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 aim to be innovative in our practice to provide contextualised, stimulating opportunities, which allow all our children to access learning. We work as part of the Nurture Multi-Academy Trust to share ideas and resources.
At Denholme Primary, we follow a Mastery approach to mathematics. We work with the White Rose Hub as part of a Teacher Research Group to develop evidence based teaching approaches in school. We use the White Rose Maths Hub planning to deliver our mathematics. Each year group has ‘Key Instant Recall Facts’ which they work towards, with a new fact being introduced every half-term. Mixed ability teaching takes place in Year 3 and Year 5, and the school will move to this model across the school in Mathematics from September 2018.
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 Computing in all learning is key to our approach. ICT is taught in a variety of ways. Computing skills are taught in discreet Computing lessons, using the iCompute scheme. Computing teaching also takes place using a cross curricular approach. This allows children to transfer Computing 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 ‘I’m an Explorer Get Me Out of Here’ and ‘An Eye on London’ include a variety of subjects enabling children’s learning to be contextualised. Themes are enriched by an educational visit or a visiting expert at least twice per year. Each year group has its own plan of themes for the year however some themes are taught across a Key Stage. We understand the value of the foundation subjects as an avenue for children to consolidate basic skills learnt in the core subjects and try to make links between English, Maths and the foundation subjects.
Science is 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. We use a consistent approach to and vocabulary when teaching investigation skills. The science content taught in each year group is shown on the long term plan.
Children are taught music using the ‘Charanga’ scheme in Years 1-3. Year Four and Five are taught musical content through guitar lessons. In Year Six every child has access to a guitar and weekly class guitar lessons. Key Stage singing sessions provide opportunities for children to consolidate musical skills. School also runs a Key Stage Two choir.
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. We have a healthy living week each year to support the development of PE.
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.