Curriculum Overview

Barton Junior Creative Curriculum

Our cross curricular and creative curriculum has been adapted so that it promotes high achievement and creativity for our pupils. We follow a topic based approach that covers all aspects of the National Curriculum whilst creating lessons that are fun, hands on, practical and relevant to real life. Our children are naturally inquisitive and we aim to develop their understanding of ‘how’ to learn to become confident, life-long learners. 

We understand that every child is different and they all have various skills and talents. We encourage every pupil to shine and allow them input in the planning stages of each topic so that their own interests are met. This is done as a whole class discussion at the start of every new topic.

At Barton, we believe that every child should experience the world beyond the classroom as part of learning and personal development. Wherever possible we provide learning experiences outside of the classroom so that the pupils can experience learning in real life situations and recognise that learning is never limited to certain place or time – it happens all around us. We also draw on the specialist experience of guest speakers who are invited into school. 

(NOTE: Currently, due to COVID restrictions, these out of school activities are limited and we are adapting the curriculum as necessary.)

We have created learning ‘themes’ for every new term across the school, these are updated on the website and we have a brand new topic every term. Each year group chooses a topic linked to the following themes:

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4 Term 5 Term 6
Songs Books Decades Films All Around the World The Great Outdoors



Term Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6
1 (songs) Gran Can you Rap We are the Champions Our House

Bluebirds over the White cliffs of Dover



2 (books)


Arthur and the Golden Rope


Chocolate Cake The Lion,the Witch and the Wardrobe

There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom

3 (decades) 1920’s


The Year 3000 (future)

1960’s 1990’s
4 (films)


The Prince of Egypt 


The Iron Giant The BFG Matilda
5 (All Around the World) A whole school topic - each year group focuses on a Continent or Country around the World.
6 (The Great Outdoors) A whole school topic designed to enable as much Outdoor learning as possible to enthuse and inspire learning.