Our forward thinking, ethical, concepts based Big Question curriculum is designed to enable us to teach the National Curriculum within a meaningful, engaging and spiritual approach whilst enabling children to develop secure knowledge that will equip them well for their next step in their school journey.
We value the well-being, personal and spiritual development of each individual pupil and member of staff, and aim to provide a curriculum in which each member of our school family can thrive. Our school vision, Soaring with Compassion, is at the heart of everything we do – we soar together as a Beechcroft community just as St Paul describes in his letter to the Phillippians, which underpins all of our work. The values of hope, respect and wisdom guide us every day as a school community and inform the way in which we approach our curriculum.
Over the past year, staff have reviewed our curriculum, considering how to interweave our Christian vision and values with current educational research and best practice.
We have developed a concepts-led curriculum, which focuses on 'Big Questions' to get each pupil thinking about what they are learning, why they are learning it, and how they can make an impact and further develop themselves, others and the wider world with their new understanding. We aim to create inclusive and engaging learning environments to help us develop curious, confident learners. Within each curriculum subject, we want to provide thought provoking opportunities for all pupils so that they develop good levels of understanding within a broad curriculum. Each term's Big Question aims to open the children's minds to relevant and meaningful themes which build on prior learning, skills and understanding.
Curriculum Drivers – a CASE for our curriculum
As a school we have developed four curriculum drivers which we embed into our curriculum through worship, teaching, curriculum design, dialogue, environment and extra curricular activities. These are woven in to our curriculum planning so that all pupils are offered opportunities to develop themselves in each of these drivers between the time they start with us in Reception to the time the leave us in Year 6.