Vision and Curriculum
“Every child deserves a champion: an adult who will not give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists they become the best they can possibly be.” Rita Pierson
At Becket alongside you, we are that champion. Together, we will continually strive to remove the barriers to success and fear of failure. We are one Crew striving for the best for every child in our community.
We give meaning to our rich, diverse world through new learning, friendships and adventure. Our children will go on to make the world a better place, secure in their belief that they have a voice. Our children can achieve anything they want; we will show them the way.
Together: everyone matters, everyone succeeds.
The Curriculum at Becket Primary School aims to enable our children to become independent thinkers, able to plan and carry out projects of the highest quality. Our project-based learning approach is knowledge-rich, whilst building in a range of key-skills which will prepare our children to be ‘life-ready.’
We know that many of the children in our care have not had a wide range of experiences of the outside world. Our curriculum is designed to provide real experience of project working which will be invaluable in later life, whilst providing the solid knowledge foundation that will allow our children to participate fully in the wider world. The high quality outcomes that this approach brings will lead to improved attainment and opportunities for our children.
The National Curriculum is central to our planning process, objectives are grouped into engaging projects linking creative and academic subject areas; our approach to curriculum organisation builds coherence in learning over time. Knowledge Organisers place key terminology and essential learning at the heart of pupils’ experiences. Project Pacers focus learning journeys ensuring progression and depth of coverage.
For each mini-outcome children may work on a piece of work over several weeks drafting and re-drafting. This develops the thinking that work can always be improved and allows opportunity for pupils to progress from individual start points. Repetition of this process through the project approach develops a solid foundation in using a common language, developing resilience, building trusting and secure relationships and understanding that our best can always be bettered.
Our project focused approach provides a clear context for learning, developing intrinsic motivation and desire to learn.
The expectation of a ‘real’ final product is key to the success of our curriculum. Utilising an audience beyond the school gates gives a reason for children to produce a really high quality final product and differentiates our curriculum from that undertaken by many schools.
Whilst the learning is guided and led by teachers, there is also significant expert input into the process. Becket strives to be a valued member of the local Community and to enable our children to participate in community activities. Our projects provide opportunities for our children to interact with real experts and shows our children that we all – children and teachers – are life-long learners.