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At Beechwood each planning cycle is split into 4 age ranges, they are reception, year 1 and 2, year 3 and 4 and finally year 5 and 6.

This page includes curriculum overviews, curriculum maps and learning journeys. There is also information on phonics, reading and writing.

Learning Journeys - Autumn 2017

Learning Journeys - Summer 2017

Curriculum Statement

ICT Mark - October 2015

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Beechwood and Oakwood Primaries gain prestigious ICT Mark Award


Children at the Southernway Federation in Southway are at the forefront of using technology to enhance their learning, and that’s official! Following an extensive external assessment both Beechwood and Oakwood Primaries have been awarded the prestigious ICT Mark

The award recognises each school’s success in developing the strategic use of technology in both administration and across the curriculum. Children at Beechwood and Oakwood are attending schools at the forefront of modern technology.


Mark Chambers, Naace CEO, said "The Federation thoroughly deserve the accolade of an ICT Mark accreditation. They clearly demonstrate how important it is to take a whole school approach to using technology in schools. We look forward to working with them to demonstrate how technology can have a substantial impact on learner outcomes in the future.”


Mr Mann, our Federation ICT Subject Leader worked extremely hard to ensure that the Federation was ready for ICT Mark assessment. In applying for the award Mr Mann praised all children and staff for the excellent ICT work that is taking place each and every day. “All the children and staff deserve credit for this achievement.” Thank you to Mr Mann and congratulations and well done to everyone!

Bristol Standard - 24th February 2015

Oakwood and Beechwood Early Years teams and Catkins Nursery have again achieved the Bristol Standard Quality Assurance Mark. In recognition of all the hard work undertaken, staff from all three areas attended a special celebration evening on 24th February to collect their certificates from the Local Authority.
Congratulations to them and well done!

Beechwood children attended the Holocaust Memorial Day at Plymouth University - January 2015

Henry P, Tanesha C, Katie G, Hollie B, Rubie H, and Rayrna D performed at the event held in the Roland Lewinsky Building, Plymouth University.


This years commemoration is particularly significant as it marks the 70th

 anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. To mark the occasion

Plymouth's Lord Mayor lit one of the 70 candles being lit around the UK and at Auschwitz-Birkenau.


 Art students drew pictures of our the children and added their portraits to a memorial wall. It was a very thought provoking afternoon. 


'International Award' - 22nd January 2015

Mr Jones, Paige K and Bailey T from Year 5 represented the school for the award ceremony held at the official residence of the Lord Mayor, at 3 Elliot Terrace.


The Lord Mayor and the Lady Mayoress presented the children with a glass globe for the school then joined them for a buffet. It was a very special occasion and the children were fantastic ambassadors for the school. They were even brave enough to sing a French song for the audience, Well done!

EYFS areas of learning


Phonics is taught through the Read, Write Inc model which is a rigorous approach to the teaching of reading and comprehension in line with the new National Curriculum.

Mrs Gruszka is our Read Write Inc manager at Beechwood. She attends national training and co-ordinates the implementation, monitoring and assessment of the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme in school. There are many helpful resources and information for parents regarding RWI on the Ruth Miskin website, please click on the link below to find out more.

Phonics and Reading

In the Southernway Federation, our current approach to reading is the Read, Write Inc programme based on a systematic and dynamic literacy programme rooted in phonics. We use the Read, Write Inc reading books to support the teaching of reading in school.

We use a variety of reading schemes to support home-school reading at Oakwood. The main reading schemes used throughout the school are Oxford Reading Tree, Rigby Star, Ginn and the books coded using the Renn reading programme. Please read on for further information regarding Renn.

Owl Reading Scheme at Beechwood

The Southernway Owl Reading scheme celebrates and rewards children for reading widely at school and at home. Parents are encouraged to read at home with their children and communicate with teachers through a home-school reading diary. Reading achievements are celebrated at school assemblies and the names of all the children are displayed on the wooden Owl Reading Trees in the school hall. Look out for them next time you attend an event in the school hall.


Reading Rewards



Foundation & Key Stage 1

Key Stage 2

10 Books




25 Books

Reading Sticker


Bronze Owl Badge


50 Books

Reading Badge


Silver Owl Badge


100 Books

Reading Bookmark


Gold Owl Badge


100+ Books

Special Reading Badge


Special Reading Badge



Renaissance Learning Accelerated Reading Programme

The school subscribes to Renaissance Reading (Renn), the accelerated reading programme, which challenges pupils’ reading and comprehension skills in Key Stage 2.

The programme is currently being used in years 3, 4, 5 and 6. (We have also begun to introduce this scheme to some of the more able readers in year 2.) Accelerated Reading is a powerful tool for monitoring and managing independent reading practice.  Children will complete an on-line Star Reading test and will be assessed and levelled.  They will then be able to choose a book within that level.  Each book is scored using a range of information:  Reading level, number of words and the number of points available.  Once the children have read the book they will complete an on-line quiz.  The questions will challenge children’s understanding of what they have read using comprehension style questions.

Children will very quickly be able to monitor their own success in the points score and levels achieved. Progress will be celebrated and certificates awarded. 

The Accelerated Reading programme motivates students of all ages and abilities to read for pleasure and enables teachers to diagnose problems accurately and address them quickly.

How can you help your child with reading?

Your role in your child’s success continues to be key.  When your child brings home a school reader, please continue to help them with unfamiliar words and phrases that they may find tricky to read or understand.  There may be some challenging ideas or themes that they may find difficult to understand that will need explaining, especially as your child moves to onto higher levels.  As far as possible, children should be encouraged to read independently either to you or quietly on their own.  Follow up by asking your child questions about what it is they have read: Who were the main characters? What was the main event? How did the chapter end?  

Children will then take the quiz in school and be given a new target and level. If you would like to find out more please click on the link below.

Talk for Writing

In the Southernway Federation, our current approach to writing is based on Talk for Writing, developed by Pie Corbett. This supports the National Curriculum programmes of study for writing at Key Stages 1 and 2.

This composes of 2 main strands:

  • Transcription (spelling and handwriting).

  • Composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing).

The Talk for Writing approach is effective because it is based on the principles of how children learn. It is powerful because it enables children to imitate the language they need for a particular topic orally before reading and analysing it and then writing their own version. If you would like to find out more please click on the link below.


Pen Licence

What is a Pen Licence?

Children can work towards earning a Pen Licence when they can write in a fluent and cursive joined handwriting style. (The school uses the Nelson handwriting scheme.) The Pen Licence is awarded by the Head of School in a celebration assembly. He or she also receives a special handwriting pen to use in school instead of a pencil.


Children must be able to:

  • Use the four joins correctly using the Nelson cursive style.

  • Keep letters a consistent size.

  • Ensure that all ascenders and descenders are correct.

  • Remember to join handwriting consistently over a period of time and not just in one piece of work.


    Once a child meets the criteria above, the class teacher will ask the child to show a selection of work from his or her books to the Head of School. Sometimes there might be an element to work on before the licence is approved.


    Common aspects for improvement include:

  • Consistent letter size.

  • Correct formation of the lower case letters f and k.

  • Ensuring that the letter is the same height as lower case letters.

  • Not looping the descenders for the letters y and g.

  • Joining consistently.


    Supporting your child with any of the above will help your child to develop a fluent cursive style of handwriting.

    The New National Curriculum 2014 for English states that:

    Joined handwriting should be the norm; pupils should be able to use it fast enough to keep pace with what they want to say.”


    Please see the Handwriting Expectations from the National Curriculum in the policy section on our school website for further information and guidance. If you have any questions about handwriting please don’t hesitate to talk with your child’s class teacher.