At the Beamish and Pelton Federation, we aim to provide an interesting and enriched curriculum that enables pupils to become enthusiastic, curious learners and respectful, responsible citizens who know how to keep themselves safe. We aim to raise aspirations so that children know that if they believe, they really can achieve.
For all curriculum subjects, teachers plan and assess against carefully organised learning objectives to continually build upon and extend knowledge and skills. Our carefully planned ‘Curriculum Enrichment’ enhances this further, ensuring that by the time they leave us, children have had a wide variety of opportunities and experiences. (See Curriculum Enrichment Booklet). Teachers encourage children to ask questions and articulate their thinking, gaining an increasing vocabulary while making links across their learning.
From the very start, children are encouraged to have a love of books and reading. Word reading skills are taught through the Read, Write, Inc approach supported by a wide range of home readers, books and texts. Comprehension skills are taught through a range of individual, group and whole class teaching where teachers use VIPERS to develop the children’s skills across the range of abilities. High quality class texts have been chosen to challenge and inspire children’s thinking and this often drives the work done in Writing and GPS.
Class texts are the main driver for the teaching of writing. Through these children are taught the skills of Spelling, Handwriting, Composition, and Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation in line with national end of year expectations. As with all subjects, able children are extended further and those requiring support receive additional teaching and intervention. By the end of Key Stage 2, all children will have worked with an author.
In maths, we have high expectations that all pupils can and will achieve, and this has led to us adopting a ‘mastery’ approach to planning and teaching maths. The mastery approach is defined by five key principles: Representation and Structure, Fluency, Variation, Mathematical Thinking and Coherence. We aim to develop children’s mental and written fluency as well as their ability to solve problems. We encourage children to ask critical questions, make links and articulate their reasoning. We aim for the children to see mathematics as being relevant to their world and applicable to everyday life as well as being something that they will need as they move on through their school life and ultimately into the world of employment.
Through an enquiry-based approach, teachers pose scientific questions for children to explore, investigate and reflect upon. Science is taught progressively, in line with the National Curriculum and end of year expectations. Across the year, children also take part in STEM week to further enhance their scientific knowledge and enquiry skills through working with outside educational agencies. In 2017-2018, our work in Science was commended by achieving the Silver Primary Science Quality Mark.
Similarly to Science, Geography and History are taught through an enquiry-based approach. Children explore, investigate and answer questions in order to gain knowledge and understanding of a given topic, local, national or worldwide. Each topic helps to build upon children’s current knowledge and skills. The teacher plans for cross-curricular links across other subjects such as Art and Design to enhance this learning further. A wide range of visits and visitors support this learning.
Within the teaching of Computing, children develop key skills across the three areas: Computer Science, Information Technology and Digital Literacy. Teachers plan lessons that support and challenge children to develop coding skills and how to use a range of computer programs. We also aim to ensure that all our children become ‘digitally literate’ and know how to stay safe online when using all forms of technology.
Art and Design
Children develop their creative, technical and evaluative skills while learning about the work and influence of artists and designers. This work is often closely linked to other subject areas. Each autumn term we have an Arts Week where each class focuses on a particular artist or theme and then shares their work with the rest of the federation. By the end of Year 6, all children will have worked with a professional artist, and visited a range of art galleries and museums.
Design and Technology
D&T offers pupils a chance to use creative thinking and activity within a defined purpose and tangible outcome. The school is committed to nurturing pupils’ curiosity and creativity, as well as preparing them for living in a modern world where technology is rapidly changing and advancing.
Children develop their creativity, musical skills and a passion for music through our Charanga scheme, which is the basis of our work in music. This passion and creativity is extended through whole school singing and participation in school performances, which develop musical, drama and performance skills further. Every child has the opportunity to explore and develop their individual skills further by taking part in additional music lessons and after school clubs, including dance and choir.
The teaching of PSHCE is delivered using the JIGSAW scheme of work. Personal, Social and Health Education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development are taught across the year in lessons and whole-school assemblies. Raising aspiration is a key element to this work and we ensure children have the opportunity to visit secondary schools and universities, as well as take part in enterprise and charity work.
Children learn French from Reception, first focussing on the spoken word and understanding the culture of French speaking countries. Across KS2, the skills of reading and writing are introduced. We aim to ensure all children have had the opportunity to work with a native speaker by the time they leave primary school.
We are very proud to have achieved our fourth Gold Mark in P.E and Sport this year. Physical Education is taught through Durham Core tasks, which include all forms of sport. Children are assessed at their starting point at the beginning of a unit of work. Teachers then plan, differentiate and assess to the needs of the children, before re-assessing their skills at the end of a unit. P.E is also delivered across the year through whole-school events such as house competitions, sporting events run by our P.E Sports Crew and Sports Day. A wide variety of after school clubs support our PE provision.
Our Religious Education curriculum is taught according to the Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education in Durham. Teachers teach R.E as a discrete subject, yet plan for cross-curricular links where appropriate. Our children develop skills across three areas: Knowledge and Understanding of Religion, Critical Thinking and Personal Reflection. Children have the opportunity to visit a range of places of worship as part of their learning.
Here at Beamish Primary, we teach mixed age classes. Below are the curriculum maps for each class. To view our full Curriculum online for each year group and subject, please click here.
- Nursery Curriculum Map 2019 – 2020
- Reception Curriculum Map 2019 – 2020
- Year 1 and 2 Curriculum Map 2019 – 2020
- Year 3 and 4 Curriculum Map 2019 – 2020
- Year 5 and 6 Curriculum Map 2019 – 2020
Non-negotiables for Reading, Writing and Maths
Below you will find our school’s ‘non-negotiables’ for Reading, Writing and Maths across Years 1 to 6 which may be helpful to parents. These show the key objectives that children should have secured before the end of the year.
Please visit Our Classes to view our work and activities.
Please visit the Useful Links section of our website were you will find useful website for Pupils these websites will aid pupils in practicing the skills that we have been introducing in class.
Please select the link below to view how we promote British Values here at Beamish and Pelton Primary schools. Promoting British Values in Beamish and Pelton Federation of Schools
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
At Beamish Primary School, we believe that inclusive education means providing all pupils with appropriate education and support alongside their peers. The Curriculum is all the planned activities that the school organises in order to promote learning, personal growth and development. Further information can be found in the SEND Information Report. If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment. Further information on SEND provision is available on the SEND tab above.
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