Welcome to our Primary Phase at Riverside Beckenham.
It feels wonderful to be back together again after such a strange time. Seeing the pupils run into school on the first day back with big smiles on their faces made Beckenham feel exactly how it should; a happy, fun and exciting place to be. I know we have so many adventures and learning opportunities to come.
Our six classes – Caterpillars, Millipedes, Crickets, Ladybirds, Bumblebees and Butterflies – will all have a highly motivating, irresistible learning curriculum throughout the school year. This will be not only in their classroom, but also throughout the school making use of the variety of spaces we have available, for example, our sensory rooms and soft play space. From the moment pupils come into the school building, to when they leave, we want each day to be filled with excitement. We want to make learning opportunities as meaningful and personalised as possible, and we believe this is crucial in supporting them to “Be All That They Can Be’. Teachers, Teaching Assistants and Midday Meals Supervisors will use each pupil's PLP and Happiness Passport as a guide to support each pupil achieve what is most important to them and their families.
Alongside class-based learning, our pupils also experience Expressive Arts sessions, swimming, animal therapy and cooking. All classes will have opportunities to access the local community. This may be to practice a variety of skills, for example, to buy food to prepare for cooking, or to visit the local café. We want our pupils to feel safe, happy and comfortable in their local community and our skills for life focus supports this.
We have a focus on communication at Riverside Beckenham. We know that all of our pupils communicate in different ways and we want to support them to do so throughout their Riverside journey. We work closely with our Speech and Language Therapists to have a responsive and communicative environment in each classroom. This may include communication books, visual supports, topic boards, swift key devices or other high or low tech aids. We want our pupils to have their sensory needs met, and know this is vital in supporting their engagement and wellbeing. We create personalised Sensory Profiles and Plans. These may include sensory diets, sensory circuits or using a variety of equipment in order for them to emotionally regulate and be at their optimum level for learning.
Finally, we are aware that no one knows our pupils better than you, their families. We feel privileged to work in partnership with you all to support every pupil that walks through our school doors to have the most meaningful and fun day that they can, with the best outcomes. We are here to support every pupil and each family, and feel very lucky to do so. We look forward to reopening our Happy Café and hosting a range of events to welcome you back.
Primary Phase Leader Beckenham