At Beech Hill we strive to provide a tailor made thematic creative curriculum that engages and inspires our children, providing them with rich and memorable experiences. We firmly believe that our curriculum should reflect our diverse and ever changing community and provide them with opportunities to learn about their own heritage alongside developing their understanding of other cultures and religions. The curriculum is designed to ensure coverage and progression with selected ‘must-knows’ for each year group to ensure children retain key knowledge.
We provide opportunities for children to develop as independent, confident, successful learners with high aspirations who know how to make a positive contribution to their community and the wider society. There is a high focus on developing children’s moral, spiritual, social and cultural understanding. The academy ensures that children are well prepared for life in modern Britain.
This curriculum design ensures that the needs of individuals and small groups of children can be met within the environment of high quality first wave teaching, supported by targeted, proven interventions where appropriate. In this way it can be seen to impact in a positive way on pupil outcomes. Enjoyment of the curriculum promotes achievement, confidence and good behaviour. Children feel safe to try new things. High quality visits and visitors into the school enhance the curriculum and provide opportunities for writing for a purpose. The Arts play a key role in giving every child at our school a vital channel for self expression, and we provide a wealth of opportunities for children to discover, explore and extend their natural talents within our extensive grounds and our forest school. Here children learn first-hand about the riches of the natural environment whilst developing important life skills such as team work, problem solving and resilience. To promote physical health and wellbeing, a range of clubs gives learners an opportunity to access a wide variety of sports clubs after school hours and during lunch times.
Establishing close links between home and school are key to enabling pupils to achieve their full potential. Therefore the half termly curriculum overview is sent out via our Seesaw App and is available on the school’s website for parents to access.
To ensure effective learning throughout the school, we incorporate our core values into our curriculum. We believe that the social and emotional aspects of learning should be a key focus for our work with the children and understand that the factors that can hold back the learning of our children include children’s difficulties in understanding and managing their feelings, working co-operatively in groups, motivating themselves and demonstrating resilience in the face of setbacks. Through the combined use of the ‘values approach’, our Rights Respecting School status and our creative curriculum, we are able to create children who are effective learners. When our children leave school at the end of Year Six, we strive for them to be well rounded individuals who have the necessary literacy and numeracy skills to succeed in life whilst having experienced an inspiring curriculum which gives them every chance to succeed.