Within Beckington and Mells Church Schools Federation, we understand the importance of a well-rounded, fulfilling curriculum to prepare our pupils for the next stage of education, and for their future as life-long learners. We want children to leave our federation feeling excited about education.
With this is mind we are building our knowledge based curriculum around engineering habits of learning where we provide children with opportunities to become more resilient, learn to adapt and reflect on their learning, think critically and solve problems in order to succeed.
Through our new, STEAM based curriculum (science, technology, engineering, arts and maths) we introduce children to new knowledge and immerse them in exciting topics which are cross-curricular, relevant and make strong links to the local area. The topics give the context for our reading and writing and English is viewed as the ultimate cross-curricular subject! Opportunities are taken whenever possible to use art and maths in a real-life context. For example, children learning about the topic 'Amazing Arizona' will study the Arizonian landscape artist Elise Palmigiani and create their own masterpiece using her artistic style and in maths, convert US dollars to sterling and vice versa.
Ultimately, we aim to spark children's imaginations and give them a real desire to find out more, encouraging children to look at the world around them and question why things are as they are.
We also believe that children learn best when they are outdoors, so whenever possible, we will use the outdoor classroom as a stimulus for learning so children really engage with their environment and develop a real sense of 'awe and wonder.'
Through a combination of challenge, fun, outdoor learning and exploration in all topics, we aim to ensure children leave Beckington and Mells with a high self-esteem and the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to succeed in the next part of their school journey.
How does being a Church School impact on our curriculum?
Our values are the glue that cements the different strands of our curriculum together. We study six values across the year and these form the basis of our collective worships. They are the same six values that will be running through the topics that the children are studying, and also the RE topics. In this way, children are able to link our values to topics they are studying in all sorts of different ways. Our hope is that this enables them to see the implications of living a life with values such as compassion and forgiveness, and the outcomes when people turn their backs on values such as justice and friendship.