At the Beamish and Pelton Federation all children, including those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, are given every opportunity to develop their confidence, knowledge, self-esteem and life skills through technology, languages, religious and cultural learning, physical education and the creative and performing arts.
Our curriculum aims to create children who are enthusiastic and have an increasing curiosity about their learning. It is designed progressively so that the skills and knowledge form building blocks of learning which enable them to make links across all areas of the curriculum. Where possible, we aim to include significant events to help ‘hook’ or build upon children’s interests and learning within a topic. These may include visits, visitors and events in and out of school where children have the opportunity to apply and extend their learning in different contexts.
Across all subjects of our curriculum, 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).
Our curriculum also includes the ‘hidden curriculum.’ We aim to teach children how to grow into positive, responsible people, who can work and co-operate with others while increasing knowledge and skills, so that they can ‘be the best they can be.’
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.
We use the Mastery approach to teach Maths using our work with the Archimedes Maths Hub to develop highly focussed and interactive maths learning. We follow a broad and progressive Maths curriculum which develops children’s mental fluency as well as written methods and problem solving. Children make links between different areas of Maths so that they acquire a deep knowledge and understanding of key mathematical skills that they can apply in different ways.
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/Design and Technology
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 focusses 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.
We use the Charanga scheme as the basis of our work in music. This is extended through whole school singing and ukulele tuition in KS2. Every class takes part in a musical performance at some time across the year which helps to develop drama and performance skills further. Some children choose to develop their skills further by taking addition music lessons or coming to after school clubs such as choir. Every child will also work with professional musicians, take part in musical performances and have listened to a professional concert or performance.
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.
Below are the curriculum maps for each year group. Here at Beamish Primary, we sometimes combine two curriculum maps as a result of teaching mixed age classes. For example, Year 3 and 4 children may follow Year 3 curriculum one year and then Year 4 curriculum the following year as part of a mixed age class moving up throughout the school,
Nursery Curriculum 2018 2019
Reception Curriculum Map 2016
Year 1 Curriculum Map 2018 2019
Year 2 Curriculum Map 2019 2020
Year 3 Curriculum Map Beamish 2018 2019
Year 4 Curriculum Map 2018 2019
Year 5 Curriculum Map Beamish 2018 2019
Year 6 Curriculum Map Beamish 2018 2019
Curriculum Year Objectives
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. These show the key objectives that children should have secured before the end of the year.
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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.
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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