Curriculum

Our vision is to develop young people with active and creative minds who are able to lead happy, healthy and fulfilling lives. Our curriculum, which can be defined as all of the learning planned and guided by the school, whether carried on in groups or individually, inside or outside the school, is the way in which we put our vision into practice.

English: We follow the National Curriculum for English. Synthetic phonics is taught systematically in Early Years and Key Stage 1 using the Read Write Inc. scheme.  RWI is a comprehensive synthetic phonics programme that teaches reading, writing and spelling.  Additionally, children progress through the banded reading books in the book band library during Early Years and Key Stage 1.  These quality texts cover a range of different genres and offer pupils choices within the banded reading materials. Then, soon after starting Key Stage 2, pupils begin choosing books from the bronze, silver and gold library which increase in challenge in terms of vocabulary and comprehension. Reading comprehension skills are taught explicitly weekly during a dedicated weekly comprehension lesson, often based on an age-appropriate Ginn Key Comprehension textbook. Writing skills are taught systematically using a range of resources, including Wordsmith for fiction genres and Literacy World for non-fiction genres. Handwriting is taught using the Nelson handwriting scheme. Grammar, punctuation and spelling are taught weekly. Grammar lessons are based either on an age-appropriate Ginn Key Grammar textbook or on Assertive Mentoring grammar resources. Spelling is taught from Year 2, once pupils have completed the Read Write Inc. Phonic programme, using the Read Write Inc. spelling resources.

Mathematics: We follow the National Curriculum for mathematics. Teachers prepare mathematics lessons using a range of resources, including the Abacus scheme and Maths on Target textbooks. Pupils complete weekly homework activities using Schofield and Sims mental arithmetic books. Problem-solving strategies are taught and practised weekly during dedicated problem-solving lessons.

Science: We follow the National Curriculum for science. Lessons are prepared based on specialist science units from the International Primary Curriculum (IPC), as well as from the science components of general IPC units that are being taught. Click here for further detail.

Religious Education: RE lessons are based on SACRE, the locally-agreed syllabus.

Computing: Computing lessons are based on the Switched On Computing scheme.

Physical Education: PE lessons in gymnastics, dance, games and athletics are based on the Val Sabin schemes of work. Swimming is taught by specialist teachers at the Ockendon Academy.

PSHE: The school uses the SEAL framework along with additional Channel 4 material to support Sex and Relationships Education. Where appropriate, the IPC Society and Personal goals are incorporated into a term’s learning.

Art and design, Technology, Music, History, Geography, Citizenship and International Studies: These subjects are all taught through the framework of the International Primary Curriculum. Benyon School is part of a learning community of schools across the world that uses the IPC as a significant part of their planned curriculum. The IPC is an effective curriculum that provides the most appropriate support for teachers and others to develop children’s learning. It begins with a set of standards of learning outcomes which clearly defines what children should be capable of at certain important periods of their development. These standards are explicitly described in terms of the knowledge children should acquire, the skills they should be able to demonstrate and the understanding they should develop. The curriculum provides opportunities for teachers to assess or judge the quality of children’s learning through a range of assessment or evaluative opportunities. The curriculum addresses the development of knowledge, skills and understanding in three key areas – subjects, personal development and international understanding. The National Curriculum learning outcomes are covered by the learning goals of the IPC.

More detailed information about our curriculum can be obtained by clicking here, or on request at the school office, or you can contact us by clicking the ‘contact us’ link at the top of this page. Additionally, below are some links related to the above information:

1.       National Curriculum

2.       Read Write Inc.

3.       Key Comprehension and Key Grammar

4.       Literacy Evolve

5.       Literacy World

6.       Nelson Handwriting 

7.       Abacus maths

8.       Maths on Target 

9.       International Primary Curriculum 

10.   Religious Education 

11.   Switched On Computing

12.   Val Sabin

13.   SEAL

Our School Day

The school is in session from 8.55am to 3.00pm (KS1) and 3.10pm (KS2) with a lunch break of 1 hour. During the day there is also a short morning break (15 minutes). Registration is taken at the beginning of the day and at the beginning of the afternoon. In the morning, children may come into school from 8.45am onwards. They are encouraged to enter quietly, and settle down to tasks. The school is unable to take responsibility for children before 8.45am.