Computing – Creative Media & Computer Science
At Beckfoot Upper Heaton we believe in creating a safe space where all students and staff belong. Within the Computing department we believe it is our responsibility to teach students how to stay safe both in the real world and digital world, linking to our values of integrity and kindness. Our curriculum at key stage 3 incorporates all three strands of Computing; IT, Computer Science and Digital Literacy, including units on e-safety, graphics, website development, computer hardware, binary, computational thinking and programming. Students are taught through a carefully structured and balanced curriculum which allows them to develop a foundation in all three aspects of Computing. This provides them with an opportunity to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills to make the correct choices, linking to our value of integrity. By the end of Key Stage 3, our students should be ready for their chosen pathways at Key Stage 4.
All our staff hold high expectation of every student in our care. We work hard and we instil a resilience into our students, supporting them to become independent and confident individuals. Students are encouraged to work hard, and achieve to their potential, linking to our values of excellence and integrity. Extra-curricular sessions are used to support student attainment with targeted intervention in pursuit of excellence whilst demonstrating our commitment to high expectations for all. A games club was also very popular last year, run alongside the Art department and Impact gamers and targeted at year 8 and 9 students.
During Open evening, you can expect to hear from our dedicated and knowledgeable staff on all aspects of our curriculum offer. We will showcase the facilities we use to create these opportunities and the environment where our students can thrive. We will provide time for you to discuss all aspects of Computing with our department colleagues around curriculum, opportunities, key stage 4 courses and results. We will provide examples of work produced by students across different year groups to show what is possible through hard work and dedication. Together, we can enjoy learning and succeed.
Business Studies / Enterprise
At Beckfoot Upper Heaton we believe in creating future ready young people. As such, the Business Studies / Enterprise curriculum if offered to our students from Year 9. We believe that this is one of the key components of our curriculum offer and provides our students with a solid foundation in the subject by developing knowledge, understanding and skills to make the correct choices, linking to our values of integrity and kindness. The Year 9 curriculum covers a wide range of aspects including Sales and advertising, Marketing, Finance, Business documents, etc. By the end of Key Stage 3, our students should be ready to make informed choices and decisions regarding their chosen pathway at Key Stage 4.
We hold high expectation of every student in our cohort. We support each individual student on their journey to becoming independent and confident individuals. Students are encouraged to work hard, linking to our values of excellence and integrity.
Extra-curricular sessions are used to support student attainment with targeted intervention in pursuit of excellence whilst demonstrating our commitment to high expectations for all.
During Open evening, you can expect to hear from our dedicated and knowledgeable staff on all aspects of our curriculum offer. We will showcase the facilities we use to create these opportunities and the environment where our students can thrive. We will provide time for you to discuss all aspects of Business and Enterprise with our department colleagues around curriculum, opportunities, key stage 4 courses and results. We will provide examples of work produced by students across different year groups to show what is possible through hard work and dedication. Together, we can enjoy learning and succeed.
PE / Sport
During Open Evening at Beckfoot Upper Heaton you will see students demonstrating and enjoying a variety of sporting activities, all of which we deliver within our PE curriculum. There will also be opportunities to have detailed conversations with members of our PE staff around curriculum, facilities, our extra-curricular programme and information around examination courses at key stage 4.
The PE Department at Beckfoot Upper Heaton is dedicated to providing positive sporting experiences for all where children strive to be the best they can be which links to our first value of ‘Excellence’. Both staff and students place a huge emphasis on the core values of sport and believe these values aid students to develop beyond sport, transferring them into their community becoming rounded citizens. We teach our students about conduct, tolerance, respect, etiquette, fair play, resilience and to achieve and succeed in school and beyond, all of which intertwine with our school values of ‘Excellence, Integrity and Kindness’.
The sporting curriculum provides an opportunity for learners to develop a range of skills and theoretical knowledge in practical situations. In addition, through sport students gain a better understanding of the complexity of different roles, areas of sport and the sports industry together with increasing their awareness of different ways to stay involved in sport and physical activity for life. We expose students and educate them around the many physical, mental and social benefits of taking part in physical activity, leading to healthy active lifestyles for all. Students are actively involved in sports and leadership here at Beckfoot Upper Heaton where they treat each other with integrity and kindness.
Food and Nutrition
We believe all our students should have access to a food and nutrition curriculum that provides them with the skills and knowledge to cook and feed themselves healthily. We promote excellence in all we do, by having high standards of food safety & hygiene, presentation skills and a strong nutritional base for our studies. We always expect our students to work together displaying kindness, and to support each other while in the food room, they meet high expectations of working in a live cooking environment and ensure they are safe, polite and hygienic at all times.
We expect our students to think analytically and with integrity when making choices about food and nutrition, to explore and understand principles of nutrition and increasingly apply these to their own work as they progress to GCSE level. Skills, knowledge and understanding developed during KS3 such as diet and nutrition, safety and hygiene and practical cooking skills are built upon in the course. Students also gain knowledge of the hospitality and catering industry as a whole, gaining knowledge and understanding of types of establishment, menu planning, job roles with the industry and nutrition. Students also build on their practical skills in cakes, pastry, sauces, main meals and desserts in order for independent working during assessment.
To support the transition from primary school we run transition taster days with our main feeder schools, given prospective students a ‘flavour’ of high school and food lessons. This has proven to be very popular with all those who have been involved. Outside of lessons we offer after school sessions to support our KS4 students with development of their skills and coursework, and work with the student leadership team throughout the year to look at food and nutrition and the part it plays within school meals and the wider school day.
For the open evening we will look at the nutrition of everyday foods, and the content of various items. This shows how our students think with integrity about food when they are working within the department.
Design and Technology
Our design and technology curriculum is centred around giving our young people access to the knowledge, thinking & practical skills and creative development needed to become the designers and makers of the future.
We aim to provide students with opportunity to develop their skills in designing, making evaluating as well as their technical knowledge in a wide range of materials and graphic based areas. Students should master use of tools, equipment and items to help them develop and realise their own creative designs, by working through both cyclical and iterative design cycles. We aim to provide a range of opportunities to take part in a STEM cross-curricular event for every KS3 student, working alongside partners such as NYBEP, Bradford Manufacturing Weeks , the Engineering Development Trust and the IET, as well as offering extra-curricular opportunities such as the EEP Robotics Challenge. Many of these partners offer our students the opportunity to visit and we are able to undertake a range of work-related visits to factories and employers each year. We offer after school sessions for our students to support them with all aspects of their work, to allow them to improve on both practical and written coursework. We work with other schools within the trust to offer opportunities such as hosting guest speakers at manufacturers panel events.
During the open evening we will be using some of our extra-curricular robotics resources to showcase some of the skills used within lessons to design and make racing robots. We also have a selection of our key stage 3 and 4 work available; students have worked creatively using woods, metals plastics and electronics to create using a variety of tools & equipment and computer aided design and manufacturing. This shows the excellence in what we achieve in our design and technology lessons.
Art and Design
In art and design we devote the majority of our subject time to helping our students become confidently creative with a wide range of artistic media, we seek to inspire them and give them a solid foundation of diverse artistic knowledge. We show integrity by following a highly inclusive curriculum that explores the work of artists of many different cultures and backgrounds, and celebrates all our students as individuals.
At Beckfoot Upper Heaton we ensure that our curriculum is relevant in meeting the needs of all students; it builds their cultural capital, motivates and excites. The curriculum will equip every student with the skills, knowledge and values to succeed. We ensure that we challenge and nurture our students so that no child is left behind. Well timed, planned and moderated assessment and feedback makes sure our learners know where they are on their learning journeys and what they need to do to reach the next level. Data is moderated within the department through project accuracy and across the Trust. Data is well used by all the staff to inform teaching and learning as well as necessary interventions. Data is shared with parents and carers at key points through the year to allow our students to be supported at home as well as in school. We offer a range of extra-curricular activities to support our students, and have many students working in the art room after school and outside of lesson times most days. We have strong links with local organisations such as Cartwright Hall and Leeds Art University and often take groups of students to visit, and have the opportunity to take part in workshop activities to improve their artistic skills and knowledge. We also have a range of visitors to support in school activities such as pottery and our popular after school computer games design club.
On our open evening we have a range of key pieces of work from both our key stage 3 and 4 students showcasing their excellence and artistic achievements; further examples of this can be seen proudly displayed around the building. Our art and design work demonstrates kindness throughout as we reflect on ourselves and a wide variety of artists and designers.
Textiles allows our students to explore a wide range of creative ways of thinking and working, by allowing them to explore a wide range of techniques that are used across fashion, furnishings and many other areas of our lives impacted by textiles technologies.
Textiles units of work are designed to cover content from the NC in both Art and Design and Design and Technology at KS3. These include research, generating and development of ideas, making, evaluating and showing knowledge of process and content. Projects in follow the D&T linear design process of research, design, make, evaluate but also link to specific artist(s) and/ or design movements with heavy links to the formal elements of art. Students work with excellence in textiles, focusing on safety and accuracy with a variety of fabric-focussed techniques, they support each other with kindness when working in groups and teams to produce outcomes and show high integrity when being creative and original with their work. Outside of lessons students are invited to use the textiles room to complete and improve project work, and we support staff & students in school with after school jewellery making activities.
The open evening activities are located in the textiles room, where work from our students is displayed showing a range of techniques that have been undertaken to make the inspirational products on display.