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The Beeches Primary School

The Beeches Primary School

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    Curriculum

    Intent

    The Beeches Primary School intends for its curriculum to be exciting, inspiring and aspirational for all learners. The staff and wider community believe in a child-centered approach to learning that equips learners with the skills of today and the future. The school aims to provide a broad and balanced curriculum, underpinned by our Core Values of: Excellence, Curiosity, Creativity, Resilience, Reflection, Collaboration, being Articulate and Caring. With these values at the roots of every lesson and project, the school aims to build character and break down any barriers to learning. Through this ambitious curriculum, every child will thrive and be well prepared as independent learners in their next steps of education.

    See our Big Ideas that shape our curriculum delivery.  Visit our subjects page to explore each national curriculum area in more detail. Through our Cornerstones led curriculum, we have used The National Curriculum Framework to shape our own unique learning sequence. 

    Humankind

    Understanding what it means to be human and the cause and effect of human behaviour.

    This big idea invites children to find out what it means to be human, including the workings of human anatomy and how to keep safe. They explore ways that the human race is interconnected and explore the human experience and identities through a range of subject lenses. They discover the cause and effect of human behaviour and develop an understanding of the relationships between individuals, societies, faiths and communities. Through this big idea, children discover the ancient secrets of past civilisations and see the multitude of ways in which they influence modern-day life.

    Creativity

    Understanding how everyday and exceptional creativity can inspire and change perceptions.

    This big idea invites children to discover the place of everyday and exceptional creativity, including the qualities of persistence, determination, originality and resilience that form the basis of the creative process. They explore different ways in which their ideas and imaginings can be realised and communicated, and pursue enquiry by asking questions and finding connections between seemingly separate ideas. Through this big idea, children develop an appreciation of the importance of experimentation, trial and error, original thought and self-expression.

    Materials

    Understanding the unique and physical properties of all matter and how we interact with them.

    This big idea invites children to explore the properties of all matter, including that which is living and nonliving. It explores how materials are both formed and change. Through this big idea, children develop an understanding of the uses of materials and their unique, physical properties that make them fit for purpose.

    Place

    Understanding the visual, cultural, social and environmental aspects of different places around the world.

    This big idea invites children to explore the visual, cultural, social, and environmental aspects of places in their locality and the wider world. They examine how human activity and social interactions shape places and enable them to discover the unique identities and features of towns, cities, countries and continents. Through this big idea, children develop an appreciation of both the natural and urban landscape and begin to understand the bond between people and place or setting.

    Significance

    Understanding why significant people, places, events and inventions matter.

    This big idea invites children to explore the importance of significant people, places, events and inventions. They examine why things are meaningful to some and not to others, based on their values, beliefs and experiences. Through this big idea, children develop an understanding of key people, places, events and inventions that have changed their everyday lives and the world at large.

    For more information on our curriculum, please contact Mr French (Curriculum Manager) through the school office.

    Processes

    Understanding the many dynamic and physical processes that shape the world around us.

    This big idea invites children to find out about the diverse and dynamic physical processes that are present in, and have a significant impact on, places, the environment and the world around them. They explore the physics of force and movement and investigate the phenomena of electricity, light and sound. Through this big idea, children discover how physical processes such as weather and erosion can transform a place or landscape.

    Investigation

    Understanding the importance of asking questions, formulating hypotheses, gathering information and analysing evidence.

    This big idea invites children to be curious and search for answers in response to original, familiar and more complex questions. They explore ways to create hypotheses, gather evidence and begin to evaluate data. They experiment with different ways to present information and ideas and make informed choices to solve problems. Through this big idea, children start to think critically, make meaningful connections and reflect thoughtfully on evidence and ideas.

    Nature

    Understanding the complexities and interdependence of the plant and animal species that inhabit the world’s many ecosystems.

    This big idea invites children to find out about the diverse natural environments of the world and the plethora of species, both plant and animal, that live in them. They explore the characteristics and features of a range of habitats and study how living things interact within them. They examine the effects of economic and technological development on the natural world and consider the impact of human actions. Through this big idea, children discover the conditions needed for living things to thrive and survive.

    Comparison

    Understanding how and why things are the same or different.

    This big idea invites children to compare ways that things are the same or different. They identify simple and more complex patterns and make connections. Through this big idea, children develop an understanding of different ways to represent data using classification systems, comparison tables or charts and hierarchical taxonomies.

    Change

    Understanding why and how things have changed over time.

    This big idea invites children to find out about the causes and consequences of change and evolution. They investigate and explore how events unfold and develop an understanding of timelines and chronology. Through this big idea, children begin to make meaningful connections between past, present and future and begin to appreciate the unique position of their place in time.

    "Your staff and governors embrace the multicultural nature of the school, encompassing a vision of ‘One School, One World, United’. The school is a welcoming place for all learners. The many new pupils who arrive throughout the year settle into school life quickly. Pupils are well cared for and happy, within a safe and nurturing environment. They conduct themselves well both in lessons and around the school. They are polite, respectful and take pride in their work."Ofsted 2018