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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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


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. (For more information about Read Write Inc click here).  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 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.

Click here for a copy of Derwentwater School's Calculation Policy.


Our Design Principle


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


  • 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


  • Starting from children’s own interests and prior knowledge

  • Makes learning purposeful and relevant

  • Extends children’s thinking

  • Inspires and motivates learners



Children are taught drama in their English lessons throughout the school.

Our Year 4 pupils participate in an annual Shakepeare Festival and pupils continue to learn about Shakespeare's work in year 6.

Each class performs an assembly every term and many of these take the form of small plays - allowing our pupils to develop a love of performance and to learn the art of public speaking.


At Derwentwater children enjoy specialist teaching in 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.


All classes have one lesson of music a week. Our music lessons are taught by a specialist music teacher.

Singing is part of day-to-day life within the school and children learn new songs in different styles to perform at assemblies when parents are invited to attend.

in Year 3 all pupils learn to play the recorder.

Our school choir for pupils in years 5 and 6 performs regular concerts at school events and participates in the Ealing choral competition each year.


For more information regarding the National Curriculum click here.