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Curriculum

Our school follows the 2014 National Curriculum and the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. 

Children in the Foundation Stage have a play based curriculum covering 3 prime areas of learning- Communication and Language, Physical Development and Personal, Social and Emotional Development- and four specific areas: Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design. 

The subjects for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 are:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • History
  • Geography
  • Music
  • Art and Design
  • Design & Technology
  • Computing
  • Physical Education
  • Modern Foreign Languages - French at Key Stage 2
  • R.S.H.E. and Citizenship (Relationship, Sex & Health Education) is also taught throughout the school.

All children are taught about where food comes from and how to cook healthy meals.

There is a two year cycle to the curriculum to ensure that mixed age classes are catered for.

Intent

At Denver Primary our curriculum is closely linked to our vision statement where we aim to ‘Discover, Value, Celebrate and Praise’ each individual.

Discover: At Denver School we provide a broad and balanced curriculum of experiences that will foster a love of learning and raise levels of enjoyment in and enthusiasm for learning. At the heart of our learning, we nurture the good and the talents in each individual. We motivate pupils to try new challenges and to challenge themselves. Our curriculum aims to empower the children by equipping them with the knowledge and skills that they need to be independent, successful learners, with high aspirations, who know how to make a positive contribution to their community and the wider society.

Value: Through our curriculum, we encourage the children to aspire to make the best of themselves, with effort valued as much as achievement. We teach them to be good citizens with Christian values at the heart of making good choices and learning to care about the world around them. This is embedded in all aspects of school life through the teaching of Christian values and an emphasis on children learning cooperatively. We value our village school setting where we draw upon the support and strengths of local people and our close links with St Mary’s Church to support the children’s moral, spiritual, social and cultural development.

Celebrate: Our curriculum is supportive of all learners and encourages the children to aim high in all that they do, to take pride and care in their learning. We celebrate efforts and achievements in all areas of the curriculum. We encourage and celebrate our children for being kind, thoughtful people who care about themselves, respect and tolerate differences and celebrate diversity.

Praise: We pride ourselves in offering a good academic education as well as providing children wide ranging opportunities to excel in other areas. Through our curriculum we teach and praise skills in problem solving, reliability, responsibility and resilience. We encourage the development of the whole child. We praise effort as well as achievement across the curriculum and aim to transform the lives of learners by providing a positive educational experience, which equips the children with the knowledge and skills that they will need as they continue learning into the future and to be effective citizens in modern Britain.

Implementation

The curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum 2014 and other experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the children in our school. Some of our content is subject specific but where appropriate, a blocked curriculum approach has been implemented to ensure coverage and progression in a number of curriculum areas, including curriculum enrichment days. This approach provides the opportunity for topic-themed learning, fostering each child’s curiosity and interest throughout each topic and also enabling the achievement of depth in knowledge and skills along with clear progression across the school for that curricular aim.

In a rural Norfolk setting and with close links to St Mary’s Church, the school’s community is supportive This link is drawn upon, as well as engagement with the wider community, to enrich children’s learning opportunities (most recently, this included a visit from Rt. Hon Elizabeth Truss MP, who came to supplement the children’s citizenship learning). The curriculum provides children with memorable experiences, such as trips and visitors into school and a residential experience, in addition to diverse and rich opportunities from which children can learn and develop a range of transferable skills.

The school makes a conscious effort to engage with initiatives that will enable further development and excellence in specific areas and has recently been awarded Gold PE School Games Mark for the third year in a row. The school also engaged in Bishop Stephen’s Lent challenge in RE. The outdoor environment and the local community are considered an opportunity for active learning for all our children. We participate in a large number of sporting events. The school grounds have been developed to incorporate a new outdoor learning area. Older children support younger children by providing them with playground games and challenges.

Denver V. C. Primary School makes full use of the skills of a wide range of professionals; throughout their time at the school, children will work with specialist instructors, musicians and sports coaches.  The school has an impressive track record for performance in competitive sports. Music and performance have a high profile in the school and each year put on a highly thought of summer production. Additionally, the school offers teaching to all pupils in Upper Key Stage 2 music lessons on site for all to learn an instrument.

The school takes pride in providing a nurturing environment, where learners demonstrate high levels of enjoyment in their education and most make good progress in most subjects and areas of learning. Children at all levels are helped to achieve their potential. Those who are most able are challenged and supported through being offered tasks which provide opportunities for greater depth and those who struggle are encouraged and given targeted support to embed skills, to develop at their own pace or simply to learn in a style that best suits their individual needs.

Impact

The broad, balanced and flexible practice across the school provides a strong foundation and opportunities for children to collaborate and develop social skills both indoors and out. This curriculum design ensures that the needs of individual and small groups of children can be met within the environment of high quality teaching, supported by targeted, proven interventions where appropriate. In this way it can be seen to impact in a very positive way on children’s outcomes.

Enjoyment of the curriculum promotes achievement, confidence and good behaviour. Children feel safe to try new things. High quality visits and visitors to the school enhance the curriculum and provide opportunities for writing for a purpose or to make real links between what they are learning and how this can be used in real life.

Evidence of our high quality education and the children’s efforts and enthusiasm for learning can be seen in their work books, our displays, on our website and often in our local newspaper. Positive transitions to secondary school are evidence that the children are well-prepared for the next stage in their learning.

Children have opportunities to share their learning with each other, their parents and carers and other learners through open mornings, performances, competitions and events involving other schools. Growing their independence and motivation as learners and their sense of responsibility as future citizens is at the heart of all our teaching and learning.

ENGLISH 

The curriculum for English covers Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing.

We aim to develop children’s understanding and use of the spoken word, so that they are able to express themselves effectively and coherently.

Children are encouraged to acquire the habit of reading for enjoyment and to develop the use of books in the wider learning process. Our reading books are levelled so that we can ensure that children are reading at the best level to ensure their progress. Parents are encouraged to read regularly with their children, and a diary is provided for any comments or questions parents may have relating to their child’s progress. As the children progress through the school they are encouraged to read independently and a wide range of books are freely available from the school library. The school uses ‘Letters and Sounds’ to develop the children’s understanding of phonics.

In writing, we want the children to develop the ability to construct and convey meaning in written language for a variety of purposes and audiences. 

MATHEMATICS

At Denver V C Primary School, our aim is to develop the children’s confidence in handling mathematical concepts through practical activities, constructive play and approaches outlined in the National Curriculum. This is supplemented with a variety of work from other sources to show how maths is an essential tool in the world around us. The fundamental aims of the 2014 National Curriculum are at the core of learning.

The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
  • can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

We aspire to deliver engaging, fun lessons throughout the school which will be memorable and will also inspire curiosity and an eagerness to learn in all the children. All pupils at Denver School are encouraged to develop a relational understanding of mathematics.  This enables them to acquire a “can do” attitude and provides them with a deep understanding and knowledge of mathematical concepts. This understanding will support them to apply their learning as they progress through the school and discover the connections within the subject. They will be able to celebrate their successes  as they gain a deeper, meaningful understanding of the subject, making the vital links to their daily lives and consider and appreciate the importance of mathematics.

In Years 1-6, we use Power Maths, a maths mastery programme designed to spark curiosity and excitement and nurture confidence in maths. Power Maths is built around a child‑centred lesson design that models and embeds a growth mindset approach to maths and focuses on helping all children to build a deep understanding of maths concepts.

We intend to equip the children with the skills they need to succeed in mathematics, to understand the value of its application throughout their everyday lives and to give them the confidence to attempt challenges.

SCIENCE

Intent

At Denver Primary School, we provide our pupils with a high quality science curriculum that lays the foundations to understand the world around them and to understand how science has the capacity to make positive changes to the world.

Discover: Science is about enabling our pupils to experience and observe phenomena in the natural and human-made world.  Learners are encouraged to be curious, ask questions about what they observe and are supported in developing their scientific ideas by using different types of enquiry to answer questions. We provide a stimulating curriculum with countless opportunities for practical and investigative activities, thus enabling pupils to plan and use different types of scientific enquiry. We encourage the children to develop a range of skills: reasoning, critical thinking, prediction, refining ideas, using trial and improvement, thinking logically, working systematically and drawing sensible conclusions.

Value: In conjunction with the aims of the National Curriculum, we provide a rich and varied curriculum to inspire our children’s interest in this area. We value the importance that this subject has by allocating at least one hour of curriculum time to this subject in all classes.

We strive to show pupils their ideas are valued by encouraging them to share their findings and to record them in different ways. They are empowered by furthering their knowledge, in addition to increasing their understanding and application of scientific vocabulary and terminology.

We value the idea of fairness. This is fostered by regular experiences to plan and use fair testing principles. We also use the science curriculum to teach the children to care for the world, both locally and on a larger scale, developing awareness of sustainability and investigating micro-habitats. They learn to care for themselves by handling equipment safely.

Celebrate: We celebrate and enhance the opportunities for wider learning in this area through the use of our outdoor environment, visits to local habitats such as Welney Wetlands and the National Space Centre. We learn about and celebrate the achievements of famous scientists and how they have influenced the world.

Praise: We praise effort and achievement in this area, encouraging the children to pursue their own interests in the classroom and beyond. We encourage the children to recognise that the science curriculum we provide gives them the confidence and motivation to continue to further develop their skills into the next stage of their education and life experiences.

Implementation 

Teachers create a positive attitude to science learning within their classrooms and reinforce an expectation that all children are capable of achieving high standards in science. Our whole school approach to the teaching and learning of science involves the following:

  • Science is taught in planned and arranged topic blocks by the class teacher, to have a topic-based approach. This is a strategy to enable the achievement of a greater depth of knowledge. These topics are supported by knowledge organisers, class displays and star/key words to support the development of important knowledge and vocabulary.
  • Through our planning, we involve problem-solving opportunities that allow children to find out for themselves. Children are encouraged to ask their own questions, use prior learning experiences to make predictions, and be given opportunities to use their scientific skills and research to discover the answers. This curiosity is celebrated within the classroom. Planning involves teachers creating and sourcing engaging lessons, often involving high-quality resources to aid understanding of conceptual knowledge. Teachers use precise questioning in class to test conceptual knowledge and skills, and assess children regularly to identify those children with gaps in learning, so that all children keep up.
  • We build upon the learning and skill development of the previous years. As the children’s knowledge and understanding increases, and they become more proficient in selecting, using scientific equipment, collating and interpreting results, they become increasingly confident in their growing ability to come to conclusions based on real evidence.
  • Opportunities to work scientifically are embedded into lessons to ensure such skills are being developed throughout the children’s school career and new vocabulary and challenging concepts are introduced through direct teaching. This is developed through the years, as key topic strands are revisited and extended. The progression of these skills is set out in the progression map in Appendix A ‘Progressions in Science’ and Appendix B ‘Progression in science vocabulary’. In our mixed-age classes we group these into end of Foundation Stage, End of Key Stage 1, End of Lower Key Stage 2 and End of Upper Key Stage 2.
  • Teachers use Twinkl PlanIt and PlanBee for guidance and the key assessment questions are available on each plan. These allow teachers to assess children's levels of understanding at various points in the lesson. They also enable opportunities to recap concepts where necessary. The sequence of lessons helps to embed scientific knowledge and skills, with each lesson building on previous learning. There is also the opportunity to regularly review and evaluate children's understanding and a quiz at the end of each unit of learning. 
  • Teachers demonstrate how to use scientific equipment, and the various Working Scientifically skills in order to embed scientific understanding. Teachers find opportunities to develop children’s understanding of their surroundings by accessing outdoor learning.
  • Children are offered visits, trips and visitors to complement and broaden the curriculum. These are purposeful and link with the knowledge being taught in class.
  • Events, such as curriculum days allow all pupils to come off-timetable, to provide broader provision and the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills.

Impact of our Science Curriculum

At Denver V C Primary, progress is measured through a child’s ability to know more, remember more and explain more. This is measured in different ways. The use of key questions ensures opportunities are built into the lesson for ongoing assessment. Attainment and progress is measured across the school using our nine point tracking grids. The learning environment across the school will be more consistent with science technical vocabulary displayed, spoken and used by all learners and evidence of the subject’s high status visible through learning displays. Pupils in the Foundation Stage will be encouraged to use new vocabulary in the way they describe or predict the results of experiments.  Children who feel confident in their science knowledge and enquiry skills will be excited about science, show that they are actively curious to learn more and will see the relevance of what they learn in science lessons to real-life situations and also the importance of science in the real world.  Assessment data is collected by the assessment coordinator and results in this subject reported to governors, parents, transition secondary schools and the Local Authority.

The successful approach at Denver V C Primary School results in a fun, engaging, high-quality science education, that provides children with the foundations and knowledge for understanding the world. Our engagement with the local and outdoor environment ensures that children learn through varied and first hand experiences of the world around them. Through a range of workshops, trips and interactions children learn that science has changed our lives and that it is vital to the world’s future prosperity. Children also learn the possibilities for careers in science, as a result of being inspired by our learning about key scientists and inventors and via community links such as Downham Market Library and the Cambridge Research Centre, ensuring that children have access to positive role models within the field of science from a range of backgrounds. This ensures children feel that they can achieve well. Children at Denver VC Primary enjoy science and this results in motivated learners with sound scientific understanding ready for the next stage in their education.

HISTORY

Intent

At Denver Primary School, we provide our pupils with a high quality History curriculum that inspires learners to improve their knowledge and understanding of significant historical events, periods and individuals throughout human history.  Guided by the National Curriculum 2014, we aim to inspire our pupils to learn about Britain’s rich social and cultural History, investigating significant moments in our nation’s past and the individuals and events that have shaped the country we live in.  We are also committed to supporting our learners in framing our own country’s historical narrative in the context of significant historical events from the wider world, and to enabling our pupils to make connections between local, national and international historic events.

Discover: At Denver Primary School, we encourage children to be curious and excited to learn about the people and periods from the past that have influenced our lives today.  We learn about important periods and people from our past, on a local and national level, exploring a broad range of time periods and encouraging children to take an interest in the history of Denver by engaging with the local community by way of local speakers and volunteers who have helped to contextualise periods in British history.  We also aim to ensure that children at Denver Primary School have the chance to learn about historical periods through practical activities, be it Curriculum Enrichment Days where pupils are encouraged to dress-up or engage in practical, hands-on activities, or through school trips to places such as West Stow’s Anglo Saxon-themed “Living” Museum or Gressenhall’s Victorian Workhouse.  We strive to nurture our learners’ skills in enquiry and research, while seeking to strengthen their understanding of key words and historical terminology.

Value: We aim to provide learners with a rich and varied History curriculum that encourages all children to recognise and respect the various individuals and events that have shaped our lives.  We strive to ensure that children are given the opportunity to develop an interest and appreciation of the achievements of early civilisations that differ from our own and provide pupils with the chance to compare and contrast cultures from the past, such as Ancient Greece, with modern society. We seek to foster an enjoyment of learning about changes in the way people live, from the Iron Age to Victorian Britain, and nurture respect for the sacrifices made by so many during, for example, the First World War; providing children with both a local and national perspective through the careful planning and teaching of lessons.  We aim to teach children that people and events from living memory and beyond have had a significant impact on our cultural identity and that this forms part of a rich, continuous narrative that continues to influence our day-to-day lives.

Celebrate: In addition to enhancing the curriculum through trips and Enrichment Days, we aim to celebrate the lives of important figures from British History and encourage learners to find out more through exciting and engaging lessons.  We are proud of Britain’s heritage and celebrate the achievements of important figures and movements from our past, encouraging and instilling a sense of pride and interest in our country’s historic narrative, whilst similarly enthusing children to learn more about important events and periods from elsewhere in the world.

Praise: We always seek to reward curiosity, hard work and enthusiasm whilst offering praise for the use and development of critical thinking skills.  We recognise the importance of being able to make connections between historical events and significant figures and praise our learners’ growing confidence and application in this area.  We encourage children to pursue their own interests and lines of enquiry and strongly value progress in our pupils’ ability to respond critically and objectively to information about the past.

Implementation

Through history, children can learn and understand about the past and its influence on the way we live today. It involves our children studying men, women and children from different cultures and countries and interpreting their achievements critically. Where possible lessons are brought to life with visits or visiting speakers. In the past these have included a Victorian school, The Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, the Imperial War Museum in Duxford and the local parish church.

In order to ensure learners receive high quality lessons in History, we use the Aims and Attainment targets as detailed in the National Curriculum for History at Key Stages 1 and 2 to inform our planning and the ways in which the children’s skills develop as they move through the school.  Additionally, teaching in the Foundation Stage is informed by the revised Early Learning Goal, due to become statutory in September 2021, in the context of Understanding the World: Past and Present, geared towards memories from their own lives.

At Denver Primary school, we recognise the importance of providing children with the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of Historical events, individuals and time periods in addition to their ability to use, improve and apply their skills of enquiry, comparison and investigation.  Using the National Curriculum as a basis for long term planning, we seek to provide learners with a coherent curriculum that allows learners to increase their confidence and competence in relation to the skills and processes involved in the study of History in a local, national and international context.

History is taught in half-termly blocks, alternating with Geography, for one hour a week.  However, we feel it is important to develop the children’s skills and knowledge in the context of history across the curriculum; in RE for example, children may begin to consider the wider context in which bible stories take place, or in music and art, the children often learn about different styles and movements from the past.   In Reception, the teaching of History is likewise often embedded within other areas of the children’s learning, such as through story telling or when the children discuss events from their own lives.  As with other subject areas, planning in History is part of a two year rolling programme.

GEOGRAPHY

Intent

At Denver Primary School, we provide our pupils with a high quality Geography curriculum with the aim of inspiring in our pupils a strong sense of fascination with the world around them and a desire to learn more.  We believe in promoting curiosity and interest by providing a rich and balanced curriculum in this area, aiding learners in the development of their understanding of the natural and human processes which shape the world we live in.  We aim to inspire learners to further their knowledge and interest on a local and regional level, whilst similarly enthusing them to learn more about the diverse and complex planet we all share.

Discover: At Denver Primary School, we seek to enable learners to uncover, explore and examine the relationship between the many physical and human processes that influence the life and lives around us.  We aim to provide children with engaging lessons which strengthen our learners’ understanding of the Earth’s physical features and the natural and human-driven changes that occur over short and long-term time frames and how such processes are connected.  We seek to provide a broad curriculum that encompasses a variety of topics, ranging from exploration and examination of our local habitat, the UK, Europe and beyond, whilst also ensuring that our pupils are able to recall key information about globally significant places.  We aim to engage our pupils further by examining exciting natural phenomena, such as earthquakes and volcanoes, by way of stimulating lessons which contribute to the development of curiosity and interest in the processes which shape our planet.

Value: We strive to ensure that children recognise and appreciate that our planet is home to many different cultures and that we share the world with a diverse range of life, and that many natural and human-made processes impact on human settlements and natural habitats in different ways.  As the children move through the school, we provide them with the opportunity to compare and contrast other parts of the world with our own, identifying and exploring ideas surrounding the distribution of energy, food and natural resources.  We seek to ensure that our pupils recognise our own actions effect the planet and that the environment around us is subject to seasonal change and natural and human-driven processes.  We recognise the importance of being able to collect, measure, analyse and record information and seek to provide our learners with opportunities to practise and develop these skills.

Celebrate: We aim to enhance our children’s learning experience in a variety of ways and celebrate their enthusiasm in many contexts; from our annual residential trips to Eaton Vale, where the children explore terrestrial and marine environments in exciting and stimulating ways, to guest speakers that enthuse the children about regional habitats and wildlife, such as the “Godwit Guardianship” programme, or trips to local farms and Parks, such as Penhurst Nature Reserve.  We celebrate our learning further by encouraging children to share their own experiences of the world around them and always strive to pursue the children’s own interests within a given topic by fostering curiosity and interest. 

Praise: We are driven in our efforts to enthuse our pupils’ interest in the world around them and always seek to praise learners who show a desire to learn more.  We value curiosity and encourage children to ask questions to further their own knowledge, showing praise and appreciation for their contributions and interest in the various people, processes and places that shape the planet we live in.  We praise effort as well as attainment and always aim to reward the children’s desire to engage with a balanced range of topic areas.

Implementation

In order to ensure learners receive high quality lessons in Geography, we use the Aims and Attainment targets as detailed in the National Curriculum for Geography at Key Stages 1 and 2 to inform our planning and the ways in which the children’s skills develop as they move through the school.  Additionally, teaching in the Foundation Stage is informed by the revised Early Learning Goal, due to become statutory in September 2021, in the context of Understanding the World: People, Culture and Communities.

At Denver Primary school, we recognise the importance of providing children with the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding the world around them.  We seek to inspire interest and curiosity to explore the natural and human-driven changes that occur over time in their immediate environment and the wider world.  Using the National Curriculum as a basis for long term planning, we seek to provide learners with a coherent curriculum that builds and develops our learners’ skills as they progress through the school.

Geography is taught in half-termly blocks, alternating with History, for one hour a week.  However, we feel it is important to develop the children’s skills and knowledge in the context of Geography across the curriculum; in Science for example, children may begin to consider why different countries are subject to differing weather patterns or why we have seasons, while in Numeracy, children may begin to consider directional language or ways of representing data that can be employed during fieldwork.   In Reception, the teaching of Geography is similarly embedded within other areas of the children’s learning, such as during class topics which may focus on a particular country or habitat, often based around stories.

MUSIC

We aim to develop children’s ability to listen to, perform and compose various patterns of sound.

 Music is taught as a discrete subject and links are made to other areas of the curriculum when appropriate. For example a child may be required to design and build a particular musical instrument as part of a design technology project.

 There are opportunities in Key Stage 2 to have brass tuition and all children in Years 5 and 6 learn to play the clarinet. There is a school choir for those talented in this area.  

 

ART

We aim to develop observational and manipulative skills by giving children the opportunity to express themselves in a variety of media including paint, clay, fabrics and wood. Children are encouraged to look at the work of past and contemporary artists, to explore the different ways art may be created.

DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY

Children are involved with the planning, design and building of various objects and will learn how to solve specific problems as they arise. This subject will often have links with art, science and maths.

MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES

Intent

At Denver Primary School, we understand that modern foreign languages broaden children’s opportunities for the future and their interest in, knowledge of and tolerance for those in the wider world. In line with the National Curriculum for Modern Foreign Languages, we focus on French so that children can make substantial progress in one language.

Discover: Our curriculum provides experiences so that children can discover a love of learning a different language and about other cultures. We motivate them to be curious about and to explore spoken and written language. Our curriculum is topic-based to maintain their interest. We use songs and games to appeal to all children.

Value: Through our curriculum, we teach the children to value people from other countries through learning about them and by corresponding with them as pen pals in Upper Key Stage 2. We provide the children with knowledge and opportunities through developing speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, including for real purposes.

Celebrate: We celebrate differences and learn about them through focussing on special festivals and significant people and events in our spiral curriculum and with a biannual curriculum day across the school. We help the children to respect differences and celebrate diversity.

Praise: We praise our achievements in this area and promote this subject in laying firm foundations for learning about languages at secondary school and being good communicators in future careers.

Implementation

Where possible we encourage links to learning about other cultures, significant individuals and the wider world to other curriculum areas. Generally, we teach modern foreign languages discreetly in weekly lessons in Key Stage 2 with opportunities to use a language through ad-hoc opportunities such as daily routines and PE warm-ups. We focus on French so that the children are able to make substantial progress in a language.

In Key Stage 1 and the Early Years Foundation Stage, modern foreign languages is non-statutory but a love of learning about other languages and cultures is encouraged through topic work and with days of interest like Chinese New Year whenever practicable.

In Key Stage 2 we have a rolling programme of coverage using the Twinkl PlanIt French scheme of work to deliver French to ensure up-to-date progression in coverage, all available digitally, supplemented with resources from Espresso, Rigolo and Early Start where appropriate. The children learn through a wide range of activities such as using songs, stories, games, video clips, authentic resources and by writing to pen pals.

Enhanced Curriculum

At Denver Primary, we enrich the curriculum by having themed curriculum days, learning about festivals and by writing to pen pals.

Progression in Learning and Vocabulary

See Appendix A – rolling programme of coverage, Appendix B, B1, B2, and B3 –for Twinkl’s comprehensive overview of progression in skills and overview of coverage and Appendix C – topic summary and how other resources link to the Twinkl PlanIt Scheme.

Impact

Our approach results in a positive, enjoyable and high-quality education that equips children for the next stage in their education. It provides them with a sense of curiosity about the wider world and an understanding of the opportunities that lie beyond their locality along with an enthusiasm for learning a language at secondary school. This is evident through the work in their folders, displays of correspondence with pen pals and by discussion with the children.

The majority of assessment in the subject is formative.

The school also uses Twinkl resources for the children to self-assess at the end of every lesson and for teachers to summarise attainment at the end of each 6-week learning block.

There are no formal tests in this subject area. Teachers come to their decisions based on class discussion, question and answer exchanges, responses to learning activities and ongoing formative assessment.

A summary of the children’s progress and achievement is reported on in the end of year school report to parents.

The overall monitoring of the subject is carried out by the named subject coordinator who has an action plan to drive the subject forward, and a named governor. An annual report to governors will begin from the end of the current academic year.  Overall, we believe that our school vision and ethos, coupled with our broad and balanced curriculum, provides children with the encouragement, interest and knowledge needed for them to make the most of opportunities available to them beyond their immediate locality and to be active globally-aware citizens.

COMPUTING

In order to ensure learners receive high quality lessons in computing, we use the Aims and Attainment targets as detailed in the National Curriculum for Computing at Key Stages 1 and 2 to inform our planning and the ways in which the children’s skills develop as they move through the school. 

At Denver Primary school, we recognise the importance of providing children with the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of Computing.  Using the National Curriculum as a basis for long term planning, we seek to provide learners with a coherent curriculum that allows learners to increase their confidence and competence in relation to the skills and processes involved in the study of Computing.

Computing is taught in half-termly blocks. However, Computing may take place in other areas of the curriculum through presentation of work or research.  In Reception, the teaching of Computing is often embedded within other areas of the children’s learning. As with other subject-areas, planning in Computing is part of a two year rolling programme..

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

Religious Education forms an integral part of the school curriculum and is taught in accordance with the Norfolk Agreed Syllabus (2019) and the Church of England Statement of Entitlement for RE (2019). The RE curriculum provides the opportunity for children to explore theology, philosophy and the human/social sciences. The overall aim is for children to deepen their knowledge about religions and to develop their religious literacy. 

PE

Intent

At Denver V. C. Primary, we believe that physical education, experienced in a safe and supportive environment, is a unique and vital contributor to a pupil’s physical development and well-being. A broad and balanced physical education curriculum is intended to provide the pupils’ increasing self-confidence in their ability to manage themselves and their bodies within a variety of movement situations.

Progressive learning objectives, combined with sympathetic and varied teaching approaches, endeavour to provide stimulating, enjoyable, satisfying and appropriately challenging learning experiences for all pupils. Through the selection of suitably differentiated and logically developed tasks, it is intended that pupils, irrespective of their innate ability will enjoy success and be motivated to further develop their individual potential.

Pupils will achieve and enjoy through PE. Pupils will be given the opportunity to make a positive contribution to their learning. A balance of individual, paired and group activities, co-operative, collaborative and competitive situations aims to cater for the preferences, strengths and needs of every pupil. Such activities, experienced within a range of areas of activity, aim to produce a broad base of movement knowledge, skills and understanding. They are also desirous of developing a pupil’s ability to work independently and to respond appropriately and sympathetically to others, irrespective of their age, gender, cultural or ethnic background. The activities offered and the teaching adopted seek to provide pupils with opportunities to develop their creative and expressive abilities, through improvisation and problem-solving.

Pupils are encouraged to appreciate the importance of a healthy and fit body, and begin to understand those factors that affect health and fitness. This work is closely aligned with the criteria for achieving National Healthy Schools Status. This information and approach will help keep pupils healthy inside and out of school time and lead to an appreciation of the need to adopt a healthy lifestyle.

PE also has considerable potential to contribute to much wider areas of learning. A cross-curricular approach is adopted as it is considered important by the school that PE is integrated into the whole school’s planning for the development of pupils’ communication, RSHE, science, numeracy and ICT skills etc.

Implementation

In order to provide a rich and varied curriculum that allows the children to have opportunities to excel and learn how to be healthy we have the following curriculum.

Long and medium term provision map

We are guided by the goals in the School Games Mark to consistently deliver and achieve high quality PE.

Early Years Foundation Stage

In Class 1, the children have 2 hours of dedicated PE time per week where the focus of each lesson is towards the Early Learning Goals.  In addition to this, the children participate in the Golden Mile and have permanent access to the outdoor learning environment which is equipped with facilities aimed at achieving the Early Learning Goals. The classroom and outdoor learning areas are arranged to ensure opportunities for the children to achieve the physical development goals as part of their free choice.

Primary years 1-6

We dedicate two hours per week minimum exclusively to PE. In our PE lessons we follow the Rawmarsh Scheme for Games, Gymnastics and Dance to ensure progression across the school. We also use Val Sabin Athletics during the Summer term. Our activity levels are supplemented by the Golden Mile, a digital, personal challenge for each child in school. We also have at least one intra-school festival per term, an annual sponsored walk, an annual sports day and an annual School Games festival.

We have a rolling 2-year programme for the provision of PE in school which can be found in the document below. 

Children also receive lessons in advance of cluster competitions to prepare them for competitive games and their rules in a variety of sports.

Securing enrichment to our curriculum

At Denver Primary School we purchase a number of extra activities from the West Norfolk School Sports Partnership and King’s Lynn Community Football. These include the cluster school tournaments package for inter-sporting events, Active Kids for all Year 1 children, OMNES Games events for children in Class 3, and Young Leaders training for all Class 4 children. Young Leaders training is used to facilitate playground activities and challenges and to run intra-schools festivals.

Teaching staff provide after school clubs in cross-country, netball and tri-golf and KLCF provide a Monday sports club to KS2 children and a Tuesday sports club for KS1 children. Denver Cricket club provide a club in the Summer term.

We also have close links with Premier Sports who are our providers for the Golden Mile and are running a taster dodgeball series of before school clubs for both key stages.

We welcome visitors such as Norwich City Community Football who run sessions in school to enhance sporting opportunities.

To aid implementation of our curriculum we also use the following resources:

  • The School Games Mark Criteria

Impact

To ensure children are making the progress necessary to meet their goals and show their commitment to and enjoyment of PE, peer feedback and ongoing formative assessment is used in lessons, and summative assessments (with photographs) are provided by each class teacher at the end of each half term. For summative assessment we use the Norfolk tracking sheets.

A PE board is in our main corridor which celebrates events and successes of children in our school.

Children have a voice through representation on the school council and being trained as young leaders.

Class teachers monitor activity levels through the online Golden Mile tracking tool.

We report on and display our results in inter-schools competitions.

To ensure that our curriculum in PE is a success our PE Coordinator monitors the subject by ensuring that:

  • registers are taken tracking numbers of children participating in after and before school clubs or any extra- curricular activities
  • an action plan for the subject is written annually  and reviewed at least termly
  • half termly assessments from each class, including pupil self-assessments are collected and analysed, tracking trends for the different cohorts
  • annual pupil viewpoint surveys are carried out
  • staff have access to CPD and that this is recorded
  • contact is made with the SGO and SSCo by attending regular cluster meetings, cluster events and conversations regarding the School Games events and School Games Mark.
  • carrying out at least one lesson observation per year
  • collating information about the subject and delivering an annual report to governors which is published on the website.
  • a School Games Mark folder is kept up to date tracking our progress towards achieving at least the Gold Mark
  • budgets are considered and managed with HT

 

RSHE and Citizenship

Intent

Discover: We recognise that we live in an exciting and rapidly changing world. At the heart of our RSHE and citizenship education is the intention to equip the children with the skills and knowledge for them to live happy, healthy lives with positive relationships, mental and physical health. We teach them how to promote their physical and mental health through understanding the importance of exercise, diet, fresh air, being with others and sleep.

Value:  We teach them what a healthy relationship is and the importance of family. They learn to have respect for themselves and to value their personal space, recognising what is comfortable and learning how to stay safe, including online.  We intend for the children to be emotionally literate. We understand the importance for children to know where to get help and support. Through our learning in this area, we teach the children of the valuable sources of support and how to raise concerns.

Celebrate: We teach the children a range of personal qualities that will help them to form positive relationships. We celebrate those who have overcome barriers showing skills of aspiration, resilience, determination, self-belief and resourcefulness. We learn and celebrate tolerance, respect, and an understanding of individual liberties and the rule of law. We encourage children to be active citizens in school, looking after one another, taking on responsibilities as they become older.

Praise: In this area we praise those who have coped with uncertainty and challenges and those who have supported the school and wider community. We teach the children to celebrate diversity, to be inclusive of and sensitive towards all others, recognising and celebrating differences in families and communities.

Our intention is for the children to be ready for the challenges they face as they move to secondary school and have strong foundations in their personal qualities to make good choices as social beings who make a positive contribution in their adult lives.

Implementation

We recognise that RSHE and citizenship, PE, Science and ICT are interlinked. Aspects of the RSHE curriculum relating to e-safety are covered through our ICT rolling programme and are specified on the curriculum carpets for each class. We use a blocked theme approach for RSHE and Citizenship and there are weekly timetabled slots for delivering the subject. We make cross-curricular links where appropriate with science, PE and ICT. We are implementing a spiral curriculum of key topic areas so that there is clear progression in skills and knowledge. For RSE, the school has purchased and will follow the Norfolk Educator Solutions scheme of work.

Teachers use resources such as Twinkl, PlanIt and Plan Bee as a starting point for teaching citizenship.

The children learn through a wide range of activities from discussion and debate, games, role play to research.

Our intended coverage reflects the fact that we have mixed-age classes. Class teachers may use their professional judgement and expertise to use resources from previous year groups where there is a need to do so in order that they have the skills, knowledge and understanding to then access the intended coverage for their classes.

Before RSHE content is taught, classes use an initial session to draft a ‘working agreement’ for these lessons, introduce their conversation cards and the idea of an ‘ask it basket’.

In the Early Years Foundation Stage the children use shared talk to discuss their experiences and feelings. They learn skills in looking after themselves and being clean. They learn to share and take turns. They learn about the importance of basic rules around school. Through topics such as ‘Ourselves’ and ‘Our families’ children learn to respect each others’ similarities and differences.

RSHE in EYFS

My feelings

My body

My relationships

My beliefs

My rights and responsibilities

Asking for help

Pupils can identify a range of feelings and how these are expressed, including words to describe them and simple strategies for managing feelings.

Pupils know the importance of basic personal hygiene and understand how to maintain basic personal hygiene.

Pupils understand that there are similarities and differences between everyone and they can celebrate this.

Pupils can recognise what they like, dislike and feel empowered to make real informed choices.

Pupils understand the concept of privacy, including the right to keep things private and the right another person has to privacy.

Pupils can identify the special people in their lives, what makes them special and how special people care for one another.

During EYFS, as part of health education, children will learn the characteristics of a poor diet and the role of sugar in obesity and tooth decay and on their behaviour. They will learn about personal hygiene and germs, how they spread and the importance of handwashing in prevention. They will learn the concept of basic first aid in dealing with common injuries such as cuts, bruises and head injuries.

Class 2 (Key Stage 1) Curriculum Map

Year 1 of rolling programme (2020/2021) Year 1 in RSE Solution scheme of work

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

RSE

My feelings

RSE

My relationships

RSE

My beliefs

RSE

My rights and responsibilities

RSE

Asking for help

RSE

My body

 

Pupils are able to communicate about feelings, to recognise how others show feelings and know how to respond.

Pupils understand the importance of listening to other people, to play and work collaboratively, including strategies to resolve simple arguments through negotiation.

Pupils can identify and respect the differences and similarities between people.

Pupils understand how some diseases are spread, including the right to be protected from diseases and the responsibility to protect others.

Pupils can identify the people who look after them, who to go to if they are worried and how to attract their attention.

Pupils are able to name the main parts of the body, including the external genitalia using scientific terms.

Citizenship and Health

Citizenship and Health

Citizenship and Health

Citizenship and Health

Citizenship and Health

Citizenship and Health

A healthy lifestyle – physical activity is fun. The importance of building regular exercise into daily and weekly routines and how to achieve this.

Mental well being – talking about feelings. That there is a normal range of emotions, a scale of emotions that all humans experience in response to different situations.

 

Dental hygiene – keeping our teeth healthy by cleaning, flossing and regular check-ups with a dentist

Being a good citizen

First aid- how to stay safe by making a call to the emergency services

 

Year 2 of rolling programme (2021/2022) Year 2 in RSE Solution

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

RSE

My feelings

RSE

My body

RSE

My relationships

RSE

My beliefs

RSE

My rights and responsibilities

RSE

Asking for help

Pupils can recognise and celebrate their strengths and achievements and set simple but challenging goals.

Pupils can recognise how they grow and will change as they become older.

Pupils can recognise different types of teasing and bullying, understanding that these are wrong and unacceptable.

Pupils can identify ways in which people and families are unique, understanding that there has never been and never will be another them.

Pupils can judge what kind of physical contact is acceptable and comfortable and uncomfortable and how to respond.

Pupils know the difference between secrets and surprises including the importance of not keeping a secret that makes them feel uncomfortable, worried or afraid.

Citizenship and Health

Citizenship and Health

Citizenship and Health

Citizenship and Health

Citizenship and Health

Citizenship and Health

Developing confidence

 

Bad bacteria and viruses – Protecting and preventing and recognising early signs of illness such as weight loss or unexplained changes to the body.

Sun safety – about safe and unsafe exposure to the sun and how to reduce the risk of sun damage

Relationships

First Aid – staying safe, especially when playing outdoors

 

Class 3 (Lower Key Stage 2) Curriculum Map

Year 1 of rolling programme (2020/2021) Year 3 in RSE solution

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

RSE

My feelings

RSE

My body

RSE

My relationships

RSE

My beliefs

RSE

My rights and responsibilities

RSE

Asking for help

Pupils can identify their strengths and set aspirational goals for themselves, understanding how this contributes to self-esteem.

Pupils know how their body may change and grow as they develop, how to care for their body and celebrate their uniqueness.

Pupils can recognise a wide range of relationships, including the attributes of positive, healthy relationships.

Pupils can challenge gender stereotypes, understanding that there is not one way to be a boy, or one way to be a girl.

Pupils understand the right to protect their body from unwanted touch.

Pupils can identify the difference between secrets and surprise, knowing when it is right to break a confidence and share a secret.

Citizenship and Health

Citizenship and Health

Citizenship and Health

Citizenship and Health

Citizenship and Health

Citizenship and Health

Being Healthy

Healthy eating by understanding what constitutes a healthy diet, including nutritional content and how to plan a range of healthy meals.

 

Being Healthy

Preventing illnesses and infection – including the benefits of sleep and keeping our mental health in check. That mental health is just as important as physical health.

Responsibility

 

Be the best you can be

First aid – how to deal with common injuries such as cuts, sprains and head injuries.

 

Year 2 of rolling programme (2021/2022) Year 4 of RSE Solution

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

RSE

My feelings

RSE

My relationships

RSE

My beliefs

RSE

My rights and responsibilities

RSE

Asking for help

 

RSE

My body

Pupils can recognise and respond to a wide range of emotions in themselves and others and know how to respond.

Pupils are able to judge what kind of physical behaviours and contact are acceptable and unacceptable and ways to respond.

Pupils recognise differences and similarities between people arise from a number of factors including family and personal identity.

Pupils know marriage is a commitment freely entered into by both people, and that no one should marry if they don’t absolutely want to or are not freely making the decision themselves.

Pupils recognise when they may need help to manage a situation and have developed the skills to ask for help.

Pupils can reflect on how their body has changed and anticipate body changes, understanding that some of those changes are related to puberty.

Citizenship and Health

Citizenship and Health

Citizenship and Health

Citizenship and Health

Citizenship and Health

Citizenship and Health

Rules

 

Friendship and bullying

Mental well-being – the importance of being social and avoiding loneliness and discussing emotions. That there is a normal range of emotions to that all humans experience in relation to different situations, how to judge whether how what they are feeling and how they are behaving is appropriate and proportionate.

Being Unique

Caring for the environment

 

Class 4 (Upper Key Stage 2) Curriculum Map

Year 1 of rolling programme (2020/2021) Year 5 of RSE Solution

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

RSE

My feelings

RSE

My body

RSE

My relationships

RSE

My beliefs

RSE

My rights and responsibilities

RSE

Asking for help

Pupils can anticipate how their emotions may change as they approach and move through puberty.

 

Pupils can anticipate how their body may change and grow as they approach and move through puberty.

Pupils can identify healthy relationships and recognise the skills to manage and maintain healthy relationships.

Pupils know the correct terms associated with gender identity and sexual orientation and the unacceptability of homophobic and transphobic bullying.

Pupils have strategies for keeping safe online, knowing how to look after personal information, including images and about the importance of permission.

Pupils consider how to manage accidental exposure to explicit images and upsetting online material, including who to go to to talk about what they have seen.

Citizenship and Health

Citizenship and Health

Citizenship and Health

Citizenship and Health

Citizenship and Health

Citizenship and Health

Respecting differences

Mental well-being –  that mental well-being is a normal part of daily life  and just as important as physical health. What happens when things go wrong and what support can you have?

Citizenship in action - democracy

Politics and government

Crucial Crew – safety in a range of situations, including water safety

Moving on/preparing for change

Basic first aid – how to deal with common injuries

 

 

Year 2 of rolling programme (2021/2022) Year 6 of RSE Solution

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

RSE

My feelings

 

 

RSE

My relationships

RSE

Asking for help

 

 

RSE My body

Exclusive to Year 6 pupils -

Parents can request withdrawal from this lesson 

Pupils can recognise how images in the media, including online, do not always reflect reality and can affect how people feel about themselves.

Pupils realise the nature and consequences of discrimination, including the use of prejudice-based language.

Pupils develop the confidence and skills to know when, who and how to ask for help independently or with support.

 

 

Pupils can explain what intercourse is

and how this leads to reproduction, using the correct terms to describe the male and female sexual organs.

Citizenship and Health

Citizenship and Health

Citizenship and Health

Citizenship and Health

Citizenship and Health

Citizenship and Health

Health and safety – diet and exercise, including the impact on mental well-being.  The benefits of exercise and risks associated with an inactive lifestyle. The importance of good quality sleep for good health and that lack of sleep can affect weight, mood, growth and ability to learn.

Health and Safety – drugs, alcohol and smoking

Financial literacy

Financial literacy

Crucial Crew – safety in a range of situations, including road and rail safety

Keeping safe – cyber bullying and county lines

 

Enhanced Curriculum

At Denver Primary, we enrich the curriculum by having an active School Council, including sports representatives. Each class create their own charter at the start of the academic year. We encourage visitors to the school. KGX Railway Support visit all classes annually to teach about safety on the railway. Road Safety representatives also visit the children in Key Stage 1 and Reception. When learning about democracy, Class 4 were visited by our local MP, Elizabeth Truss. The children are also invited to make suggestions in a suggestions box so that they have a voice.

Assemblies celebrate different themes throughout the year. These include ‘Going for Goals’ , ‘British Values’, ‘Making Choices’ and ‘Love, friendship and kindness’. Older children in the school also lead assemblies and each class presents an assembly to parents.

Children are able to support the local community, for example, by singing in the dementia café. Older children also run events such as stalls for the school fair. They are trained as ‘Young Leaders’ and use these skills to support the younger children as lunch helpers, playground buddies and by running intra-school sports and sports day.

As the children become older, they are encouraged to take on jobs and responsibilities in class and around the school.

In Year 6 the children attend Crucial Crew workshops at King’s Lynn fire station to further their understanding of how to keep safe and how to react in emergency situations.

 

Progression in Vocabulary

 

Early Years Foundation Stage

End of Key Stage 1

End of Key Stage 2

Family

Friend

Relationship

Share

Turn-taking

Manners

Polite

feelngs

Sad

Angry

Disappointed

Scared

Embarrassed

Tired

Worried

Surprised

Confused

Irritated

Lonely

Clean

Hygiene

Germs

Private

public

 

 

Relaxed

Similar

Different

Unique

Strength

Weakness

Self-esteem

Compare

Respect

Calm

Shoulder

Knee

Stomach

chest

Senses

Penis

Vulva

Communicate

Disagreement

Negotiate

Belief

Disability

Similar

Special

diverse

disease

bacteria

prevent

teasing

bullying

support

development

personal space

privacy

Tolerance

intolerance

Diversity

Inclusion

Aspiration

Compliment

Gender

Stereotype

Consent

Marriage

Arranged marriage

Forced marriage

sexuality

Intersex

Transgender

phobic

Gay

Lesbian

Testicles

Vagina

Buttocks

Anus

Puberty

conception

Breasts

Discharge

Empathy

Genitals

Hormones

Fatigue

Stress

Anxiety

Democracy

Democratic

Election

Government

Politics

Finances

Budget

 

Impact:

Our approach results in a fun, engaging and high-quality education that equips children for the next stage in their education. This can be seen through the work in their books, by discussion with the children and by write-ups of events that have happened, many of which are published on the school website.

In the Early Years Foundation Stage, progress is measured by ongoing formative assessment and by the summary of achievements in the Early Learning Goals.

The school has purchased the Norfolk Educator Solutions resource for teaching and learning which has assessment embedded in every lesson plan. The majority of assessments are formative.

There are no formal tests in this subject area. Teachers come to their decisions based on class discussion, question and answer exchanges, responses to learning activities and ongoing formative assessment. Each class will use cards and ‘ask it baskets’ to ensure that children’s questions and misconceptions can be addressed. Pupil consultations are to be held annually so that the subject can be adapted to their needs. Floor books are also recommended for collecting small group and whole-class evidence of learning.

A summary of the children’s progress and achievement is reported on in the end of year school report to parents.

The overall monitoring of the subject is carried out by the named subject coordinator who has an action plan to drive the subject forward and a named governor. An annual report to governors will begin from the end of the current academic year. The subject has high priority on this year’s School Development and Improvement Plan.

Overall, we believe that our school vision and ethos, coupled with our broad and balanced curriculum where RSHE and Citizenship has high status, prepares children well to cope with the social and emotional  challenges they will face as they move on to secondary education.

 

COLLECTIVE WORSHIP

There are daily acts of worship, which include the singing of a hymn and a prayer. The rector visits weekly to lead assembly. If a parent wishes to withdraw their child from RE or collective worship this can be discussed with the Head Teacher at an appropriate time.

There is a two year cycle to the curriculum to ensure that mixed age classes are catered for.

 www.gov.uk/PRIMARY_national_curriculum.pdf