It means that we have taken the National Curriculum as our firm base, and then built around it a rich and diverse range of activities, investigations, opportunities and visits which perfectly complement the interests, learning styles, location and experiences of our children and community! All of this combines to provide a supremely engaging and effective package of learning, leading to exceptionally successful outcomes for all of our pupils.
Year groups are categorised into what is known as Key Stages, with Year 1 and 2 being Key Stage 1 and Years 3, 4, 5 & 6 being Key Stage 2. The National Curriculum for both key stages consists of the core subjects: mathematics, English, science and computing; and the foundation subjects; history, geography, design & technology, art and design, music and P.E.
Success for All makes reading the cornerstone of the curriculum. For children to succeed in school, they must be reading at the national curriculum stage of learning by the end of each year group. They also need effective teachers, so SFA includes intensive professional development, ongoing coaching support, and data tools to give teachers feedback on how children are learning and where they need additional teaching or extra help. SFA involves the whole community in implementing effective teaching that is based on the best research on what works. Success for All makes learning fun and engaging for children and helps teachers become knowledgeable, skilled instructional leaders.
At Beddington Park Academy we believe that for children to succeed in school, they must be reading at the national curriculum stage of learning by the end of each year group. To enable this, the school uses ‘Success for All’ (SFA) which is an evidence based school improvement strategy.
Our phonics strategy is linked to our Success for All curriculum and is a systematic phonics programme that begins in our Early Years and continues and into KS1 and KS2 (where needed). Our phonics and early reading strategy moves seamlessly into our reading curriculum in KS1 & KS2, building on the key skills needed to be fluent and successful readers.
At Beddington Park Academy, we take a mastery approach to the teaching of mathematics. The fundamental principle is that all children can be successful at mathematics when given high quality instruction and meaningful support. Children progress through the learning at broadly the same pace, with opportunities for faster graspers to increase their understanding through exploring each area of the curriculum in depth. We want to ensure that all children have a solid understanding of the subject: the ability to solve a calculation is not enough; children must be able to demonstrate and articulate their understanding of the mathematical concept. With this in mind, our children receive a maths curriculum which is designed to develop confidence, greater independence and ultimately life-long skills. Our teaching promotes mathematical fluency; greater opportunity for reasoning and developed understanding of solving problems in a variety of different contexts. We place a very strong emphasis on recognising each individual’s particular strengths and areas for development. As a result of this, we pride ourselves on providing the children with a rich and meaningful Maths Curriculum.
Here at Beddington Park Academy we believe that all children have the right to a broad and balanced curriculum that enables them to develop both as a collaborative team member as well as an independent thinker. Discovery promotes a project based approached to the wider curriculum where children are immersed within one subject area each half term through a creative, hands-on and engaging style. Subjects are taught in a way that allows children to delve deep into the knowledge and understanding suitable for their age range. Additionally, it allows our proactive learners to critically think and reflect on their learning whilst developing the skills necessary to grown into enthusiastic, aspiring and proud citizens of our community. The focus of our learning in on reflection, discussion and reasoning.
At Beddington we know that our children and community need to understand and be highly vigilant about different aspects of safeguarding to ensure that they are safe and make the right choices. In addition, as part of our key drivers within the curriculum we also know that our children must ‘STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD’ to ensure that they have ongoing success in the future education and beyond. Therefore, our Skills for Life curriculum is built to promote the skills, values and attitudes our children must demonstrate to be lifelong learners.
The computing aspect of our curriculum is embedded within our broader ‘Discovery’ curriculum.
Our children benefit from a broad and balanced Physical Education (PE) programme carefully designed to inspire learners to:
Physical Literacy is reinforced through daily active playtimes and our extensive extra-curricular and competitive school sport programme.
Children at Beddington explore Religious beliefs & customs through two different approaches. They learn core content, knowledge and beliefs through stand-alone units at key points throughout the year. They also explore, discuss and share their thinking on different themes/ideas linked to RE within their Philosophy for Children lessons each week. The aim being that whilst children learn different aspects of Religious Education throughout their time at Beddington, they are able to keep their thinking alive throughout regular Philosophy for Children lessons – which also make links to other aspects of their learning too.
Children in KS2 have the opportunity to begin to learn a new language, French. Knowing the majority of our feeder secondary schools teach French as one of their key languages, we want our children to have the opportunity to begin to learn the basics that will provide them with the confidence and desire to learn more by the time they start their secondary education. In KS1, children don’t learn French as we are wanting them to fully master their own English language, which they will then be able to apply more fully when they reach KS2.