At Beam, we ensure that literacy skills are taught throughout all curriculum areas. Throughout the school speaking and listening activities form an essential part of literacy teaching. Within the Early Years and Key Stage 1 classes, there are also additional phonics sessions which follow the letters and sounds programme.
Many forms of writing are experienced throughout the school including story writing, instructional writing, persuasive writing, recounts and poetry. The children enjoy regular ‘Big Writing’ sessions where they have the opportunity to demonstrate the literacy skills they have learnt. In Key stage 2 pupils will self-assess their work.
Children are immersed into a rich reading environment, exploring a wide range of quality texts to support both word recognition, comprehension and vocabulary development. Comprehension and engagement in books is encouraged through drama, ‘book talk’ and response activities including artwork, story mapping and guided reading.
Maths is taught through a daily numeracy lesson which follows the principles of the Primary Numeracy Strategy. This ensures a broad and through coverage of the main aspects of numeracy: number, shape space and measure, data handling and using and applying mathematics. There is also a strong emphasis on mental arithmetic and children are set regular tasks to develop this skill.
In order to develop mathematical skills and concepts, children are grouped in class according to ability; but these groups are often changed according to individual strengths and weaknesses across the main aspects of numeracy.
Considerable importance is attached to the children achieving and understanding mathematical processes and it is our aim to ensure children feel confident and encouraged about their learning in maths. This is achieved by planning interesting and enjoyable lessons that give each child the opportunity to actively participate in the learning process. Class teachers also plan for opportunities to develop and apply key mathematical skills in other subjects throughout the year and to real life situations.
Science at Beam gives children the opportunity to be inquisitive, to explore and find out about the world around them. As they progress through the school, the children carry out practical investigations with greater independence and have the opportunity to research information, use a variety of equipment and resources. We are particularly fortunate to have our own wildlife area which we use to ensure that our pupils gain firsthand experience. In their work children develop a variety of strategies to analyse what they have found out and are encouraged to record their findings accordingly. The Science units can also be linked to other areas of the curriculum such as ICT, Maths and Art and topics covered include Light and Sound, Changing Materials, Forces In Action, Life Cycles, habitats and Healthy Living. In years 5 and 6, our pupils receive a unit of lessons at our feeder Secondary Schools.
As part of Religious Education, children learn about Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism. It is our aim that children will recognise and value all people with their diversity of gifts, cultures and faiths and develop a consideration for others, learning to work together with a sense of social responsibility and compassion.