Below you will find information about the way in which we teach each subject at Bessemer Grange as well as links to the National Curriculum documents. Timetables stay the same on a daily basis but sometimes classes will have music lessons, PE sessions and drama workshops in the morning. If this is the case English and Maths lessons will be taught in the afternoon.
Early Years Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception)
Foundation Stage at Bessemer Grange aims to give the best possible start to all children by providing a strong foundation for learning, a safe environment and exciting opportunities. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum and work towards the Early Learning Goals.
These Early Learning Goals are divided up into 7 areas of learning and development:
The children learn in these areas by activities set up for ‘free flow’ when the children can choose to do their learning inside or outside. Our setting has a super outdoor environment where children can access these activities mirroring our indoor provision only on a bigger, messier and noisier scale! They also have carpet sessions as a whole class every day – see below for the timetables. Children in the EYFS learn through playing and exploring, being active and through creative and critical thinking.
We like to work closely with parents in the EYFS to support the children’s learning and enable them to reach their full potential. Therefore, we have termly opportunities for parents or carers to come in to school to join in with their children’s learning on our Celebration Days; to attend parent workshops for reading, writing and maths, and to use home school diaries to share any special times or achievements with the rest of their class.
Please click the relevant link below to read the national curriculum objectives for each curriculum area.
At Bessemer Grange, the study of English is used to develop the children’s skills and abilities in speaking and listening, reading and writing in order that the children become confident and competent in communicating their ideas across a range of different contexts and for a variety of purposes.
Please click on the English link to find out in more detail what we cover in each of the areas above.
In line with the National Curriculum, the study of Mathematics is focussed on the development of the children’s mathematical fluency, reasoning and problem solving. Our home Maths learning scheme is geared towards encouraging the children of Bessemer to practise their number facts at home and then apply them to problem solving activities in and out of the classroom. Skills development is embedded in our approach to Maths from the Foundation Stage upwards with children being provided with a range of practical resources to help them work out answers and results. By accommodating different learning styles we foster independent learners who are confident using a variety of methods when calculating. Our streamed system enables us to target individuals and support children with different needs. Social stories and contextualised learning form the blueprint of how we approach Maths in both Key Stage 1 & 2 and this ensures that our children are engaged and can make connections with everyday scenarios that require a Mathematical perspective; thus cementing the importance of developing their Maths skills. We have adopted a progressive mentality to Maths and believe that children should build consistently on their knowledge and skills. As a result there is a common thread to how Maths is taught from Nursery to Year 6, which ultimately ensures our children leave Bessemer Grange as confident and curious Mathematicians.
In line with the new National Curriculum, we will be focusing on developing programming skills through exciting programs, such as Scratch and Kodu ,while embedding digital literacy skills alongside curriculum activities across the whole school. To enhance teaching and learning we have begun to update our interactive whiteboards to exciting new projector free models which have multi-touch screens. In addition to this we have updated the entire school network and purchased several sets of new laptops for class use. Children will have more access to laptops then ever before, which will give further opportunities to use digital applications across the curriculum, while developing their skills and knowledge of ICT. We will be introducing iPads very soon and will be developing educational opportunities to create engaging digital learning experiences for children. Please take a look at our Online Safety page which offers advice and support for parents and carers about potential online and digital dangers.
Bessemer Grange Primary School is an incredibly creative school. Each year all children from nursery to year six receive artist workshops, theatre workshops, music workshops, visit galleries, theatres, and concert halls. Click here to see some of the projects we have been involved in.
At Bessemer Grange Primary School we teach a broad and balanced curriculum. Each half term we teach a new topic. Each topic creatively links history, PSHE, geography, art, music, design technology and computing. As well as the foundation subjects the topics are taught through English and Maths where links can be made. Religious education, Physical education, Spanish, Science and Computing are taught as subjects in their own right. Click on Creative Curriculum to see our topic overview for each year group and learn more about how religious education is taught.
Children will be focusing on working scientifically to answer questions about the world around them. They will do this by asking questions, collecting and analysing data, developing explanations, solving problems and seeking and using evidence to test their ideas and answer questions. The children will be working scientifically through exploration using all of their senses. Year 1 will explore everyday materials, Year 4 forces and magnets and Year 5 properties and changes of materials. Children will conduct observations over time, recording changes and taking measurements. Year 1 will observe changes across the four seasons, Year 2 will observe and describe how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants, Year 4 will observe states of matter and Year 5 will look at Earth and space. Children will seek patterns by observing and recording natural events. Year 4 will investigate sound, Year 5 will observe forces and Year 6 will explore evolution & inheritance. The children will find relationships between factors through fair testing. Year 2 will compare everyday materials, Year 4 will investigate sound using dataloggers and Year 5 will observe forces.Through sorting objects or events into groups the children will be identifying and classifying. Year 1 will sort plants and animals, Year 3 will compare and group rocks, Year 5 will sort materials by their properties and Year 6 will classify living things and their habitats. To find out information that the children may not be able to investigate for themselves, children will be researching using books and websites. Year 1 will research seasonal changes, Year 2 will find out about habitats, Year 3 will identify how fossils are formed and Year 4 will research the digestive system.
Please take every opportunity to encourage your child to practise these skills at home.
We aim to establish a sporting culture that enables and encourages all children to play and enjoy sport. We have established a number of after-school clubs for our pupils offering a wide variety of sporting opportunities for our children. We enter numerous school sport competitions to allow children to be competitive and are constantly developing our PE programme.
We have introduced Philosophy for Children lessons across the school in order to develop children’s speaking and listening and thinking skills. The children are presented with a stimulus and then embark on a class discussion around the chosen area. We will be looking at how we deliver these lessons and any improvements that can be made.
We are proud to be a London Silver Healthy School, demonstrating the quality of our PSHE curriculum. PSHE is taught across the school every week and also via our key stage assemblies. The Bessemer PSHE curriculum is based upon the Southwark framework for PSHE and well-being and we use the Christopher Winter project resources to teach SRE and DATe.
One core theme each taught each term and these are health & well-being, relationships and living in the wider world.
We also use the “Phunky Food” scheme to ensure children at our school eat a healthy diet, learn about food hygiene and where food comes from. Click on the link to see our PSHE Curriculum.
At Bessemer Grange, we aim to ensure that all children are happy, secure individuals who achieve their full potential in all areas of learning.
For most children this will simply mean being the recipient of good quality whole-class teaching. For others there will be a need for additional small group work for short periods of time. For some children intervention may be ongoing, very specific and delivered on a one-to-one basis.
The range of support deployed will be tailored to individual need, following thorough assessment by internal or external agencies. It is designed to promote pupils working towards becoming independent, courageous, resilient and ambitious learners. Support Staff receive training in particular interventions and lead on small group or one-to-one sessions. Class teachers also received training and specialist input to meet the needs of individual children. This support reflects the commitment of our school to meet the needs of all our children.
What to expect from speech and language therapy: Click on the link below
SEND Please click on the link to view our SEN policy
Children who have English as an additional language are really well supported and well celebrated at our school. Click the link ‘EAL’ to find out more!
Gifted and Talented
Children who show gifts or talents in a particular area of the curriculum are recognised early and well supported, so that they can achieve their full potential as a learner. Click the link ‘Gifted and Talented’ to find out more!
We have a very proactive school council who work hard to ensure the children’s views and ideas are listened to. Click here or look below to hear their latest news.
Road Safety Week
The school councillors worked extremely hard last week to contribute to Road Safety Week which we took part in as a school. Here are some pictures of the school councillors writing a letter to Southwark council, suggesting what impact they could make to ensure the roads around our school are safe. In addition to this, here are the school councillors with the help of some parents, being ‘Bessemer Traffic Wardens’ informing people about where they should park and what a safe speed is. Well done for their huge effort!
Dulwich College Trip
The school council were lucky to be invited to a SUSTRANS workshop at Dulwich College last week, where they learned more about sustainable travel. They joined in with some interesting activities and even got to see some very skilful bike tricks! They came back with some fantastic ideas about what we can do as a school and we hope they will have the chance to do this again next year.
We are proud to support sustainable travel at Bessemer. Click the link above to find out about all our travel themed activities.