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Curriculum 1

We have designed our curriculum to make learning effective, exciting and relevant to our pupils' needs.

Seven key priorities underpin the Beechwood curriculum, which reflect the values and ethos of the school;

1. CORE SKILLS
High quality teaching of core skills of English and Maths.
Literacy and Numeracy are taught in both subject specific and cross curricular contexts.  We aim to ensure continuous progress above the national average for all groups of pupils, including the more able.  A range of personalized intervention programmes at group or individual level support pupils at particular points in their learning.

2. CREATIVITY
High priority given to explicit development of pupils' creative skills.
Children are given the opportunity to work in a rich and diverse range of creative and explorative contexts embedded across the curriculum, with the creative element of subjects systematically explored.  A high profile is given to the creative arts, both for their own intrinsic value and for the contribution they can make to cross-curricular study.

3. THINKING SKILLS
The key role of enquiry and problem solving.
The curriculum is designed to stimulate curiosity, equip pupils with the skills to persue lines of research into areas of personal interest and allow them the time to do so.

4. ENJOYMENT AND RELEVANCE
Learning is meaningful, relevant and enjoyable.
Learning is embedded in engaging and interesting situations, whether real life or imaginary.  Cross-curricular study provides a coherence and depth to the investigation of themes and topics.

5. EXTENDED PROVISION
An extended concept of curriculum provision.
Pupils learn in a variety of different places and with a variety of different teachers.  Off-site delivery, visiting experts, day and residential visits and use of the outside classroom and local environment are common features of provision.

6. COMMUNITY COHESION
An awareness of community at local, national and international level.
Pupils of all ages develop an understanding of the different aspects of community.  They explore the relevance of different communities to themselves and the contribution that they can make to each.

7. PERSONAL, SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING
The development of social and emotional literacy.
The curriculum affords continuous opportunities for pupils to develop an awareness of self and a growing understanding of the relation of self to others.  A sense of self-esteem and personal identity is linked to respect for the rights of others.

Please browse our Class pages to see how our priorities are reflected in pupils' learning across school.
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