Each child will start learning – seeking knowledge and developing skills – to prepare them, to make their way and to contribute, to make changes and to thrive in our changing world of challenge and delight.
In this we aim to…
- Develop foundations and individual enthusiasm for life-long learning.
- Inspire curiosity, confidence and creativity in all children.
- Teach the children with their strengths and interests in mind.
- Create many opportunities to spark interest for all children.
- Encourage a secure and positive attitude towards others and the environment.
- Be ambitious for every child, whatever their prior attainment or need.
- Encourage resilience through understanding the importance of making mistakes, listening and responding to feedback and being open-minded.
One of our core Behaviours and Attitudes is our approach to Learning:
We are keen to learn and stretch ourselves. We try hard in all we do including academic subjects, arts, sports, play and our own personal development. We learn to try again.
“An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge” Proverbs 18:15
Our curriculum at Beckley School is delivered in a three-year cycle model and allows for the acquisition and accumulation of knowledge and skills, for the children to build on what they know and embed knowledge to enter the long-term memory – making it stick!
Each term of the three-year cycle for each class follows an overall theme, such as Great Britain and Northern Ireland. These themes have been planned with the children’s needs in mind, ensuring that the local community plays a part alongside the wider world. In order to broaden the children’s experiences, visits and visitors are carefully planned to support and inspire the learning.
Topics ensure curriculum coherence and motivate the children to seek patterns across subjects. As part of our planning, we ensure regular recaps of subject content and an opportunity to deepen the children’s understanding of their learning.
Our cohesive curriculum places the learners at the centre and allows them to make connections in their knowledge, skills and understanding that are vital across all subjects.
At Beckley School, we strive to ensure that our children’s attainment in core and foundation subjects is in line with or exceeding age-related expectations. We intend that our children will be fully prepared for their next stage of education and ready to contribute positively to society as a whole.
Our work on promoting social skills, including values, resilience and well-being enables the children to become the very best version of themselves.
As learning is a change to long term memory, it is not always possible to see impact in the very short term. However, we use a range of procedures to assess impact including feedback as part of the Marking and Feedback policy, formal and informal assessments. In writing, for example, we use ‘No More Marking’, an online platform that facilitates comparative judgement of children’s writing against 500+ schools nationally.