“Most teachers lead a subject. They do this skilfully. As a result, pupils enjoy a very interesting and stimulating range of lessons in all subjects.”
Mrs Natalie Petitt
Drawing, painting, sculpting, collage, digital media, print and textiles are all artistic techniques our children have the opportunity to develop, as well as studying and appreciating the great artists that have contributed to the world.
Mrs Elaine Viner
Whilst DJS is not a church school, in line with national guidance, our daily whole school assemblies are ‘broadly Christian in nature’. We relate these to the school value of the month; a key event or anniversary happening in the world, or a key date for a particular religion. They usually end in a quiet reflection, while a poem or prayer is said.
Once or twice a half-term, the Vicar from the local church in Denmead – All Saints Church holds an assembly for a year group, looking at Christian aspects of the school’s value or learning skill of the month. For other classes in-class reflections are held by the class teacher.
The school attends All Saints Church twice a year. In December children from year 3 and 4 attend and perform in the Christmas Service at the church. At Easter children from year 5 and 6 attend and perform in the school’s Easter Service.
Mr Jack Goodens
All children have the chance to learn to program code at DJS starting with creating simple animation and progressing to designing complex, interactive quizzes and computer games. The school have laptops and ipads for each year group so children are able to continually improve their digital literacy skills. DJS also teaches children how to keep safe online.
Design & Technology
Mr Duncan Proctor
Designing and eco-friendly bag, building a space buggy, producing an authentic item of Anglo-Saxon clothing and making modern and traditional types of bread. These are just some of the DT projects found in our curriculum.
English - Drama
Children perform two class assemblies a year, and there is an annual year 6 production every July.
English - Reading
Mr Tom Stapleton
Reading is taught daily during Guided Reading lessons which are usually 30 minutes in length. Children learn different strategies for working out unknown words, the most important one of which is using their phonic knowledge to break the word down.
Children should be joining the school in year 3 with secure phonic knowledge but if this is not the case they will be taught this in small groups using the ‘Letters and Sounds’ progression document.
Children have the opportunity to read in whole class, small groups and on a one to one basis throughout the week.
The school has a well-stocked library as the school subscribes to the Hampshire Library Services, who refresh and replace the book stock regularly throughout the year.
It is vital that children read at home every day. There is a Home-School reading record and parents must sign it so that their child can be entered for the book draw which is held every few weeks. The winner of the year group draws gets to choose a book of their choice to keep.
English - Writing
Mr Tom Stapleton
The school follows a handwriting scheme which is a joined up cursive script style and the children have daily handwriting practice which covers the different patterns of joining letters. Pen licences are awarded when children are consistently taking care over their handwriting across the curriculum.
Writing is taught daily in discrete one hour English lessons which teach the different genres of writing, both fiction and non-fiction. This can be a ‘stand-alone’ unit of work or linked to the current Topic teaching. Grammar and punctuation are taught within writing lessons.
Spelling is taught discretely focusing on word lists generated from the new national curriculum, but also including topic words which need to be learned alongside key words which an individual child is struggling with. Children have a weekly spelling test and use personal spelling dictionaries in class.
Below please find some useful spelling activities:
Mr Stapleton runs annual workshops for parents on different aspects of English learning. Please find below his latest presentation:
Mrs Claire Branscombe
Learning about both physical and human geographical characteristics is present across the whole school, along with map reading skills. The children learn of Denmead’s geography and that of South America. Plus there is a trip to the coast and a look into the geographical future through sustainable resources and economic trade.
Mrs Joy Painting
History is taught in chronological order, starting with the Stone Age and Ancient Egypt, through the Romans, Saxons and Vikings, to the History of the Middle East and influential historical leaders.
Mrs Jo Marks
Children have two maths lessons a day – an hour long lesson following the Hampshire Maths curriculum which is linked to the new phases of teaching designed to bring about mastery in the subject. Once children have learned a particular maths concept, they then apply their knowledge to a range of contexts.
The second lesson is our Denmead Maths Express. This is a fast paced 25 minute lesson which enables children to constantly revisit and revise their maths skills so that they are efficient calculators of everyday maths questions. This builds up fluency in Maths.
Children have regular times tables tests (weekly in year 3 and 4 and fortnightly in 5 and 6). It is vital that children learn their number bonds for 10, 20 and 100 and the related subtraction facts and times tables to 12x12 and the inverse division facts.
Below are the end of year expectations for Maths as set out in the new 2014 curriculum:
Mrs Marks usually runs two workshops for parents each year. Below please find the recent presentations:
Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)
Miss Cath Luxton
All children learn Spanish in weekly MFL lessons. The school is linked via the British Council via their ‘Connecting Classrooms’ initiative to a school in Mexico and children have the opportunity to Skype and to work together on joint projects e.g. ‘A day in the life of..’ unit in year 3. In June 2015 a Mexican teacher spent a week with the school and we are hoping to build on the link further in 2018-19.
Miss Liz King
To perform, compose, write and describe music is possible through many topics, including links to music of other cultures and times, as well as studying some of the great historical musicians.
In 2018-19 all children in the lower school will have regular lessons on the Ukulele, and all children sing weekly in our singing assemblies. There is an active choir open to all children to join and all children have the option to learn a musical instrument through individual lessons with Hampshire music specialists. Children can learn any instrument – currently this includes: violin, guitar, saxophone and woodwind.
We also have very popular additional ‘Rock Steady’ lessons on a Friday when children have the option to perform as a group (e.g. singer, drums, keyboards, guitarists).
Regular concerts by all those learning instruments are held for both parents and the rest of the school.
Mrs Joy Painting
Wherever possible DJS takes the children outside to learn within our extensive grounds which include ponds and a wildlife area. In addition two outdoor Adventure Residentials are run in year 4 (3 days and 2 nights) and year 6 (5 days and 4 nights).
Mrs Kerry Howard
Children learn about key physical attributes such as stamina, speed, balance, co-ordination and agility as well as passing, shooting/striking, throwing, catching and fielding to help them access and be successful at a range of sports.
Children have 2 PE lessons a week – one taught by their class teacher (Dance and Games), the other by Mrs Kerry Howard (Gymnastics and Games). They are taught basic skills and individual sports such as Cricket, Rounders, Football and Hockey.
In year 5 we teach all the children to swim 25 metres confidently in a range of different strokes. Children travel to Waterlooville Leisure Centre for 10 weeks in the spring term.
In addition we have a number of after school sports clubs including Multi-Sports, Volleyball, Football, Fencing. Some of these are run by external providers where there is a charge, and others by class teachers which are free.
Personal Development Learning (PDL)
Mrs Sarah Hall
Is very important at DJS as much of our vision statement will be driven through excellent PDL teaching. i.e. our desire that all children:
- Are socially skilled and good communicators in all forms
- Have understanding, empathy and care for others
- Are resilient, healthy, confident and happy
Children have weekly lessons on different aspects of PDL following the SEAL (Social, Emotional aspects of Learning) curriculum.
Woven into this curriculum are the school’s values: Friendship, Understanding, and PRIDE (Preparedness, Respect, Inspiration, Determination and Excellence) which are taught through daily school assemblies and supported in class through PDL lessons.
In addition children learn about different learning skills and capabilities – these include: Resilience, Reflectiveness, Resourcefulness, Reciprocity.
This is through daily school assemblies, the schools’ house point system and in particular our Celebration assembly on Friday which recognises children who have used these skills during the week.
Health education is covered through many aspects of the curriculum including PE, Science, Sex Education and PDL.
In 2018-19 the school will introduce the community to the ‘Art of Being Brilliant’ – i.e. how to be happy and flourishing in a crazy world!
British Values are taught through the school’s rules and values and through various annual school events e.g. the election of the House Captains and class School Council members.
Mrs Elaine Viner
The faiths of Islam, Judaism and Christianity are all explored respectfully throughout the curriculum, often through a concept e.g. Holy; Rites of Passage, Power. The school follows the Hampshire RE curriculum.
Miss Amanda Brady
Whether it’s building insect habitats, recreating the solar system or experimenting with electrical circuits, science is embedded in all topics across the school.