Belvue Curriculum
Please find below the statements of intent for all subjects delivered at Belvue school.  To see an overview of the curriculum for each key stage please click the relevant link.
Keystage 3                         Keystage 4  
 
 Keystage 5
MATHEMATICS

“Mathematics is the poetry of logical ideas”

Mathematics at Belvue aims to make the students aware of the integral part maths plays in all facets of our lives and to develop the young people’s mathematical knowledge; skills and understanding so as to better access the world around them. We aim to give a broad, rich and enjoyable curriculum but with a particular emphasis on the practical application of number, money, sorting & classification, time and measure. We aim to offer students the opportunity to access appropriate nationally recognised accreditations. We aim for the young people to have the confidence and experience to be able to identify what mathematical skills and knowledge they need to apply to solve practical problems in their own lives.

ENGLISH

English at Belvue School intends to empower our young people to develop a strong sense of self. The English curriculum aims to enhance the enjoyment and creativity of the subject, whilst also developing the key skills they need to thrive in the local community and become a positive citizen in doing so.

Effective communication is paramount; having the confidence to express themselves in ways that are appropriate and safe. We wish to develop their communication skills as a means to promote independence. This is achieved through a variety of mediums such as discussion, group work, debates, presentations, experiences outside the classroom, to name but a few.

The English curriculum will serve as the bridge between their school experience and adulthood experience. We aim to pave the way for young people to reach their full potential, so they can successfully and independently transfer these skills into their futures.

SCIENCE 

We want the young people who study Science to have meaningful experiences that are appropriate for their ability level. They will apply scientific ideas to their everyday life to problem solve, during and after their time at Belvue School.  We want them to be curious and safe as they explore their immediate and wider community. We will build on the understanding and confidence gained through exploration and practical work in school and local areas to increase their confidence in interacting with people outside the Belvue Community.

 

ART

The Belvue Art curriculum seeks to empower pupils self expression.  

Pupils talk about and organise art compositions, tools and materials to generate their own creations. Through voicing their own opinions about art they develop confidence in their individuality.

 They explore new artists, images and ideas through a wide range of materials and are encouraged to express themselves verbally and visually throughout. Through this they experience many sensory materials and have the opportunity to play with their potential to create art.

 

COMPUTING

Young people who study Computing at Belvue High School will leave school with digital skills which they will continue to use in their adulthood life safely in the digital world and with confidence to aid independent living skills.

Digital life skills will increase their independence in the use of everyday technologies allowing them to become critical thinkers. When navigating online they will be alert and aware of misinformation such as fake news, harmful websites.  They will recognise and know to follow their gut instinct when something is wrong such as peer pressure and the harm it can cause to others and themselves and the importance of reporting any concerns to a trusted adult straightway.

Our young people will be confident communicators, they will think before they share pictures or videos of themselves or friends or any other content when using social media on their devices. They will know the importance of being kind and respectable when online.

Students will gain confidence using a mixture of common software packages and platforms such as Android, iOS, Windows when using a variety of Smart Devices. This will be useful for employment opportunities and independent living. They will be capable tool users knowing how to be secure when protecting themselves online by creating strong passwords, keeping private information personal and know what can be shared to the public online. They will be aware that their devices should have up to date anti-virus software which can keep your personal information private. They will know that they can block people on apps and the importance of using the privacy settings on their devices.

Digital life skills allow our young people to be self- sufficient using everyday technologies such as self-service checkouts, online shopping and banking, ATM machines, accessing public transport and be able to transfer these to skills as new technologies evolve.

Most importantly the young people at Belvue High School will start to create their positive digital footprint which they will continue to practice throughout their adulthood. Being wise on how they present themselves on social media, writing sensible comments to friends or celebrities.  They will be aware that a negative footprint can impact on their life now and in the future. They will be role models of Belvue High School with a positive digital footprint for the world to see.

 

DESIGN TECHNOLOGY

 

At Belvue, we aim to make our students aware of ‘design’ and ‘technology’, and that they can actively engage in both; we look beyond learning disabilities to enable access for our students. Where design normally precedes manufacture, at Belvue we interpret this to mean ‘being within the practical process.’  For those who are unable to conceptualise or pre-plan, the design process is just about participating, exploring, making, and evaluating. At Belvue, ‘technology’ refers to broad range of traditional and modern tools, equipment, and machine, but encompasses improvised tools and processes that a student may devise.

Creativity and enjoyment are at the heart of our Design and Technology curriculum.  We empower our students’ learning through exploration, play, making, drawing, communication, building and deconstructing.  Through diverse creative projects, students will experience a wide range of practical life skills and acquire knowledge.  They will work with different processes, materials, and tools, and are encouraged to suggest their own ideas.  We try to adapt processes and tools to enable students to achieve whilst recognising the importance of failure; we celebrate both.

By the time our students leave us, we hope that they will have improved their practical, independence, and organisational skills.  Above all, we hope that they will take pleasure and satisfaction from making and creativity.

 

DRAMA

Theatre is at its best when it excites and incites. Theatre provokes action, it challenges complacency, it demands attention and challenges ways that things have always been done. It is a rebellion, a voice, a focus, an engagement, a solution, a platform for everyone and anyone. Nobody is exempt.

The Drama Department at Belvue High School is committed to delivering a curriculum that at its core lies play. It serves to enrich and empower all of our learners.

The aims are to develop self –discipline, team work and communication and to nurture a sense of self and belonging to a group/community.

Through creating, performing and evaluating their own and others’ work, it is hoped that the curriculum will inspire our Belvue learners to value their experiences, take risks, explore and give a platform for their voices and stories to be heard.

 

WOODLAND STUDIES

At Belvue, we recognise that our students benefit greatly from learning outside the classroom (LOC) and learn best through practical experiences.  These provide relevance and context that can be difficult to replicate in the classroom.  We aim to provide meaningful opportunities for all students in a broad range of outdoor spaces.  Student are encouraged to make decisions, learn to take safe risks, acquire practical transferable skills, develop greater independence, hone their questioning and thinking skills, express their creativity, and explore new interests. 

 

Through a broad range of activities, grouped under conservation, woodcraft, fire skills, and wide-games, our students learn about themselves and the world around them.  They develop confidence and self-esteem, and improve their social skills and ability to cooperate with others.  They learn to find a sense of wonder and an enjoyment in nature.

 

FOOD TECHNOLOGY

In Food Technology we want to empower, excite and educate our students about food. We will give them vital life skills, encourage their creativity, develop their senses and expand their knowledge and experiences of food. By the time our students leave Belvue we want them to be as independent as possible: to be able to prepare food for themselves; to understand how to keep themselves healthy and to experience the social benefits of cooking and enjoying food with others.
Students will become familiar with the kitchen environment and develop an understanding of the safety and hygiene risks.
Students will learn to recognise and use basic kitchen equipment and basic ingredients. We aim to broaden student’s food experiences and enable them to enjoy multi-cultural dishes. Students will learn about the importance of a healthy balanced diet.
They will be encouraged to use cross-curricular skills, they have learned through English, Maths and Science lessons, when following and adapting recipes.
Students will also learn how to work as part of a team and enjoy the pleasures of eating and cooking together.

 

 

FRENCH

Language learning helps pupils to express themselves and develop memory skills. Students are encouraged to communicate and gain knowledge about the structure of language which supports the development of literacy skills in their own language. Learning about other countries fosters respect for others and an appreciation of different cultures and traditions. It also encourages pupils to appreciate the richness and diversity of the multicultural society in which they live.

In French students engage in role play, singing, games and conversation and make good use of interactive resources with the use of the Smart TV and laptops.

In KS4 Pupils learn French as an option and gain a Belvue certificate at the end of the course. Students learn about French culture as well as life in Francophone countries. They  study modules such as ‘Home and the local area; Leisure and Entertainment; Health and Sport; Travel and the Wider World and Education and Work. Students develop their skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing and are tested on these at the end of each module.

 

HORTICULTURE

Outdoor Learning is a major feature of Belvue School and one that we take great pride in. We have wonderful woodland and market gardens that facilitate exciting horticulture experiences. Students in KS4 can take an Entry Level 3 qualification in Horticulture as one of their personal options.  This is an accredited qualification from a national exam board.

 

The produce grown in the market garden is used in Food Technology lessons. We grow potatoes, courgettes, onions, garlic, shallots, peas, herbs, sweetcorn, tomatoes, strawberries, swiss chard and sunflowers and many other seasonal items. Students take care weeding and watering the gardens. In the school front garden they stripped the turf, made box beds, made bark chipping paths and planted a variety of vegetables and flowers. We have had experts in to show students how to plant the bean poles. Students keep garden diaries in order to bring literacy, numeracy and science into the garden.

 

The school has worked towards Level 5 of the Royal Horticultural Society Campaign for Schools. http://apps.rhs.org.uk/schoolgardening/default.aspa

 

Students sold plants that they had grown at the school’s fundraising BBQ. Over the last few years the school has placed 1st and 2nd in the Learning thru the Landscapes and Ealing in Bloom competitions and have been in the Local Press for our spectacular market garden and quad hanging baskets and planters.

 

HUMANITIES

Humanities at Belvue provide a bridge between the school and the wider world through enriching experiences that are appropriate to the students’ needs and abilities and conform to National Curriculum requirements.

We teach Humanities because we want our pupils to develop an understanding of how events and choices from the past affect the present and the future. We want them to gain an appreciation of similarities and differences in the geography and history of the world and to gain an understanding and appreciation of how difference and diversity enrich our lives.

The subject raises young people’s curiosity to explore experience and interact with the world. These experiences are meant to empower the young people to develop a better sense of self, and an effective, safe, independent and joyful interaction with their environment.

Ultimately, we intend to instill in young people the excitement for discovery and the responsibility that each of us has to keep this world a beautiful, safe and exciting place to live in and pass on.


MUSIC

Music is an important aspect of the curriculum at Belvue High School and we want to provide students with a wealth of musical experiences in the context of a broad selection of genres. Whilst encouraging students to hone skills in performing, composing, improvising and listening we prioritise the development of self-confidence and nurturing interest in music for life long engagement. Students have opportunities to perform on their own and as part of a group in lessons, school events and in the local community. We also acknowledge the profound and therapeutic impact that music has on other aspects of students’ development, such as social skills, communication skills and behaviour. 

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

‘IF YOU HAD FUN, THEN YOU WON.’

‘PE IS POWERFUL EDUCATION.’

 

Physical Education at Belvue aims to empower the interest of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and understand the importance of being active.  We aim to make students confident enough to use sport as a mechanism to engage in their community. Participating in sport provides a sense of belonging, opportunity for success and learning to cope with challenge and failure both in individual and team/group activities. We aim for all students to experience enjoyment in sport through a wide range of activities.

Extra Curricular Sport.

Outdoor adventure activities are also an important part of the curriculum with the lower school taking part in an activity residential involving team building skill based activities and upper school taking part in a water based adventure activity residential to Salcombe in Devon where students learn to sail a range of craft as well as beach games, raft building, canoeing and coastal walks.


With the support of The Willow Tree School Sport Partnership Trust, our students regularly participate in fun, friendly but still competitive sports fixtures in a range of different sports.

 

Our students also participate in an SEN football league every Wednesday run by the FA. We currently compete in the MLD U16 boys, MLD U14 boys, SLD open aged and open aged Girls competitions.

 

We also run after school sports club every Wednesday and dance club every Monday evenings.

 

Additionally, we ran our own Belvue World Cup, each VT group participating. Oak 2 are the remaining champions of the World Cup trophy and Walid Yazigi Chaouati is the golden boot holder. This proved very popular amongst the students. We hope to hold other VT group competitions and challenges including seated volleyball, bench-ball, dodge-ball and bench football.

 

Another one of the most popular events on the school calendar is sports day. Last year we held this at the new FA football pitches at Rectory Park. Students put into practice their athletics skills they had been working on in the summer term.

PSHE

PSHE provides students with the knowledge and skills to learn about and understand their place in an increasingly complex world. Students are encouraged to reflect on their own attitudes and opinions and explore the range of values found in wider society. It helps them to understand and recognise physical changes in themselves and others and how to maintain both physical and mental health. Pupils are helped to understand that their bodies belong to them and they practise the skills necessary to cope with their developing sexuality. An understanding of their own and others’ emotions will equip them with the ability to recognise a range of emotions.  Developing empathy and the ability to work with others will help students form positive relationships and hone important skills for developing independence in the future. They learn to negotiate relationships and understand how to keep themselves safe in a range of situations. Students explore the values of Belvue School through participating in activities which demonstrate tolerance and respect for all communities as well as a willingness to engage with new ideas.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

In RE we provide a curriculum that encourages students to experience, explore and engage with a broad spectrum of religions and belief systems.

Our RE is taught through sensory experiences, discussion and questioning that is designed to initiate sharing and debate covering topics relevant to the world today. We encourage independent thought and allow our students the space to decide about, and give voice to, their own viewpoints.

Our aim is to develop reflective, discerning and religiously literate students who are able to construct informed opinions. Moreover we will focus on empowering them to demonstrate not only tolerance and respect towards the opinions of others

, but also the differences between us.

 

POST 16 

At Belvue College we aspire to assist young adults, by providing them with the tools to achieve their full potential and enrich their life experiences. Our curriculum is delivered through three progressive pathways that focus on developing a young person’s independence, personal and social growth, life skills, health and wellbeing needs, confidence and employment skills. We aim to create citizens who are positive, responsible, aspirational, engaged and able to integrate fully into society.

 

In Belvue College we will continue to grow together, while increasing our young peoples’ self-reliance, giving them opportunities to be involved in age appropriate experiences,  expand their understanding of life and achieve vocational accreditations, that can support them in their future. This will be attained through actively working with our various partnerships and the local community, via social events, volunteering and work experience that all lead to developing further employment and social engagement skills.

DUKE OF EDINBURGH AWARD

 

Students at Key Stage 4 are offered the chance to take part on the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.  Students are entered at Bronze level and take part on four areas of activity:

  • Sport - getting fit and improving health.  Students this year have been running and improving times over 6 months.   

  • Skills - students learn or extend a new skill in an area of their choice.   

  • Volunteering - students give up time to help with a place, event or cause.  This year they have given up time to help the school get ready for  London in Bloom.   

  • Expedition - Students take part in a practice an assessed over night expedition where they walk with their equipment, cook their own food and sleep under canvas.  The final expedition takes place in the Chiltern Hills around the Prime Minister's country house Chequers.

We also offer the Silver Award for our young people that have completed the Bronze award.  The Silver Award follows the same structure as the Bronze, but the duration of each section may longer - 6 months instead of three months