St Barnabas C of E Primary School

St Barnabas C of E Primary School

Aspire, Believe - Together Achieve

Love your learning at St.Barnabas!

At St.Barnabas we believe that all learning should be purposeful and include authentic experiences to enable children to deepen their understanding!

We passionately believe in using high quality books for all our English lessons, starting new units of work with a wow event. Our maths curriculum is equally exciting. During these lessons we use the 'Real Story, Maths Story' method until children become more confident with more abstract mathematical concepts.

We are a Church of England school and therefore the teaching of RE is very important to us. We use the South Gloucestershire agreed syllabus and are committed to develop our pupils understanding of theology.  We use this resource to answer BIG questions about the world faiths today, including a thorough teaching of Christianity and what life is like for a Christian today.

Foundation Stage

Year 1 and 2

Year 3 and 4

Year 5 and 6

In addition to this we use the JIGSAW resource to help us teach pupils about the development of themselves as people. This programme is taught weekly to each class. It follows a clear learning sequence which includes a weekly mindfulness element.

 For more information about JIGSAW follow this link


We're most proud of the new way we're teaching our foundation subjects, with the introduction of the Project Based Learning approach. At St.Barnabas we've divided the academic year into three: DISCOVER (History based themes) EXPLORE (Geography and Science based themes) CREATE (Art based themes) - please do read some of the plans below to get a taste for the BIG QUESTIONS we'll be investigating this year!


(Please remember these are just plans and they can be subject to change.)

BUT...It's MUCH more than just the national curriculum!

At St.Barnabas we pride ourselves on developing the skills pupils will use in all parts of their lives - now and in the future. We know it's essential to be able to communicate effectively, collaborate with others, enquire when investigating and innovate! For this, we use SOLE time. SOLE stands for SELF ORGANISED LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS and children in years 2,3,4,5 and 6 work in teams once a week to apply their knowledge, research skills and team work capabilities to produce a presentation, completely independently,  based on a big question - it's a brilliant way to learn!