Beechview Academy Curriculum Statement
Beechview Academy aims to create a learning environment in which we prepare young people for a happy, confident entry to the world. This means building their confidence and belief in themselves; helping them to make good friends and to develop a wide range of interests and skills as well as inspiring them to achieve academic excellence. Beechview offers a broad and balanced curriculum that inspires our children to achieve their best. We aim for all our children to thrive with challenge and to develop a love of learning. Our core learning aims are woven into all that we do and supported by our behaviour policy. We want our children to be
Beechview Academy is proud to serve our local community. In planning our curriculum we have had to recognise the very wide social and economic backgrounds of our families. Many of our children come from highly supportive and ambitious families but an important minority also face additional challenges. We therefore have a significant minority of children from families who require a lot of support, as well as sign posting to other support services, including children whose first language is not English. Within our PSHE programmes, and through our various outreach and “wrap around” programmes, including Breakfast and After School Clubs as well as our other lunch time and after school activities we take account of these local conditions. Our wider curriculum also aims to provide our children with a breadth of experience to ensure that all our children develop a strong sense of valuing themselves as well as developing aspirations for their future and for their community. In our curriculum we
All adults working at Beechview aim to create opportunities for curiosity and creativity. We encourage everyone to become resilient, to take risks and to be brave. We seek to develop independent and confident young people who are determined to do their best and to make a positive contribution to their community. We enhance learning through trips, visits and experience for all our children, and seek to provide regular opportunities for their parents and carers to engage positively with their learning.
What we want to achieve
We therefore aim to promote high aspiration in every aspect of our children’s life. We want to develop confident, self-assured, positive young people who love to learn and to contribute. We want our children to be able to progress to the next steps of their lives with confidence and with the skills and knowledge they will need to thrive. This includes developing the widest possible range of experiences to enable them to face new challenges.
In designing our curriculum we have particularly been mindful of the need to:
create a curriculum that is ambitious and designed to give all learners, particularly the most disadvantaged and those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) or high needs, the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life
and to ensure that our curriculum is coherently planned and sequenced towards cumulatively sufficient knowledge and skills for future learning and employment
Ofsted framework 2020
How we work to achieve our aims
Our curriculum aims to provide all our children with the knowledge and skills they will need to progress to secondary education and beyond.
Our curriculum, including the wider curriculum, seeks to help our children to develop a rich range of experiences that are accessible and meaningful to all members of our school community
Our curriculum aims to help our young people to develop as adults, including a range of competitive activities and sports. We work to develop the character of all children so they become resilient, empathetic, critical thinkers who are happy to ask questions. We aim to develop happy, self-motivated learners who display a ‘Can Do’ attitude.
Our curriculum is designed to provide clear routes of progression across year groups, and clear links across subjects. To that end, each half term the school has a unifying “big idea” or theme which links all of the subjects being taught within a year group, but also provides clear links across the whole school. Reading texts and other resources are chosen to enable teachers to challenge pupils appropriately and also to help children see connections with other subject areas.
We believe that every child benefits from being appropriately challenged in a range of different contexts. For most children most of the time this will take place in the classroom, with appropriately differentiated learning to meet their needs. Sometimes this will include participating in a variety of competitions, including team sports, as well as fun class and House based competitions. We aim to provide each child with challenges that will stimulate and stretch them at all levels, from those with learning difficulties through to those with very high abilities. The right level of challenge for each child helps them to build resilience and confidence in new contests and settings and to prepare for later life.