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."
“Creativity is a great motivator because it makes people interested in what they are doing.
Creativity gives hope that there can be a worthwhile idea.
Creativity gives the possibility of some sort of achievement to everyone.
Creativity makes life more fun and more interesting.”
Edward de Bono, psychologist and educator
The curriculum at Beenham School has been developed with creativity in mind. It is underpinned by our Values Education philosophy and has been designed to meet the needs of the pupils who attend our school.
The whole school 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.
We undertake whole school topics each term, whereby each class explores a smaller topic within the whole school umbrella theme. This way of working enables us to provide children with opportunities to work together cross phase and helps them see their learning in the wider context of all children in the school. It also helps us to plan for progression in skills across all areas of the curriculum and ages in the school. (Curriculum maps and skills matrices are available to download below).
We block subjects within our curriculum. This enables children to achieve depth in their knowledge and understanding of a wide range of topics, as well as fostering their enjoyment for the subjects they learn.
We begin each whole school topic with a WOW visit or workshop. We finish the topics with a whole school Exit Point where children showcase their learning from the term to parents and visitors.
When planning each half term’s topic, staff work together to consider National Curriculum coverage and will also identify opportunities for pupils to:
develop a range of non-academic skills and talents
experience a range of learning styles
acquire leadership opportunities and work in co-operative teams and with the wider community
pursue their own interests
identify and work on good causes
explore the rich resource of their own locality
investigate current UK and world issues
We aim to provide memorable experiences and rich opportunities for high-quality learning and wider personal development and well-being.
Children are involved in the initial planning and final evaluation of each new topic.
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.
See below for the school's curriculum documents which are available for download.
Should you wish any further information about the curriculum taught in school then contact Mrs Sue Butcher, the Headteacher. She will be happy to answer any questions that you may have.
Copies of teachers' more detailed medium term plans are also available on request.
Music map, 2020/2021
PE map, 2020/2021
Subject policies, including intent, implementation and impact for each subject area
English - will be available by the end Autumn 2020
Forest school - will be available by the end Autumn 2020
Modern Foreign languages
Maths - will be available by the end Autumn 2020
Science - will be available by the end Autumn 2020
Subject progression documents