The Government has introduced a new National Curriculum which took effect from September 2014. Click here to download the National Curriculum.
We aim to deliver an outstanding curriculum that is:
At Beechfield School, the different National Curriculum subjects are taught through a particular theme. We are aware of the danger of ‘tenuous’ links and ensure that English and maths – whilst sometimes present in themed work – are also taught daily as separate subjects. Similarly, other subjects such as P.E. and computing are taught separately as well as within themes.
Teaching in the Nursery and Reception classrooms is based upon the 2014 Revised Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. The curriculum programme provides effective education for children aged 3 – 5 years, and is supported by well-informed staff that understand the rapid development of an Early Years child. Structured play and careful monitoring are the foundation stones of this stage of education. Click here to download the EYFS Parents Guide.
All primary age groups are taught the subjects specified in the National Curriculum: English, mathematics, science, computing, geography, history, art and design, design and technology, physical education, music and a modern foreign (KS2) language. Religious Education and Personal, Social, Health and Emotional Education are also taught in addition to the above subjects.
At Beechfield School, English is taught to the children through a programme called Read Write Inc; a complete literacy programme rooted in the new national curriculum. It is designed to stimulate and challenge children’s thinking and create enthusiastic, life-long readers and writers.
The programme is divided into two key areas; Read, Write Inc. Phonics and Read, Write Inc. Literacy and Language.
Read Write Inc Phonics is a complete literacy programme for children learning to read. It is designed to create fluent, enthusiastic readers who have a deep comprehension of texts, produce confident speakers and keen writers. Children begin the programme in Reception and remain on the programme until they are reading at a National Curriculum level 2A.
In Reception: The children will be taught a sound a day and will be assessed regularly by their class teachers. When they have reached an appropriate level they will be grouped according to their reading level by the Read Write Inc. Manager and will be taught reading and writing alongside learning the new sounds.
Years 1 – 4: All children who are working at or below a National Curriculum level 2A will be assessed regularly by the Read Write Inc. Manager. The children will complete reading and writing activities for an hour each day, grouped according to their reading level. Children will be grouped according to their stage not their age, so classes will be mixed and taught by different teachers/teaching assistants. A few children who need extra support to maintain progress will work with a reading tutor for an extra 10 minutes a day.
Read Write Inc Literacy and Language is a complete literacy programme for children who can decode fluently and are working above a level 2A. It develops children’s comprehension, vocabulary, writing, critical thinking and discussion skills.
Read Write Inc. Fresh Start is a full support programme proven to help struggling readers in Years 5 and 6 gain a high reading age (NC level 4) quickly, and develop a love of reading.
In all Year groups across the school, the teachers read to their classes too, so the children get to know all sorts of stories, poetry and information books. They learn many more words this way and it also helps their writing.
Your child will return home with a library book, which is a book to share with / read to your child. In addition, If your child is in a Literacy and Language group, he / she will bring home an Oxford Reading Tree book or an independently chosen reading book. However, if your child is learning through the Read Write Inc Phonics programme, your child may bring home one of the following items.
|Group A||Sound writing review sheet||Your child will bring home a new sheet five out of every six days. If your child comes home with this sheet, they will notcome home with a reading book. These are practise sheets that prepare your child for blending words and reading stories in later weeks.|
|Group B – C||A red ditty sheet / book of short stories||Your child will bring home a new ditty book every three to four days orin Reception a ditty sheet every day. These will be levelled at your child’s confidence level. Please encourage your child to read the ditty out loud and ask them questions about the text.|
|Group D – F||Reading book||Your child will bring home a new reading book every three to four days. One of the underpinning characteristics of Read Write Inc. is that children do not change their books daily. Instead, the books are read and re read to compound understanding and allow the children to feel successful as a reader. Please encourage your child to read the story out loud to you. Discuss the content of the story i.e. characters or theme and encourage imaginative play, linked to their current book or ditty if possible.|
|Group G – I||Reading book||Your child will bring home a new reading book every five to six days. One of the underpinning characteristics of Read Write Inc. is that children do not change their books daily. Instead, the books are read and re read to compound understanding and allow the children to feel successful as a reader. Please encourage your child to read the story out loud to you and discuss the content of the story.|
With their home reader, please help your child to sound out the letters in words and then to ‘push’ the sounds together to make a whole word. Try not to refer to the letters by their names. Help your child instead to focus on the sounds.
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