Important basic skills
We know that all children gain the most from school by learning to read, write and work with numbers. Every day we make sure that all children have opportunities to practice these skills in dedicated daily English and mathematics lessons and across other subjects. This begins in the Early Years Foundation Unit when we pay careful attention to children developing good speaking and listening skills and developing year on year until by the age of 11, children are confidently able to;
- express themselves in writing
- read for pleasure, information and meaning
- have the skills to solve real-world mathematical problems.
We aim that very few children leave Beacon View Primary Academy without having made good progress. This should mean that children reach National Curriculum Level 4 (or above) by the end of Year 6.
Safe secure environment
We believe that children learn best in a secure and safe environment which they understand and trust. As a result all our classrooms are laid out with support materials and resources clearly labelled so children always know where to find what they need. All lessons are structured in the same way and carefully matched to the needs of children. We group children according to their level of understanding, which means that groups may change over time and by subject / core skill. This ensures they are well-prepared for secondary school, as they continue their journey into adulthood equipped to make good choices. Teachers are supported by well-trained Teaching Assistants who support in the classroom but also give additional support to children who need to catch up or have special educational needs. This support is planned and overseen by Class Teachers.
We also value children's physical, social and emotional development and are fortunate to have good resources for all of these aspects, with specialist staff, good school grounds and equipment and a range of school clubs, which are described later in the brochure.
What will help children succeed?
The education we offer at Beacon View Primary Academy makes demands on parents, staff and pupils. Children will not succeed without everyone working together. Our expectations can be summarised by the following bullet points.
• Children should always attend school unless they are definitely too unwell. A breakfast club is available for children and parents from 8a.m. to help children arrive at school on time. Advice from a school nurse is easily accessible.
• There is zero-tolerance of verbal and physical abuse and all forms of bullying. This means there will be a consequence and parents will be informed. However, despite the vigilance of all staff, some bullying may not be recognised, e.g. cyber-bullying. If you have concerns about your child’s well-being, we encourage you to contact your child’s class teacher.
• Everyone in the school community to give their best effort. This means for example that children's handwriting and good presentation are valued and teachers mark their work carefully to give children feedback about their learning.