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 curriculum drivers of:
- Growth – which helps children to develop a ‘Growth Mindset’, which will allow them to be independent, resilient and have self-belief.
- Diversity – which offers opportunities to celebrate their own community and gives them the knowledge and understanding to respect difference.
- Possibilities – which provides our children with experiences and knowledge that allows them to make informed, aspirational choices.
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 have worked 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 and Power Maths planning and resources to deliver our mathematics curriculum. Mixed ability teaching takes place across the school. We believe that in maths every child can and use a teaching method using resources, pictures and talk to help children to understand the mathematics concepts covered in each year group. Each year group has ‘Key Instant Recall Facts’ which they work towards, with a new fact being introduced every half-term. This supports children’s mental fluency. For any further information about the mathematics curriculum, please contact Mrs Fox.
We use a text-based approach to teach English, where a novel, non-fiction text or poem are used as a basis for all our English work. Each novel, or appropriate text, in Key Stage Two lasts for half a term and reading and writing outcomes are developed from it. The text is linked to the topic for that half term. 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, using Letters and Sounds, and phonics intervention sessions are run to accelerate progress. These interventions continue into Key Stage Two if there is still need. Whole-class Guided Reading is taught daily in Key Stages One and Two. All children in school have a banded reading book and are free to use the library to supplement this with other books of their choice. Bug Club is used in Key Stage One to support the teaching of reading and provide children with home learning opportunities. In Key Stage Two spelling is taught two or three times a week, using No Nonsense Spelling. The Spelling Shed is used to support this programme. Handwriting is taught, throughout the school, using PenPals. For any further information about the English curriculum, please contact Tracy Whitaker.
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 and a recorder ensemble group.
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.
If you require additional information about the curriculum, please speak with either Mrs Fox, Deputy Head, or Mrs Pierce, Early Years and Year 1 Leader.