Our Soaring Curriculum
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.
At Beechcroft St Paul’s Primary School, we are committed to teaching a broad and balanced curriculum that is stimulating, motivating and encourages pupils to become independent and aspirational learners. Last year we launched our new ‘Soaring Curriculum’, which is underpinned by research evidence and cognitive science.
Our curriculum is vocabulary focused and aims to equip pupils with the technical language required to talk about their learning in a precise manner, across the curriculum. Knowledge organisers are utilised within learning modules to support vocabulary development.
Science, history, art & design, geography, design & technology and computing are taught in a series of modules which are regularly revisited within each academic year and also built upon in subsequent years. Children access mini-quizzes at regular intervals within modules thus challenging them to recall their learning. Research shows that both the ‘spaced practice,’ and ‘retrieval practice,’ embedded within the curriculum, enhance pupils’ learning. PSHE, PE, music and French (in KS2) are taught weekly, giving regular opportunities for children to revisit and retrieve their knowledge as well as practice and apply their learning regularly.
Within the Soaring Curriculum, children are increasingly offered rich opportunities to enrich their learning through trips, visitors, hands on experiences and sharing their learning.
Early Years at Beechcroft St Paul's
Repetition and depth of experience is at the centre of the new EYFS curriculum at Beechcroft St Paul’s. It will allow for a language rich environment that supports the children in building their language and vocabulary, embedding new words in context. Books, rhyme and poetry will be at the centre of the curriculum and will help us to foster a love for reading amongst our children. Through our curriculum we will support the children in building key relationships both with adults and peers and will allow for a positive sense of self to be achieved by all. The curriculum will allow for the children to be supportive to one another and they will develop a can-do attitude with perseverance being modelled and championed throughout. The children will be given a range of opportunities to explore the community in which they live and physical experiences to gain a sense of the world around them. They will be given opportunities that they may not normally get on a day-to-day basis with visits and visitors allowing for their cultural capital to be widened. The curriculum will strive to allow the children to become inquisitive, curious learners who are willing to take calculated risks in a safe and secure environment.
SEND Curriculum Provision
At Beechcroft St Paul’s, all class teachers are responsible for providing a curriculum that is suitable for all pupils in the class, including those with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND) with support from the SENCo. We have high expectations for all pupils and are committed to ensuring our curriculum complies with the Equality Act 2010 and the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014. Our SEND Information Report emphasises the importance of providing an inclusive learning environment for all pupils including those with SEND. Additional information on this can be found in our SEND Policy and on the SEND section of our website. For any parents with queries regarding SEND provision, contact should be made in the first instance with Miss Stuart, SENDCo, via the school office: (01305) 783500 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Should you wish for any further information regarding the Soaring Curriculum, please contact your child's class teacher in the first instance or ask to speak to Miss Hawker by contacting the school office on (01305) 783500 or: email@example.com