Academic Curriculum Learning Offer
Throughout KS2 at BBAO we strive to help students fill gaps in their knowledge and to support them to make exceptional progress so that they are at, or move rapidly towards, age related expectations. We offer students an interesting and creative curriculum through a themed approach that develops students’ literacy and numeracy alongside their understanding of history and the world around them. Children in Year 6, who are able to, will sit the end of Key Stage 2 Statutory Assessment Tests (SATs).
1. Core Curriculum
In KS2 in English, we focus on ensuring that the students are confident communicators both through their written work but through their words so that they can listen to others and present their ideas and feelings effectively. Through our Themed curriculum, we are able to access novels that link directly to the termly theme. In Autumn 1, our theme is ‘Whatever Next?’ All year groups will be working from a text based around this topic. Our educational trips will also be linked to the current curriculum theme.
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 weekly reading sessions. Laptops and IPads 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. The writing is also linked to our designated theme each term. 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. We use Read Write Inc. phonics scheme across the school to teach, both, phonics to the younger students and for catch up interventions for older students with gaps. This has proved to be very successful and the pupils enjoy their daily phonics sessions.
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.
Whilst Maths does sit outside of our themed curriculum 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.
Science is taught using the Themed Curriculum and using National Curriculum Objectives. Units include areas such as science and the human body, introduction to plant and animal care, energy in the home and work place, renewable energy, the science of light and sound and variation and adaptation.
2. Additional Curriculum
Art is planned as part of the learning using a themed approach .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 themed 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 linked to the current termly theme .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
- Table tennis
PSHE and SRE are taught in class bases helping students learn about relationships, how to look after themselves and how to learn well.
Therapy is available on site and all students can access therapy during the school year through individual, group or drop in sessions. There is a range of therapies on offer.