Our Curriculum

Through our curriculum we aim to:

  • To provide each child with opportunities where they are challenged to achieve their full potential, build confidence and independence to shape their own future.
  • To hold the Christian ethos of care and concern for one another at the core of life and learning at Denby.
  • To recognise that each child is a unique individual, possessing talents, abilities, goals and dreams.
  • To ensure that our children feel safe and happy in an exciting, nurturing and challenging.  
  • To foster strong relationships between the school, home and the wider community.

Denby C.E. (VA) First School follows the National Curriulum 2014 Programmes of Study that can be accessed via the following link.


Our curriculum has been developed to include the statutory requirements of the subjects within the new curriculum, which are English, Maths, Science, PE. Computing, History, Geography, Art and Design, Design and Technology, Music and Languages (KS2).  Children’s learning is enhanced and broadened with additional opportunities and experiences that make up the wider school curriculum.  

Children are taught to read through daily, differentiated synthetic phonics sessions using initially the ‘Jolly Phonics’ scheme and then the ‘Letters and Sounds’ scheme. We teach reading based on the Oxford Reading Tree and Pearson schemes, but this is supplemented from a range of reading books, matched to the children's ability and interest, drawn from a variety of authors and themes.

We aim to make learning exciting and meaningful for children.  Where links exist between subjects and aspects of learning, teachers will adopt a cross-curricular approach. Where this is not applicable subjects are taught discretely. The acquisition and application of basic skills in English and Maths underpins our entire curriculum.

We teach French to children in Year 2, 3, 4 and 5. Children are introduced to French through stories, games and other activities.

Personal Development is taught within, and, in addition to the statutory subjects within the National Curriculum in order to enhance children’s social, moral, cultural and spiritual understanding.

Religious Education is delivered through the agreed Kirklees and Calderdale RE syllabus.

Mixed age teaching and small classes allow us to tailor the curriculum to a child’s individual needs. We benefit from a number of well-qualified support staff who are able to extend and support the teaching and learning opportunities within each classroom.

Please see Class pages for our Long Term Planning Cycles.

Each term we produce a Curriculum Newsletter for each class to let you know in more detail what your child will be studying.These can be found on the Class pages.

If you would like more in depth information about our curriculum please read our Curriculum Policy