The Curriculum at Beckfoot Phoenix School
At Beckfoot Phoenix School, we follow a challenging and motivating curriculum that supports all pupils to make outstanding progress. Our curriculum has 5 stages which means that it is personalised to each child.
Throughout our curriculum, we focus on developing life skills, communication and reading, writing and maths according to each child's ability.
Each term, the whole school follow a learning journey theme through which the National Curriculum skills and knowledge are taught.
It is important to us that all of our children’s needs are met, so our curriculum:
- seamlessly intertwines educational, medical, physical and care needs.
Our curriculum is taught in a variety of ways:
- Whole class teaching
- Small group teaching
- One to one teaching.
Teaching of the curriculum may take place in the:
- Forest school
- Sensory room
- Soft play room
- Rebound therapy room
- Hydrotherapy pool
- Local community
Our curriculum may be taught by:
- Special needs teaching assistants
- Therapists – physios, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists
- School nursing team
- Visiting speakers
Languages are taught in Key Stage 2 at Beckfoot Phoenix. Our aim is to look at the culture of the countries so we learn about the language itself, foods from the country as well as weather etc. We want all our pupils to listen attentively to the spoken language and show some understanding by joining in and making sounds that reflect the language. We aim to explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meanings of words.
Our languages include Punjabi, French, Italian and Spanish, depending on the children's interests and prior knowledge.
In the Foundation Stage Unit we deliver the EYFS Curriculum which sets out learning for children 0-5 years. We plan activities that help the children to develop their skills and move their learning forward. The curriculum itself is divided into 7 areas of learning and development. Please look at our Early Years page to see all 7 areas of development.
Collective Active Worship is carried out throughout the school day in a number of ways.
For some, it is a prayer before the children go for their dinner or a prayer before the end of the day.
Some pupils have the opportunity to join in with saying thank you using our thank you song at the end of a session.
A whole school assembly takes place each week.
At Beckfoot Phoenix, we follow the Bradford Syllabus for the RE curriculum which we differentiate to meet our needs. This includes learning about the celebration and beliefs of the following faiths: Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism and Islam.
Parents have the right to remove their children from RE if they wish to. Please contact Sarah Lloyd if you have any questions.
Within the National Curriculum, schools must provide swimming instruction in either Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2. At Beckfoot Phoenix we believe that swimming and hydrotherapy is essential in ensuring that our pupils remain healthy and active. Swimming takes place at Keighley pool, and for those children with more physical needs, hydrotherapy sessions take place within our own hydrotherapy pool. A swimming teacher leads swimming lessons in the school pool once a week for those children learning to swim.
Not only do the pupil’s receive swimming instruction/hydrotherapy, they are encouraged to be as independent as possible at these times. They develop these skills for life by showering, dressing and undressing as independently as possible. Staff are trained in Water Safety and pupils learn how to keep themselves safe whilst near the water and in the swimming area.
Relationship and Sex Education is taught across school at a level appropriate to each child. Sometimes this will mean explaining about public and private when going to the toilet, tolerating differences, friendships or individual sessions with the school nurse or school staff about specific issues, eg. menstruation or sexualised behaviour. At other times - in Key Stage 2 - there will be more specific lessons taught in PSHE about girls and boys, puberty etc. These sort of lessons in Key Stage 2 will be discussed with parents before it is taught.
Our aim is to contribute to the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of our pupils and to prepare them for adulthood. Our lessons allow pupils the opportunity to talk about their body, the changes and to respect the differences between boys and girls.
If you would prefer your child not to take part in these sessions then you have the right to do so. Please contact Sarah Lloyd if you want to discuss this matter further.
Planning for the curriculum based on a child's need and level of development is available in classrooms.
Evidence of learning within the curriculum is based on a child's individual level as well as their EHCP targets. Each child has a file that shows evidence of progress over time.
Learning is celebrated through:
- Letters to families
- Reward systems.
Assessments of learning take place regularly within lessons and more formally each half term. Pupil progress in line with national expectations is regularly discussed and strategies and interventions are put in place to support further progress.
Strategies and interventions may include:
- Extra sessions, eg. Reading, maths.
- Consideration of groupings.
- Review of physio programme to enable pupils to be more settled in lessons
- Review of school menu to ensure pupils are not hungry in lessons.
- Personalised timetables.
- Communication strategies
- Teaching in different ways or situations, eg through community based activities.
- Specialist support, eg. Educational Psychologist.
- Work with families.
We want families and parents to partner with us in their child’s education. We encourage this in a number of ways:
- Families working with their child in school
- Extending the curriculum to home through homework
- Inviting families to share in celebrations of learning in assemblies.
- Inviting families to come into school to see learning that is taking place.