In KS1 and KS2, our learners access the national curriculum which is expertly delivered through a range of innovative means and techniques.  

We teach English both with whole class text work, (building vocabulary and language), as well as in a personalised, targeted carousel (focusing on literacy skills). We use Twinkl phonics and the PM reading scheme. In Maths, we follow White Rose Maths – a fantastic scheme for ensuring deep understanding of number and mathematical concepts.  Our science curriculum is practical and enquiry based with pupils working towards Star awards.  

Our learners are also taught PE twice a week to ease anxiety, tension, and stress and help improve attention in class. In addition, we offer practical cookery sessions throughout the year to boost confidence and allow our young people to make smarter food choices.  Each class has a weekly 'Forest school' lesson at our Trinity site where they learn about the natural world through practical and physical learning.  

Curriculum Intent

At the Richard Barnes Academy, we have the child at the heart of everything we do. We offer children a fresh start and an opportunity to re-engage with learning in a supportive, inclusive environment. We offer flexible learning and a unique, ambitious curriculum which caters for the individual needs of every child, with a focus on enriching life experiences and social and emotional development. We strive to help our learners become confident, resilient people who aspire to succeed. Through mutual trust, respect, and positive relationships, we hope to instil empathy, compassion, kindness, and place a high value on diversity. This is embedded in all aspects of school life.