Sport and Physical Education (P.E.)
All pupils take part in P.E. throughout the school and our Head of Sport is responsible for overseeing the provision of high-quality lessons and the organisation of the subject. Activities include swimming, gymnastics, dance/movement, athletics, games, and orienteering. At Beacon Rise, we aim to have two PE lessons a week. All pupils have access to hall space, indoor gym apparatus, and large outdoor areas including hard court surfaces, a playing field and climbing facilities. Year 3 pupils also have swimming lessons which will provide them with a range of strokes and increased water confidence; it is hoped that all pupils are able to swim 25m by the time they leave us.
Children also have the opportunity to participate in afterschool sporting events which are either run by teaching staff or external specialist coaches. We cater for a wide range of sporting interests including football, netball, rugby, athletics, golf, cross country, archery, lacrosse and hockey.
Historically our sports teams (TeamBR) have been very successful and our achievements have included notable results in the Festival of Youth Sport, the South Gloucestershire Swimming Gala and the South Gloucestershire Representative Games. At Beacon Rise, we are keen to provide all children with an opportunity to represent their school in a variety of sports and competitions. Inclusive sports, such as Boccia and New Age Curling, have seen our children top the podium in recent years. Our children are given every opportunity to represent their school which highlights our desire to show Beacon Rise as a place where enthusiasm and skill are equally rewarded.
The school uses part of its School Sports Premium to fund memberships of CSET Sports Programme and the South Gloucestershire PE Association. These links provide a wealth of opportunities for children to experience a range of sports as well as participating in competitive games. Within this provision, there are also opportunities for coaching, CPD, and support with teaching and learning.
Beacon Rise prides itself in providing children with the skills and knowledge to develop their physical literacy. We have consistently been awarded with Sainsbury’s Gold Games Mark with our most recent award being a Platinum Mark to recognise our dedication to physical activity and sporting opportunity.
At Beacon Rise we want our pupils to be digitally literate and participate responsibly in a digital world, both now and in the future. Our computing curriculum therefore teaches the principles of data, programming, media, online safety and looks at the impact of technology on our lives. We believe that computer technology should be recognised for the value that it can bring to daily life and the future lives of our students.
We regularly use and encourage technology in other areas of the curriculum so that pupils can be active participants in their own learning. All pupils have access to class laptops and regularly use I-Pads to enhance their learning.
All pupils are taught how to use technologies, both in school and at home, safely, respectfully and effectively. We have an annual whole-school Online Safety event to enrich the children’s learning and to supplement the curriculum. To further respect the values of being safe online, it is also taught and reinforced through our PSHE curriculum.
At Beacon Rise, we help pupils gain a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. In line with the National Curriculum, we equip pupils to ask questions about the past, critically evaluate evidence, and develop their own opinions.
At Year 1, we teach children about changes within living memory, and in Year 2 we look at significant historical events and individuals such as famous astronauts. In Key Stage 2 topics include significant historical events in Britain, including the Stone and Iron Age, and the impact of the Viking, Roman and Anglo-Saxon invasions. In addition we study the history of the wider world including the Mayans, Ancient Greeks and Egyptians.
Geography teaching at Beacon Rise equips pupils with knowledge and understanding of our world – the places, people, cultures, environments, resources, and natural processes. In Key Stage 1, pupils study the local area, starting with our school and its surrounding community. As pupils progress into Key Stage 2, their studies widen to include different parts of the UK, Europe and the Americas. Pupils of all ages are encouraged to develop their investigation ideas and interpret a range of geographical sources. Pupils also learn to interpret globes and maps, draw maps and use symbols, as well as undertake fieldwork.
Art and Design
Art and design is taught in an inspiring, practical and cross-curricular way at Beacon Rise. Pupils research, invent, experiment and create works of art, craft and design. We also teach our pupils how to evaluate and analyse works of great designers and artists, as well as their own creations. You can see some fantastic examples of our art and design work on display around the school.
Across the school we teach French through a fun, multi-sensory approach. In Key Stage 1, French is mainly taught through songs and games. Whereas in Key Stage 2, pupils are encouraged to explore the language in more details and develop their French speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.
At Beacon Rise, we believe music is a vehicle for personal expression and a unique form of communication that can inspire and motivate children. We encourage and inspire pupils to develop a love and appreciation of music by providing opportunities for all children to listen, explore, play, create, perform and enjoy music. We strongly believe that music increases self-confidence, creativity and a sense of achievement.
Our music curriculum ensures that pupils:
- Develop an understanding of pulse, rhythm, pitch, tempo, dynamics, timbre, texture, structure and notation to know how music is created and performed
- Listen, appraise, perform and evaluate music across a range of genres and styles
- Learn to use their voices and sing
- Have an opportunity to play musical instruments
- Improvise, create and compose their own music
There are many opportunities for children to participate in musical activities and events within the wider life of school as they move through their schooling. Singing takes place daily as part of our Collective Worship and children have the opportunity to take part in musical events including Christmas celebrations at the school and at our local church, class assemblies, and productions.
Alongside this, children are welcomed to participate in extra-curricular musical activities, including choir, recorder, ukulele, samba band, hand bells and musical theatre, and are offered the opportunity to learn a musical instrument through external music lessons. At Beacon Rise we celebrate the children’s talents, interests and involvement by providing them with opportunities to perform at events including Prospective Parents’ Evenings, Christmas Concerts, Summer Fairs and CreateBR Extravaganzas as well as perform within the local community.
Religious Education (R.E.) at Beacon Rise focuses on spiritual, moral and social development, as well as citizenship. Children learn about and from religions and worldviews, in local, national and global contexts. This includes Christianity and other principal religions represented in Britain such as Islam and Hinduism. In R.E. children will know about and understand religions and worldviews, express and communicate ideas relating to these and gain and deploy skills for studying them. RE teaches an empathetic appreciation of how practicing members of religions live out their faith in everyday life. Children develop an understanding of themselves and the beliefs and faith systems of others, they value diversity and celebrate the richness of life in the United Kingdom.