grammar and includes links to literacy and oracy.

Rigolo delivers the aims of the National Curriculum through animated stories, oral exercises and a virtual teacher who is a native French speaker to demonstrate correct pronunciation.  It presents new vocabulary and language in a fun, interactive way.

Year Group Curriculum Pages

Progression Maps

The links below take you to the Progression Maps for curriculum area. These tools map out the learning of key concepts of knowledge, skills and understanding across the subject and demonstrate the coherence and continuity in pupil learning.  This knowledge enables pupils to build on previous learning and to deepen their understanding as they apply this to new contexts.