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Key Stage 1

English

At Beech House, we want our children to grow up with a love of books and of reading. We have a wide range of books - stories, poems, non-fiction and plays and we work hard to enable the children to become independent, confident readers. Many opportunities for speaking and listening are provided, as well as opportunities for paired talking, group...

Mathematics

In our daily mathematics lessons, we help children to acquire basic mathematical skills and to develop mental strategies to enable them to solve problems and undertake investigations. There is a good proportion of oral and practical work, whole class teaching and many opportunities to work in pairs and groups as well as individually. We encourage...

ICT

ICT is an integral part of role play in our Foundation Stage classrooms, reflecting its ever expanding presence in the wider world. Young 'shopkeepers' use electronic tills, 'shoppers' use cash machines and 'security staff' communicate via walkie talkies. Our children operate tape recorders as they listen to stories and use computer software to...

Science

Our Science scheme of work is based on National Curriculum guidelines but our main aim is to kindle the enthusiasm of the children by allowing them to ask questions, to investigate ideas and to discover information through practical activities. Cars are sent speeding down ramps when the children investigate forces while police cars and lighthouses...

History

Learning about history at Beech House begins with a study of the lives of our children's grandparents and, in Year 2, continues with an investigation into the lives of people from the past or into significant historical events. Year 2 particularly enjoy finding out about the Great Fire of London. The children are encouraged to explore topics...

Geography

Beech House children start their geographical explorations in the familiar surroundings of their own homes and local area. Later, they look at more distant environments - in the British Isles first, then in the wider world. They learn geographical skills such as simple mapping of routes or making plans using aerial photographs. Using the internet...

Religious Education

Beech House children are introduced to different aspects of the major world faiths through story and discussion. Pictures, posters, artefacts, videos, photographs and visits to local places of worship are used to stimulate interest and explore beliefs and traditions. Our children are encouraged to share their experiences with their classes and...

Art and Design

Creativity matters to us at Beech House and we provide a rich variety of visual, tactile and sensory experiences to enable our children to develop their talents. They learn about colour, form, texture and patterns as well as exploring the work of artists, designers and craftspeople. Links are made to many areas of the curriculum. Art is well...

Design and Technology

Design and Technology lessons at Beech House aim to stimulate children through exploration and experimentation. Our children investigate how and why things work then use what they have discovered to create their own designs. They learn the skills needed to make mechanisms through activities which form part of the curriculum. Planning and...

Physical Education

Specialist PE teachers provide a varied programme of games and gymnastics activities twice a week. The children learn to move across the floor and simple apparatus with increasing control. They develop the skills needed for team games and enjoy simple competitive games in pairs and small groups. Year 1 children also take part in a dance/drama...

Music

A specialist music teacher takes two music lessons a week with each class. Through focused listening, composition and performance, our children develop musical skills including a sense of rhythm and of pitch. They particularly enjoy playing a variety of percussion instruments, working as individuals or as part of a group. Music plays an important...

French

French in Beech House is taught by a native speaker. Children in Reception have one lesson of 15 minutes a week. Year 1 pupils are taught for 20 minutes and Year 2 for thirty minutes a week. Accuracy of pronunciation is very important and is taught through flash-cards, games and songs. The work is reinforced and progress checked by 'fun' work...