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Curriculum

Curriculum

Intent

Our curriculum is designed to be inclusive, challenging and creative for all pupils. The curriculum content and delivery spark interest in pupils and encourage curiosity. Our core values of ambition, unity and character are weaved throughout our curriculum to inspire pupils to achieve and thrive at our school through the effective delivery of a bespoke curriculum that reflects our diverse community.

The careful sequencing of the curriculum ensures there is a progression of knowledge, skills and vocabulary. Pupils can use and apply their skills and knowledge to make links and build upon their learning. The importance of reading is reinforced throughout all subjects with opportunities to read embedded throughout our curriculum. We promote a love of reading and read for a range of purposes to enhance children’s vocabulary and understanding.

A range of opportunities are provided to enable all pupils to communicate their knowledge and understanding of a subject and links are made across units and subjects to support pupils deeper thinking and long-term memory. Teaching and learning considers cognitive load theory and our approach incorporates a range of strategies to support children’s retention of learning such as recapping, recall and revisiting. Concepts are integrated throughout all units of work with overarching questions and individual key questions building towards larger themes to deepen understanding. The importance of vocabulary and oracy is demonstrated in all subjects and across all lessons to further develop confidence and understanding.

Implementation 

The curriculum has been designed to develop a progression of skills and knowledge that build upon prior learning. Curriculum maps show how learning progresses over time across units, subjects and year groups. Links between subjects and units of work are made so children can develop a deeper understanding of concepts, knowledge, skills and vocabulary. The curriculum is enriched through appropriate visits, experiences and trips that build on the cultural capital of children and develop their understanding of their local area. Special days, events and celebrations highlight wider issues and causes and enhance the curriculum offer. We work closely with parents as part of a rich community to ensure the school’s vision is shared and supported so children reach their potential.

Impact 

Our educational offer is progressive and engaging. The broad and balanced curriculum offered at our school allows all children to flourish as they develop their individual interests and talents. The curriculum encourages creativity and for children to be inquisitive about the world and learning. Regular assessments allow teachers to build on children’s learning and make progress from their individual starting points. At Derwentwater, we nurture ambition, develop character and build solid foundations for a successful future and life-long love of learning.

Specialist Teaching

At Derwentwater Primary School each class benefits specialist teachers in Music, Physical Education and Computing. They work alongside class teachers to provide children with a more in-depth education and unique experiences as well as continued development opportunities for our class teachers to ensure we are delivering the very best provision for our pupils.