Our Curriculum

The Bessemer Grange Curriculum

We, the staff at Bessemer Grange Primary School, believe that all children deserve success in every form.  In order to ensure that our pupils have ongoing, sustainable opportunities to achieve this success, we have built a curriculum, which develops the whole person.  Our progressive curriculum strives to include the necessary knowledge, skills, understanding and attitudes that will drive their motivation for learning.  It is lively and engaging for all ages whilst remaining flexible and responsive to the pupil’s needs and interests. We seek to improve learning through opportunities, challenge and enjoyment.  We have a range of strategies across the school to meet the demands of the National Curriculum and of our eager learners.  Rather than adopting a fragmented approach to learning, where individual subjects are taught separately, we have adopted an approach that seeks to bridge one subject with another allowing the children become immersed within their learning.  We believe that this is how our children learn best at Bessemer Grange and have the best opportunity to translate one skill from one subject to another resulting in the potential for higher success understanding.  The heart of our curriculum focus is based on a thematic approach to learning. 

At Bessemer Grange, we use the National Curriculum as a basis for planning our lessons in English. Lessons are taught through the use of high quality texts, which are often linked to the half-termly topic. The teaching sequence begins with the immersion of the children within the text through the use of an engaging starting point, drama, speaking and listening activities, and gathering initial ideas. Word and sentence level skills are then taught and developed in the context of the text with the children then applying these skills by writing a variety of different text types. This includes through teacher modelling, supported and shared writing, and task-led independent writing. Throughout the unit there are planned opportunities for the children to produce independent pieces of writing as a means of applying their taught skills and developing their creativity. The teaching of writing is further developed during topic lessons, where history, geography, science knowledge and skills are demonstrated through high quality writing activities.

The mathematics curriculum is supported through a framework developed by consultants and coordinators within the Local Authority. Maths is taught in streamed groups to ensure children are taught in the way in which they learn best. In all year groups there are small group interventions in order to support pupils in gaining the key skills to become successful readers, writers and mathematicians.

The curriculum is underpinned by the Fundamental British Values (Democracy, the rule of law, Individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance.) These are taught on their own during PSHE lessons and through other areas of the curriculum, including assemblies. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils and their understanding of the core values of our society are woven through the curriculum.

Specialist teachers and instructors support music and in some classes physical education. All subject leaders are given training and opportunity to keep developing their own subject knowledge, skills and understanding so they can support curriculum development and their colleagues throughout the school. Theme weeks, whole school activities and opportunities within and outside school all enrich and develop the children’s learning. After school clubs and events extend these opportunities further. Additional whole school programmes and approaches support quality teaching and learning and the school is well resourced in terms of learning materials, books and technology.

The outdoor environment and the local community are considered an opportunity for active learning for all our pupils. The school grounds have been developed so they can enrich different curriculum areas, particularly science.

Creativity is a huge strength of school curriculum. Learning is delivered in engaging, exciting ways. Pupils have opportunities to share their learning with each other, their parents and carers and other learners through school-based and external exhibitions, performances, competitions and events involving other schools. Our yearly carnival is a celebration of our pupil’s achievements as well as a celebration of our imaginative curriculum.  Developing children’s independence and motivation as learners and their sense of responsibility as future citizens is at the heart of all our teaching and learning.

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  1. The National Curriculum

    National Curriculum 

    Please click the relevant link below to read the national curriculum objectives for each curriculum area.

    English  Maths  Science  Computing  Physical Education  Art and Design  Music

    Design and Technology  Geography  History  Languages British Values

  2. Timetables


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  1. English


    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.

    Speaking and Listening

    Children at Bessemer Grange develop their speaking and listening skills across the curriculum. We use Philosophy for Children as a means of providing the children with thought provoking stimuli aimed at encouraging high level thinking and engagement. We follow and adapt Dramatic Progress in Literacy units where the children are immersed in a text and rehearse their writing through talk and performance.


    At Bessemer Grange, we use the National Curriculum as a basis for planning our lessons. Lessons are taught through the use of high quality texts which are often linked to the half-termly topic. The teaching sequence begins with the immersion of the children within the text through the use of an engaging starting point, drama, speaking and listening activities, and gathering initial ideas. Word and sentence level skills are then taught and developed in the context of the text with the children then applying these skills by writing a variety of different text types. This includes through teacher modelling, supported and shared writing, and task-led independent writing. Throughout the unit there are planned opportunities for the children to produce independent pieces of writing as a means of applying their taught skills and developing their creativity.


    Children at Bessemer Grange have the opportunity to read daily through a combination of independent reading, 1:1 reading, Guided Reading and whole class reading lessons. 1:1 reading is used as a tool for developing intonation and expression, an awareness of punctuation and author style, as well as providing targeted support for individual readers. During Guided Reading, the children are grouped according to ability and share a text with their peers, encouraging book talk, characterisation and their ability to raise their own questions. Guided Reading sessions are taught discretely outside of the English lesson. We teach the children the process of reading during whole class reading lessons where the children are supported in developing a deeper understanding of a short passage of a shared text. Key themes are discussed and strategies for developing word level and comprehension skills are modelled. Having explored the text in detail, the children then apply their knowledge and understanding to a range of retrieval, inference and deduction questions with different layouts, formats and for different purposes. At the end of the lesson answers are reviewed to provide immediate feedback.

    We use a combination of reading schemes including Collins Big Cat, Rigby Star and PM Benchmark. Children also have the opportunity to read high quality chapter and picture books, e-books, real life non-fiction texts and topic books linked to their learning. Furthermore, the children are given the opportunity to access different stories by a number of famous authors using audiobooks.

    We are subscribed to First News and allow the children the opportunity to read and respond to texts using laptops through Reading Eggs. Children are able to access the Reading Eggs program at home and can access texts that are specifically catered to their ability. Please contact your child’s class teacher if you require the details for accessing Reading Eggs at home.

    Children at Bessemer are encouraged to read daily at home. We use a home-school communication book to keep a record of the books that the children read and to record any observations by parents and school staff as a means of recording progress and identifying next steps. Children who read regularly at home are rewarded with stickers, wristbands, bookmarks and certificates which are presented during the Rewards Assembly each week.

    Classes across the school also have the opportunity to visit Dulwich Library for a storytelling session. They can also select books which they can they borrow and read in school.


    Year 1 Dear Greenpeace unit
    Year 1a
    The Three Little Pigs


    Please refer to the ‘Parents Workshop’ section of the school website and the school diary for any dates of future workshops.

    Reading Diary Comment tips

    Book recommendations for different ages


    In KS1, phonics is taught daily for a period of 25 minutes. We have combined the Codebreakers Phonic Scheme alongside Letters and Sounds to create a program tailored to the needs of the children within our school. Phonics is taught through the modelling of sounds, visual clues, actions and repetition. Early Years and KS1 Phonics Workshops are delivered to parents to develop a shared understanding of what the children are learning in school.

    Helpful Phonics Websites for Parents


    In Early Years and KS1, spelling is embedded within phonics lessons, as well as taught discretely in English lessons. Additionally, the children learn spelling patterns and rules through high quality texts during their English lessons. In KS2 we have introduced a ‘Spelling Bee’ where the children are taught different spelling patterns and rules weekly. These are modelled through common words related to each spelling pattern with the children then having to apply the spelling rules to known words which are sent home as homework and to unknown words that have not been shared with the children. Common exception words are also identified and explored.



    Handwriting is taught several times each week for a period of 10 to 15 minutes using the Letter-join Handwriting Scheme. In Early Years and KS1 handwriting is taught alongside phonics, while in KS2 handwriting is embedded alongside word level work and spellings. Click on the link below to access the Letter-join Scheme. letterjoinLetter-join

    Please contact your child’s class teacher if you require the details for accessing Letter-join at home.

  2. Maths


    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.

    Year 1 Maths Working Wall

    Home Learning Scheme

    In a bid to help the children improve their mental maths skills, the children are encouraged to practise their Maths at home through Bessemer’s Home Maths Rocket Scheme. The new National Curriculum places a huge emphasis on children knowing their number facts and our scheme is designed to encourage the children to practise and learn them at home with your support.

    The scheme involves six ‘Rocket Cards’ that are pitched at the expected standard for each year group from Year 1 through to Year 6. All children are given the Maths Rocket of the year group that they are in unless they are working below age-related expectations, where they are given a Maths Rocket that is pitched at their maths level.

    Each week, the children’s maths teacher informs them of which objective they will be learning in school and will additionally need to practise at home as their homework. Every Friday, the children are given 10 questions to answer in relation to this objective, with a child needing to get all questions correct to have achieved that objective. Once they have completed all of the objectives in a ‘step’ they receive a certificate, which is presented during Rewards Assembly, and a prize.

    Year 1 Rocket Card

    Year 2 Rocket Card

    Year 3 Rocket Card

    Year 4 Rocket Card

    Year 5 Rocket Card

    Year 6 Rocket Card


    The children are able to further develop their learning at home through the use of Mathletics, a computer-based tool that contains a range of engaging games, activities and interactive tutorials in line with the National Curriculum expectations in Maths. If your child does not have a Mathletics username and password, please contact your child’s class teacher.



    Please refer to the ‘Parents Workshop’ section of the school website and the school diary for any dates of future workshops.

    Children problem solving in Maths


  3. Computing


    Welcome to the computing curriculum page. Here is a quick whistle stop guide to how we teach computing at Bessemer Grange Primary School throughout each phase.

    Our computing curriculum equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. The approach ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.


    Our curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils:

    • Can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation;
    • Can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems;
    • Can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems;
    • Are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information technology


    We use a scheme called Rising Stars from the foundation stage right up year 6.

    This programme allows key skills to be built upon year on year and give our children a well-rounded computing education with excellent cross curricular links throughout the different year groups.

    Early Years

    The early years programme links technology across the curriculum and allows the children to build confidence in programming, using digital resources and providing continuous provision within ICT throughout the setting.

    Pupils are taught to:

    • Understand and use some basic programming equipment
    • Use the Interactive Whiteboard to support learning in both mathmatics and literacy
    • Use the internet to retrieve information
    • Build confidence in using and accessing digital recording equipment
    • Use some basic word processing resources


    Key stage 1


    Pupils are taught to:

    • Understand what algorithms are, how they are implemented as programs on digital devices, and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions;
    • Create and debug simple programs;
    • Use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs;
    • Use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content;
    • Recognise common uses of information technology beyond school;
    • Use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies.


    Key stage 2

    Pupils are taught to:

    • Design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts;
    • Use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output;
    • Use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs;
    • Understand computer networks, including the internet; how they can provide multiple services, such as the World Wide Web, and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration;
    • Use search technologies effectively, appreciate how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content;
    • Select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information;
    • Use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact.


    Safe and effective use of computers  

    At Bessemer Grange school our policies and curriculum fully support your children in being safe and effective users of the world wide web. We are also here to support parents by providing information on how best to educate your children at home and ensure they are getting the best out of the internet while keeping themselves safe.

    In February 2018 we marked Safer Internet Day by discussing safe internet usage with children and providing parents with some information from the NSPCC about ways to keep your children safe at home


    Some rules for keeping children safe include:

    • Always keep the family computer in a public place such as a communal room where you can easily see the screen
    • Set up filter systems on your computer that block unsuitable material
    • Invest in good antivirus/spyware/pop-up blocking software if your computer does not have it already
    • Stay involved and engaged with your children’s online behaviours. Talk to your children about what they are doing on the internet and get them to show you what games or chat rooms they use
    • Ensure that you have read the terms and conditions for responsible use of the particular sites and that you adhere to the minimum age restrictions for all children (not just your own) who may gain access to it. This is particularly important with media such as social networking sites, computer games, YouTube, iPlayer, music videos and DVDs because of the associated risks
    • Help children to realise that things written on the social networking sites are published and can be seen by other users, and that therefore any posts must be polite and fair, and not lead to another person feeling demeaned, harassed or bullied
    • Reinforce the smart rules at home (available on the Know it all website). The most important being:
      safe – not giving out any personal information;
      tell – tell someone if you see something that you don’t like or upsets you; and
      meet – don’t meet up with someone you have met online
    • Show children how to use the internet and help them not to be afraid of it as it is a wonderful resource


    Online gaming
    Internet safety advice is directly applicable to the gaming environment. It is essential that children are aware of the potential issues and are given the skills and knowledge to help manage and reduce these risks, with the help of those around them. This leaflet explores the online gaming environment and provides a wealth of safety advice: Online Gaming.


    PEGI ratings
    Computer and video games have a Pan-European Game Information (PEGI) rating printed on the front of the case. Parents should familiarise themselves with these and follow the age-related guidance. For example, even if younger children are just watching an older family member playing a game with a 12, 16 or 18 rating, they still are being exposed to unsuitable material. You can find out more about PEGI ratings here.


    Further information
    The following links provide further information about best practice at home that will support what your child is learning at school. We recommend that Spinney parents familiarise themselves with the content.

    • Childnet
      Childnet’s mission is to work in partnership with others around the world to help make the internet a safe place for children. They work directly with children and young people from the ages of 3 to 18 on a weekly basis, as well as parents, carers, teachers and professionals, finding out about their real experiences online, and the positive things they are doing as well as sharing safety advice.
      Many of the websites below are part of the Childnet International network.


    • KnowITall
      Know it all for Parents. KnowITall is a set of award-winning resources developed by children’s internet charity Childnet International to help educate young people, parents and teachers about safe and positive use of the internet.


    • ThinkUKnow
      The ThinkUKnow website belongs to CEOP – the Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre – and offers latest information and advice to parents and teachers about new technologies and how to help and protect children interacting with them.


    • InSafe
      Insafe is a European network of Awareness Centres promoting safe, responsible use of the Internet and mobile devices to young people. There are sections for children, parents and teachers with information and advice on all aspects of online activity.


    • KidSmart
      Kidsmart is a practical internet safety programme website for schools, young people, parents and agencies, produced by the children’s internet charity Childnet International. Its resources include lesson plans, leaflets, posters, activity days and interactive games.


    • NetAware
      “Your guide to the social networks your kids use. Stay up to date and keep your child safe in today’s digital world”


    • ParentInfo
      Parent Info provides high quality information to parents and carers about their children’s wellbeing and resilience.


  4. Science

    Science at Bessemer Grange

    At Bessemer we aim to ignite pupils’ curiosity and encourage them to confidently explore and discover the world around them,  so that they develop a deeper understanding of the world we live in.   Through our practical and enjoyable curriculum we aim to inspire and excite our children and foster a thirst for knowledge.

    Pupils are taught how to ‘work scientifically’ through the content of Biology Chemistry and Physics and across the curriculum.   Pupils learn to use a variety of approaches to answer relevant scientific questions.    These types of scientific enquiry include:

    • observing over time
    • pattern seeking
    •  identifying, classifying and grouping
    • comparative and fair testing (controlled investigations)
    • researching using secondary sources. 

    Key Stage One

    Over the year, pupil’s in Year One will work on the following topics; seasonal change, animals including humans, everyday materials and plants.  The topics for Year Two are uses of everyday materials, animals including humans, plants and living things and their habitats. 

    Key Stage Two

    Pupils in Year Three learn science through the following topics;  forces and magnets, rocks, plants, light and animals including humans. The topics for Year Four are animals including humans, sound, electricity, states of matter and living things and their habitats. The topics for Year Five are properties and changes of materials, animals including humans, forces, living things and the habitats and earth and space.   The topics for Year Six are light, evolution and inheritance, electricity,  living things and their habitats and animals including humans. 

    Here are Year Five enjoying a visit from some reptiles. 

    Early Years 

    Science in Nursery and Reception is taught by helping children’s ‘Understanding of the World.’  Pupils learn through practical exploration and talk about how things happen and why things work.  Nursery children are given the opportunity to comment and ask questions about aspects of the world.   In reception, pupils learn about similarities and differences between people, places, objects materials and livings things.   They talk about features of their environment and how different environments may vary.  They also acquire skills to make observations of plants and animals and talk about changes that may occur. 

    Nursery and reception have planted lots of bulbs in the outside area.  Keep your eyes peeled to see how they change and what they will turn into. 

    Science Week 2018

    The theme for this year’s British Science Week is exploration and discovery and we encouraged children to think about everyday discoveries and how they affect their lives by exploring science in the world all around us.  The children across the school have taken part in some exciting science lessons, workshops and challenges.

    To kick start the week we were visited by the Mad Scientists who delivered two ‘Whizz Bang’ assemblies.

    The children took part in a whole school challenge to make the best ‘bug hotel’ for our nature garden. Congratulations to 5RS and 1LC for winning the competition. Take a look below at some of the creations. 

    Everyone enjoyed completing science investigations over the course of the week.  Here are some of the activities we completed:

    • Early years made their own chemical reactions by experimenting to make a ‘volcano.’ 

    • Year One enjoyed exploring giant bubbles.

    • Year Two investigated the best way to melt ice and rescue some objects.   

    • Year Three loved using bicarbonate of soda and vinegar to inflate a balloon.

    • Year Four observed some reactions to make their own fizzy colours.

    • Year Five explored forces by creating their own pinball machines. 

    • Year six investigated sound by creating their own speaker to play music from a smartphone. 

    Here are some photos of everyone enjoying their workshops with the Mad Scientists. 

    Thank you to everyone who came to our science fair.  The children enjoyed showcasing what they had been doing and exploring what had been happening across in the school. 

    Well done to everyone who took part in the home school competition.  It was obvious that a lot of effort had gone in to making your minibeasts and posters and it made it hard to choose a winner. 

  5. Humanities


  6. Music

    Music Lessons at Bessemer Grange

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    Music plays an important part of life at Bessemer Grange. Each year group learn songs, listen to music and compose pieces of music using various instruments during each topic they learn about. In July 2013 we composed our very own school song which we sing  in assembly. You can hear the song on the main page!

    Bessemer song final lyrics

    Choir Performance 

    Our choir performed at Dulwich Hamlet Primary Schools Spring Song concert. 



    Royal Festival Hall Percussion Performance

    Year 6 performance at this year’s percussion festival at the Royal Festival Hall.


    Each year group at Bessemer is taught how to play an instrument by a peripatetic music specialist. Our reception and nursery children are given singing and rhythm lessons for the first term. In year 1 and 2 the children are taught how to play the ukulele.  Our year three children learn to play the recorder as well as learning notation and some new songs. In year four our children are taught to play the clarinet, saxophone or flute. Pupils in year five are taught how to play the Samba drums and regularly perform in the local community. The Samba band has also performed at the Thames Festival, The City of London festival and at Hastings carnival. Pupils in year six participate in singing lessons which culminate in a performance at the Festival Hall.

    We run numerous music after school clubs which children have the opportunity to join, these include; Drumming, Violin, Keyboard and Guitar.

    Each year our children perform at various music events. Recently our year six children performed Christmas Carols at the Festival Hall as part of a mass choir, year four children performed at the Festival Hall as part of a mass orchestra. Look below to see some of the concerts we have performed in.

    We often attend concerts and are lucky enough to have worked closely with igosepl www.igospel.uk.com and the London Philharmonic Orchestra www.lpo.org.uk

    Check out this promotional video we helped make to advertise school workshop with Singology.

    Singology Video


    Recorder Concerts


  7. Art/Drama

    Art and Design

    The visual arts play an importatn part of life here at Bessemer Grange Priamry School. Each academic year begins with an art week, the children spend the first few days completing art work which we then display at our anual art exhibition. Childs work is framed adn parent have the oppertunity to purchase their childs work. Art is taught for arts sake as well as incorporated into our half termly topics. A range of art skills are taught such as; painting, drawing, printing, batik, weaving, sculpture and sewing. Childrens work is displayed in classrooms and corridoors around the school. Whenever possible childrens work is displayed in public galleries. We have been lucky enough to have work displayed at the Tate Modern, Dulwich Picture Gallery and the Biscuit Factory Gallery in Bermondsey. 

    Big Draw 2018

    Each year our children take part in the National Big Draw. This yearly event is themed and we usually complete a whole school piece. This year we made living lines. Look at our whole school drawing and see our lines move! In the past we have created still life drawings, made whole school hands which we wrapped around the school and drawn our school comunity.

    The Big Draw 2017

    Each year our children take part in the National Big Draw. This yearly event is themed and we usually complete a whole school piece. This year we made living lines. Look at our whole school drawing and see our lines move! In the past we have created still life drawings, made whole school hands which we wrapped around the school and drawn our school comunity.





    Last year the theme was landscapes. We worked together to turn our playground into a giant forest. In addition to this our children worked with some artists to create some stunning abstract landscape photographs, videos and prints. Here are some examples of the photos year six took and a video year 5 made. We think our work is good enough to be displayed at the Tate!


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    Doodle Day

    Friday 5th February was National Doodle Day. We raised over £200 for epilepsy and created some great doodles. The doodles are now on display outside classrooms. We also created giant doodles during assembly.




    Art Exhibition

    This year we created a huge school art exhibition and what a success it was. 610 pieces of art were framed and displayed in our school hall for two consecutive evenings. Parents were invited to view their children’s work and were even able to purchase a painting or two!







    Working with professional artisits

    Children regularly work with artists especially during the summer term when we prepare for carnival.

    art workshop


  8. Modern Foreign Languages

    Modern Foreign Languages – Spanish

    We are excited to say that we are learning to speak Spanish at Bessemer.  Children in KS1 have been using the Early Start Spanish scheme, seeing and listening to the people in the town of Calahorra in Rioja.

    Year 6 have been following the Arsenal Double Club scheme where they have been practising their language skills on the football pitch as well in the classroom! They are working towards a trip to the Emirates Stadium to celebrate their Spanish achievements.

    Other KS2 classes have been following the Lightbulb Languages scheme of work and the BBC Spanish lessons  www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primarylanguages/spanish 

    If you want to practice your language skills, remember we have lots of Spanish speaking friends at Bessemer who would love to help you.  You can also use websites such as Duolingo to practice at home or have a look in the library for dual-language Spanish books.

    Year 4 took  part in a very exciting Spanish project.  The British Council is ran a pilot scheme for primary schools and we used videoconferencing to call one of their learning centres in Argentina during our lessons! We met Johan, in Buenos Aires, and were able to practise speaking to him.  




    We also met Mrs Foster’s amigo, Burrito and learned a song about another burro. Follow the link if you want to listen to the song again at home. Can you remember the names of the body parts we learned to go with it?

  9. Religious Education

    Religious Education

    At Bessemer Grange we think it is important that our children learn about the six main religions. We follow Southwark Educations Religious objectives but teach each religion to each year group throughout the year. We teach Religious education in a creative way. Here are some images of the lovely work children have completed during their religious lessons. Click the link to look at the RE overview for th eyear to see what each year group is learning each half term.

    RE Curriculum for Bessemer Grange Primary School overview









  10. PE/Sport

     PE Curriculum at Bessemer Grange

    At Bessemer Grange, we aim to:

    1. Improve the quality of the school P.E. programme by:
    • Auditing staff to highlight development areas
    • Delivering P.E. focused staff training through staff meetings and INSET days
    • Employment of sports specialist to teach pupils and mentor staff
    • Investigate and explore good practice from other schools to further improve our P.E. curriculum
    1. Establish an extra-curricular multi-sport club to develop children’s skills and involvement in sport
    2. Provide additional training and coaching for children in school teams to develop their skills as part of our gifted and talented offer
    3. Enter teams into a wide range of school sport competitions
    4. Create inter-school sport competitions to provide further competitive opportunities for children
    5. Deliver an exciting and memorable sports day
    6. Link a sports event with a charity scheme to support the wider world

    For information about the Sports Premium, please click here

    Sports Premium

    PE Classes

    Below are a few pictures of a PE class at Bessemer Grange. For a larger view, please click on the thumbnails below:

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    Take a look at the Physical Education opportunities taking place at Bessemer Grange:

    Year 3 and 4 Indoor Athletics


    Bessemer’s Year 3 and four team (plus our Year 2 superstar, Cori) went to The Charter School to compete in an indoor athletics tournament. The team performed exceptionally well, finishing in first place and bringing back the trophy. Well done to all of the athletes who competed!

    Year 5 and 6 Indoor Athletics


    Year 5 and 6 travelled to St Martin in the Fields School to compete in an indoor athletics festival. Of the eight schools competing, Bessemer finished in second place and should be proud of their achievements. They were also the first students to wear our new school kit. Check out how smart they look in the photo above.

    Maurice Fulcher Cricket Competition

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    KS2 students from Bessemer Grange competed in a cricket competition at The Oval last Wednesday. The students progressed to the final and lost in a very close game. Congratulations to all of those who represented our school.


    Year 5 Hockey Festival

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    Year 5 attended a hockey Festival on Friday along with four of our local schools. The event was a non-competitive day whereby the students could meet play with children from other schools. Year 5 should be proud of their behaviour and sporting conduct on the day. Many of the Year 5 athletes made friends from other schools too!

    Autumn Football Leagues

    All through the autumn term, KS2 have competed in football leagues around the borough of Southwark. The students in these leagues tirelessly played each week after school and are to be commended on their commitment in giving up their time to represent the school. I would also like to extend a thank you to the parents of the competing students who have been very supportive in allowing their children to compete.

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    Year 3/4 Girls Cluster Home and Away League

    Our girls team competed every Thursday night during Autumn 2 in a league that took them to many local school. The girls performed especially well, making it to the grand final and losing on penalties (9-8). The girls are to be commended on their sportsmanship and positive attitude towards the game.

    Year 3/4 Boys Cluster Home and Away League

    Our boys team competed every Thursday night during Autumn 2 in a home and away league that took them to many local schools. The boys finished the league in 4th place. The team showed rapid progress in their skills and strategy over the course of the league and are to be congratulated for their efforts.

    KS2 Girls LPSSN League

    Our KS2 team travelled to Geraldine Mary Hamsworth Sporting Facility every Thursday to compete in the league involving schools across Southwark. The team finished the league in 4th place.

    KS2 Boys LPSSN League

    Our KS2 team travelled to Geraldine Mary Hamsworth Sporting Facility every Thursday to compete in the league involving schools across Southwark. The team finished the league in 7th place.


    Year 3 Cluster Football Festival


    On the 21st October, our Year 3 mixed football team travelled to The Charter School to compete in the Cluster Football Festival. The team did especially well and went through the tournament undefeated, bringing the winners’ trophy back to Bessemer.

    Year 5 and 6 Cross Country Running

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     Congratulations to our Year 5 and 6 cross country team who competed in the LPSSN Cross Country Festival. Both boys and girls performed very well and Bessemer Grange finished the day overall in 2nd place.

    KS2 Mixed Football Festival

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    Bessemer Grange competed in the KS2 LPSSN Mixed football festival on the 23rd September, 2014. The team displayed a high level football and were commended on their teamwork and passing.

  11. P4C & PSHE


    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.


  12. Special Educational Needs

    Special Educational Needs

    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: 

  13. EAL

    One of the great things about our school is that our children come from all over the world! We are so lucky that there are 36 different languages spoken across the year groups.

    We have an EAL library in our school, full of exciting dual-language books and audio books for children to use to support their English.

    Have a look at our EAL library!

    Have a look at our EAL library!


    EAL Drama and Dance workshops

    This year we are working in partnership with Artis to provide drama, dance and movement sessions for children with EAL (English as an additional language) to build confidence and to support them with the development of Topic-focused vocabulary.

    Each term, children of different ages enjoy weekly sessions on a Tuesday. They are really lucky to be taught by ‘Shoop’, who links the drama and dance sessions to our creative curriculum in a fun, engaging way.

    Have a look at the photos of a session where Maths vocabulary was practised in the context of a shop!

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    Here are some of our other sessions where we used movement to help us remember different words and phrases:












    We have a number of other exciting EAL interventions in our school! We love practising new vocabulary in small group environments so that we can build our confidence, too.

  14. Gifted & Talented

    Many of the children at our school are gifted and talented in different ways. Our aim is to provide suitable challenge and support for these children in a stimulating way, so that they are able to reach their full potential. 


    As well as providing a curriculum that is challenging, we recognise that the most able children have specific needs and requirements. We use the National Strategies guidance to define ‘gifted and talented’.
    ‘Gifted’ refers to children that have the ability to excel in subjects such as Literacy and Numeracy. ‘Talented’ refers to children that have the ability to excel in practical and creative subjects. We aim to provide extra opportunities for these children throughout the academic year.



    We currently have a number of fun projects for the children who show particular gifts and talents during school time.

    For example, selected children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 play chess for an hour every week with the chess expert Mr Brown! Playing chess is an excellent way to learn important mathematical strategies, such as forward thinking and problem solving.

    There is also a small weekly club for KS2 children who enjoy chess and want to play with their friends.

    Have a look at the photos of some KS2 children thinking about their next chess move!


    Several of our chess superstars have had the opportunity to take part in exciting chess competitions, such as the London Chess Classic Tournament in Olympia. They always have a fantastic day playing lots of other schools and they enjoy it even more when they go home with medals!


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    Maths 24 competition

    Another competition that our Maths experts take part in is the Maths 24 game, which involves us playing against other Southwark schools! The aim of the game is to use the four numbers on the card to make 24. You have to use all four numbers, but only once, and you can use any operations!images

    Can you make 24 using these numbers?


    PE and ICT

    We also have sports clubs and an ICT club for children who show talent in PE and ICT. Watch this space for a talented Art club coming soon too!

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    Practising our coding skills!

    Practising our coding skills!

    We're trying to program our 'sprite'!

    We’re trying to program our ‘sprite’!

    Philosophy and problem solving

    We believe that quality first teaching is at the heart of excellent support for G&T children, but we also run a number of interventions to further stimulate the more able.

    Year 2’s gifted group take part in the philosophical challenges presented in Thinkers Keys problems. They have to use persuasive language and imaginative thinking across a range of contexts!

    Have a look at some of our inventions:

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    Playground Maths project

    Year 3’s gifted group are choosing which equipment should be bought for our Year 3/4 playground! They have to carry out primary and secondary research, analyse their data, downloadpurchase their items whilst considering discounts and different percentages, and finally present their finished project to the rest of KS2! We can’t wait to see what they decide to buy for our playground!

    Year 5’s gifted group work hard to apply their Maths skills to run a tuck shop every week. They have to select the products on offer, calculate which are the most popular every week and sell them to children on the playground. See the School Council page to find out more! 


    Art trips

    We take the children on trips as often as possible. We believe that creative and exciting trips and projects help to enrich children’s experiences and deepen their understanding of a topic.

    The below photos are from the ‘construction art project’ we took part in when the gifted Art group visited the South London Gallery. We explored the artist’s work and then practised trying to create our own construction and destruction art!

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    On another visit to the South London Gallery, we explored the effect of living in an urban environment and how this can be perceived by others. We then created our own cities and our own set of rules!

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    Debating society

    Years 5 & 6 gifted pupils have the opportunity to extend their speaking & listening and problem solving skills in our Debating Society! At the moment, the children are busy preparing their propositions and oppositions for the question ‘Should children be allowed in government?’

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  15. School Council

    School Council

    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.

    Sustainable Travel

    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.