Foundation Subjects

Art, craft and design


Our Subject Leader for Art is Mrs N Wynne


In Art lessons pupils will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they will develop skills of critical thinking and their understanding of art and design. They will use a range of materials and techniques to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination.  They will learn about the impact of art and design on our history, and on the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.



There will be visits to enrich the pupils’ understanding of great artists, craft makers and designers and dedicated Art Days.  


Design and Technology


Our Subject Leader for DT is Mrs N Wynne


In Design and Technology lessons pupils are encouraged to design and make products, including food,  that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts. Employing a wide range of tools, equipment, materials and components pupils build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills.  They will critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others and, through their evaluation of past and present design and technology, they will develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.




Our Subject Leader for History is Mrs J McGreig

The aim of history teaching at Barrington is to stimulate the children’s interest and understanding about the life of people who lived in the past. We teach children a sense of chronology and through this they develop a sense of identity. We teach children to understand how events in the past have influenced our lives today. They investigate these past events and, by doing so, develop the skills of enquiry, analysis, interpretation and problem solving.


At Key Stage 1

Children develop an awareness of the past, a sense of chronology, identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods, use a wide vocabulary of historical terms, ask and answer questions and have some understanding of the ways in which we find out about the past and ways in which it is represented.


Throughout the key stage children will explore historical sources, especially stories, pictorial resources and artefacts.


In Year R children learn that there is a past by comparing old and new bears, finding out about and comparing old and new transport and exploring changes in their own lives.


In Year 1 children learn about changes within living memory through topic work on Shops and Toys. Children find out about a significant person and place in the locality – The Red House and William Morris. Class trips are undertaken to The Red House and Hall Place.


By Year 2 children will learn about events beyond living memory – The Gunpowder Plot, Great Fire of London and Remembrance Day. They will also learn about the lives of significant individuals in the past and make comparisons between them – Florence Nightingale, Mary Seacole and  Edith Cavell.


At Key Stage 2

Children continue to develop chronological knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history. They note connections, contrasts and trends over time and develop the appropriate use of historical terms. Pupils address and devise questions about change, cause, similarity and difference, and significance. They select and organise relevant information to construct informed responses to questions. Pupils understand how knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.


In Year 3 children learn about changes from the Stone Age to the Iron Age. They explore the Roman Empire and its impact on Britain and they undertake a local history study on the Romans which includes a visit to Lullingstone Roman Villa.


In Year 4 children find out about Britain’s settlement by Anglo-Saxons and Scots. They explore the Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor.


In Year 5 children learn about life in Ancient Greece, achievements and their influence on the western world. They also undertake a ‘depth’ study on the achievements of the Ancient Egyptians.


In Year 6 children extend their chronological knowledge through studying the Victorians and the impact of railways on Victorian life. They undertake a visit to Kent Life museum where they experience life in Victorian times. They also learn about a non-European society that contrasts with British history – Mayan AD 900.





Our Subject Leader for Geography is Mrs L Smith


Geography is an integral part of the curriculum as it provokes and answers questions about the natural and human worlds, using different scales of enquiry to view them from different perspectives. It develops knowledge of places and environments throughout the world, an understanding of maps, and a range of investigative and problem solving skills both inside and outside the classroom.


Foundation Stage


At Barrington, we relate the geographical aspects of the children’s work to the objectives set out in the Early Learning Goals (ELG) which underpin the curriculum planning for the children. Geography makes a significant contribution to the ELG objectives of developing a child’s knowledge and understanding of the world through a variety of engaging activities.


Key Stage 1

The National Curriculum Programmes of Study at Key Stage 1 focuses on developing children’s knowledge, skills and understanding of geography.  Pupils will be given opportunities to investigate their own and a contrasting locality, they will be able to name and locate the world’s seven continents and five oceans. Pupils will also study the characteristics, location and capital cities of the four countries of the United Kingdom.


Key Stage 2

Geography at Key Stage 2 will build upon the skills begun in Key Stage 1.  Children extend their knowledge and understanding beyond the local area and the United Kingdom to include Europe, North and South America. Pupils will be taught compass skills and map reading skills, including being able to use the eight points of the compass, four and six figure grid references, symbols and keys. Pupils will also explore principal features of maps of the World, Europe and the British Isles.



Each year group will have the opportunity to go on a fieldwork trip once a year. Fieldwork is used to observe, measure and record human and physical features in the local area. Pupils will use and explore a range of methods such as sketch maps, graphs and the use of digital technologies.