Our curriculum intent
The teaching community at our school prides itself on having an outstanding understanding of our children and recognises that each child is an individual and learns in their own way.
We also believe that in order for our children to thrive, their safety and happiness is paramount and; at the core of our approach, we want to develop successful learners who are curious, motivated, courageous and understand that by making mistakes they aid meaningful learning.
"At Beenham we believe that learning is the process by which children gradually acquire and assimilate knowledge, concepts, skills, values and attitudes to enable them to make greater sense of the world."
As a wider school community, we decided on 50 things we want our children to experience before they leave us for the next chapter in their education journey.
The curriculum at Beenham School is underpinned by our Values Education philosophy and has been designed to meet the needs of the pupils who attend our school.
The thematic approach to learning enables us to plan for the interests of pupils in our school, meet their individual needs as well as ensuring National Curriculum coverage. It also meets the new OFSTED requirements.
We recognise that a wide range of opportunities will support the development of particular abilities, gifts, talents and skills. Our curriculum also extends beyond the academic and provides for learners’ broader development, enabling them to develop their character – including their resilience, confidence, independence and development of social and cultural capital.
Topics have been organised across each year group to ensure that there are a variety of curriculum drivers that cover the content of the national curriculum. This thematic approach leads to a more flexible delivery of the curriculum meaning that some weeks children may not study Art, instead they will have a focus on Geography. During other weeks, the opposite may be true, and some weeks there may be a balance across the subjects.
Each of our topics, has a carefully chosen linked text which is shared with the children, the intended knowledge and vocabulary of the topic is extended through the provision of a story.
As our classes are organised in mixed year groups we have spent time effectively planning for progression in skills across all areas of the curriculum and ages in the school. We work on a 2 year planning cycle meaning all children cover all content, knowledge and skills required at the end of each Key Stage.
Providing wider enrichment activities are fundamental to our values. Trips/activities and experts are all vital to the enhancement of the learning opportunities we offer our children. These serve as hooks for learning and promote cultural capital alongside knowledge and understanding.
They also stimulate interest and a love of learning which helps to promote achievement, confidence and good citizenship. These can be school based or with enrichment visits to other locations.
We promote physical health and wellbeing, including offering a range of extra-curricular clubs which gives learners an opportunity to access a variety of sports clubs after school hours. Our PSHE programme provides children with opportunities to discuss and learn about personal health, wellbeing, safety, relationships (including anti-bullying work), differences and aspirations.
An appreciation of diversity is woven into the curriculum study. This enables children to appreciate that everyone is special and unique and we should celebrate differences between cultures and families. In recognising the development of the whole child, the pastoral support given to children so they can access the curriculum is crucial. Various programmes of personalised support are provided for children where a need has been identified such as self-esteem, anxiety and bereavement.
Impact for our children
From their different starting points, all children will be supported to achieve: academically, emotionally, creatively, socially and physically. Knowledge, understanding and skills will be secured and embedded so that children attain highly and are fully prepared for the next phase of their education.
They will have strong communication skills, both written and verbal, and will listen respectfully and with tolerance to the views of others.
They will take pride in all that they do, always striving to do their best.
They will demonstrate emotional resilience and the ability to persevere when they encounter challenge.
They will develop a sense of self-awareness and become confident in their own abilities.
They will be kind, respectful and honest, demonstrate inclusive attitudes and have a sense of their role in our wider society.
We continuously monitor and measure our curriculum's impact through:
- Teacher assessment - both formative and summative
- Child Voice
- Parental Feedback
- Data Analysis
- Participation in Community Events
- Case Studies of vulnerable Learners
Please follow this link to see the National Curriculum for primary aged children in England
Should you wish any further information about the curriculum taught in school then contact Mrs Donnelly, the Headteacher.