Curriculum Overview 

Intent

‘The vision of the curriculum at Beech is underpinned by giving students the combination of knowledge and skills for life with enriching experiences to assist them in becoming contributing citizens to society but also provide social mobility for a group of pupils who are already disadvantaged. Our curriculum wants to support the pupils to turn I cant in to I can!’


Drama

Drama In Drama, students have the opportunity to develop their communication and teamwork skills in a safe and stimulating environment, by taking part in practical role-play and written activities. They will be given the opportunity to question and … more


English and Literacy

In English and Literacy, learners are taught to read fluently, accurately and with understanding. We use phonics and the Read Write Inc. programme to support reading, comprehension, spelling and writing. We encourage learners to have an interest in … more


Humanities

Humanities In Humanities, we develop children’s experiences and understanding of Geography and History, inspiring and igniting their curiosity about their local area and the wider world. It also helps children gain a sense of their own identity … more


ICT

In ICT, we equip children with the skills and understanding to live in a technological world; this includes being able to use a variety of computer software and coding programmes as well as gaining the basic knowledge required to complete … more


Maths

In Maths, we develop enquiring minds and an enjoyment of the subject. Equipping students with the mathematical skills to solve problems in the real world and enable them to reach their potential in formal assessments to unlock more options in the … more


Music

Music In music, we progressively develop children’s skills in the areas of musical appreciation (listening and discussing), performance on instruments and with voice, composition and recording and evaluating musical performances. We encourage … more


Nurture

Nurture The Nurture curriculum puts students at the heart of learning and supports them on the Preparing for Adulthood pathway through their time at The Academy. Students will be given the fundamental life skills to provide the best opportunity to … more


PE

PE In PE, we provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way that supports their health and fitness. Our children will have opportunities to compete in sport and other activities that build character and help to embed our … more


Photography

Photography In Photography, we provide students with the opportunity to explore photographic equipment and techniques; materials and resources; develop and adapt photographic ideas; learn new skills; and gain an understanding of the photo imaging … more


Reading

Read easily, fluently and with good understanding Develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information Acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing … more


Science

Science In Science, we provide students with the opportunity to develop their knowledge and stimulate curiosity about how the world works along with the skills to solve problems and find answers to their questions through exploration and … more


Spoken Language

Use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in … more


Technology

Technology In food, we teach our students how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. Instilling a love of cooking, this will also open a door to one of the great expressions of creativity. Learning how to cook is a … more


Writing

Writing Write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences  … more

Implementation

At the Beech Academy, each pupils has a bespoke journey to ensure they have an ambitious future. Our Scholarship road maps are a visual tool to represent this journey across each of our provisions and any young person who joins the Academy has a clear set of pledges that they work to so we ensure they graduate at the end of the year. We also pride ourselves on Character Education so all students have access and thrive in leading specific aspects across the Academy. You will see our road maps in the reception areas of both sites. Do take the time to look at our journey.


Promoting British values through the curriculum:

Schools should promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

Through the provision of SMSC teaching at our school we:

  • Enable students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence;
  • Enable students to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England;
  • Encourage students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely;
  • Enable students to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England;
  • Further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures;
  • Encourage respect for other people; and
  • Encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England.

At the Beech Academy:

Democracy is promoted through our school council and pupil questionnaires.

Visits from authorities such as the police are used to reinforce this e.g. Helping students understand what ‘Hate Crime’ is

The importance of the rule of law. The school ethos and behaviour policy revolve around 'integrity' as a core value, and discussions and assemblies focus on what respect and integrity means and how it is shown.

Citizenship: Pupils are encouraged to understand their personal rights and freedoms, and are advised on how to exercise these safely. Topics such as equal rights, and e-safety will be taught.

Spirituality and Religious Education (RE): Lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others.

History and Geography: Pupils analyse events in UK and world history where British values have been tested such as both World Wars. In geography, pupils could look at how different cultures live and work throughout the world.

All of the above is woven within our Beech Academy Scholarship at all three of our provisions.