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.

2014 National Curriculum


Curriculum maps


Two year whole school topic cycle

PSHE map, 2020/2021

Music map, 2020/2021

French map, 2020/2021

RE map, 2020/2021

PE map, 2020/2021

Subject policies, including intent, implementation and impact for each subject area


Art and design 


Design and technology 

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

Art and design progression document

Computing progression document

Design and technology  progression document

English progression document

Geography progression document

History progression document

Languages progression document

Maths progression document

Music progression document

Physical education progression document

Science progression document

Spelling progression document

Vocabulary, grammar and punctuation progression document


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Email:  finance@beenham.w-berks.sch.uk

Tel: 0118 9713397

School contact:  Mrs Bev Sharp will answer any queries from parents and other members of the public

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