Academic Curriculum Learning Offer
1. Core Curriculum
In Key Stage Two all classes plan learning in English and Foundation subjects each term linked to a quality children’s book. The Power of Reading resource at the CLPE is used to support the resourcing of this. Teams plan together for the half term tweaking the learning scheme to suit their particular cohort of students. There are daily lessons in class but the basic skills of reading and writing are also taught across the curriculum.
The quality texts chosen by significant children’s authors encourage a love of reading and of being read to. Students are assessed by our reading specialist on arrival and termly thereafter. Children on or above national expectations are taught in their class base daily. Children who are below or significantly below are also taught in class but have additional one to one sessions each week of one support with our reading specialist in our library. The library is used for the choosing of books and also for special reading sessions weekly.
Laptops are also used for reading with students logging onto Reading Eggs and Reading Express and enjoying games and reading activities at their own level of learning.
Children are taught writing daily in planned sequences of learning differentiated to meet the students’ learning needs. They are encouraged to develop a range of skills across a variety of genres and practise them. Once a week there is a ‘Writer’s Café’ in all classes when students write independently choosing from a carefully chosen menu of activities. Prizes are given every week for outstanding writing in the café.
Phonological knowledge is taught across the key stage in differentiated sessions. In Spring 2018 we are launching Read Write Inc. across the school both to teach phonics to the younger students and to have catch up interventions for older students with gaps. All class based staff in all curriculum areas will have two full days training to deliver phonics.
At Bromley Beacon Academy, we aim to equip our children with the mathematics skills that they will need throughout their lives.
We aim to ensure all pupils become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics: that they develop a solid understanding of key concepts and build a firm foundation of arithmetic skills.
In addition, we encourage our children to become confident problem-solvers by offering a range of opportunities to apply their mathematical knowledge - to show their ability to work and reason systematically and logically.
We take advantage of cross-curricular links to enable children to see the real-life application of their maths skills and knowledge.
By working creatively and collaboratively, trying different strategies and methods, our children develop the perseverance and resilience necessary for increasingly complex problem-solving. By emphasising speaking and listening skills, we also encourage our children to focus on the process rather than the answer and to use precise mathematical language to explain and justify their solutions.
Children in Year 6, who are able to, will sit the end of Key Stage 2 Statutory Assessment Tests (SATs)
2. Additional Curriculum
Art is planned as part of the learning linked to the chosen children’s book in each half term. There is an art room in school with interactive whiteboard and a good range of resources to encourage creativity and the development of skills across a range of media. Students are supported to explore elements of the books creatively, including linking to artists’ work.
In Key Stage 2 the children use laptops regularly across the curriculum. It is important that students learn the skills to use technology in education and in life.
They are taught to use internet search engines to find information, word process, create documents using Word, add pictures and use Powerpoint, Excel and other software.
Each class has time in our cookery room weekly to plan, cook and enjoy a wide variety of foods. Students are using practical maths in weighing and measuring, dividing food into portions and working out costings. They also write menus, read recipes and assess the finished dish.
In Forest School students are learning about the local woods adjacent to the school site, how to look after them, the seasons and habitats through being outside with a qualified forest school teacher. In weekly sessions the students work together and learn to use the woodland sustainably while building their social skills.
Students learn in topics linked to the book they are studying in English to help them learn about and understand the world.
Students are fortunate to have a wide range of sports on offer at BBA taught by qualified PE teachers. We have a field, a sports hall, an indoor gym and a sports cage.
The sports and activities include:
BMX mountain bikes and scooters
PSHE is taught in class bases helping students learn about relationships, how to look after themselves and how to learn well. Connections are made to the ‘Building great learners’ bricks based on Guy Claxton’s Building Learning Power. Bricks are chosen to address particular issues that students find challenging. Students can win an award for showing the quality of the focus brick.
3. Therapeutic learning Offer:
As a therapeutic school with therapy available on site, all students can access therapy during the school year. The range of therapy on offer includes:
Art therapy happens every Tuesday in the art room. The qualified therapist works with individual students or pairs of students using art to help students express their feelings and better understand their social emotional and mental health.
Students are taught CBT techniques to help them manage difficult thoughts and feelings.
One to one psychodynamic therapy
Our qualified therapist is able to work weekly with students on the school site using psychodynamic therapy and help them to improve their SEMH.
Drama therapy takes place in our therapy room as one to one therapy or paired therapy. Drama techniques and play are used skilfully by our onsite therapist to help students explore and improve their SEMH.
On Fridays the qualified music therapist works with individuals and groups of students to use sound, voice and a range of instruments to express themselves creatively and to improve their SEMH.