“Since we can’t know what knowledge will be most needed in the future, it is senseless to try to teach it in advance. Instead, we should try to turn out people who love learning so much and learn so well that they will be able to learn whatever needs to be learned.”
|John Holt (1923 – 1985)|
As an Academy, we are free at Beaufort Primary School to decide on our own curriculum. We have therefore prepared our curriculum from scratch, asking ourselves, “What is it that the children at Beaufort School need to learn to be successful both now and in the future?” We considered the traits we wished our children to develop and the skills they would need. In addition, we considered our local community with all it offers and how we could make our curriculum relevant to that. As a result of our discussions, we produced a curriculum which is unique to our school, broad and balanced, which offers our children a superb start to their lifelong education, emphasising the development of their character alongside key skills. Click on the link below to view our Curriculum Overview:
Click here for the Beaufort Curriculum Overview Jan 2015
See also our Outdoor Learning Curriculum in ‘Beyond the Classroom’.
I define creativity as the process of having original ideas that have value…My contention is that creativity now is as important in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status.
|Sir Ken Robinson|
We operate a ‘topic’ approach, which makes relevant links between subjects and provides a meaningful context for learning, with relevance to life made explicit. Topics are not ‘set’ but are chosen each term to meet the needs and interests of our current children. The curriculum is integrated with effective teaching, learning and assessment.
At Beaufort, we meet the requirements of the Primary National Curriculum in full and children follow the Maths, English and Science curriculums as provided by the government as part of our ‘Toolkit for Life’ and knowledge of ‘The Wider World’. Our Early Years children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum as provided, also. These curriculums offer our children a minimum entitlement, while still allowing room for personalisation.
At Beaufort, our curriculum is designed to:
- * Develop motivation for lifelong learning.
- * Recognise and develop all children’s strengths.
- * Acknowledge that Literacy, Mathematics and ICT should permeate all other areas of the curriculum.
- * Offer practical experience, problem solving and discovery.
- * Offer children memorable, fun experiences which will engage and motivate them to learn.
“If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original”.
|Sir Ken Robinson|
At Beaufort Primary School, we work hard to develop in our children a ‘Growth Mindset’. All children experience ‘challenge’ across all areas of the curriculum and are encouraged to persevere and take risks. Mistakes when we are learning are seen as a positive thing, which can be learned from. Children are taught to celebrate being ‘stuck’ or making mistakes as opportunities to help our brains to grow!
“The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery”.
|Sir Ken Robinson|
At Beaufort Primary School, teachers do not ‘spoon feed’ the curriculum to children. Rather they are the facilitators of relevant experiences which move children to the next stage of their learning. Children will often be engaged in practical, independent activity, monitored and ‘moved on’ by the teacher, who will be assessing and adapting experiences throughout. In this way, each child will be on their own, personalised learning journey.
More information about individual subjects and year groups can be found on the subject pages.
In addition the document below outlines some of the enrichment opportunities offered through and in addition to the curriculum.
British Values are also covered within the curriculum as well as in all other aspects of the school day, please click on the link below to find out more information about how we teach children about British Values.