The curriculum at Beckwithshaw Primary School is designed to provide a broad and balanced education that meets the needs of all children. It provides opportunities for children to develop as independent, confident and successful learners, with high aspirations, who know how to make a positive contribution to their community and the wider society. The curriculum ensures that academic success, creativity and problem solving, reliability, responsibility and resilience, as well as physical development, well-being and mental health are key elements that support the development of the whole child and promote a positive attitude to learning. The curriculum celebrates the diversity and utilises the skills, knowledge and cultural wealth of the community while supporting the children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, ensuring that children are well prepared for life in modern Britain.
As a school, we have devised six Forms of Learning (one each half term) which will shape our teaching to ensure that we fulfil our intent. These are:
1. Belonging: to cover aspects such as: group working, tolerance, confidence, citizenship, sense of self, community and cultural aspects;
2. Curiosity & Excitement: love of learning; self-motivation, enquiring minds, independence;
3. Spirit of Adventure: resilience, challenge and facing fears;
4. Heroes: flourishing children, positive mindset and aspirations;
5. Be Happy: expressing yourself, hobbies and interests, emotionally ready, positive mental health and creativity;
6. Taking the Lead: delegation, organisation, speaking your mind, tolerating negativity, listening and compromising.
Our vision is that our children will have a strong sense of belonging. They will understand about how they belong in their family by the end of Early Years Foundation Stage and how they belong to our school community and what this means, by the end of Key Stage 1. By Key Stage 2, we want our children to understand their role in the local community and, as they leave for secondary school, their role in the world. We want our children to understand their place in this community and be confident in themselves and as trustworthy citizens. We believe that the forms of learning will guide us to developing this aspiration by allowing children to examine different aspects linked to the curriculum.