Bolton School Infants
Beech House is an exciting place to learn and we aim to enable each child to fulfil their potential. Our inspiring curriculum offers a wide range of learning opportunities, delivered by dedicated and enthusiastic staff.
Our Curriculum allows our children to:
|Be curious||Be knowledgeable||Be adventurous||Be ambitious||Be positive|
|Be creative||Be collaborative and caring||Be reflective||Be independent||Be resilient|
The Early Years Foundation Stage covers the education of children from birth to five years and is followed in our Reception classes. The Foundation Stage Curriculum, based on The Early Learning Goals allows the children to develop their skills through an exciting mix of adult and child initiated activities. There is a strong emphasis on active learning which encourages independence, resilience and a love of learning.
Key Stage 1
In Key Stage One (Years 1 and 2) we have a thematic approach to the curriculum, which ensures that the children become fully immersed in their learning. The children follow a cross curricular topic each half term, covering; Science, Geography, History, Art and Design Technology. Our present themes include: Year 1: Penguins, Possums and Pigs, Fire, Fire, Growth and Green Fingers, Family Album, The Great Outdoors and Robots. Year 2: The Place Where I Live, Fighting Fit, Explorers, The Farm Shop, Wind in the Willows and Buckets and Spades.
Whilst Literacy, Mathematics, PE, Music, French and Computing will generally be taught discreetly, opportunities often arise to link the children’s learning with the overall theme.
We have specialist teachers for Music, PE and French to ensure that all our children receive the best possible start to these subjects.
At Beech House we believe that literacy and communication are key life skills. We develop the children’s ability to read, explore fiction and non-fiction texts and to write enthusiastically for a range of purposes. We also encourage them to listen carefully and speak audibly for a range of audiences.
We feel that it is essential that our children fully understand the number system so that they can solve problems and see maths as something that can be used in ‘real life’. We encourage them to use, apply and develop their skills in a range of practical activities.
Our curriculum evolves as new technology becomes available and we endeavour to equip our children with the skills necessary for life in a rapidly changing technological society. Coding and programming form a part of the Computing curriculum and the challenge for the children is not just how to work a computer, it is now how a computer works and how it can work for you!
We aim to work in partnership with parents and provide regular consultation evenings and written reports throughout the year. However we also encourage parents to come along and chat to us at any mutually convenient time. We are proud of our family atmosphere and ‘open door’ policy.
Parents receive information about the curriculum each term as well as an overview of what has been covered each week. Our whole school newsletters keep everyone up to date with what’s going on and also celebrate the children’s achievements.
Every day is busy at Beech House and we like to enrich our children’s learning by providing additional activities. We go on many trips and often have special visitors in school. Recently the children have enjoyed: willow weaving workshops, interviewing famous sports people and visiting an outdoor pursuits centre. We also like to use our local environment and enjoy themes weeks such as ‘Enterprise’ and ‘Arts’ weeks.
We also like to provide our children with the opportunity to develop their enthusiasm beyond the classroom and hopefully discover talents they didn’t know they had! We have a number of extra-curricular clubs, which presently include; Beavers, Jujitsu, Baking, Science, Dance and Drama.
Caring for the individual
Ensuring our children are happy, safe and feel very much part of the ‘Beech House’ family is of prime importance to us. We place great emphasis on creating a caring and supportive environment where our children can flourish.
We encourage our children to think of others and so we support a range of charities over the year, through organising fun events such as dressing up days or cake sales.
Our onsite nurses are on hand throughout the day to help our children when required. They are also able to support families if a child has any long term medical issues.
We have a wonderful Afterschool Club (Kidzone) which starts at 3.30pm and runs until 6pm during term time and also provides childcare during the holidays. They organise many exciting activities and trips and the children always love going.