National Curriculum (Chol)
At Beit Shvidler Primary School we follow the National Curriculum. Curriculum Maps have been developed for each year group, ensuring statutory requirements are met, as well as ensuring progression across year groups and breadth of study.
To view the overviews for each year group, please see below:
English is taught through a quality text, which relates to the chosen Humanities topic, with each class having a rotating schedule of History and Geography in their curriculum map. Teachers use these texts to expose the children to quality writing, whilst supplementing their historical or geographical knowledge. Children write daily across a range of text types.
Children partake in five guided reading sessions across a two-weekly cycle. These sessions are comprised of comprehension, grammar, spelling and text appreciation. Children spend time practising each of these skills in isolation and then consolidate them further in their English lessons.
We use the Penpals handwriting scheme. We teach cursive handwriting from Y1 and aim for children to be using it fluently and neatly by the end of Y3. We encourage children to use correct letter and number formation from the Early Years in order that this is reflected throughout the whole school.
At Beit Shvidler Primary School, the children are taught to read through the Read Write Inc (RWI) phonics programme. RWI provides a structured and systematic approach to teaching English. Alongside this, the children take home reading books, matched to their reading ability, from a range of different schemes.
We have employed ‘Maths No Problem’, an evidence-based approach to teaching Maths, which incorporates the use of concrete resources, problem solving and group work. This scheme is fully aligned with the National Curriculum and has been assessed and approved by the DfE, who judged that it met the core criteria for a high-quality textbook to support teaching for mastery. This child-centred approach enables the whole class to work through the programme of study at the same pace with ample time on each topic before moving on. Ideas are revisited at higher levels as the curriculum spirals through the years.
KS1 teach Science, following National Curriculum guidelines, covering six different topics over the year. Pupils are encouraged to observe the natural and humanly-constructed world around them, developing questions about what they notice. Science lessons are composed of first-hand practical experiences as well as use of appropriate secondary sources, such as books, photographs and videos.
KS2 follow Empiribox, an experiment-based Science programme, which combines hands on science and practical knowledge, ensuring pupils leave primary school with core scientific facts, methods and skills. Children are taught one Chemistry, Biology and Physics topic each year, which ensures in-depth exposure to each branch of Science over the whole of KS2. The whole school teaches the same unit at the same time and lessons are adapted to suit the year groups’ abilities. Through practical experimentation, children gain the understanding of a wide range of complex topics which help them explore how to apply the results to everyday life.
ART AND DESIGN
Our Art & Design curriculum is delivered through a series of half-termly dedicated Art & Design days across the year, usually as an integral part of a Specialty Week (British Values/E-Safety) or Chag (Jewish Festival). For each of these days, every class studies a chosen artist, their life and times, as well as their artistic style with the final outcome being a quality piece of art produced by the end of the day. Throughout the year, each class will study a range of artists and will cover all the required aspects of the Art & Design curriculum.
Each class have a weekly Computing lesson on alternate half terms, following the ‘Switched On Computing’ program. This provides complete coverage of the Computing programme of study, delivering clear progression of skills from Year 1 to Year 6. Computing units include: Programming, Computational thinking, Creativity, Computer networks, Communication and Collaboration, Productivity and Online safety.
Our music curriculum is delivered by an external specialist music teacher with the Foundation Stage receiving a weekly session throughout the year and Y1-6 having weekly sessions on alternate half terms. Additionally our twice-weekly KS2 assemblies include guided whole school singing to support our Kodesh and Chol learning.
SRE (Growing Up and Relationships Education)
We offer a variety of ‘growing up’ sessions in Y6 encompassing personal hygiene, puberty and body changes and personal wellbeing, as well as managing relationships both in person and digitally.
Sport plays an important part in school life. We have been awarded the Sainsbury’s School Games Silver Kitemark for PE and the Healthy Schools London Silver Award in recognition of our strong PE, sporting, health and wellbeing achievements. Engaging PE lessons run by a specialist PE teacher make use of a wide range of PE equipment and technology, such as flip cameras, to enable students to review each other’s performance. At breaktimes students have a wide range of equipment which is fun to play with and support their physical development, for example gliders (bicycles without pedals) for Early Years to help younger students to develop their balance. Playground games/clubs are designed and run by our Y6 Bronze Ambassadors. There is a wide range of before school, lunchtime and after school sports clubs led by PE staff and external agencies, which vary each term but have recently included football, dance, athletics, cricket, karate, netball, circuit training, long-distance running, chess and hockey. External agencies provide expert coaching from time to time, most recently in cheerleading and tag rugby, giving our students access to unique sporting opportunities, such as being able to be mascots at a Saracens match. Outdoor adventure trips to Mersea and Danbury feature climbing, archery, caving, orienteering and team challenges, developing children’s self-esteem, teamwork and confidence. Students regularly participate in Barnet and Maccabi matches, competitions, fixtures and festivals.