"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 and meet individual needs of all pupils, 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. (Skills matrices are available to download below).
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
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.
See below for the school's curriculum documents that are available for download.
Mai class - Two year curriculum map
Torak class - Two year curriculum map
Mosi class - Two year curriculum map