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Welcome to our School

Open Evening - Thursday, 15th September

Welcome to our Open Evening


During open evening at BUH, the science faculty will be demonstrating the core values of the school: excellence; integrity; kindness. We will be doing this by showcasing a variety of practical activities that students will undertake throughout their time with us at BUH. Student volunteers and staff will be demonstrating excellence through outstanding safety protocols during highly engaging and exciting scientific demonstrations. This includes combustion, the implementation of analytical skills during the flame test and the observation of amplitude, frequency and wavelength of soundwaves presented on the oscilloscope.


The science faculty will be demonstrating integrity by being open and transparent about the curriculum at BUH, showcasing practical demonstrations that students will be carrying out during their time with us at BUH. We will also be showing the textbooks and schemes of work that are taught here, alongside a sample of assessments that our students will study for as part of the curriculum. We will also demonstrate how science is vital in a wide array of careers by showing pathways that we can facilitate through the science curriculum at BUH. We will also be presenting the fantastic work that our students have been involved in during some of the extracurricular clubs that we offer, including the ecological work completed by the ‘You Grow Girl’ club and the rocket-building project completed by our STEM club. This year, we will continue to build on the success of the rocket projects and work with some external agencies to deliver an extracurricular program that is engaging, inclusive and diverse.


We will be demonstrating kindness by allowing student volunteers to exemplify some of the engaging practical skills that students are required to possess. We will also promote scientific curiosity to prospective students by allowing them to have a first-hand experience of scientific techniques, apparatus utilized and safety protocols to further enhance their understanding and appreciation of the subject.

Welcome

We look forward to meeting our prospective families on Thursday evening.  We will be showcasing each Faculty in classrooms so that you can get a feel for what it would be like to be a Beckfoot Upper Heaton student.  Our Faculties are English, Maths, Science, Creative & Technical and Global.  Please see the buttons below for an overview from each of our Faculty Leaders.

I will be making a presentation in the main hall at 6.15pm and 7.00pm.

You will be free to walk around school and take a good look at our state of the art facilities.  There will also be a school meals tasking session in our canteen.

Mr N G Wrightson

Headteacher

Graeme W

Graeme Wrightson - Headteacher

English Faculty

 

In English at Beckfoot Upper Heaton, we want our learners to understand and validate their place in the modern world through study of literature and non-fiction, addressing gaps and expanding their cultural capital. We aim to expose our learners to the work and lives of writers, to enrich their own. We offer enrichment opportunities including visits to theatre performances and museums, as well as on-site enrichment, including English clubs and schemes such as the Young Poets' programme run by the National Literacy Trust.  We have previously taken part in the Shakespeare Schools Festival at the Alhambra and would be excited to grow drama opportunities at the school.  

On Open Evening, students will get to experience English through the art of blackout poetry, gothic writing and protest writing. These forms of writing aid students in their understanding and empathy with those who are voiceless, those who feel there is a lack of belonging in their lives and are often misplaced and misunderstood. At Beckfoot Upper Heaton, we ensure all students behave with integrity, are kind, and create a culture of complete belonging.  

Maths Faculty

In maths we want our students to enjoy learning maths which comes through a growing belief in their own ability to achieve successfully within the respective challenges they undertake daily.  We believe this is achieved when children become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics and learn through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time.  With this confidence they can succeed by being able to explain their thinking, apply their reasoning skills and solve challenging mathematical problems. 

On Open Evening, the maths department will be showcasing their extensive and personalised curriculums that students study at BUH. We will also be showing a wide variety of textbooks and schemes of work that are taught here, alongside a sample of assessments that our students study as part of the curriculum. Students will get a chance to experience maths through a variety of fun maths-based activities! As is well known maths is the key to unlocking a variety of rich and varied career pathways and teachers will be happy to answer any questions parents may have regarding how the maths curriculum BUH facilitates these careers. Staff will also be on hand to discuss our core values of integrity, kindness and a culture of belonging where everyone feels safe and how these core values are taught and expressed daily in lessons.

Science Faculty

 

During open evening at BUH, the science faculty will be demonstrating the core values of the school: excellence; integrity; kindness. We will be doing this by showcasing a variety of practical activities that students will undertake throughout their time with us at BUH. Student volunteers and staff will be demonstrating excellence through outstanding safety protocols during highly engaging and exciting scientific demonstrations. This includes combustion, the implementation of analytical skills during the flame test and the observation of amplitude, frequency and wavelength of soundwaves presented on the oscilloscope.

The science faculty will be demonstrating integrity by being open and transparent about the curriculum at BUH, showcasing practical demonstrations that students will be carrying out during their time with us at BUH. We will also be showing the textbooks and schemes of work that are taught here, alongside a sample of assessments that our students will study for as part of the curriculum. We will also demonstrate how science is vital in a wide array of careers by showing pathways that we can facilitate through the science curriculum at BUH. We will also be presenting the fantastic work that our students have been involved in during some of the extracurricular clubs that we offer, including the ecological work completed by the ‘You Grow Girl’ club and the rocket-building project completed by our STEM club. This year, we will continue to build on the success of the rocket projects and work with some external agencies to deliver an extracurricular program that is engaging, inclusive and diverse.

We will be demonstrating kindness by allowing student volunteers to exemplify some of the engaging practical skills that students are required to possess. We will also promote scientific curiosity to prospective students by allowing them to have a first-hand experience of scientific techniques, apparatus utilized and safety protocols to further enhance their understanding and appreciation of the subject.

 

Creative & Technical Faculty

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

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.

 

Global Faculty

Welcome to the Global Faculty.  During open evening the faculty will be demonstrating activities, highlighting examples of students work and subject resources to show case our curriculum and how we embed the core values of the school; integrity, excellence and kindness.

 

History

In History you will see from the displays, schemes of learning, textbooks and students work that we aim to teach students to think about how the past has impacted upon and shaped our modern world. We follow the National Curriculum and teach our students a wide range of History about Britain and the Wider World. We have developed the Curriculum to ensure it is diverse and therefore representing the cultural heritage of our students. We are focused on ensuring that our students demonstrate excellence in all the work they produce but also ensure they act with integrity and kindness when discussing controversial or difficult Historical events. Our activities this evening include a chronology task which is an essential skill taught in Year 7 to help students understand events. Also, we have History mystery boxes, where you guess the mystery item from the past and match it to the topic, we teach at Beckfoot Upper Heaton.

 

Geography

At BUH we aim to create excellent Geographers. We challenge our students to develop a critical understanding of the world and to recognise their place within it as global citizens. Students learn key geographical concepts about the changing human and physical world and how the two interact. We equip our students with powerful knowledge. The learning journey is designed so that students learn about key threshold concepts before returning to these at greater depth, applying them to both familiar and unfamiliar contexts. Activities this evening include students locating their favourite local places on an OS map, using globes and world maps to find other locations. Knowing ‘where is where’ is vital to help students build their own identity and sense of place. Other activities include students engaging in decision making exercises –a key skill that is weaved into the geography curriculum. Students are required to act with integrity and kindness as they think critically about how to solve key challenges facing society in the 21st century.  You will be able to see range of books and resources that we use within our schemes of learning to promote a love for reading and excellence in literacy, so no child is left behind.

 

Modern Foreign Languages – Urdu and French

At Beckfoot upper Heaton the MFL curriculum provides a meaningful and enjoyable learning experience for all our students in French and Urdu. We have high expectations of all our students, and we promote mutual respect and positive relationships. Our aim is to raise the status of language learning and to encourage young people and parents to recognise the valuable cross-curricular and life skills that learning a foreign language brings. We are committed to preparing our students to become responsible citizens in a multi-lingual, multi-cultural and inter-dependent world. This evening will provide you with the opportunity to see a wide variety of resources which are used in the classroom, as well as those which promote independent learning. Through learning French or Urdu, our students also build on their literacy skills in English. We focus on the four skills of speaking, listening, reading, writing. Students are aware of how their learning builds on prior learning and teachers ensure they frame language lessons within a clear context. We teach target language grammar explicitly from Year 7, so that students deepen their knowledge about how language works and enrich their vocabulary as they progress through their learning.

 

Religious Education

In RE you will see from the curriculum journey, textbooks and students work that all Beckfoot Upper Heaton students will acquire the core knowledge and understanding of the beliefs and practices of the religions and worldviews which not only shape their history and culture, but which guide their own development. The modern world needs young people who are sufficiently confident in their own beliefs and values so that they can respect religious and cultural difference of others and contribute to their community and society. We will be demonstrating this through the Beyond Belief game which teaches students about empathy and kindness. Also, students will get to see the range of religious artefacts which are used to enhance student's studies of the different world religions.

 

PSHCE

The PSHCE curriculum at BUH empowers our students to become committed community contributors in an increasingly diverse society. The curriculum is personalised to our students and to life in Bradford with identity and community being at the heart. Our relationships education inspires students to lead lives filled with kindness, to have respect for themselves and those around them allowing the BUH community to demonstrate its commitment to everyone’s protected characteristics. This is demonstrated in our identity activity available this evening.

Students are enabled to become confident communicators through an active promotion of oracy throughout the curriculum. This starts by students sharing their opinions and builds to leading speeches and debates. It is crucial that students learn how to express their views whilst maintaining respect for views that they may disagree with. Some of our big questions are available this evening, can you share your opinion respectfully?

PSHCE is central to our students leading healthy lives, in all contexts whether this is in their physical, emotional or mental health. It is vital that our students are equipped with the knowledge and coping mechanism to allow them to live a healthy life. We have some examples present this evening.

The Global Faculty offers a range of enrichment and extra -curricular activities.  In Year 7 students participate in a super learning day to Bolton Abbey. In Geography students have a range of opportunities including fieldwork   visits to Malham and the East Coast. Students have the chance to join the Social Action Group, encouraging students to be volunteers supporting with a wide range of local community issue and involved in the next generation leaders’ project. Workshops and visitors are invited into school for example World War 1 handling session and the ‘Stand out, Speak out, Make a difference ‘project which trains students to be ambassadors to teach others about key historical events.