|Barming Community Primary School|
|Belmont Close, Barming, ME16 9DY, UK Maidstone|
+44 (0)1622 726472
Welcome to Barming School
Barming School has been in existence since 1854 when it was set up by the National Society. The date on the school bell is 1855, and this bell is now incorporated into the 'new' school building. For much of the school's first one hundred years the number of children on roll was between 40 and 100 pupils. With the advent of new housing in the 1960s there was a rapid increase in the size of the school population. Between 1976 and 1987 the original building in South Street was used as an annexe to house mainly Infant pupils after the new school buildings had been opened in Belmont Close in 1976. The new building was found to have several design flaws which made it impossible to house all the children on one site as had been intended.
In 1986 work commenced on a new Block C at Belmont Close and this, together with a complete internal re-organisation of the layout in Blocks A and B, has enabled the whole school to be re-united on one site. In 1994 extension work was undertaken on two particularly small classrooms.
In 1996 four new classrooms were built along with a new hall and several other adaptations. In each of the three teaching blocks there are now four classrooms and a shared teacching and learning space. There is now a purpose built two-class Reception Infant unit leading to Block C where the rest of Key Stage 1 is situated. Further extension work took place in 2000 as an ICT room was built.
1 THE NATIONAL CURRICULUM
- The curriculum of the school is geared to the requirements of the National Curriculum.
- There are the Core (main) subjects; English, Mathematics, Science, Information and Communication Technology and Religious Education. Alongside these are the six further subjects; History, Geography, Technology, Music, Physical Education and Art. Other subjects studied are French and Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE). This last subject includes citizenship.
- The general aims of all schools are listed in the Kent Curriculum Statement (a copy is available in school) but we would wish to add to those aims.
2 THE CURRICULUM
- To give every child his/her lawful entitlement to a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum, providing a positive context for learning which gives each child a measure of success and self-esteem.
- To create an environment in which learning is natural and enjoyable, enabling the pupil to realise his/her full potential in academic and social development.
3 AIMS OF THE SCHOOL
- To develop and foster those attitudes which will help to produce happy, friendly, sympathetic and caring children who are capable of working, playing and living alongside other children and adults, engendering a sense of community and commitment at class, school and neighbourhood levels.
- To encourage parents to be true partners in their child's education.
4 HOME SCHOOL AGREEMENT
- In 1999 a Home/ School Agreement was developed between parents teachers and governors. It, too, sets out what the school is trying to do for the children and at the same time, asks for a commitment from the parents towards supporting their children while they attend this school.
- Parents of all children receive two copies of this Agreement to sign, one for them to keep and the other for return to school. The curriculum of the school is geared towards the achievement of these aims and is sub-divided under the subject headings.
Primary schools in England are divided into three phases: The Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. The information below sets out the ages of children in each of these phases.
Year R (sometimes referred to as ‘Reception’ or the last year of the ‘Foundation Stage’) is a child's first year in our school. Children attain their fifth birthday during Year R.
Key Stage 1 (sometimes referred to as ‘Infants’) is divided into two year groups: Year 1 and Year 2. In Years 1 and 2 children attain their sixth and seventh birthdays respectively.
Key Stage 2 (sometimes referred to as ‘Juniors’) comprises four year groups: Years 3 to 6 inclusive. During these years children attain their eighth to eleventh birthdays. Year 6 is a child's last year in primary school.
The Foundation Stage
The Foundation Stage Curriculum is divided into six areas of learning which are interrelated. These are:
1) Personal, Social and Emotional Development: Here the aim is to foster self-esteem and a positive attitude to learning, co-operation with peers and to form effective relationships.
2) Communication, Language and Literature: Under this heading the aim is to develop attention and listening skills, together with early reading and writing skills.
3) Mathematical Development: Within this area of the curriculum opportunities are provided for children to develop an understanding of number, measurement, pattern, shape and space.
4) Knowledge and Understanding of the World: Here children are given opportunities to find out about their environment through experiment, exploration and problem-solving.
5) Physical Development: The aim here is to develop fine and gross motor skills and an awareness of personal health and safety.
6) Creative Development: Within this area of the curriculum children are given opportunities to express themselves through exploration of art, music, imaginative play, and design and technology.
During any day in Year R children experience:
• well planned play, indoors and outside, which provides important ways in which young children learn;
• opportunities for both adult-led, i.e. direct teaching of skills and knowledge, and child-initiated activities;
• a ‘hands-on’ approach with lots of practical activity;
• encouragement to make choices and develop independence.
We acknowledge the fundamental importance of establishing an effective partnership with parents and carers in order that each child has every opportunity to become the best they can be.
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