Curriculum Principles

At Beacon Rise we continuously strive to provide a curriculum that is engaging and relevant for all pupils. At the heart of our curriculum is the promotion of British values which we believe is an essential element of pupils’ understanding and preparation for later life in modern Britain. These values include:

  • An understanding and appreciation of a wide range of cultures;
  • Democracy, liberty and rule of law;
  • Respect, understanding and tolerance for all faiths, races, beliefs and cultural diversity; and
  • Willingness to participate in and respond positively to different opportunities.

All curriculum areas are planned to answer the requirements of the National Curriculum 2013, and to provide a challenging, broad and balanced education. There are three core subjects: English, Maths and Science. In addition, there are foundation subjects which include: Computing, History, Geography, Art and Design, Languages, Music and Physical Education. Personal, Social, Citizenship and Health Education (PSHE) is also taught at every Key Stage, and Sex and Relationship Education is taught to upper Key Stage 2 pupils as part of the PSHE curriculum. Religious Education (RE) is also part of the National Curriculum taught at every Key Stage. To find out more about each area of the curriculum please click on the subject names.

Where possible, we teach through engaging and cross-curricular topics. Click on the year group below to view the topics taught each term.

Year 1 topics

Year 2 topics

Year 3 topics

Year 4 topics

Year 5 topics

Year 6 topics

Collective Worship

Each day we gather as a whole school or Key Stage to consider a variety of themes (spiritual, moral, social and multi-cultural). It is not only a time for reflection but also an opportunity to share and celebrate our learning and achievements. In addition, every year, we have class assemblies and parents are invited to attend these.

Building Learning Power (BLP)

Building Learning Power teaches pupils the skills needed for life, and is taught through themed sessions – Resilience, Resourcefulness, Reflectiveness and Reciprocity. Each week these sessions give pupils the additional opportunity to:

  • Use their imagination and initiative;
  • Investigate and question;
  • Develop their self-esteem and self-confidence;
  • Offer reasoned views and understand the viewpoints of others;
  • Be creative;
  • Reflect on experiences;
  • Learn from the world around them; and
  • Resolve conflicts effectively and learn how to compromise.

BLP is taught is in mixed year groups in Key Stage 2. This gives pupils the opportunity to work with a range of pupils and widen their friendship circles.

Inclusion

Our curriculum is tailored to meet the needs of all the children. If your child should find an aspect of learning difficult, we offer a range of intervention groups led by teachers and teaching assistants. These include:

  • Phonics and spelling;
  • SEAL (social skills);
  • Smartmoves (motor skills);
  • Mathematics;
  • Speech and language; and
  • Reading and writing.

Equally if your child is talented in a particular area, lessons and activities are planned to expand this talent. Also workshops are planned with other local schools for pupils to share their learning and tackle new challenges together.

Curriculum Enrichment

To enrich the curriculum and provide the pupils with opportunities to have different experiences a variety of school trips are planned. Some school trips have included visits to:

  • Grimsbury Farm
  • Chepstow castle
  • Weston-Super-Mare
  • Bristol Zoo
  • Westonbirt Arboretum
  • Lifeskills Centre
  • Bristol Museum

Year 5 and Year 6 also have the opportunity to take part in residential school trips.

In addition, we work in partnership with other schools, early years providers, external agencies and the local community to extend the range and quality of learning experiences for our pupils.

Accessible Curriculum for All

Provision is made in the Education Reform Act 1988 for a formal complaints procedure. A copy of the complaints procedure and policy can be obtained from the school office by anyone wishing to make a complaint about the curriculum, Religious Education or Collective Worship. Parents wishing to withdraw their children from all or part of the Religious Education programme, Collective Worship or Sex Education classes should contact the Headteacher.  Pupils who are withdrawn remain supervised in school. The school respects the legal right of any parent to withdraw his/her child from lessons, with regard to Religious Education and Sex Education.