Welcome to Beddington Infants' School
Beddington Infants’ School is a is 3 form entry community school for boys and girls aged
3 - 7. The school has nine classes and a Nursery. The class bases are open plan and have access to central resource areas. There are 30 children in each class in the main school and 26 children attending each Nursery session. Each Nursery session is 3 hours long. Children from this school are eligible to apply to transfer to Holy Trinity Junior School in Bute Road as they move in to Year 3. Children from Beddington Infants' School are given priority in gaining a place at Holy Trinity Junior School. There are close links between the schools.
At Beddington infants' School we offer many opportunities for each child to develop and grow as an individual. Our holistic provision has a strong focus on progress and takes notice of, and adheres to, all national and local policies and guidance in regard to Safeguarding Children and Young People.
In line with all schools nationally, the Reception and Nursery classes follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and the children in Years 1 and 2 follow the National Curriculum.
Before and After School Provision
The Breakfast Club opens to children at 7.30am, in our school hall. The children really enjoy attending. Once a child has been registered with the Breakfast Club s/he is welcome to attend without booking. Payment is on the day.
The Grange in Beddington Park provides our After School Club. Staff from The Grange collect the children from school. We work closely with the staff to ensure that they are aware of the current topics being covered across the school. Staff from The Grange spend time in the Reception classes to get to know the children. The Grange is open until 6pm, during holidays and school Inset Days.
Each class is on the ground floor with direct access to the outdoor environment. Each class has toilets and a cloakroom attached to it, which, as you might imagine, is important to young children.
We have a purpose-built computer suite with 15 computers. There is a mini suite with 5 computers which is used by groups. Each classroom has at least one computer and all classes have interactive white boards. We also have lap tops which the children use in the classrooms.
The school has a library which is well stocked with books, stories on CDs, story sacks, puppets and board games.
We have a large hall that is used for assemblies and for physical education, dance, drama and music. It is also used as a dining hall at lunch time and for workshops and shows throughout the year. Before and after school it is used by children attending clubs.
The grounds consist of a hard surface playground, a trim trail, a climbing frame, a static structure of a train used for imaginative play and storytelling, (all with all weather safety surfaces), a quiet area where children can sit and read or talk and a grassed area. We have lots of equipment such as balls, skipping ropes, quoits, skittles, stilts, basketball hoops etc. for children to use at playtime. We also have fruit trees and a wildlife area with a small pond. We have areas where the children grow fruit and vegetables, a willow bower, stage area and a dragon seating area. As a school, we are currently focussing on using the outdoor environment as part of the planned curriculum, helping children to experience the natural world and to learn in a way that suits their learning style.
At the front of the school there is a small field where families gather in the morning and at the end of the school day. This area is also used for outdoor learning sessions including PE. We have a large bike shed and scooter pods for the children to use, as we encourage children to walk/cycle/scoot/skip to school if at all possible.
Staff work in year group teams to ensure that children across the year group have access to the same opportunities.
Each class has a teacher, a teaching assistant and a midday supervisor.
All classes have animal names. The computer suite is called The Ark.
Nursery: Bear Cubs (a.m.) and Lion Cubs (p.m.) 3 - 4 years old
Reception: Hedgehogs, Jaguars and Kangaroos 4 - 5 years old
Year 1: Elephants, Giraffes and Zebras 5 - 6 years old
Year 2: Dolphins, Pandas and Tigers 6 - 7 years