Throughout KS3 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.
Across both years 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 ‘Who am I?’ In year 7, we study ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ in which we explore who Harry is and how he is different to other characters. In year 8, we study ‘Wonder’ by R.J. Palacio in which explore how Auggie is different to other children in the book and how this makes him who he is. Across both years, students study a different Shakespeare play and visit The Globe in London to experience watching a play in this genre. As well as literacy focus across the curriculum students work on their basic literacy skills during morning tutor groups.
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.
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.
Media is not only a subject that gives students important skills for the modern world it is also supports the understanding of English skills such as purpose, audience and format and genres. The elements included link to the Themed Curriculum as well as learning about issues that affect our students’ lives such as the influence of adverts and films and the use of ICT. Topics include areas such as exploring film genres, exploring advertising, creating a print media project, designing a music website and creating an audio-visual sequence.
We believe that it is of upmost importance for our students to be supported in making responsible and well informed decisions for their future, how to be socially responsible and for them to understand why their learning is important and in particular how it is going to help them once they leave school. Through the Themed Curriculum, students focus on areas such as working towards a goal, working as part of a group, community action, using technology in the home and community, preparation for work, managing social relationships, managing money and individual rights and responsibilities.
As with all subjects in KS3 the following use the Themed Curriculum to help connect and drive the students learning.
Cookery is linked to the Themed Curriculum and students learn a range of skills including Health, safety and hygiene, use of basic kitchen equipment, an awareness of balanced diets, shopping and food storage, preparation and cooking food and preparing, cooking and presenting meals for a variety of occasions.
In years 7 and 8 the primary focus of these lessons is on the functional skills of ICT such as the use of PowerPoint, Excel, Word, Publisher, filling out forms, using emails, audio software and imaging software. ICT also is an important part of the media course and is used in maths and English lessons.
These lessons are linked to the Themed Curriculum . A range of History, Geography, R.E. and Politics is covered dependent on the current theme. Areas of study include World War 2 – the Holocaust, homelessness, heroes, medical advances/scientific advances, natural habitats and Elizabethan history.
As in humanities, art lessons follow the Themed Curriculum. Across both years, students explore a range of artists, styles and media including graffiti, impressionist, surrealism and modern.
As in KS2, students cover a range of PE skills through different types of activities including ball games, swimming, trampolining, athletics, boxing, gymnastics, archery and biking.
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.
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:
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.