This is an outstanding school that has sustained high performance and excellence over time.
Ofsted 2010

Curriculum

Children are taught all subjects in the National Curriculum, providing a basis for a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum. The non-core subjects are blocked each half term to ensure continuity and a thorough grasp and understanding of the vital basic skills. Reading is a high profile activity throughout all years in the school and a Home-School Reading Policy is in operation.

Core Subjects

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • RE

Foundation Subjects

  • Computing
  • History
  • Geography
  • Music
  • Art
  • Physical Education
  • Design And Technology

Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 Long Term Plans

Beecroft Primary School Long Term Plan Year 1
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Beecroft Primary School Long Term Plan Year 3
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Beecroft Primary School Long Term Plan Year 5
Beecroft Primary School Long Term Plan Year 6

Children will also have the opportunity to be involved in activities which extend their experience and knowledge across the whole curriculum. Their learning will include:

  • Religious Education
  • Personal and Social Education
  • Multi-Cultural Issues
  • Citizenship

Phonics

The teaching of phonics begins in Foundation Stage and continues throughout Key Stage 1. Children need to recognise and learn the sounds letters make to be able to read and form words. Children also need to read common, non-decodable tricky words by sight such as ‘was,’ ‘my,’ ‘they.’

At Beecroft, we follow the Letters and Sounds scheme. This programme aims to build children’s speaking and listening skills as well as preparing them for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills.

Phonics is taught through a series of phases:

  • Phase 1 is covered in Foundation 1 and focuses on sounds such as; environmental, instrumental, body percussion, voice and rhythm and rhyme.
  • Phases 2 and 3 begin in Foundation 2, introducing basic letter sounds such as s-a-t-p-i-n, through songs and actions.
  • Phases 3-6 are taught in Key Stage 1. The children gradually cover more complex sounds and learn to use spelling rules.

Phonics is taught through targeted daily input and also incorporated into lessons throughout the school day. Pupils work in whole class and small groups to learn new sounds and to revise their previous learning.

The Oxford Reading Tree reading scheme is used in Foundation 2 and Key Stage 1 for both individual and group reading books. These books are carefully matched to the children’s reading ability, providing them with the correct level of challenge and sent home to read with parents. Once children have become more fluent in their reading and know most common, non-decodable tricky words, they take home more challenging, carefully selected, age-appropriate texts.

Drama

The school has a strong tradition in the arts. Drama lessons are held after school by the Headteacher. It is open to all pupils in Key Stage 2. A drama production is held every year and pupils develop a high level of confidence and good speaking skills.

Visual Art And Design

We employ a specialist teacher who teaches the process of designing and making. The school's art work has been on display in the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Design And Technology

We have a design and technology area in school and all pupils from Reception class learn the design process. Design And Technology

Music

All pupils learn to play a musical instrument from age 7. They can learn violin, flute, recorder or ukelele. Children take Associated Board of the Royal School of Music medals. Instruments are on loan from school and no charge is made. The school has its own orchestra.

Computing

We have a purpose built computer suite and 16 laptop computers. Pupils from age 4 have a lesson each week in the suite and use laptops and tablets in their classrooms. Children use the internet and also have the use of interactive whiteboards in every classroom.

Physical Education and Sport

We hold the Football Chartermark for outstanding commitment. There are numerous sports clubs and all pupils have 2 P.E lessons each week. Children learn to swim in Year 3. We ask parents to help us in enabling all pupils to be able to swim 25 metres by the time they leave our school.
Spending of sport premium funding

Religious Education

The Education Reform Act 1988 requires all schools to organise a daily act of collective worship, which is to be of a broadly Christian nature, and to include Religious Education in the curriculum of the school. Our Religious Education programme deals with Christianity and other world religions and encourages tolerance and understanding of different faiths. Parents are entitled to withdraw their children from Religious Education lessons or from the daily assembly. If you wish to withdraw your child you are asked to discuss this with the Headteacher so that alternative arrangements can be made. We hold a Family Assembly for children, parents and friends every Friday morning between 9.00am and 9.20am. Children are praised and rewarded for good work, kind and helpful behaviour and good effort. We celebrate birthdays and share the achievements of children in their out-of-school activities. This is followed by tea and biscuits for parents.

Homework

As soon as your child starts school he/she will be bringing home books to share and words to learn. We have a Home-School Reading Policy which operates throughout the school. Later he/she will be asked to find out information, to learn spellings and multiplication tables at home. In Key Stage 2 children have a homework diary so that you know what your child is expected to do.

You can help your child by making sure he/she has the time and a quiet place to do their homework and by giving advice and encouragement. This way your child will know that you believe what he/she does at school is important. If you have any problems we will always help.