Our Curriculum

National Curriculum

We teach the National Curriculum to Years 1-6 and the Foundation Stage curriculum to our children in Reception. We aim to move the children on with their learning by finding out what they can and cannot do and then plan accordingly. Teachers review pupil progress on a regular basis and there are opportunities for parents and teachers to meet termly. At the end of the school year, parents receive a report of their child's progress in writing. Parents and teachers are encouraged to talk to each other regularly.
We want our children to learn and have fun whilst they are learning and that's what we aim to do at Barnet Hill Academy; make learning fun, enjoyable, inquisitive and a creative process so that our children develop a love for learning, reading, mathematical enquiry and everything else a rich curriculum has to offer...


Our Curriculum

At Barnet Hill Academy we utilise an innovate curriculum planning tool, Cornerstones, to design and plan our curriculum from EYFS through to Year 6. We integrate our Islamic Studies curriculum with our National Curriculum planning and this planning is shared with our parental community via Annual Curriculum Plans, Half-Termly Planning and key components of English, Maths and Islamic Studies are also shared fortnightly (Fortnightly Learning) to empower parents to assist and help with their child's learning.

The Creative Curriculum

At Barnet Hill Academy we use the Cornerstones Curriculum as a basis for our topic work. We have customised Cornerstones to meet the needs of all our groups of learners and provide a broad, rich and deep curriculum. Each topic is split into the four cornerstones; Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express.
Engage: we feel this is a highly valuable stage of learning as it provides our pupils with first hand experiences and overcomes some of the barriers to their learning:
  • gain memorable first-hand experiences, such as going on a visit or inviting a special visitor into school
  • enjoy ‘WOW’ experiences
  • get an exciting introduction to a topic or theme
  • begin researching and setting enquiry questions
  • get lots of opportunities to make observations
  • develop spoken language skills
  • take part in sensory activities
  • have lots of fun to fully 'engage' with their new topic.


Develop: At the ‘Develop’ stage, children:
  • improve their knowledge and understanding of the topic
  • develop and practice their new skills
  • compose, make, do, build, investigate, explore, write for different purposes and read across the curriculum
  • research their own questions and those set by others
  • follow new pathways of enquiry based on their interests
  • complete homework activities that support their learning.


Innovate: at the ‘Innovate’ stage, children:
  • apply skills, knowledge and understanding in real-life contexts
  • solve real or imagined problems using everything they’ve learnt
  • get inspired by imaginative and creative opportunities
  • revisit anything not fully grasped at the ‘Develop’ stage.


Express: at the ‘Express’ stage, children:
  • become the performers, experts and informers
  • share their achievements with parents, classmates and the community
  • evaluate finished products and processes
  • link what they have learnt to where they started
  • celebrate their achievements!


Our Annual Curriculum Plans are listed below, alongside our Half-Termly planning and Fortnightly Learning which is shared via our website under the 'Learning' menu.

Annual Curriculum Maps: 2020 - 2021

Our Curriculum Planning is conducted via a coordinated, thematic approach using Cornerstones curriculum. Please find below an outline of topics for the 2020-2021 academic year.
Annual Curriculum Maps 2020 - 2021
Long Term Plan 2020 - 2021.pdf(9.56 MB)

Annual Curriculum Maps: 2019 - 2020

Year 1
Year 1 V1.pdf(1.37 MB)
Year 2
Year 2 V1.pdf(1.23 MB)
Year 3
Year 3 V1.pdf(1.56 MB)
Year 4
Year 4 V1.pdf(1.23 MB)
Year 5
Year 5 V1.pdf(890.97 KB)
Year 6
Year 6 V1.pdf(1.4 MB)