The Beeches Curriculum
At The Beeches we pride ourselves on our curriculum.
We use White Rose and Third Space Learning for maths and our English curriculum is supported by The Power of Reading.
For the wider curriculum, we use Cornerstones. Cornerstones is a connected and sequenced curriculum designed to support children's progress over time. Larger concepts, subject aspects, key skills and knowledge are carefully built upon ensuring rich, in-depth coverage.
How is the curriculum adapted to meet the needs of The Beeches’ pupils?
The content of our curriculum is loosely based on the national Curriculum but introduces a broader array of local, national and international study and encourages pupils to build study and work-place skills.
We plan our environment and curriculum to offer children enjoyable and stimulating opportunities which give them a love of learning and enable them to achieve their best. Staff ensure they are providing opportunities for children to work together to develop work place collaborative skills and they model these by working together as a strong team themselves. They encourage children to see challenges as opportunities, to be resilient and achieve their best; to take pride is doing new things well and aspiring to be better each day. This is done in an atmosphere of respect where we work together and value each individual person, this develops confidence and independence and helps our pupils grow as people.
Click below to see a document prepared by the school council which shows the pupils’ contribution towards this curriculum vision – what the words mean to them on a day to day basis
How is the curriculum delivered with these values at the centre?
In each year group, children’s learning is organised under a broad topic or theme, we immerse our classrooms in the theme to make them absorbing and stimulating places to learn. We try to link as much learning together as possible to make school time a fun and interesting experience. English and Maths as well as reading/phonics are likely to be taught as stand-alone lessons although will be linked to the topic/theme as much as possible. We use 'letters and sounds' for our phonics and use a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction for our reading - these are grouped into coloured 'bands' for pupils beginning reading. Once children are more confident, books are group into Accelerated Reader bands and each book has an online quiz to complete at the end to help children to improve their comprehension skills.
Our themes are presented as an ‘essential question’ which by the end of the topic, we hope the classes will have answered!