How We Learn at Barton

At Barton, we captivate the children and build enthusiasm for learning through our dynamic core subjects and our EXPLORE, CREATE and DISCOVER curriculum. This allows all children to access the national curriculum subjects and to develop breadth, depth and relevance to their learning.

Teachers plan using our ‘key concepts’ to develop rich learning journeys and environments that inspire and motivate, drawing on real-life challenges which generate memorable moments and purposeful outcomes to develop a positive sense of community.

All of the learning is underpinned by our seven key values of belonging, enjoyment, creativity, challenge, independence, reflection and respect, preparing our children for life beyond school.

Curriculum Intent


Children learn to understand their place within the family, school, community and wider world.  They draw on their own experiences and are considerate of the views and opinions of others. Through team work, learners understand the importance of working together and the part they play, as an individual, in making a positive difference to school life and the wider community.


Learning is presented in various ways to hook the children and encourage excitement through engaging and interesting tasks and resources.  Real-life contexts help to create genuine interest and engagement in themes which are pertinent to the child.  Exploration and experimentation opens minds, whilst outdoor learning and trips support well-being and breadth of experiences to equip children with wider aspirations.


Children learn to express themselves creatively through a variety of different mediums, drawing on their learning to re-create or innovate.  Problem solving skills enable children to overcome challenges and to consider purpose and audience to ensure their creations are appropriate for task.  They consider the different interpretations of others and explore the merits of alternative ideas.


Key concepts drive the curriculum which encourage children to think beyond themselves, explore relevant ideas and link their learning to create depth of understanding.  Vocabulary plays a key role in enabling learners to talk knowledgeably about subjects, considering a range of viewpoints and ideas, challenging negative or inappropriate perspectives respectfully and decisively. Children compare interpretations and use argument to state their opinions clearly.  Investigations inspire children to think deeply about subjects and draw conclusions from their studies.

Independence and resilience

Children are encouraged to apply their learning independently through experimentation and development of understanding.  They develop their own questions to investigate and can suggest ways in which they could be answered.  Children take responsibility for their own role in a team and suggest ways forward when things don’t go according to plan, understanding that perseverance is key to success.  They learn to self-regulate their own emotions and adopt strategies for self-control.


Children are encouraged to become reflective learners through self and peer review.  They explore examples from the real world to identify what makes the example successful.  They can recognise varying views on a subject, understanding that there maybe other ways to value things.  They can consider their own actions and the actions of others on the world around them.


Children learn respect by taking care of their surroundings and the belongings of themselves and others.  They are encouraged to respect the differences between people and their views and beliefs.  They learn to respect and welcome the contributions of others and understand how people’s past contributions have shaped the world we live in today.  Children treat others and the world considerately.


Art Knowledge and Skills Progression Map

Design Technology Knowledge and Skills Progression Map

Geography Knowledge and Skills Progression Map

History Knowledge and Skills Progression Map

IT Knowledge and Skills Progression Map

MFL Knowledge and Skills Progression Map

Music Knowledge and Skills Progression Map

PSHCE Knowledge and Skills Progression

Science Knowledge and Skills Progression Map