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Denmead Junior School

Denmead Junior School

Building Success, Inspiring Curiosity

Our Learning

Our ethos, aims and values shapes our curriculum provision.  

Curriculum design

In order to teach our children to gain the right knowledge, skills and understanding we have developed an integrated curriculum that takes the National Curriculum and delivers it to our children through stimulating topics so that children have rich and meaningful learning experiences.  Examples of these topics include Tomb Raiders and the Egyptians; Power; Los Mysterios de Mexico and Out of this World.

The learning journey through the topic usually comprises the following parts:

The Hook – something that grabs the children’s attention and interest e.g. an off site visit, or a mystery clue that leads on to more.  E.g. in the topic of Tomb Raiders (Ancient Egypt) the children discover a ‘lost suitcase’ in school that contact many artefacts and clues about this ancient civilisation and who it belongs to – Howard Carter.

Question Generation and Knowledge Harvest – children are encouraged to ask questions and to gather knowledge and information quickly around the topic so that they can begin to understand some key concepts.

Immersion – Analysis, sorting and comparison work enables children to deepen their understanding as they work towards applying this to a final outcome.

A big outcome – A purposeful event – e.g. an assembly or exhibition where children share their learning with others.

 

Implementation

Usually a topic covers a term, sometimes half a term.  There is a two year cycle of topics so that children in mixed age classes do not repeat topics. 

Each national curriculum subject has a leader responsible for ensuring that the requirements of the national curriculum are covered within each year group, so that as a child moves through the school they build their subject specific knowledge, skills and understanding.

See our curriculum subjects for details of each 2 year plan.

 

Evaluation

Evaluation of our curriculum is through whole school analysis, led by the Curriculum Leader and involving all subject leaders, governors, parents/carers and the children.  Evaluation will be of the following curriculum drivers:

  • Are there secure learning pathways?
  • Does the pathway and task design allow for progression from shallow to deep thinking?
  • Is curriculum content responsive and relevant to today’s world?
  • Does it inspire curiosity by being enquiry based?
  • Are their high quality outcomes with equal challenges for all?
  • Does it create memorable moments and enough opportunities for awe and wonder?
  • Are children’s personal identities and their relationship with the world sufficiently explored?

Evaluation is conducted at the end of each term with the children giving their feedback on each topic.  Subject leaders also review outcomes in books and displays and analyse assessment data.

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