At Beckford we provide a broad and balanced curriculum which develops the individual child according to their age and ability.
The aim of the Beckford Curriculum
Our curriculum brings to life our logo and motto.
Through our curriculum we are helping to develop active world citizens who:
- Have a strong sense of self
- Who know themselves as learners and are able to question understanding
- Who know how to be healthy, both physically and emotionally
- Who have good life skills
- Who understand they are part of a community and are active in it
- Who know about the city and country in which they live
- Who have an understanding of the wider global environment and the issues it faces
- Who see themselves as being able to have a positive impact on their life and environment
The roots of our curriculum
If the subjects and knowledge of our curriculum are the branches and leaves of knowledge, the key skills can be seen as the roots which underpin that knowledge. Our curriculum has three key roots which aim to ensure that the children are able to answer three key questions:
Key competencies - How can I be ready for my future?
Personal development - How can I be happy?
Key skills - How can I learn to learn?
The Beckford Curriculum
We are committed to providing significant opportunities for pupils to master basic skills in Reading, Writing and Mathematics from an early age. Our curriculum is drawn from the Early Years Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum. In addition we use high quality programmes such as Jolly phonics, numacon, the Power of Reading and Mathematics Mastery to ensure children are successful in gaining key literacy and mathematics skills.
We use a topic based approach to learning which engages with children’s natural curiosity while ensuring that we cover all the statutory requirements during your child’s time with us. Teachers use a wide variety of teaching methods, which are adapted according to the subject, age and ability of the individual pupil. In Key Stage 2 we introduce French to the curriculum.
All children participate in weekly physical activity with our specialist PE teacher. In addition to the formal P.E. lesson, children have access to sports coaching every lunch time.
All children will also learn music with our specialist music teacher. Every child at Beckford has the opportunity to learn a musical instrument and many pupils wish to take up individual one-to-one music tuition.
Our curriculum is outlined in the documents below.