At Derwent Primary School we believe all children have an entitlement to a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum. We recognise the diverse needs of our students whilst also recognising the need for them to have access to the basic skills and knowledge.
Our curriculum aim is to:
- Broaden their aspirations, knowledge, skills, understandings and experiences
- Actively promote British values
- Promote a lifelong love of learning
- Equip children with the skills and knowledge for their transition to secondary school
- Help children become healthy and active.
Our curriculum reflects the needs of our community, our local area and national priorities.
At Derwent Community School staff work together to do our best to make sure that all children:
- Want to learn all their lives
- Learn all they need for life
- Remember loving learning
Children work within their unit across the stage and follow the Statutory Foundation Stage Curriculum. The children are assessed through teacher observation and this is recorded in their ‘Learning Story’ which we always share with parents and carers and ask for feedback on their learning and experiences at home.
All children follow the National Curriculum Core and Foundation Subjects. The Core Subjects are Literacy, Numeracy, Science and Computing. The Foundation Subjects are History, Geography, Design & Technology, Music, Art, Physical Education, Personal, Social & Health Education, Religious Education and French. Children are assessed through teacher observation, the work they do in class (both spoken and written) and by tests. Children take Statutory Assessments (SATs) in Year 2 and Year 6.
If you would like to find out more about our curriculum – please come into school and ask to speak to our KS Leaders:- EYFS – Mrs Bates, KS1-Miss Dickson, KS2- Mrs Armstrong.
Early years and Key Stage 1 children follow ‘Letters and Sounds’ phonics scheme and ‘Oxford Tree’ reading scheme
Websites to support parents with early reading and phonics:
A subscription based website.
A website that focuses on encouraging parents and others to read to their children.
This part of the Oxford Owl website gives parents lots of the Year 1 Reading Check.
A book to share at home as often as children wish.
Children are expected to read at home and practice sight words
Year 2 and Year 3:
Children are expected to read at home, learn weekly spellings and complete sentence work.
Years 4 to 6:
Children will be given spellings on a Monday, maths number facts on Wednesday and literacy or numeracy activities will be given on Friday.
Derwent Community School is non-denominational. RE and assemblies are in accordance with Derby City ‘Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education’.
Health and Drugs Education is taught throughout the school: children also have sex education and relationships are taught throughout the school.
All the children take part in PE In the Foundation Stage this takes place within the provision for learning across the day. From Year 1 to Year 6 there are at least two hours of PE for each child every week. A note from parents is necessary if you wish your child to be excused from PE for any medical reason. Children cannot wear jewellery for PE.
Children must change out of their everyday clothes into appropriate clothing for reasons of safety and hygiene. Children who forget their kit will be provided with one from school. Children cannot wear jewellery for PE.
We have adopted a new ‘Mastery Maths’ scheme called ‘Maths No Problem’. It is proving to be a great hit with the teachers and pupils alike. It is a highly structured approach to Maths and is designed to deepen understanding.
Maths- No Problem is a comprehensive series that adopts a spiral design with carefully built up mathematical concepts and processes adapted from the Maths mastery approaches used in Singapore. The concrete, pictorial abstract approach forms an integral part of the learning process through the materials developed for this series.
To find out more about how this new series aids your child’s mathematical development, please follow the link below.
If you would like to find out more about our curriculum – please come into school and ask to speak to a Key Stage Leader.