National Curriculum

Every state funded school must offer a curriculum which is balanced and which:

  • Promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, metal and physical development of pupils at the school and of society, and
  • Prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilties and experiences of later life.

The school curriculum comprises all the learning and other experiences that each school plans for its pupils. The national curriculum is one part of the school curriculum.

The National Curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens. It introduces pupils to the best that has been thought and said; and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.

The National Curriculum is just one element in the education of every child. There is time and space in the school day and in each week, term and year to range beyond the National Curriculum specifications.

The National Curriculum provides an outline of core knowledge around which teachers can develop exciting and stimulating lessons to promote the development of pupils knowledge, understanding and skills as part of the wider school curriculum.

National Curriculum At Beaver Road

The new National Curriculum was introduced at Beaver Road in September 2014.

As an Academy school, Beaver Road does not have to follow the National Curriculum. However the School Senior Leadership Team have decided to incorporate the new National Curriculum in to the Beaver Road school curriculum.

We have adopted the Learning Challenge approach developed by Focus Education and used by many very successful schools.

The Learning Challenge concept is built around the principle of greater pupil involvement in their work, resulting in a meaningful and relevant curriculum that promotes high standards.

The Learning Challenge Curriculum is an approach to structuring and delivering the curriculum; often described as an approach for ‘intelligent schools’. It is under-pinned by a secure pedagogical framework which weaves together the critical elements of curriculum, teaching & learning and assessment.

The Learning Challenges Curriculum is not an ‘off the page’ scheme of work. It requires teachers to actively think what their curriculum needs to include in order to meet the needs of their children in their context and leading to high standards in all areas of the curriculum.

The key drivers of the Learning Challenge approach are:

  • Planned around the distinctive needs of our children
  • Enquiry based to promote curiosity
  • Outcomes driven to raise standards
  • Embeds the application of basic skills
  • Allows writing to be meaningfully embedded
  • Cross-Curricular (Where Meaningful)
  • Interesting for the teacher, as well as the children
  • Integrates empowering learning (Learn-To-Learn)
  • Underpinned by latest thinking about quality learning and brain-based learning

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Phonics At Beaver Road

At Beaver Road we follow the “Letters and Sounds Scheme” – more information about this can be found on the below documents.

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