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Curriculum

At Beaulieu, we provide a broad and balanced curriculum offer. Our curriculum is inclusive of and for all, regardless of background or ability. For additional information regarding our curriculum compliance with the Equalities Act 2019 and the SEND regulations 2014, please review our policies page and SEND page. 

 

Curriculum fundamentals in the primary phase

English

In the primary phase of the school, we place reading at the heart of our curriculum. From the start of Reception through to the end of Year 1*, we teach a daily systematic synthetic phonics lesson. This is an evidence-based, structured approach to teaching children to read. The duration of these daily lessons increases over time to suit the needs of the children. From Year 2 onwards, students have a dedicated English lesson each day.

In addition to Phonics/ English, we also have a handwriting or spelling session each day. 

From Year 2 (spring term) onwards, we teach a daily Whole Class Reading lesson (WCR). The focus of these sessions is comprehension.

For children that require extra support with reading, we make time throughout the week to listen to these students read (a minimum of 3 times per week). These sessions will also include tailored phoneme recognition and blending support.    

*If children reach the end of Year 1 and require more phonics support, this is given class/ small group lesson, depending on the needs of the children. 

In addition to teaching children the mechanics of reading, we aim to foster a 'reading for pleasure' culture across the primary phase. We do this by;

  • Reading aloud to the children at least once a day (from Reception to Year 6)

  • Weekly visits to our school library, where children can take a book home

  • Sharing a poem or rhyme each day with every child in our school

  • Opening our library after school so that children can share books with their family members and younger siblings. 

  • Hosting events throughout the year such as World Book Day, bedtime stories and performance poetry events. 

  • DEAR (Drop everything and read) time scheduled on to every class timetable. 

Maths 

At The Beaulieu Park School we follow the Mathematics Mastery programme. This is built on international evidence and best practice. We believe that all learners can succeed and enjoy mathematics. From Reception, all the way through to Key Stage 4, these daily lessons provide our students with a deep conceptual understanding of mathematical principles and the ability to communicate using precise mathematical language whilst becoming mathematical thinkers. 

In addition to daily maths lessons from Reception, the children also take part in 'Maths meetings' at least three times per week. These short 5-10 minute sessions give the children the opportunity to revisit and consolidate mathematical concepts previously taught. 

Topics

From Reception, our book-based topics give us opportunities to provide our children with an engaging, broad and balanced curriculum, whilst bringing a book/ story to life!  We ensure that age-appropriate knowledge and skills are taught throughout the year, whilst providing support and challenge for every one of our students. 

 

Here is a breakdown of how subjects are taught from Year 1-6

Science  

Every week 

PSHE  

Every week 

RE  

Every week  

PE  

Every week  

Computing  

3 half terms per year  

Music  

3 half terms per year  

Art  

3 half terms per year  

DT 

3 half terms per year  

History  

3 half terms per year  

Geography  

3 half terms per year  

* The paired subjects are taught on alternate half term blocks

Support and challenge 

We recognise that all children are unique. All children will require support at some point in their school career and this can be in several ways. Here are some examples of how we support children both inside and outside of the classroom. 

  • Overlays or bigger font in books

  • The same task broken into smaller steps or with more support

  • Pre-teaching in small groups or intervention after a lesson. 

  • Adapted/ different resources in lessons 

  • Ear defenders or other personalised equipment 

  • Adult support.

We provide a challenge in all subject areas for children who demonstrate that they are ready to deepen their understanding of a concept.  These are available to all students as we recognise that all children have the potential to excel in different subjects. These challenges are referred to as HOTs challenges and are based on the Higher Order Thinking Skills listed below. By using this method, we deepen a child's understanding, instead of moving them on to the next year group's work.  

 

 

EYFS

Our Early Years Curriculum is designed to provide a strong foundation for your child’s future learning, including developing a positive attitude to learning. In giving your child a broad range of knowledge and skills, we lay the foundation for excellent future progress throughout their school and life. To make this happen, learning and development opportunities are planned around your child’s specific needs and interests and regularly assessed and reviewed. Adults respond to those needs and interests, guiding their development through warm, positive interactions in an encouraging, stimulating and a well-resourced indoor and outdoor environment.

In the Reception Year, it is the adult’s role to extend and provide further challenge to your child’s learning. Here we seek to initiate and offer great depth to your child’s experiences. Our staff skilfully interact and sensitively scaffold, support and enhance your child’s knowledge, skills and understanding. In addition, we help them to develop their thinking through their participation in activities and with the skilled involvement of our staff. 

We meet your child's needs by: 

·caring for the ‘whole’ i.e. your child’s health, both physical and mental, their feelings and their thinking and emotional development 

·ensuring they have the opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding to achieve success and to build a thirst for lifelong learning 

·teaching the foundations of reading, writing and maths that will develop basic (essential) skills and to enable them to access the wider curriculum 

·providing a stimulating environment, indoors and out, with many opportunities to be curious, ask questions and to be eager to discover and learn 

·providing opportunities, time and space for them to pursue their own interests, and time to interact and share with others 

·providing opportunities for them to make choices and decisions to develop their independence 

·providing ethnically and culturally diverse experiences including resources and stories which reflect different cultures and values 

·creating a purposeful atmosphere, where teachers can focus on teaching and pupils on learning 

·working closely with you, the parents/carers and respecting the fact that you are experts in the knowledge of your own child. 

 

The content of the curriculum is planned in the seven areas of learning & development

 

THREE PRIME AREAS: 

·Communication and Language – developing skills of listening, attention, understanding and speaking.

·Physical Development – developing gross motor skills of co-ordination, control, and movement through being active. Developing fine motor skills including developing a fluent handwriting style and using small tools with accuracy.

·Personal, Social and Emotional Development – within clear boundaries and expectations, the building of positive relationships, developing skills to self-regulate, manage themselves and show respect for others and understanding appropriate behaviour. We ensure that teaching in this area is linked to our school values, ARRK.

 

FOUR SPECIFIC AREAS: 

·Literacy – developing skills of comprehension, reading and writing by encouraging your child to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Providing access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest. Opportunities are provided daily for developing fine motor skills and handwriting is formally taught and practised every day in reception.

·Mathematics – involves providing your child with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, subitising, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems and recalling number facts.

·Understanding the World – finding out about the past and present, people, culture and communities and the natural word.

·Expressive Arts and Design – creating with materials by exploring a wide range of media and being imaginative through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.

 

Your child will learn through: 

·Playing and exploring 

·Learning actively 

·Creating and thinking critically 

 

In the Foundation Stage, teachers make professional judgments about the balance between activities led or guided by adults and those led by the children. This balance will shift towards more activities led by adults as children move from early years and towards Year 1.

Adult directed activities are those which are directed by the adult and are useful in the teaching of specific skills such as demonstrating how to use tools or equipment. In our Reception class, daily teaching of literacy and maths starts from the outset and is a key part of our curriculum. Adult guided activities are those which the adult initiates. These activities are often playful or experiential. They are open ended and motivate a keen interest in learning.

Some examples include:

·         Cooking 

·         Nature Detectives (outdoor learning) 

·         P.E. indoors/outdoors 

·         Arts and crafts 

·         Regular writing challenges 

·         Reading

·         Literacy and Mathematics games

 

Child initiated experiences take place within an environment the adult has set up and planned but will be wholly decided upon by the child, based on the child’s own motivation and remains under the child’s control. Some examples include:

·         Role play corner activities

·         Games

·         Writing opportunities

·         Choosing to play with certain toys e.g. dolls house, cars, Duplo.

 

 

In Reception, our formal lessons are shorter at the beginning of the year a gradually get longer as the children’s attention span and focus increases. In between taught sessions, the children are set a range of independent learning tasks including a weekly mark making and writing challenge. They also have access to carefully planned play-based learning activities based around the prime areas of learning; Communication and Language, Physical development and Personal Social and Emotional Development.  

Each half term, we have a topic designed to engage the children and lead to many cross curricular learning opportunities. Over the course of a week, the children will take part in the following explicitly taught lessons: 

 

Daily Phonics lessons (including reading and writing) 

Daily Maths lessons 

Daily Maths meetings

Daily handwriting practise 

4 topic lessons 

1 PE lesson 

1 music lesson 

1 PSHE lesson 

 

The focus of the topic lessons will change each week to ensure coverage of Understanding the World (RE, History, Geography, Science) and Expressive Arts and Design (Art and DT). Within the topic lessons, skills from the prime areas of the Early Years curriculum are applied in different contexts. 

 

Downloads

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Skills Progression Art Y1 to 6 06th Mar 2020 Download
Skills Progression Geography Y1 to 6 06th Mar 2020 Download
Skills Progression History Y1 to 6 06th Mar 2020 Download
Skills Progression Music Y1 to 6 06th Mar 2020 Download
Skills Progression PE Y1 to 6 06th Mar 2020 Download
Skills Progression RE Y1 to 6 06th Mar 2020 Download
Skills Progression Science Y1 to 6 06th Mar 2020 Download
Skills Progression Reading Y1 to 6 06th Mar 2020 Download
Skills Progression Writing Y1 to 6 06th Mar 2020 Download
Skills Progression Maths Y1 to 6 06th Mar 2020 Download
Year 1 Spring Term 2 Learning Content 07th Mar 2020 Download
EYFS Curriculum Map 2020 2021 17th Sep 2020 Download
Year 2 Autumn Term 1 Learning Content 22nd Sep 2020 Download
Year 1 Summer Term Learning Content 22nd Sep 2020 Download
Year 1 Autumn Term 1 Learning Content 22nd Sep 2020 Download
Year 1 Autumn Term 2 Learning Content 04th Nov 2020 Download
Maths Reception Handout Autumn 2020 04th Nov 2020 Download
Maths Year 1 Handout Autumn 2020 04th Nov 2020 Download
Maths Year 2 Handout Autumn 2020 04th Nov 2020 Download
Year 2 Spring Term 1 Learning Content 29th Jan 2021 Download
Year 1 Spring Term 1 Learning Content 29th Jan 2021 Download
Year 1 Spring Term 2 Learning Content 06th Mar 2021 Download
Year 2 Spring Term 2 Learning Content 06th Mar 2021 Download
Year 2 Summer Term 1 Learning Content 29th Mar 2021 Download
Year 1 Summer Term 1 Learning Content 29th Mar 2021 Download
Life Skills Citizenship PSHCE Overview Primary 22nd Apr 2021 Download
Year 2 Summer 2 Content 22nd Jul 2021 Download
Year 1 Summer 2 Content 22nd Jul 2021 Download
Primary Maths Calculation Approach Autumn 2021 22nd Sep 2021 Download
Primary Maths Vocabulary List Reception to Year 6 Autumn 2021 22nd Sep 2021 Download
Year 3 End of year expectations maths 2021 23rd Sep 2021 Download
Year 2 End of year expectations maths 2021 23rd Sep 2021 Download
Year 1 End of year expectations maths 2021 23rd Sep 2021 Download
Reception End of year expectations maths 2021 23rd Sep 2021 Download
Year 2 Autumn Term 1 Learning Content a 06th Oct 2021 Download
EYFS Curriculum for New Starters 2021 2 06th Oct 2021 Download
Skills Progression Computing 07th Oct 2021 Download
Year 3 Autumn 1 Content 07th Oct 2021 Download