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Denby C.E. (VA) First School Statement of Intent:

We have planned our curriculum to extend the children’s knowledge and understanding of the world they live in, to enable them to use their skills confidently and in a range of situations and enrich their lives by exposing them to a variety of first hand experiences and opportunities. We intend to create confident, resilient, independent learners, with a love of learning and with high aspirations for the future. We encourage our pupils to ask questions about the world and to reflect on their own beliefs, values and experiences.
We look for the awe and wonder in the world around us and celebrate our part in this. Through our Christian or individual beliefs we develop our spirituality and opportunities for reflection.
We intend to develop respectful individuals who value keeping themselves healthy in mind and body and who make positive contributions to their community.

Denby C.E. (VA) First School follows the National Curriulum 2014 Programmes of Study that can be accessed via the following link.
https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/335133/PRIMARY_national_curriculum_220714.pdf


Our school curriculum has been developed to include the statutory requirements of the subjects within the 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 Leeds and York Diocesan 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 the 'class' pages of our website 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 also be found on the 'class' pages.

For further information, please see our Curriculum Policy which can be found here.