To find out more about the curriculum at (Beckbury/St Mary's Bluecoat//Worfield) please contact the School and arrange an appointment to visit and see our curriculum in action!
At Beckbury CoE Primary we want to inspire our children by providing a broad and balanced curriculum that is creative and relevant to them. A curriculum that enables children to lead their own learning and that equips them with the skills required for the 21st century, for example problem solving, higher order thinking skills, team work and cooperation.
We want to cherish our children by trying to look after and respect each other at all times. We aim to provide a caring environment, where all children are empowered to achieve their true potential as unique and valued individuals.
We want our children to achieve the best they can, by challenging them and supporting them. The quality of our teaching is consistently good or better and our teaching and support staff work hard to achieve high standards in behaviour and achievement in all areas of the curriculum.
At Beckbury CoE Primary we have created a curriculum that not only meets the challenges of the new curriculum but offers a broad based curriculum in order to facilitate the acquisition of knowledge, promote enjoyment in learning, and to provide the knowledge/ skills to equip our pupils for work and leisure as active, confident and responsible members of a rapidly developing society.
Our creative curriculum aims to:
• Increase children’s motivation, enthusiasm and engagement in their learning through an exciting and stimulating learning environment
• Support the raising of standards in teaching and learning
• Involve children in the decision making about their learning, allowing them choice, creativity and independence
• Establish strong cross curricular links to ensure a better understanding sand an exciting context for learning
• Allow children to demonstrate their learning in different ways
The School Curriculum
Our Creative Curriculum has been organised through a “topic based” cross curricular approach which is pupil-centred and enquiry-based. At the beginning of each new topic pupils are briefed on the outline learning intentions and theme. Class teachers have the opportunity to establish what pupils already know and what they would like to find out about. The unit can then be planned in detail around areas of particular interest to pupils. At this stage pupils can also suggest visitors/experts they may know that could contribute by visiting the class e.g. veterans of WW2. In order to ensure progression and balance we have a Long Term Plan which shows the area of study for each Year Group in every subject. The following subjects are also taught as dedicated, discrete sessions:
o English grammar, spelling and vocabulary sessions ~ this includes Letters and Sounds, Guided Reading, and Handwriting
o RE Planned in accordance with the Shropshire Agreed Syllabus
o PE and Sport
o MFL French
Meaningful opportunities for the learning and skills to be applied are also planned e.g. drawing line graph based on science results, creating a Scratch animation to tell a bible story.
Word reading- Phonics
We aim to provide high quality phonic work, so that children have the knowledge, skills and understanding to apply the process to both spoken and recorded language. We recognise that word recognition skills are crucial in enabling children to read fluently, freeing them up to concentrate on the meaning of the text. Letters and Sounds is a systematic approach, which is designed to help staff teach children how the alphabet works for reading and spelling. All children who are on the phases linked to letters and sounds are routinely assessed and monitored by the class teacher and progress is recorded throughout the year. A phonics screening test is carried out as a statutory assessment in Y1. Children identified as requiring additional phonics intervention are given additional support to address gaps in their phonic acquisition. This time limited programme of phonics work is aimed at securing fluent word recognition skills for reading by the end of KS1 and as an intervention in KS2. Phonics is taught in pure year groups so that the children receive age appropriate provision. Any catch up/intervention will be delivered in addition to whole class session.
Reading in Key Stage 1
Reading development, in Key Stage 1, is a continuous process which should build on the range of experiences and knowledge that children bring from Foundation Stage. Children learn best when they are actively engaged in the process of constructing meaning which is the key purpose of reading. KS1 children will take home a reading record.
Children in EYFS and KS1 follow: Dandelion Readers, Songbirds, Rigby Rocket, Collins Big Cat, Oxford Reading Tree and Project X. This is continued into Key Stage 2.
Mathematics Teaching at Beckbury
There is a change of ethos within the federation away from rapid acceleration through material to a deep conceptual understanding of mathematics through following mastery for maths principles.
This includes a belief that all pupils are capable of understanding and doing mathematics, given sufficient time. Pupils are neither ‘born with the maths gene’ nor ‘just no good at maths’.
With good teaching, appropriate resources, effort and a ‘can do’ attitude all children can achieve in and enjoy mathematics.
All pupils are encouraged to develop a growth mindset.
The class work together on the same key point, whilst at the same time challenging and supporting pupils to gain depth of understanding and proficiency. Acceleration to higher content is avoided. High expectations for all.
CREATIVE CURRICULUM PLANNING
Long Term Plans: These take the form of a Curriculum Overview, this provides an overview of what will be taught and when.
Medium Term Plans: These take the form of Curriculum Maps which are broken down into Year Groups and give an overview of what will be taught in each subject area.
Short term Plans: These are flexible and responsive to the learning needs of individual children and classes. They take the form of weekly or daily lesson plans. There is separate, more detailed guidance on planning for teachers.
It is expected that all children at Beckbury will be given the opportunity to learn in a rich, creative and encouraging learning environment which encompasses a range of learning and teaching styles. All children will have equal access to the curriculum and will be treated fairly regardless of race, religion or abilities.
We want Beckbury pupils to:
• Develop inquisitive minds, a spirit of curiosity and a passion for learning
• Be equipped with the skills to fully participate in an ever changing world
• Be respectful and productive members of the community
• Allow children to have high expectations and self belief to enable them to fulfil their potential
• Enable children to reflect on their learning and seek to extend themselves mentally, physically and spiritually
• Uphold the Christian ethos of the school whilst respecting their own cultures and beliefs and those of other people
• Persevere and learn from their mistakes
• Develop an understanding and respect for the environment and God’s creation
• Have the courage and confidence to take calculated risks
• Have essential learning skills in literacy, mathematics, science and computing
• Be able to handle conflict and communicate well with others
• Know that they have a pupil voice and are listened to and respected
• Feel a sense of family by involving their parents and community in open afternoons and special worships
Year Group Expectations
Subject Progression documents