At The Beeches Independent School all students are offered a well-rounded and personalised curriculum. Alongside the expected subjects of English, Maths, PHSE and Science, our students can access a range of complimentary subjects and activities such as Food Technology, Design, and Life Skills. We are delighted to showcase some of their work below.
We are extremely proud of the amazing artwork our students have produced, who have shown their creativity through a variety of methods, such as painting, canvas drawing, tie-dye cushion stitching and potato printing.
CD’s amazing artwork of mountains – CD used an image available then put his own stamp on it as he wanted to show the effect of night versus day.
NM’s canvas of a fish drawn all by herself – she used a technique called Batiking. This effect is achieved by using a hot glue gun and then painting carefully between lines. NM chose bright contrasting colours.
LA drew a unicorn she found an image of, but then added her own design to the final drawing on the cushion she made using fabric pens. LA finished her cushion using a basic running stitch which neatly fastened the cushion together after adding the stuffing, which LA said was “squeezable”.
Tie dying is a swirl effect which CD researched how to do. He added colours after watching a video and followed instructions on how to achieve this look. CD finished the cushion by sewing, using cross stitch and tucked it inside out as he did not want to see the stitching.
GB has created an abstract pattern from her imagination. Choosing bold colours and lines to make it look like “it is floating” in her words. The reason she chose a black background was for the effect and to make the “colours stand out “she said.
JF was very independent Tie dying his fabric ready for making into a cushion.
NM created this picture as part of our abstract week, using bold colours.
This is NM’s finished picture, which was created as part of our abstract week, using bold colours.
Chinese New Year picture to celebrate the pig of NM birth date animal.
JS made flowers from potato printing.
KL was sewing, using the basic stitch to put together his tie dye cushion.
This is KL’s finished tie dye cushion.
Heart design stitching.
Sock character stitching.
The Queen’s Lady in Waiting Letter
Our most recent and exciting achievement was receiving a letter from The Queen’s Lady in Waiting! She kindly answered some questions from a letter we wrote to The Queen as part of an Azdan lesson where the students were practising formal and informal language.
Here are some of the dishes cooked by our students in Food Technology.
In Enterprise, students made dog biscuits from scratch then worked out how much they could sell them for, with the proceeds going to a chosen charity. To date the children have raised £68 for charity through different activities!
The Best of Science
Topic: Living things and their habitat
Lesson: Classifying vertebrates
The photo below shows one student using the of classification keys as a way of sorting animals into groups. Students applied a series of ‘yes or no’ questions and generated questions to sort vertebrates using a simple branching key.
Lesson: 4 main stages of the lifecycle of the platypus
Students have been learning the 4 main stages of the lifecycle of the platypus in Science, and then had a go at making one with clay before painting them.
Topic: Animals Including Human
Lesson: Digestive System Parts
Students were given differentiated naming parts activity sheets which they then stuck next to their own drawing on the digestive system activity sheet. Students cut out and placed the parts in the correct places before labelling using keywords.
Lesson: Tooth Decay Enquiry
When students conduct comparative or fair tests, they want to test the effect of different liquids on an egg shell. It was stated that instead of teeth they will be using boiled eggs with shells on as this is similar to enamel on a tooth. Children decided on the question and the type of enquiry or test they would be using before selecting one of the differentiated tooth decay scientific enquiry activity sheets.
Lesson: Reflective Surfaces
The below shows learners using their reflection tester to test the reflectivity of different materials on their tables. The students were investigating the best materials to choose to help the Brilliant Bag Company to use as the reflective strip on their new book bag.
Lesson: Changing shadows
Students worked together using their tester equipment to investigate how shadows change. They explored how and when shadows change size, or direction.