"Delivering an Inspiring & Thought-Provoking Curriculum Is Our Passion."

At Beeches Infant School, we promote development of the whole child ensuring that a broad and balanced curriculum is taught. It is our intent that pupils leave us with strong foundations in reading, writing and maths. Beyond this, it is our aim that children experience a broad curriculum so that they begin to develop their understanding of the different subjects. We aim to provide them with range of experiences to enhance their enjoyment of the curriculum and begin to develop personal interests so that they can be the best that they can be.

‘Pupils enjoy the wide range of subjects taught. The curriculum is broad and balanced and taught through an exciting range of topics. Thematic books demonstrate pupils’ good progress in history, geography, art, science and religious education. Particular strengths lie in reading, creative arts and personal, social and health education. Pupils benefit from numerous visits to places of interest, linked to their topic work. Extracurricular activities are also very popular, with large numbers of pupils taking part in a good range of sports clubs.’ (Ofsted 2017)

"We will provide a broad and balanced curriculum and support every child to be the best they can be" - Article 29

EYFS Curriculum Overview

LTP

Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural (SMSC)

The table below showcases our Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural (SMSC) curriculum here at Beeches Infants. To download a copy of this for your own records, please click on the button below.

E-Safety

The internet is used by all ages and has become an integral part of children’s lives, which is why we take great care to ensure we pass on the important message of E-Safety at school and at home when using the internet.

The internet is used to search for information, obtain pictures, talk to people from anywhere in the world and play games online.  We can also share details and pictures with our families and friends and upload them instantly from any device (Desktop PC, Laptop, Tablet or Mobile Phone).

Therefore, it is important to remember just a few simple rules by following the ‘SMART’ guide to make sure we keep our children safe online. At Beeches Infants School we are proud to be a National Online Safety certified school, demonstrating our commitment to keeping children and young people safe online.

Staying 'SMART' Online

SAFE – keep safe by not giving out your personal information when you are posting online.  Personal information includes your home address, email address, full name, phone number or password.

MEETING – Remember online friends are still strangers even if you have been speaking to them for a long time.  Therefore, never agree to meet someone you have only met online.

ACCEPTING – When accepting emails, messages or opening files, pictures and texts from an unknown source or people you do not know or trust can be dangerous.  They may contain viruses or nasty messages so be smart and do not open them.

RELIABLE – Remember someone might lie about who they are the information on the internet may not be true. Always check with someone if you are unsure.

TELL – Always tell someone if you see something online that makes you feel uncomfortable or worried.

Please find attached some useful information and links to help keep your child safe online. We hope you find these both useful and informative.

Useful Links

Mathematics

"We will provide a broad and balanced curriculum and support every child to be the best they can be" - Article 29

At Beeches Infant school, the teaching of Mathematics is a high priority as we recognise it is an essential skill for life. It is our intent that all children develop into mathematicians with the fluency, reasoning and problem-solving skills required for life within and beyond school. Our maths teaching and learning is based around the maths mastery approaches.

Maths can be abstract for young children, and that is why time is spent using concrete resources and representations to help children make deeper connections and secure their understanding of Maths concepts. At Beeches Infant School, we aim to ensure children enjoy Maths and experience success in this subject.

The children are taught Maths through the use of mathematical resources such as counters, tens, frames and dienes. Time is spent using concrete resources to help the children deepen their understanding of maths concepts. Maths can be very abstract for young children that is why this part of the lesson is so crucial to help make those connections. Our maths is set in real life contexts and allow for opportunities for reasoning and problem solving. In all lessons there is the opportunity for children to talk to their partners and explain/clarify their thinking throughout the lesson.

Another feature of our maths approach is our daily fluency and number fact sessions. We recognise that ‘fluency’ is not just about remembering facts it is about developing all aspects of mathematical fluency.

Writing

"We will provide a broad and balanced curriculum and support every child to be the best they can be" - Article 29

At Beeches Infant School, we promote development of the whole child ensuring that a broad and balanced curriculum is taught. It is our intent that pupils leave us with strong foundations in reading, writing and maths. Beyond this, it is our aim that children experience a broad curriculum so that they begin to develop their understanding of the different subjects. We aim to provide them with range of experiences to enhance their enjoyment of the curriculum and begin to develop personal interests so that they can be the best that they can be.

Through immersion in quality texts it is our intent that we instil a joy and love of reading whilst also widening pupils’ vocabulary.  Our early reading is taught through the use of the Little Wandle letters and sounds programme which is complemented by fully decodable books. The writing genres and texts we use as starting points provide stimulating and exciting writing opportunities.  Our intention is for children to become creative writers. 

We strive for all children to have a positive attitude to communication and to be able to express their ideas, thoughts and opinions confidently both orally and through their own writing.   

 

‘Pupil voice is a strength within the school. Leaders regularly collect pupils’ views and act on their ideas accordingly’ – Ofsted 2017 

Reading

"We will provide a broad and balanced curriculum and support every child to be the best they can be" - Article 29

At Beeches Infant School, teaching reading is a high priority as we recognize it is an essential life skill. It is the key for accessing all the curriculum and life beyond school. It is our intent that pupils are taught the necessary skills to read, write, speak and listen well which will equip them with the fundamental tools to achieve both here and beyond.

Through immersion in quality texts it is our intent that we instil a joy and love of reading whilst also widening pupils’ vocabulary.

Our early reading is taught through the use of the Little Wandle letters and sounds programme which is complemented by fully decodable books. Taught sounds and words are combined in our reading practice sessions, where children read a book three times over the course of a week and a half. The first time we read we focus on decoding (sounding out the words), the second time we work on prosody which is reading with expression and the third time we work on comprehension skills. The books being read in class are easily accessed online via Collins ebooks.

Phonics

"We will provide a broad and balanced curriculum and support every child to be the best they can be" - Article 29

Little Wandle Letters and Sounds are revised at Beeches Infant School. We passionately believe that all children can understand the connection between the sounds of our spoken words and the letters that are used to write them down. We teach this through Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised.
We start teaching sessions in Reception and follow the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised progression, ensuring that children are exposed to all 44 sounds of the alphabetic code. Daily sessions involve a recap of previously taught GPCs, familiar words and tricky sounds. Children are then taught four new sounds each week and practise orally blending them in words. Learning is consolidated through the practise of reading and writing words and sentences.
Year 2 children are exposed to some elements of the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised programme as they have been exposed to all 44 sounds of the alphabetic code. They are now embracing knowledge of spelling conventions – patterns and rules to promote the learning of spellings, including statutory words, common exceptions and personal spellings through the programme No Nonsense Spelling.

Science

"We will provide a broad and balanced curriculum and support every child to be the best they can be" - Article 29

At Beeches Infant School our aim is to provide a curriculum which allows the children to explore and discover the world. We aim to provide an inquiry-based curriculum that is hands-on and full of opportunities for children to explore and investigate the world around them, by building up their scientific enquiry and investigative skills. We want all our children to access science through a range of stimulating and challenging experiences that children find fun and engaging, whilst also extending and deepening their understanding of scientific knowledge and vocabulary.

History

"We will provide a broad and balanced curriculum and support every child to be the best they can be" - Article 29

At Beeches Infant School we seek to inspire pupils to become curious about the past. We want them to know how the past differs from modern day life and how the past has influenced the present. We will provide opportunities for children to develop the skills of asking perceptive questions, to encourage thinking critically, encourage consideration of evidence, and support them to develop perspective and judgment. We aim for our children to develop an understanding of chronology through the knowledge of people and events.

Geography

At Beeches Infant School, we aim to provide quality geography education that encourages pupils to become curious about the world. Through our teaching, we seek to impart knowledge about diverse places, people resources, natural and human environments and where possible, do this using examples that are relevant to our pupils. We aim to deepen pupils’ understanding of the interaction that our own actions have on the formation and use of landscapes and environments.

Art

"Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities" - Article 31

At Beeches Infant School we believe that art should inspire and motivate and be a vehicle for children to express themselves. We aim to inspire pupils with the work of great artists and equip them with the knowledge and skills to experiment and create their own works of art, craft and design. We see sketching as a means for children to become more proficient drawers and we encourage our children to use appropriate art vocabulary when talking about their work and the work of others.

At Beeches Infants we subscribe to ‘Kapow’ for our KS1 Art Teaching. Kapow offers in-depth subject coverage for each element of Art taught. This ensures that all elements of the Art Curriculum are covered and that we are learning about a wide-range of artists from a range of backgrounds, gender, countries, periods of time and disciplines.

Intent: To engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. We are on a journey from teacher driven teaching with set outcomes, to pupil-led, process inspired exploration. ·

Implementation: In accordance with the National Curriculum, basic skills are introduced and then built upon. Skills are revisited giving children opportunities to develop and explore techniques. The role of the teacher is to introduce key skills, materials and ideas to the pupils in such a way that each pupil can then explore his or her own creativity; to facilitate process over product.

Impact: Children are encouraged to be creative learners with a ‘have a go’ mindset. There will be an emphasis placed on individuality and children will be given the freedom to explore art using their imaginations.

Design Technology

"Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities" - Article 31

At Beeches Infant School our aim is to enthuse and inspire pupils to use their skills to design and make. We make sure that Design and Technology is a practical subject, where children are encouraged to use their creativity and imagination to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems. We want our children to understand the impact Design and Technology has for the wider world.

Music

"Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities" - Article 31

At Beeches Infant School we want our children to enjoy and appreciate music as well as understand how it makes them feel. We will provide opportunities for children to listen to a range of types of music and artists and encourage them to express an opinion on what they have heard. We aim to engage and inspire our children with opportunities to sing and explore musical instruments, as well as increase their confidence through music.

Computing

"Children have the right to get information from the internet and other sources, and adults should make sure the information they get is not harmful" - Article 17

At Beeches Infant School our aim is to provide a secure groundwork of computing skills which will equip our pupils with the skills they will need to access an increasing technological world. We want our children to understand how to make choices online and how to use the internet positively and safely.

Personal, Social, Health, and Economic (PSHE)

"Every child has the right to express their views, feelings and wishes in all matters affecting them, and to have their views considered and taken seriously. This right applies at all times, for example during immigration proceedings, housing decisions or the child’s day-to-day home life" - Article 12

At Beeches Infant School, we believe that a strong PHSE education is important to help our pupils develop into well rounded members of society, who can make a positive contribution to their community. Our PSHE curriculum is strongly tied to our relationships and health education (RHE) as well as closely linked with our pastoral care programme. As a Rights Respecting School (Gold Status) our pupils learn about their rights and are taught to build positive relationships and learn how to express their thoughts.

PSHE is taught in discrete curriculum time, it is taught through a spiral curriculum approach addressing pupils current experiences alongside preparation for their future. We follow the PSHE Association ‘Questions based model’ in KS1 and in EYFS Topic based PSED planning. Rights Education is supported through our ‘First steps to Rights’ programme.

Opportunities for cross-curricular learning are considered by subject facilitators and links made as appropriate. Regular circle time opportunities are used to explore and support our emotional literacy programme (PATHs). Our little voices boxes contribute to these.

‘We will listen to the views and opinions of our children’ Article 12

Religious Education

"Every child has the right to think and believe what they choose and also to practise their religion, as long as they are not stopping other people from enjoying their rights" - Article 14

At Beeches Infant School, we follow the Birmingham Agreed Syllabus which offers a broad and rich RE curriculum. Our children learn about religions as well as from religions and will reflect on their own experiences and beliefs. We are a diverse community and it is our intent that our children understand, respect and tolerate this diversity.

Physical Education

"Every child has the right to meet with other children and to join groups and organisations, as long as this does not stop other people from enjoying their rights" - Article 15

At Beeches Infant School we encourage children to lead healthy and active lifestyles. Our curriculum allows pupils to access a range of physical activities. We provide opportunities for the children to take part in a range of physical activities during PE lessons, lunchtimes and after school clubs to encourage confidence, motivation and to develop team building skills. We deliver high quality physical education lessons where pupils develop their agility, balance and coordination skills. Children are encouraged to show their good learning behaviours such as being cooperative, being creative and perseverance which are life-long values.