Executive Head's Welcome
As the Executive Headteacher, I am pleased to welcome you to Beck Primary School. I hope you enjoy visiting the website and find the information useful. The website should help you, whether you are looking for term dates, to see what is happening in school or if you just want to get an insight into life at Beck Primary School.
Beck, Hucklow Primary School, Owler Brook Primary School and Whiteways Primary School are joined as Multi Academy Trust called Cascade Academy. The schools have one board of Trustees but their own individual Governing Body and an Executive Headteacher. This is an exciting time as all four local schools begin to work together. I will spend time in each school every week so if you ever need to see me I will be available. We are planning for the schools to do lots of fun and exciting things together over the year.
Our aim is to provide a high quality education for all with a broad and balanced curriculum. We want children to be excited about their learning and to enjoy coming to school. Our curriculum is thematic, with themes that change every term. All subjects link wherever possible to a theme making the learning journey seamless. Learning is brought to life by the experience of a visit or a special visitor coming into school. We firmly believe that learning is a journey and we aim to create memorable experiences that accelerate children’s understanding and achievements.
Should you wish to discuss anything further please do not hesitate to contact the school.
Head of School Welcome
It has been such a pleasure to welcome the children back to school after lockdown and the summer break. Despite a long break and many changes in school, the children at Beck have shown immense resilience and have made a fantastic start back. I’m also pleased to see our new starters in FS2 (Reception) and FS1 (Nursery) make such a positive start.
I know many parents have been concerned about their child’s learning whilst they have been away from school. Our aim is that children will be ‘back-on-track’ in both an academic and emotional sense as soon as possible and we have a Recovery Plan to support children in this.
Our Core Values underpin everything we do at Beck and will support children in their return to school. Each week we celebrate children who are following our values. This half term we are celebrating those who are ‘Aiming High’ in everything they do. You can find those children who have been celebrated in our Learning Champions Assembly on our blog.
More than anything we want the children at Beck to be excited about returning to school and continuing learning. We have planned an exciting curriculum based on the children’s experiences that will take them to places they could only imagine. We are passionate about teaching reading and helping children to enjoy books. You can find out more about what the children will learn about in each subject and each year in the curriculum section of our website and you can see what the children have been learning by visiting our blog. Information on how to support your child at home can be found in our Parent Support page and the Yeargroup pages of the website.
We have had to make quite a few changes to the way school is operating in response to the risk of COVID-19 infection. Full details of our risk assessment can be found (link to risk assessment). These changes all follow guidance from Sheffield Local Authority and Public Health. We have all been surprised at how quickly the children have adapted and how in many cases they prefer the way school operates now in smaller, quieter ‘bubbles’. I’d like to thank everyone for their patience whilst we try to get our systems right and ensure that everyone is safe. We may need to make further changes in the future and regularly send out COVID-19 updates that can be found on our website.
One of the main changes is that parents are now not able to come into school but we are keen to maintain the strong contact that we had with you all before and during lockdown. Teaching staff will be calling all parents in their class in September to discuss how children have settled in. Any parents who have concerns are encouraged to call school to arrange to speak to a member of teaching staff. Parents can also keep up to date with what children have been learning by visiting the Yeargroup pages of the website where homework and out of school activities can also be found.
Mrs J Coats, Head of School