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Benthal Creative Curriculum

Curriculum

‘Creating Irresistible Learning’

At Benthal, we create a learning experience that is “irresistible”, inclusive and cross-curricular which inspires and captures curiosity, bringing learning to real life.

We want our pupils to become well-rounded, valuable contributors to society by applying their skills, knowledge and understanding to new contexts and being solution-focused. We want them to be able to make connections and links between areas of learning.

We acknowledge the wide range of abilities of our pupils and actively encourage teachers to take positive risks with their teaching. We encourage lessons to start with a hook to create irresistible and memorable learning with an emphasis on reading and widening children’s vocabulary.

Creativity and academic excellence is at the heart of our curriculum.

 

Benthal’s Creative Curriculum

We teach a wide and varied curriculum consisting of the National Curriculum core and foundation subjects. Benthal’s creative curriculum is organised into topic areas, where learning knowledge and skills in different subjects can be brought together. This approach allows teachers to deliver either cross-curricular lessons or stand-a-lone lessons such as Phonics and Mathematics.

Our topic curriculum overview and academic achievement drives our provision and ensures that all pupils are provided with a clear progression of knowledge and skills in each subject. In this way we can ensure that Benthal’s rich, varied and comprehensive curriculum reflects the interests and diversity of our school community and the wider national & global communities.

 

The Core Subjects are:

Literacy (Reading or Phonics & Writing), Mathematics, Science, Religious Education, PSHE and Computing

 

The Foundation Subjects are:

Art, Design & Technology, History, Geography, Music, Spanish and Physical Education

Most of the Core subjects are taught in the morning with the Foundation subjects in the afternoon. At the start of each term, the class teachers send out a curriculum newsletter explaining the work and topics to be covered and ways parents and carers can support their children’s learning.

 

At Benthal High Quality Teaching & Learning takes place when:

  • There is a welcoming, nurturing, happy, attractive and purposeful learning environment.
  • There are high expectations of what pupils can achieve and many varied opportunities for them to express this.
  • The planned focus is on learning rather than the activity.
  • Objectives, aims and skills to be taught are shared explicitly and reviewed at the end of the session.
  • The contexts for learning are clear and relate to the wider world.
  • Pupils have a clear understanding of how they can reflect and improve their work and become better learners
  • It is child directed and where possible, stems from a child’s own experience and ideas.
  • Links are made between topic knowledge and taught skills.
  • There is an element of surprise or mystery.
  • Teachers feel valued and have opportunities for their own role as lead learners.
  • Parents and the community feel involved and part of the learning community

 

Skills Builder Partnership

The children are given opportunities to experience the ‘work place’ at different points in the year. We have linked our curriculum to the Skills Builder Partnership (Enabling Enterprise) where termly Task Days are undertaken by the children allowing them to follow a specific process to complete by the end of the day. Our children also have opportunities to visit large businesses & corporations in the city through the Partnership. The children find these days aspirational.

 

Music

Our music curriculum offer is one of our school strengths that we are immensely proud of. Every year group from Nursery to Year 6 has a weekly music lesson taught by qualified music teachers. In addition to this Year 3 children learn to play the recorder. Year 4 work with the ‘Apollo Music’ team with stringed instruments, this is a year-long project and we have been running this for a number of years.

We also offer our KS2 children the opportunity to learn to play the Ukulele, trumpet, saxophone, trombone, clarinet, flute and violins; using peripatetic music tutors from Hackney Music Services.

We also offer lessons for Keyboards, African Drums, Steel Pans and on a Drum Kit as part of our after school club offer.

Singing and music is always going on at Benthal, either as vocal concerts, instrumental concerts, seasonal shows and end of year performances.

 

IT

 

Children have access to laptops and iPads to support them in their lessons either learning a specific computing skill or to present work. We use Purple Mash to support the computing curriculum. We also have a number of Kindles that are used as part of a reading intervention.

Both halls have an interactive whiteboard as well as all the classrooms.

Forest School

Forest School is an inspirational process that offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees’ Forest School Association

Benthal is fortunate to have many large outdoor areas; our wild life areas, the secret garden, pond area and green spaces for children to learn & play in as well as our two large playgrounds. We offer weekly Forest School experiences with all Early Years children and some older children as part of additional provision. These sessions occur in all weathers and children wear appropriate clothing in order to participate. The intention is to increase the children’s use of our outdoor space to support an appreciation of the natural world and support everyone’s general wellbeing.  Forest School sessions are delivered by a fully qualified and certified Forest School practitioner.

 

Trips and Visits in London and beyond!

We welcome visitors into the school and all classes have day trips linked to their topics. As a Hackney school we are privileged to have such close access to all art galleries and museums in central London. We use them frequently in order to enhance our creative curriculum and give our children wider opportunities and experiences.

 

In KS2 we also offer residential trips:

  •          Year 4 children go to Kench Hill in Kent (3 nights), a Hackney Education owned property;
  •          A Year 5 small group to Madrid, Spain (4 nights), where we have strong links with our partner school, Raimundo Lulio
  •          Year 6 children go to Frylands, in Croydon (4 nights), an outward bounds centre.

 

Residential to Madrid

We have been running this residential trip to Spain for a number of years and are one of a few primary schools in Hackney to offer such an opportunity to its children. A small group of children with school staff have the opportunity to practise their Spanish with children in our partner school in Madrid and out and about when buying the groups breakfast cereal in the local shop! 

 

We ensure that all children are offered trips and residential experiences and heavily subsidise the cost for those families that are entitled to Free School Meals.

 

Assessment

In the Early Years:

  •          A baseline assessment is undertaken by the Reception teachers 6-8 weeks after the children have started school in September. Throughout the year staff use Tapestry to record observations and build an assessment profile for each child. This is used to assess each child’s Good Level of Development (GLD) at the end of the academic year. Parents and Carers also have access to their child’s profile, where they can upload pictures and photographs of learning taking place at home

 

In Key Stage 1:

 

  •          Year 1 Phonic Reading Check- all children are tested in June in phonics
  •          Year 2 SATS- all children take Statutory Assessment Tests in May. Reading and Maths are tested and Writing is teacher assessed.

 

In Key Stage 2:

  •          All children are regularly tested in Reading, Writing, Maths and Science, and also have weekly spelling tests
  •          Year 4 Multiplication Test- all children are tested June in times tables
  •          Year 6 CATS- all children take Cognitive Assessment Tests in October, this is to assist Hackney Education in Secondary School allocation
  •          Year 6 SATS- all children take Statutory Assessment Tests for one week in May. Reading, Spelling & Punctuation and Maths are tested and Science & Writing is teacher assessed. Each child is given an outcome result in these subjects.
 
Curriculum Letters 2021-22
 

At the start of each term, class teachers send out Curriculum letters explaining the work to be covered and ways parents and carers can support their children’s learning at school and at home. This letter also gives information about Focus Authors for reading, PE times and any trips and visits during the term.