Class Blogs


The Curriculum that we offer to every child is based on the new National Curriculum.

We know that every child is unique and we try to offer a curriculum which is creative and engaging. The children are encouraged to ask questions, research independently, share their observations and ideas and present their work. Teachers plan half-termly and try to link as many subjects together to create a curriculum which is  accessible for all – with a great use of art, music, DT, to add dimensions.

Mrs Fairlie asked our More Able Mathematicians about maths in September 2018:

Pupil Perception maths more able September 2018

This term, each class teacher is hosting a parent and carer session based on the English curriculum. Please ask in the school office for further details.

Please read the Pupil Perceptions from our Disadvantaged children: May 2018 – What do our pupils think about our school?

Pupil Perception May 2018

Please read the Pupil Perceptions from our Service Children: April 2018

Service Children Pupil Perception April 2018

Please find here the 2017 – 2018 Medium Term Plans for each class:


Second half of the Autumn term we are reading Traditional Tales

medium term plan – autumn second half term18

Literacy Medium Term Plan Autumn 2nd Half Term 2018

EYFS Autumn 2018 Newsletter

MTP Rabbit Autumn 2018

Homework Map Heroes
Rabbit Class Newsletter summer 2
Medium term plan Victorians – seaside (1)
YRR By the Sea Medium term plan 2 Summer2018

YRR By the Sea Medium term plan 2 Summer2018

Medium term plan The countryside Summer2018

Rabbit Class Newsletter summer 1

Homework: Here are some ideas for the Rabbit Class Homework tasks. The next Homework Assembly is on Monday 26 March, starting at 9:05. PLease join us!Homework Map Heroes

Rabbit Class News spring 2

Rabbit Class Newsletter spring 2

Medium Term Plan Spring 1st Half Term (2)

Rabbit Class News spring 1

Rabbit class homework Christmas



Autumn 2018: the theme for our KS1 class (Years 1 and 2) is Ourselves.

Newsletter Autumn 2

Topic web- Ourselves 2

Topic web- Ourselves overview Autumn 2 2018

Topic web- Ourselves overview Autumn 2018

Topic web- Ourselves – Autumn 2018

Newsletter 2018 Autumn 1

Our Victorian Seaside theme:

Homework map Summer 2 Victorians
Newsletter Summer 2

Newsletter Summer 1
Topic web Summer 2018 – Victorians – toys

Topic web- Victorian toys

Homework map Spring 2 Landscapes and cityscapes

Medium term plan Landscapes and cityscapes

Topic web- Landscapes and cityscapes

Topic web Spring 2018 – Ourselves 2

Topic web Spring 2018 – Ourselves 2

Topic web- Great explorers

Newsletter Spring 1

Common exception words Y1 and 2



Welcome to Autumn Term in Badger Class 2018

Autumn 1 2018 Medium Term Plan Roman Empire

badger letter start of term summer 2018

homework plan for second half of topic

Summer 1 Medium term plan Air Transport 2018

Summer Medium Term Plan air travel curriculum map
Homework map Spring 2 Greece
spring 2 Medium Term Plan Ancient Greece

spring 1 Medium Term Plan Ancient Greece

Badger class Newsletter for Spring 2018


Autumn 2018 MTP Owls Class

Autumn term 2018 homework map Owls Class

Owls parent letter Autumn term 2018

Summer term homework map

Summer term medium term plan Bronze Age to Iron Age – Year 5 and 6

Owls newsletter Spring term 2017

Spring 1 Medium Term Plan Solar System

Spring term homework map


The school also been awarded the Gold RE Award (2017) for its’ outstanding Teaching and Learning in RE.

Here are a few of our favourite websites. Why not try accessing them at home with your child?    National Geographic kids

Primary Languages

Here is the pupil feedback on Primary Languages in school in 2017:

PL Pupil Perception Oct 2017

As a school we are working towards achieving the Silver Linguamarque. Have a look at the National Curriculum expectations plus some handy websites and apps.


We use texts from the Oxford Reading Tree and Collins Big Cat to support our reading in school.
Our phonics and spellings are based on the Letters and Sounds series. Here are some useful website links to help you learn some more – or please come into school and talk to the class teacher.

Download our Reading Together booklet, which contains really helpful suggestions for ways to read at home with your child. Reading every day, sharing stories, singing songs, nursery rhymes or play acting are all fabulous ways to support your child and give them the best start. We use the new National Curriculum to plan and assess.

Looking for recommended books for Y5 and Y6? Try this list of suggestions from Mrs Smithson:

Owls Class Suggested Reading List



Please read the responses from our pupil percetions on writing from October 2017:

Pupil perceptions for writing Oct 2017

Writing Presentation


At Barningham CEVC School the children have daily phonics lessons in Rabbit, Squirrel and Badger classes.  These lessons help teach the children to blend sounds for reading and segment words for spelling. Children often work in ability groups, enabling each child to work at their level. Teaching assistants have received training to support any children finding the phonics a challenge and help them progress.

There are many approaches to the way we teach phonics at school, and these are often very active and include singing and actions.  Here are some websites that could help you and your child to continue to learn phonics at home.

You tube – Jolly Songs A-Z (from big book Jolly Songs) click on ‘Library’ to access free e-stories and click on ‘Story teller videos’ to hear stories being told. for a range of phonics games. for a range of word games. for Geraldine the Giraffe videos for teaching the initial letter sounds.


At Barningham CEVC School we encourage the children to take pride in their work and presentation.  As a school we use the Nelson Thornes handwriting scheme to help the children with letter and number formation, as well as creating a fluent joined script.  The children have regular teaching sessions to help them improve their handwriting.


We teach the children maths using the new National Curriculum, with planning and activities provided by Abacus and Primary Advantage (Hackney) maths. Our staff have received training to use the Primary Advantage and Singapore Maths strategies. Support intervention activities and groups ensure that all children can access and be challenged, plus some extension tasks to help those children who have achieved mastery and are ready to work more deeply on a topic.

PL Pupil Perception maths more able November 2017 (1)

Pupil Perception Interviews – January 2016

Last week pupils from Years 1-6 met with me to share their thoughts about Maths in the school. Their feedback was varied, interesting and positive and this will be used to help shape Maths at Barningham in the future.

Here are some of their thoughts:

When asked what they really enjoyed about Maths:

Adding, multiplication, staying on the carpet and doing maths, songs, little white boards, times tables in book, taking away, number work, clocks, partitioning, calendar, encouraged to be neat and work on presentation, challenging myself, subtracting, the equipment everything!

When asked what they found a challenge in Maths:

Adding, nothing, times tables, telling the time, sharing and grouping, division, subtraction, word problems, super spicy problems, problem solving, fractions, square numbers, decimals.

As you can see both of these questions covered just about everything!

What does Maths mean to you:

You have to think, clumsy muddled up, tiny bit hard, confusing, I really like it, fun, clever, numbers, using money, a good job and university, important and fun, sums, challenging, high expectations. ( I liked this one, we expect this of all children at Barningham)

What helps you with your Maths:

Times by 10, Base 10 and 1, ask a teacher before I freeze, using fingers, the games on a tablet, working it out in my head, parents, teacher and TA, songs and games, column method, jotting down, paper and pencil.

Lovely to see the children are working at home on their maths with parents, keep it up.

When asked out of 10 how they thought about Maths:

The majority of the pupils asked answered 9 or 10. Those that answered lower said that whilst they learnt lots in their lessons and they knew the importance of Maths it wasn’t their favourite subject.

Where are your Maths targets:

All were able to answer in the front of their books, brilliant.

The last question was in one word to sum up their thoughts about Maths as a subject:

Epic, great, amazing, fantastic, good, brilliant, awesome, useful, challenging, fun, exciting, don’t enjoy it, the best ever.

So many positive words, wonderful.

It was lovely to spend time talking to the children about Maths and to hear them speak so positively about the subject across the school. They enjoyed the opportunity to be heard and were keen to speak to me.  The children and all the staff at Barningham work very hard to ensure learning is fun and from this feedback this seems to be the case.  Keep it up.

Mrs Fairlie

Maths Coordinator

Here are some websites that you may find useful to support your child with their maths. new new new

Promoting British Values

Download the Promoting British Values Document

Useful Websites

Have you ever wondered which websites might be useful to explore at home? Here are a few of our favourites: – a link to Colchester Museum – always great for topping up your knowledge through fun quizzes and games – just as useful – lots of literacy ideas for early readers and writers – and for mathematicians – really useful to help with early reading – learn to read with Kermit, Miss Piggy and friends

http :// – a great favourite with our children


Term Dates

  • 2021 - 2022
  • PD Days: 01 & 02 September 2021
  • Autumn Term 1: Fri, 03 Sept - Thu, 21 Oct
  • PD Day: Friday, 22 Oct
  • Autumn Term 2: 01 Nov - 17 Dec
  • PD Day: Tuesday, 04 Jan, 2022
  • Spring Term 1: Wed, 05 Jan 2022 - Thu 17 Feb
  • Spring Term 2: 28 Feb - 8 April
  • Summer Term 1: 25 April - 27 May
  • PD Day: Monday, 06 June
  • Summer Term 2: Tue, 7 June - Thu, 21 July