Curriculum

We aim to provide rich learning experiences that allow every child to master basic skills, discover and develop talents, deepen interests and succeed in ways they did not imagine possible. As a school we value: resilience, individuality, co-operation, respect, curiosity, courage, responsibility and independence. We embed these attributes and skills within our day-to-day school life as we feel that they are essential life-skills.

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EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE (NURSERY AND RECEPTION)

There are three prime areas of learning, which are vitally important and underpin 

all future learning, which are:

  1. Communication and Language
  2. Physical Development
  3. Personal, Social and Emotional Development

 There are also four specific areas of learning

  1. Literacy
  2. Mathematics
  3. Understanding the World
  4. Expressive Arts and Design

EARLY READING AND EARLY MATHEMATICS

For early reading, we follow a synthetic phonics scheme called ‘Read, Write Inc.’ This is taught within a text rich environment where children are encouraged to read for pleasure. Children in Reception and Year 1 have a daily phonics lesson (of varying lengths), completing all the phases before continuing with English lessons further up the school. Early mathematics is taught through the use of the national curriculum, which focuses on numbers, shapes and problem solving.  We use concrete apparatus to help with visual learning. 

MATHEMATICS IN YEARS 1 - 6

Mathematics provides students with a powerful set of tools to understand the world. At Derwentwater Primary School, we aim to provide all students with a high quality mathematics education that allows them to make connections between maths in the classroom and maths in everyday life.

In a typical week there are six, one hour, maths lessons. These lessons teach students: mathematical fluency, reasoning skills and how to apply formal methods when problem solving. Each lesson has a clear learning objective that has been taken from the National Curriculum as well as clear steps for success. Lessons are usually structured to include: Mental starter, teacher input/modelling, independent or group work to complete the set activity and finally a plenary.

Through differentiation, all of students, regardless of ability, are catered for. Some examples of differentiation in a typical maths lesson are: ability based groups, the use of equipment, questioning and the modifying the set task.

For a copy of Derwentwater Primary's Calculation Policy click here.

CURRICULUM DESIGN PRINCIPLES

Our Design Principle

Rationale

Mastery of basic skills

  • Foundation skills of reading, writing, speaking, counting and calculating

  • Practice and persistence are key to developing basic skills

  • Transition to automatic working memory from basic skills

Practical, active learning

  • Multi-modal presentation of key ideas and learning

  • Deep learning based on experience and exploration

  • Active construction of understanding

  • Concrete resources, and use of artefacts

  • External visits and visitors to the school

  • Drama and debate

  • Collaborative tasks

Meaningful and high quality outcomes

  • Develops reflectiveness and willingness to evaluate and improve work of own and others

  • Encourages high expectations and high personal quality standards

  • Requires practice, attention to detail, redrafting, persistence and resilience

  • Multi-modal expression and demonstration of learning and understanding  e.g. artwork, piece of writing, presentation, performance, music composition

  • Particular emphasis on educational drama performance and high quality writing

  • Clear awareness of audience

Problem-solving

  • Requires children to think

  • Opportunity to apply, generalise, explain, teach and reason, all of which strengthen knowledge, skills and understanding

  • Real life contexts to make learning relevant

  • Challenges children and extends their thinking

  • Requires persistence, resilience, resourcefulness, and innovative thinking

Use of rich texts

  • High quality language models

  • Higher enjoyment and engagement

  • Stimulates deep, immersive learning

  • Encourages broad reading for pleasure

Integrated and extended

  • Making and strengthening links and ideas

  • Engaging and stimulating interest

Enquiry-led

  • Starting from children’s own interests and prior knowledge

  • Makes learning purposeful and relevant

  • Extends children’s thinking

  • Inspires and motivates learners

 

SPECIALIST TEACHING

At Derwentwater children enjoy specialist teaching in art, music and sport.

All children are taught to play the recorder in Year 3 and 4.  There are annual music concerts where all the children can take part including our Christmas singing concert, year group performances and our Year 6 summer production. Our school choir participates in the Ealing Spring Sing on a yearly basis.   

We have a full range of after school clubs and offer specialist music and sports teaching to all year groups. The school participates in a number of sporting competitions across the Borough of Ealing.

Our athletics team are the current champions for the Ealing Featherstone SSP Athletics tournament.  

 

BRITISH VALUES

The DfE have recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”

At Derwentwater Primary School the following activities and approaches embed the five fundamental values into school life and the curriculum:

 

Democracy

  • Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Pastoral Council and pupil questionnaire.

  • We have a Year 6 leadership team made up of prefects that lead on many initiatives with the support of their peers.

The Rule of Law

  • The importance of laws/rules are consistently reinforced throughout assemblies and PSHE lessons, as well as when dealing with behaviour.

  • Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind rules - that they protect us and ensure all are safe and cared for, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws/rules are broken.

  • Visits from authorities such as the Police, Fire Service etc. are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.

Individual Liberty

  • Pupils are actively encouraged to make choices (particularly around learning choice and within social times), knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment – developing the children’s autonomy and responsibility for their learning.

  • Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely -  through our E-Safety (computing), assemblies, citizenship and PSHE lessons.

  • Thoughout school life pupils are given the freedom to make choices.

Mutual Respect

  • Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy. All members of the school community treat each other with respect.

  • Displays around the school promote respect for others. This is reiterated through our school rules, within assemblies, citizenship and PSHE lessons, as well as, our behaviour policy.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

  • Pupils understanding of their place in our local diverse society .

  • Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE, citizenship and PSHE.

  • All pupils and members of staff are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.

  • All pupils are given opportunities to visit local places of worship, to enhance and develop their experience of faith and belief systems.

For more information regarding the National Curriculum click here.