These topics are developed by the staff and are our way of grouping and teaching the objectives from the National Curriculum in a way that our children will find fun and interesting. These topics can be based on high-quality texts; periods in times; recent film releases or areas of interest the children have expressed.
Wherever possible, all subjects are based on this overall topic, however these links are not forced and the subjects only linked to the overall topics if these links are strong and purposeful. Where this is not the case, the subjects are taught discreetly.
All children enjoy weekly music lessons from Portsmouth Music Services and take part in different events to practise and enhance their skills. This term, many children will take part in The Big Autumn Ceilidh, an event designed to promote singing and dancing whilst teaching the children about the traditions of other cultures.
We aim to teach children how to grow into positive, responsible people, who can work and co-operate with others while developing their knowledge and skills, so that they achieve their true potential. PSHE (personal, social and health education) is a focus for many of our curriculum topics and we adapt our topics constantly to suit the needs of the children. For example, the children currently in KS1 are being taught to brush their teeth twice a day as part of their All About Me topic. The brushing of teeth would normal stop after the children left Year R but we have decide to continue it into KS1 to meet the needs of our children.
In Years 5 & 6, children take part in relationships and sex education lessons which are normally led by teaching staff. Parents are invited into school before these sessions start so that they can see what the children are taught and parents are also given an opportunity to decide whether they would like their children to participate in these sessions.
Religious Education is taught in each year group across Beacon View. To identify what aspects of religious studies to teach, we follow the agreed Hampshire syllabus Living Difference III. To find out more information about this syllabus, you can follow the link below.
Parents have the right to withdraw their children from Religious Education lessons on grounds of their faith. Please speak to your child’s class teacher if this is something you wish to consider.
Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)
‘This year we are going to be introducing Spanish lessons to all the children at Beacon View, we are going to be following the scheme Espanol!Espanol! in KS1 and KS2. Whilst our EYFS children will be starting the Lingotunes programme. To find out more information about these schemes please follow this link: https://www.language-factory.co.uk/products/espanol-espanol
The children will start by learning greetings and nursery rhymes, they will also be learning things such as the months of the year and the days of the week.
Checking your Child’s Progress
Every child’s progress and attainment in English and maths is constantly assessed through both informal methods (staff observations, discussions and marking) within each lesson, and more formal methods (assessments) at regular points throughout the year. Alongside these assessments for the core subjects, we have recently introduced key questions to all of our curriculum topics and use the children’s responses to these (written or verbal) to assess their learning in all foundation subjects.
Running alongside our curriculum, we have an extensive programme of extra-curricular clubs at lunchtime and after school, including a STEM club, where this term the children will get the opportunity to visit and take part in activities at the science laboratories of our local secondary school, Castle View.
Extra-curricular clubs are updated every term and the children given the opportunity to choose new clubs. Please visit the school office if you would like to know what clubs are available this term.
Have your say!
We offer opportunities for parents to come into school to learn about our curriculum and give their views. So far this academic year we have run 4 parent workshops on the curriculum and will be providing some more towards the end of the term.
Parents enjoying the refreshments at a recent curriculum session!
We also have a suggestions box in the reception for parents to use and encourage parents to share their thoughts and ideas with us so that everyone has a say in how the curriculum is taught and developed.
If you would like any further information about the curriculum taught at Beacon View, please make an appointment to meet with Mrs R Mitchell, the Deputy Headteacher.