St Barnabas C of E Primary School


Please take a look at our updated curriculum policy. This reflects the changes in the 2014 curriculum. If you would like more information about the subjects taught then please do not hesitate to contact the school 


All children in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 have daily phonics sessions. Phonics is a crucial part of Foundation Stage and Key Stage One as it gives children confidence and helps them become independent readers and writers.

St Barnabas C of E Primary School is a Universal school for the Knowledge Transfer Centre scheme for Phonics and Reading. This is a project for phonics and reading based on Letters and Sounds developed by Literacy Consultant Ann Smallberger.

Children also learn to read and spell tricky words; words which don’t rely on phonics. Children at St Barnabas are excited to read and write new words and sentences and enjoy having these challenges.

  • Phase 1 focuses on everyday sounds, rhythm and rhyme, alliteration and orally segmenting and blending.
  • Phase 2 focuses on learning all single sounds and how to read and write them in words.
  • Phase 3 focuses on learning simple digraph and trigraph sounds and applying these to words and sentences (for example, igh, oo, ear and er)
  • Phase 4 focuses on learning adjacent consonants in words (for example, fl, pr,cr and st)
  • Phase 5 focuses on learning alternative digraph and trigraph sounds and applying these to words and sentences (for example, ie, ph, oe and ay)

Children in Year 2 start in September by recapping phase 5 of phonics before moving on spelling rules and patterns.


St Barnabas Primary School aims to foster confident, articulate children who have a love of reading. Linked with the Knowledge Transfer Centre, Foundation Stage and Key Stage One teachers have been trained on teaching shared and guided reading that encourages children to use a range of reading strategies and answer questions about the text. Children in Foundation Stage 1 access stories through continuous provision and when a book is shared and are exposed to reading in their environment. Children in Foundation Stage 2 have regular guided reading sessions and shared reading sessions.

Children in Year 1 upwards read at least once a week in a guided reading group with an adult where they have the opportunity to read and discuss a book, short story or non-fiction text alongside other children and their teacher.

We use a range of books to meet the needs and interests of all our learners such as Project X, Oxford Reading Tree, PM readers and in Key Stage Two novels and extracts that can be linked to our topics. Children work through the levels of the reading scheme, moving onto the next level when they are confidently reading around 95% accuracy on a book. Once children are confident and fluent they are exposed to a wide variety of texts and are supported to develop the higher order skills of inference and deduction.

Some children who need support with their reading receive additional support. We are a Reading Recovery School and have trained Better Reading Partners in order to help children make rapid progress in their reading.

All children get to change their home reading books as often as they want and have a home school diary for parents to record every time they listen to their child read.


At St Barnabas CofE Primary we have embraced the mastery approach to teaching maths. This means that children are taught using carefully selected models and images to support their learning. Their lessons are carefully structured to move in very small steps, and to include a variety of ways of presenting the maths. Our overall aim is for children to keep up with the maths for their year group and not fall into a position of catch-up.

We use the White Rose scheme of Learning that is recommended by the National Centre for Excellence in teaching Maths.

St Barnabas Road, Leicester, Leicestershire LE5 4BD