The curriculum is the course of learning that each child undertakes both in and out of the classroom.
Beckley school follows the requirements of the National Curriculum
- Art & Design
- Design & Technology
- Languages (French at KS2)
- Physical Education
- Religious Education
Some of the National Curriculum is taught through topic or thematic approach. At all levels there are aspects of the curriculum which occur in more than one subject; for example, clarity in speaking and writing is essential and is not limited to English lessons; solving problems is not confined to Maths lessons. A central theme is chosen which will provide work in specific knowledge and skills covering the main curriculum areas. Knowledge and skills are also reinforced through structured, timetabled sessions. As well as topic work, children are taught basic English and Maths each day. Before the start of each term teachers plan a programme of study which forms a basis for their individual lesson plans. Great care is taken so that the range of subjects taught is balanced across the whole curriculum.
Essentially, children acquire the ability to communicate effectively by developing their skills and understanding through a wide range of activities which in turn gives them confidence and competence in language and literacy. This is encouraged in our school by listening, by discussion, and by working together through the medium of sharing stories and books.
The school recognises the fundamental importance of children becoming fluent and accurate readers. By constant guidance and encouragement we increase confidence in the child’s growing reading skills and foster an interest in books for pleasure and information.
For phonics we follow the Primary National Strategy by the Department for Education and Skills.
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For reading we use a variety of age-related reading schemes to encourage children to read, for example:
Oxford Reading Tree
Jelly and Bean
It is essential that we provide the children with basic maths skills and an understanding of place value, i.e. to add, subtract, multiply, divide, and learn tables, etc. We aim to increase confidence in their understanding and use of mathematics. Through this children develop the ability to think logically, problem solve and have proper understanding of mathematical ideas. These skills can be developed through investigation and through encouraging children to see the relevance of mathematics to practical tasks and real life situations.
It is important that children work as ‘young scientists’. This involves asking questions, trying out their own ideas, using everyday materials and developing language and maths in a practical way. Science involves working in small groups as part of the normal classroom activities. The work may arise as part of a topic or from the children’s own curiosity. In science children will improve their skills of observing and planning, of making and testing working models and of solving problems and sharing ideas.
Art & Design
We teach children to interpret things they see through a variety of techniques. This also involves aspects of design, shape and colour using a range of media. In addition to this children are taught to evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design.
We aim to develop children into responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology. Every class has Chromebooks and ipads with access to the internet.
Design & Technology
This subject involves the use of knowledge and skills to make things work, control things or improve their design.
Geography and History
These subjects are taught as part of the topic theme of each class with children investigating past and present, interpreting this knowledge and comparing it with the world around them.
French is taught to all children in KS2. Through the teaching of French we aim to foster pupils curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. Children have opportunities to converse in French and in time learn to write simple sentences.
The School’s tradition for music has always been strong and forms an important part of the curriculum. In Reception and KS1, speech and rhythm are strengthened by jingles, rhymes and songs. Older children enjoy many musical experiences such as taking part in The Big Sing and The Festival of Voices. Peripatetic music teachers visit once a week to teach piano, violin, cello, woodwind, drums and guitar.
In addition, there are opportunities for children to learn the flute, clarinet, cornet or saxophone at a very reasonable cost. With so many children learning an instrument, there is a school orchestra which allows them to enjoy playing together. Beckley has a strong tradition and puts on various performances for parents and the community.
The children take part in a wide range of activities based on games, swimming, athletics, competitive sports, tennis, gymnastics and dance. These include many inter-school events such as area sports, sports hall athletics, football and rugby matches.
As a Church of England school our aims are to foster the children’s understanding of Christianity, both in its religious teaching and in values of tolerance and caring. These ideas are part of the whole ethos of the school and are not restricted to RE lessons alone. The children make regular visits to St Mary’s Church in Beckley. As well as Christianity, children learn about other faiths and religions.
Relationships and Sex Education
Relationships and Sex Education forms part of the programme of health education that is taught throughout the school. It is important that children’s self awareness is developed through a wide range of issues such as ‘keeping safe’, ‘healthy eating’, ‘personal hygiene’ and ‘growing and changing’.
A range of teaching materials is used to help children understand the ways their bodies change and their personal relationships become more complex.
At all times teachers will treat such subjects sensitively, taking into account the age and development of the children both socially and emotionally.