Subject areas at Beccles Primary Academy

Different subjects are all linked together through our themed learning.  Click below to find out more about the different subject areas at Beccles Primary Academy.

At Beccles Primary Academy, it is our intention that all pupils foster a love of learning. The skills developed through English lessons are essential for all aspects of life and as such, should be taught rigorously.

All pupils at Beccles Primary Academy are taught skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. This is done through the teaching of phonics – learning how to de-code words using the sounds that the letters make; through structured teaching of spelling, punctuation and grammar; formal teaching of good handwriting practice and regular opportunities to write.

The pupils at our school are expected to do their very best in all areas of the curriculum. As such, the staff are challenged to ensure that they inspire their pupils by using a range of materials to capture their interests.

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Please click here for our English policy, including details of how we teach phonics and reading.

 

You may have noticed that recently, we have introduced a new cursive handwriting style into school.

The letters all start at the bottom with a ‘lead-in’ (or a whoosh). Children in Early Years and KS1 are learning the unjoined style, By the start of Key Stage 2, the children are being taught to join and write fluently in this style.

 

This is an example of the unjoined cursive style used in Key Stage One.

By Key Stage Two, it looks like this

 

Not only does this joined style improve the children’s presentation, it also aids their skills in spelling.

Please can we ask you to encourage your child to use this cursive style at home, whenever they write, but in particular, if they are completing any written homework or practising their spellings.

Please talk to your child’s class teacher if you have any questions about the cursive style.

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The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. Baa baa black sheep, have you any wool? Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full.

The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. Baa baa black sheep, have you any wool? Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full.

At Beccles Primary Academy, we endeavour to ensure that all children approach maths with confidence, determination and feel comfortable to make mistakes and learn from them. We ensure the children have a good understanding of key number facts and knowledge of place value, as this underpins all aspects of mathematical development.

In the Early Years and Key Stage 1, maths is taught in a practical way so that the children have concrete experiences to refer to. Speaking and listening is an essential part of our maths lessons and we ensure the children are always using the correct vocabulary.

In Key Stage 2, learners build on previously learned facts to develop mathematical fluency and reasoning, in order to develop children’s problem solving skills. Children are encouraged to: conjecture, using the correct mathematical vocabulary, convince a partner, express their ideas in a variety of ways, test out their ideas and then use their findings to make generalisations.

We aim to make maths relevant and meaningful through connections to other areas of the curriculum. We make positive links to science, design technology, computing and problem solving. This strengthens the children’s use of maths in practical everyday situations and brings the curriculum to life.

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Our Calculation Policy is divided into sections: introduction, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.  

 

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Click here for ideas for how to help your child with maths at home.

Music at Beccles Primary Academy encourages all children to participate, enjoy and achieve whether in listening & appreciation or improvising and performing. This is achieved through providing good value, high quality music education and performance opportunities; these include live music from all Key Stages, school choir and percussion club and piano, guitar and recorder lessons in small groups. We aim to nurture talent and creativity at all ages , building self esteem and discipline. Music widens horizons for all ages, abilities and backgrounds.

Click here for more information about the music curriculum.

Click here to download a copy of the Music Club & Individual Music Lesson timetable for the Autumn term.

 

 

 

 

PE Vision

To inspire and promote excellence!

At Beccles Primary Academy we value and recognise the positive contribution Physical Education makes to a child’s physical, social, emotional and intellectual development. Physical Education and sports activities both in and out of school give children the knowledge and tools necessary to lead healthy lifestyles and have a positive impact on their own well-being.

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Our smart, new PE uniform, red t-shirt and black shorts, can be purchased from Screens, Lowestoft.

We will provide our children with the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of sports activities in their PE lessons and through lunch and after school clubs as well as ensuring children are able to participate in sport at a competitive level. Working in partnership with our local community will play an important part in moving our Physical Education provision forward to encourage our children to participate in sport outside of school to promote a life-long love of physical activity.

We are striving for high expectations and aspirations so we will be celebrating the children’s sporting achievements both in and out of school and will be encouraging the children to be the best that they can be.

Children learn to develop their resilience, discipline, team work, communication and ambition through participating in PE and Sport and these skills can be applied in the classroom to contribute towards raising attainment and behaviour as outlined in our School Development Plan.

 

Click here for this year’s PE curriculum

 

 

Click here for our Extracurricular Sports Clubs timetable for September 2017 – October 2017  

 

As part of the Government’s drive to increase sports participation, schools receive a PE Premium, ‘designed to help schools improve the quality of PE and sport activities they offer to pupils’ (www.gov.uk).  

Click here to find out how our PE Premium 2016-2017 allocation was spent.

 

Click here to view our PE Premium Allocation for 2017-2018

 

 

 

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development

At Beccles Primary Academy the promotion of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural education is considered to be ‘a whole school issue’.

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development is promoted through all aspects of our school including curriculum subjects, clubs, assemblies, the school council, trips and community events. The ethos of the school is to promote positive attitudes and values throughout all aspects of school life.

For more information, please click on the icons below.

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SMSC Policy

 SMSC Provision

 

 

British Values

 

All R2 schools develop a bespoke programme to deliver on the Government’s expectation of British Values.  This will be taught both explicitly and discretely, and as is age-appropriate.

‘Schools should promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs’ to

  • enable pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence.
  • enable pupils to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England.
  • encourage pupils to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely.
  • enable pupils to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England
  • further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling pupils to acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures.
  • encourage respect for other people.
  • encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England.

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