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Barming Primary School

Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Responsible And Make Good Choices

Barming Primary School

Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Responsible And Make Good Choices

Keep an eye here if it snows... :-)
Welcome to BarmingPrimary School
Barming Primary School is a 2 form entry primary school on the outskirts of Maidstone. It is a co-educational school for children aged 4 to 11 years old. There are currently 404 children on role.
A Message from the Head of School
Barming Primary School has so much to offer. Everyone is welcome and children are encouraged to flourish and achieve their goals. Come and find out what we are all about!
Orchard Academy Trust
Barming Primary School is an Academy and is part of the Orchard Trust family of schools. The Trust currently consists of Allington Primary School and Barming Primary School.

Last Week's Attendance:

  • Reception 96.0%
  • Year 1 94.2%
  • Year 2 96.7%
  • Year 3 98.4%
  • Year 4 97.0%
  • Year 5 96.9%
  • Year 6 97.5%
  • Whole School - 96.8%

Year R

Welcome to Reception!


In Reception we have two classes - Bramley and Pippin Class.

In Bramley Class the teachers are Miss Locke (Mon - Wed) and Mrs Appleby (Wed - Fri) and the teaching assistant is Mrs Tomlin.

In Pippin Class the teachers are Mrs V Ingram (Mon - Wed) and Miss Locke (Wed - Fri) and the teaching assistant is Mrs Lindley.


If you would like some information on how to help your child at home please see the links below.








Term 1


Wow, the start of the new year has arrived and we would like to say a big welcome to our new Reception children! They have all begun to settle into school life and have enjoyed exploring the classrooms and making new friends. This term our topic is called Marvellous Me! We will explore our families, get to know each other and look at a variety of people who help us in the world. We will also begin to look at our numbers up to 10 and some of our letter sounds. We are very excited for our first term and will keep you updated with information. Watch this space!

Term 2


This term our topic is 'Festivals and Celebrations'. We are celebrating the diversity of the children in our classes this term by looking at some of the festivals they participate in as a family. We will be looking at Diwali, Songkran and Eid, finishing with Christmas. This term will also see the children take part in a Nativity.

Through Maths activities the children will be learning about 2D shapes, money, adding and formation of number. In Literacy the children will continue to learn new sounds, word build  and read high frequency and tricky words. The children will also have the opportunity to take part in Forest School Style activities in both the Mud Kitchen and bottom field area on a weekly basis.

Term 3


This week sees the start of our 'Frozen' topic. During this term we will be looking at the Arctic, it's landscape, the animals and people who live there and the transport they use. In Maths we will be practising our counting skills as well as measuring the weight and length of various objects. Our Phonics lessons will continue to introduce new sounds and practise word building. We will also begin to focus on writing simple sentences with a capital letter and full stop. Forest School styled learning will continue to take place every Wednesday starting 9th January, in either the Mud Kitchen or on the bottom field.

This term we will also be holding a Reading Games afternoon on Tuesday 22nd January from 2:15 to 2:45pm, more details to follow.

Future events

Wednesday 6th March 9:10 - 10am

Share the Learning Journey


Thursday 9th May 2:15 - 2:45 pm

Maths Games afternoon


Tuesday 11th June 9:15 - 9:45am

Pippin and Bramley Class Assembly

Child Initiated Learning


Learning through play underpins our approach to teaching and learning in the Foundation Stage. We embrace the fact that young children learn best from activities and experiences that interest and inspire them to learn. In doing so we can provide children with stimulating, active play experiences in which they can explore and develop their learning and to help them make sense of the world. Children have opportunities through their play to think creatively and critically alongside other children as well as on their own. They are able to practise skills, build upon and revisit prior learning and experiences at their own level and pace. Play gives our children the opportunity to pursue their own interests, inspire those around them and consolidate their understanding and skills. The children learn to adapt, negotiate, communicate, discuss, investigate and ask questions. Our adults take an active role in child initiated play through observing, modelling, facilitating, teaching and extending play, skills and language.

Outside Learning


We promote the use of both the inside and outside as potential learning environments and encourage free flow between these areas daily. Children are taught (particularly outside) to explore and take risks and how to manage these safely. At Barming Primary School we are extremely fortunate to have our own Forest School styled learning site. This is a unique method of Outdoor Education that allows children to develop confidence, independence, self-esteem and awareness and knowledge of the natural environment. It is a child centred and child led programme that provides the opportunity for the children to use their personal learning style to complete their chosen tasks. We also have a Mud Kitchen that the children have regular access to.



At Barming Primary School we implement a structured phonics session. It aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right. When listening and responding to the children we aim to respond with open ended questions rather than a yes or no answer to encourage talk. As well as this, the programme prepares children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills in a detailed and systematic manner. This is taught on a daily basis across both classes using an engaging and interactive approach.

Phonics is taught following the Letters and Sounds order of progression:-


Phase 2

Set 1: s, a, t, p

Set 2: i, n, m, d

Set 3: g, o, c, k

Set 4: ck, e, u, r

Set 5: h, b, f, ff, l, ll, ss

Set 6: j, v, w, x

Set 7: y, z, zz, qu


Phase 3

Week 1 ai (rain), ee (feet), igh (night), oa (goat)

Week 2 oo (as in zoo), oo (as in look), ar (star), or (fork)



We enjoy practising the formation of the letters in a variety of ways such as gloop, glitter, sand, shaving foam and paint. 


The following clip shows how we pronounce the letter sounds at Barming Primary School


The next clip shows how we teach handwriting at Barming Primary School.



Maths is taught on a daily basis. As well as discreet teaching the children are provided with opportunities to experience and learn number through play. We recognise that Maths can take place in any environment and we promote the use of learning maths skills outside at every opportunity. At a very early stage the children are encouraged to work independently and to take responsibility for their learning during the session.

Sharing the Learning Journey - Autumn 2018

Share the Learning Journey


On Wednesday 14th November we held our first 'Share the Learning Journey'. All parents were invited to come into class and watch a Maths session. The parents had an opportunity to join in with their child's learning and then support their children during Child Initiated Activities. It was wonderful to see so many parents join us. Here are a just a few pictures from that morning.

Possible Snow Day Activities...