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Our aim is to provide our children with a child centred approach to leaning and life which is inclusive for all. We nurture independent, resilient and respectful children with high ambitions for their future.

Barley Close Community Primary School is a large, urban school with a high number of pupil premium children from many different cultures and speaking many different languages.  The curriculum has been designed taking into account the knowledge, skills and understanding as set out in the National Curriculum and focuses on developing individual and collaborative learning experiences, a positive growth mind-set and responds to the needs of our learners and their interests.    Our Curriculum raises awareness of the local issues and the environment.  It is outward looking to both the national and global picture.  In this way, we are teaching children to engage in learning about themselves and have an understanding about the wider world in which they belong.

Our curriculum:

  • has our school values, vision and ethos at its very core.
  • recognises and build on children’s prior learning
  • provides exciting first hand learning experiences
  • allows the children to develop interpersonal and social skills
  • develops creative and questioning learner
  • provides pupils with the opportunities to increase their self-esteem, motivation and aspirations.

Every child at Barley Close Community Primary School is recognised as a special and unique individual. We celebrate and welcome differences and diversity.  We offer a highly inclusive environment where all learners enjoy their learning experiences. The ability to learn and achieve their very best is underpinned by the teaching of basic skills, knowledge, concepts and values with a vision to prepare pupils for life beyond Barley Close Primary school. We strive to provide enrichment opportunities as a school to engage and inspire learning. We believe that all learning should be relevant to our pupils, fun and exciting and should inspire questions, provoke conversations and develop enquiring minds.  There should be no limits to curiosity and a thirst and desire for new experiences and knowledge.  We use our learning gems, Barley Close Values (Pride, Respect, Aspire, Explore and Resilience) to promote positive attitudes towards learning, pride in personal achievements and an aspiration to go ‘over and above’ in all that they do, our link with Children’s University is essential with this.  These reflect the values and skills needed to promote responsibility for learning and future success as the pupils move forward with their lives and learning.

At Barley Close Community Primary School we promote physical health and wellbeing though a variety of initiatives and embedded practices including active breaks, walk to school, gardening, cookery, forest school, bike and scooter training and yoga. We offer a range of clubs both after school and during lunch times and children can benefit from support from a trained ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) Lego, dog, and sand tray therapy as well as support from our children link worker, Forces reading and young carers support group.

Community involvement is an integral part of our curriculum.  We welcome family members, visitors and the local community including police, and local religious leaders to support the learning of new skills.  We enjoy sharing our pupil’s achievements and learning through events such as assemblies, learning celebrations and community events.  We also actively support community events through the involvement of our clubs such as choir.  We like to support charities that the children feel strongly about and embrace special days where we focus on a particular cause, Downs Syndrome local hospices as well as national days

Children leave Barley Close Community Primary School with a sense of pride in belonging to the local community where they have the self-confidence and life skills to make well-informed decisions, be reflective, make relationships and become lifelong learners.

Curriculum Maps for each year group


  • Barley Close Community Primary School
  • Barley Close, Mangotsfield, Bristol
  • United Kingdom, BS16 9DL
  • Tel: 01454 867090
  • Email: enquiries@barleyclose.org.uk
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