At Denholme Primary School we teach The National Curriculum. We endeavour to plan and deliver the curriculum in such a way as to meet our school aims of:
- Supporting children to be aspirational and provide them with the skills and knowledge that they need to achieve their goals and develop their talents.
- Providing children with exciting learning opportunities which allow them to apply their skills, show independence, communicate effectively and become creative problem solvers ready for ‘real life’.
- Being an inclusive, caring school at the heart of our village and Bradford community.
- Providing opportunities for spiritual and moral development to create emotionally literate children who value people whatever their race, religion, culture or ability.
We have implemented the new National Curriculum this academic year in all year groups except Year 2 and Year 6, where we are mindful of the statutory requirements ready for full implementation next year. We aim to be innovative in our practice to provide contextualised, stimulating learning opportunities which allow all our children to access learning. We work as part of local networks (Aire Valley Learning Community and Bradford Primary Improvement Partnership) to share ideas and resources.
At Denholme Primary we have introduced a way of planning and teaching Mathematics which uses a phased approach to a unit of work; learning facts, strategies, reasoning and application skills to solve problems independently. This approach began in our school last year and is beginning to have an impact on pupil progress in Mathematics. However, we are reflective and aim to keep developing and refining this method of teaching. We believe that deep learning of mathematics is important so that children can see and use the connections between different areas of the subject. To develop mental mathematics we use ‘Maths Passports’ to support children with ‘Learn by Heart’ facts. We ask parents to support their child’s learning in this area. We run tailored interventions in both key stages to support children’s progress in Mathematics.
This year a text based approach to teaching Literacy has been implemented across the school, following successful trialling last year. Following this structure, a novel is used as a basis for all Literacy work. Each novel in Key Stage Two lasts for half a term and reading and writing outcomes are developed from it. The same principle applies in Key Stage One although the books are not used for as long. Grammar is taught in context, using the book as a stimulus and to provide examples. In Foundation Stage and Key Stage One phonics is taught daily and phonics intervention sessions are run to accelerate progress. These interventions continue into Key Stage Two if there is still need. Guided Reading is taught daily in Key Stages One and Two, using Bug Club to support delivery and provide children with home learning opportunities. In Key Stage Two spelling is taught for a short session each day using Read, Write Inc Spelling.
Recognition of the place of ICT in all learning is key to our approach. ICT is taught in a variety of ways. Where necessary, specific ICT skills are taught in discreet ICT lessons however the majority of ICT teaching takes place using a cross curricular approach. This allows children to transfer ICT skills and use technology for a real purpose.
We teach the subjects History, Geography, Art and DT, using a cross curricular, theme based approach. Themes such as ‘The Road to Rome’ and ‘An Eye on London’ include a variety of subjects enabling children’s learning to be contextualised. Each theme is usually enriched by an educational visit or a visiting expert. Each year group has its own plan of themes for the year however some themes are taught across a Key Stage. For example Key Stage Two have a theme based around LS Lowry. We understand the value of the foundation subjects as an avenue for children to consolidate basic skills learnt in the core subjects. We are becoming more rigorous in planning these cross curricular reading, writing and maths opportunities into our foundation subject teaching.
Science is either taught discreetly or as part of a theme; whichever fits the content of the curriculum most appropriately. Investigation skills are a key part of the science curriculum and given a high priority in lessons. The science content taught in each year group is shown on the long term plan.
Where possible, music is taught as part of a theme. If there are no obvious links then it is taught discreetly. Year Three and Four are taught musical content through Samba lessons. In Year Five every child has access to a guitar and weekly class guitar lessons. Music Express is used to support teachers’ delivery of the music National Curriculum. Key Stage singing sessions provide opportunities for children to consolidate musical skills.
We provide 2 sessions of PE per week to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum. Each class is taught games, dance and gymnastics. Key Stage Two are also taught athletics. Swimming is taught in Year 5. Presently teachers are working alongside Sports (UK) to develop their skills in planning and delivering the subject. A yearly multi-skills sports day allows children to enjoy sharing their skills with parents.
RE is taught according to the Bradford Locally Agreed Syllabus. This allows children to learn about the six major world religions through different topics such as special books and places of worship; developing understanding of and respect for local faith communities.
The language taught at Denholme Primary School is Spanish. This is taught discreetly in Key Stage Two and in Key Stage One informal activities are used to introduce children to the language