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BEET Program

The Beaumaris North Primary School Extension, Enrichment and Talent Program is known as the ‘BEET’ program. The BEET program runs a variety of extension programs from Year 1 to 6, across a wide variety of subjects which vary according to the needs of our talented students.

Junior BEET Program

The Year 1 to Year 3 BEET program in 2018 is run by Mrs Pam Collins who is experienced in teaching creative and critical thinking. In Mathematics and Literacy sessions, students work in small groups, in pairs or independently, finding solutions to problems using a range of strategies and thinking skills. They are encouraged to persist and explore all possibilities when faced with problems that require ‘thinking outside the box’.

  • Students in the Maths Extension explore areas of mathematics beyond the Year Level curriculum. The course offers opportunities to stretch their knowledge across the breadth of Mathematics, as well as aspects above their year level. The focus is on the strategies used to solve a problem, and develop their thought process.

  • Students attending this program are reading well beyond the standard Year Level expectation. These groups are learning a range of specific skills to further their understanding of what they are reading, and develop deeper understandings of texts presented.

Senior BEET Program

The Year 3 to Year 6 BEET program is run by Mrs Meredith Graham. Current programs in the Year 3 – 6 BEET Program include; Extension Mathematics, Extension Writing, Thinking Skills, Science, Technology & Engineering (Years 5 & 6) and Reading, Thinking & Comprehension (Years 5 & 6).

  • Students are grouped across ability levels and engage in a variety of extension mathematics. As all students participate in differentiated Mathematics programs across their year level, extension programs tend to focus on developing thinking and metacognition skills, higher order thinking problems and strategies, and advanced mathematics (relevant to each cohort). Extension Mathematics students have the opportunity to participate in Maths Olympiad* and other inter-school based Maths challenges throughout the year.

  • Each group has the opportunity to develop specific, targeted and in depth writing skills across several genres as specified in each child’s IEP (Individual Education Plan). The IEP states the goals of the Unit such as the development of personification, audience and structure. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in writing workshops and competitions throughout the year, and have their writing published in local community publications. 

  • Our thinkers are thoroughly enjoying learning explicit thinking skills, and applying them to a range of challenges. Who taught you how to think? It is a skill we assume people acquire, however at BNPS we teach our BEET Thinkers a variety of thinking skills and strategies such as De Bono’s 6 Thinking Hats, Bloom’s Taxonomy and Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences. The students get to explore different situations to apply these thinking strategies in individual and group settings. Students work on logic problems and dissect real life mystery scenarios.

  • Science units offered are fluid, variable and based on students’ real life interests and community and school based projects. The science units offered are standalone units and do not overlap the Science taught in each year level.

  • Our talented readers prompted an extension program for students working well above their indicative level in reading and comprehension. A combination of thinking and inferential strategies are explicitly taught, and then put into practice in a variety of texts. An exposure to a wide variety of quality literature, poetry and philosophy help extend our student’s depth of understanding, as well as equipping them with exceptional transferable reading comprehension skills and strategies.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Students who have been identified by the school as working at a significant level above their cohort of students are considered for the program. These students are identified through a range of assessment opportunities including, but not limited to; in school diagnostic testing, Victorian Curriculum reports and ACER assessments. Every year level produces its own results, so generally the top 5-10% of the cohort would have the opportunity to attend the BEET program – being ahead by 12 months in an area may be irrelevant if the curve of the general population is higher.

  • All students learn and demonstrate their skills in a variety of ways. If you feel as though your child is particularly talented in an area, feel free to alert your child’s teacher via email or a note in the Purple Folder. We can then review your child’s assessment and ascertain if their demonstrated results are at the level required for one of our BEET programs. Beaumaris North Primary has so many wonderful opportunities and programs, and all year levels run a differentiated program extending your child within the class setting.

  • No. The BEET program recognises talent, and aims to enrich and enhance that student’s ability. We have many students who only attend one BEET program, such as Mathematics or Writing and some who attend multiple BEET programs.

  • With learning challenges come learning opportunities and all children have the same opportunities to excel and learn at Beaumaris North. Our staff have extensive experience working with Twice Exceptional children, and creating inclusive, supportive programs for students diagnosed with a learning challenge. The best way you can help us, is to provide all documentation (to your child’s teacher) about any learning challenges, as well as their special talents.

  • No, and welcome to Beaumaris North! The best way you can help is to provide as much information from your previous school as possible, such as previous school reports. Your child’s teacher will allow your child to settle into our school community and get to know your child’s strengths and passions for learning. If they are identified as working at a high level (in the top 5-10% depending on the cohort) for one or more subjects, then we may be able to administer some of our own assessment to ensure your child will be capable of operating at the higher level, and being enriched in one of our programs.

  • The BEET teachers work closely with the Year Level class teachers on moderation and assessment. Your child’s class teacher knows exactly where you child is operating in relation to the year level, so a quick chat with your child’s teacher is a great first step. If you have specific enquiries for the BEET teachers please address your email enquiries to either the ‘Junior BEET program’ or ‘Senior BEET Program’ via the school email.

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BEET Program

The Beaumaris North Primary School Extension, Enrichment and Talent Program is known as the ‘BEET’ program. The BEET program runs a variety of extension programs from Year 1 to 6, across a wide variety of subjects which vary according to the needs of our talented students.

Junior BEET Program

The Year 1 to Year 3 BEET program in 2018 is run by Mrs Pam Collins who is experienced in teaching creative and critical thinking. In Mathematics and Literacy sessions, students work in small groups, in pairs or independently, finding solutions to problems using a range of strategies and thinking skills. They are encouraged to persist and explore all possibilities when faced with problems that require ‘thinking outside the box’.

  • Students in the Maths Extension explore areas of mathematics beyond the Year Level curriculum. The course offers opportunities to stretch their knowledge across the breadth of Mathematics, as well as aspects above their year level. The focus is on the strategies used to solve a problem, and develop their thought process.

  • Students attending this program are reading well beyond the standard Year Level expectation. These groups are learning a range of specific skills to further their understanding of what they are reading, and develop deeper understandings of texts presented.

Senior BEET Program

The Year 3 to Year 6 BEET program is run by Mrs Meredith Graham. Current programs in the Year 3 – 6 BEET Program include; Extension Mathematics, Extension Writing, Thinking Skills, Science, Technology & Engineering (Years 5 & 6) and Reading, Thinking & Comprehension (Years 5 & 6).

  • Students are grouped across ability levels and engage in a variety of extension mathematics. As all students participate in differentiated Mathematics programs across their year level, extension programs tend to focus on developing thinking and metacognition skills, higher order thinking problems and strategies, and advanced mathematics (relevant to each cohort). Extension Mathematics students have the opportunity to participate in Maths Olympiad* and other inter-school based Maths challenges throughout the year.

  • Each group has the opportunity to develop specific, targeted and in depth writing skills across several genres as specified in each child’s IEP (Individual Education Plan). The IEP states the goals of the Unit such as the development of personification, audience and structure. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in writing workshops and competitions throughout the year, and have their writing published in local community publications. 

  • Our thinkers are thoroughly enjoying learning explicit thinking skills, and applying them to a range of challenges. Who taught you how to think? It is a skill we assume people acquire, however at BNPS we teach our BEET Thinkers a variety of thinking skills and strategies such as De Bono’s 6 Thinking Hats, Bloom’s Taxonomy and Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences. The students get to explore different situations to apply these thinking strategies in individual and group settings. Students work on logic problems and dissect real life mystery scenarios.

  • Science units offered are fluid, variable and based on students’ real life interests and community and school based projects. The science units offered are standalone units and do not overlap the Science taught in each year level.

  • Our talented readers prompted an extension program for students working well above their indicative level in reading and comprehension. A combination of thinking and inferential strategies are explicitly taught, and then put into practice in a variety of texts. An exposure to a wide variety of quality literature, poetry and philosophy help extend our student’s depth of understanding, as well as equipping them with exceptional transferable reading comprehension skills and strategies.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Students who have been identified by the school as working at a significant level above their cohort of students are considered for the program. These students are identified through a range of assessment opportunities including, but not limited to; in school diagnostic testing, Victorian Curriculum reports and ACER assessments. Every year level produces its own results, so generally the top 5-10% of the cohort would have the opportunity to attend the BEET program – being ahead by 12 months in an area may be irrelevant if the curve of the general population is higher.

  • All students learn and demonstrate their skills in a variety of ways. If you feel as though your child is particularly talented in an area, feel free to alert your child’s teacher via email or a note in the Purple Folder. We can then review your child’s assessment and ascertain if their demonstrated results are at the level required for one of our BEET programs. Beaumaris North Primary has so many wonderful opportunities and programs, and all year levels run a differentiated program extending your child within the class setting.

  • No. The BEET program recognises talent, and aims to enrich and enhance that student’s ability. We have many students who only attend one BEET program, such as Mathematics or Writing and some who attend multiple BEET programs.

  • With learning challenges come learning opportunities and all children have the same opportunities to excel and learn at Beaumaris North. Our staff have extensive experience working with Twice Exceptional children, and creating inclusive, supportive programs for students diagnosed with a learning challenge. The best way you can help us, is to provide all documentation (to your child’s teacher) about any learning challenges, as well as their special talents.

  • No, and welcome to Beaumaris North! The best way you can help is to provide as much information from your previous school as possible, such as previous school reports. Your child’s teacher will allow your child to settle into our school community and get to know your child’s strengths and passions for learning. If they are identified as working at a high level (in the top 5-10% depending on the cohort) for one or more subjects, then we may be able to administer some of our own assessment to ensure your child will be capable of operating at the higher level, and being enriched in one of our programs.

  • The BEET teachers work closely with the Year Level class teachers on moderation and assessment. Your child’s class teacher knows exactly where you child is operating in relation to the year level, so a quick chat with your child’s teacher is a great first step. If you have specific enquiries for the BEET teachers please address your email enquiries to either the ‘Junior BEET program’ or ‘Senior BEET Program’  via the school email

BEET 1
BEET Science Fair
watermelon4
BEET Page1
Beet Page_2