Curriculum

THE NEW NATIONAL CURRICULUM

Beechcroft are following the new changes to the curriculum and are enjoying the new topics and areas of study. We have included a copy of our long term curriculum map for all parents to read. We have adopted the Chris Quigley approach to curriculum development and having taken this further by mapping out the new national expectations into three phases of learning called Milestones. This enables pupils to work at acquiring the skills and knowledge needed at each milestone, before moving towards the next. We are excited by this new approach and look forward to working with it in 2014/15. If you would like to know more about your child's curriculum, please speak to their class teacher in the first instance. More detailed enquiries can then be directed to the relevant subject coordinator.

PLANNING AND ORGANISATION
At Beechcroft St Paul's CE VA Primary School we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and the National Curriculum. The learning in each year group is carefully planned to build on existing knowledge and to develop learning further. A variety of stimulating topics and themes ensure interest and purpose for that learning.


Children may be taught as a whole class, in groups, pairs or as individuals. Extensive use is made of Information Communication Technology (ICT) evident through classroom computers, laptops, tablets and I-Pads in all classrooms and classrooms with Interactive Whiteboards, large touch screen TVs and projectors and speakers.

EARLY YEARS
The Reception class curriculum builds on the knowledge gained through pre-school settings and seeks to consolidate the skills developed. Learning experiences are planned for six areas –

Personal, Social and Emotional Development; Communication, Language and Literacy; Mathematical Development; Knowledge and Understanding of the World; Physical Development and Creative Development.

Learning opportunities are planned through play-based activities. Major emphasis is placed on building confidence and self-esteem. We utilise Read, Write, Inc. as our main phonics learning approach as we believe it offers pupils the very best chance of learning these fundemental key skills.

At the end of the Reception year children are formally assessed against the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile, and this provides a basis for their future learning.

KEY STAGE 1
In Year 1 they will experience more formal learning opportunities to develop their basic skills, but there is still an emphasis on play and developing social and emotional skills. We also use Read, Write, Inc in years 1 and 2 as our main method of engaging pupils in phonics, reading and writing. We operate a 'Real Books' reading scheme across the school - the books are banded into levels of difficulty and has a comprehension activity attached to be completed at home. we are very pleased with the enthusiasm shown by children for our new reading scheme.


In Year 2 learning becomes more focused as skills develop. At the end of Year 2 children are formally assessed against National Curriculum levels.

KEY STAGE 2
The National Curriculum guidelines are followed in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6.

RECORDING PROGRESS
Assessments and observations are recorded by each class teacher and these are used to make formal assessments as well as providing the basis for the mid-year and annual written reports made on each child.

REPORTING TO PARENTS
Parents are invited to meet their child’s teacher to discuss their progress and needs each term. Written reports are issued twice a year in the Spring and Summer Terms. Parents are welcome to arrange to meet to discuss any issues at any time. Please make an appointment with your child’s teacher or at the office.

PROVISION FOR SPORT
At Beechcroft St Paul's CE VA Primary School, we view physical education like every other part of the curriculum, as a means to help every child reach his/her full potential.


In addition to a structured programme of PE lessons, following National Curriculum guidelines, our pupils have a range of opportunities to experience sports provided through our links with secondary schools and the Chesil Education Partnership (CEP) opportunities. Where possible we involve outside specialists allowing our children to gain expert coaching and links to local sports clubs.

ACTIVE AFTER-SCHOOL CLUBS
Each term a range of after-school clubs are available for Key Stage 2 pupils. These vary according to staff availability. Each term children are asked to apply for their preferred club and responses are processed on a first-come basis. We try to ensure all children who wish to be involved in a club have that opportunity even if their first choice might not be met.


We expect the same standard of behaviour in clubs as those in timetabled school time. Children not reaching the expected behaviour standards risk losing their place in a club.