Barnes Junior School

Proud to learn, proud to achieve

Curriculum Intent

Our children will experience the Barnes curriculum.  This is an ambitious and inclusive curriculum, tailored to meet the needs and interests of all pupils, in which they will thrive and strive. It is innovative and aims to develop independent and resilient learners, giving opportunities for them to reach their full potential.

Our school provides a fun, thought-provoking learning environment where we build perseverance, determination and develop a thirst for knowledge. Our inclusive approach aims to meet the social, emotional, cultural and academic needs of our learners

It is a curriculum we are proud to teach and one the children are proud to learn.  It will equip the children with the skills needed for learning and fulfilling their dreams.


Curriculum Overview 2019-20


Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 3


Super Sunderland

Locality study. Shipbuilding. Magnets and Forces

Super Sunderland

History of Sunderland. Light and Shadows

‘Truly Scrumptious’

Human Body. Africa and countries where cocoa beans are grown. Chocolate. Design and make own chocolate bar

‘Savage Stone Age’

Rocks and Fossils



The Rise of The Roman Empire’

Italy. Spread of The Roman Empire, daily life of a Roman, Roman Army

‘How does your garden grow?’

Plants, growing own beanstalk. Weather and climate


Year 4


The Greeks



The Greeks



Raiders and Invaders



Raiders and Invaders




Teeth and digestion

Living things and their habitats

States of matter


Climate zones

Year 5


Science: Materials




Life cycle




Year 6


World War Two

Home Front

World War Two

Battles and Victory

South America

The Victorians

Local Study

Map Skills

Moving On


Provisions Available in School

The Hive

The Hive is an alternative provision for children within school who are on the Autistic Spectrum. Children who access The Hive follow a personalised curriculum to meet their needs, which includes English and Maths as well as topics of interest and life skills.


The Nest

The Nest is a short term intervention provision within school to help children with their Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs. The children follow the school curriculum within The Nest. Children take part in circle time daily. Within this time they are learning social skills, they explore emotions and techniques to help with those emotions and life skills.

Both provisions have a structured timetable which includes a number of breaks throughout the day. The school day starts at 9.05am and ends at 3.15pm.