Our Curriculum Design
Our curriculum has been carefully designed, planned and organised to ensure that our children’s needs are at the heart of our curriculum.
It is our firm belief that the substance of our education prepares children well for the challenges they will face in life and at the next stage of their education.
Denbigh’s curriculum is based on the fundamental principle that every child will achieve the highest possible outcomes in their academic and personal development. It is for this reason that we have developed our ‘CORE’ curriculum.
When planning each topic/area, we start by looking at the standard we expect every child to achieve and what deep level learning looks like. Learning experiences are then planned to ensure that every child stands the best possible chance of achieving this.
We believe that our curriculum and the use of our ‘CORE’ learning will not only provide our pupils with a knowledge and understanding of the National Curriculum but will deliver children with challenging, engaging and stimulating opportunities to apply their learning. Therefore, ensuring children deepen their knowledge and understanding.
By creating a comprehensive and robust curriculum we can use a cross curricular approach to add depth and purpose to our learning. We expect the standards of our learning to be demonstrated equally across core (English, Maths and Science) and foundation subjects (Art, Computing, P.E, Design Technology, Geography, History, Music, R.E, P.S.H.E, M.F.L).
Within foundation subjects, the main learning outcome must relate to the subject being studied but the children will have opportunities to apply their knowledge and understanding from core subjects.
Having reviewed the needs of our children, we developed our C.O.R.E curriculum. The CORE curriculum ensures that all subjects are taught with the pupils needs in mind. Every subject must provide CORE learning.
C – Communication (Opportunities for Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing).
O – Opportunities for Challenge (Effectively using data tracking to challenge pupils).
R – Reasoning (Use and apply learning through logic, deduction and induction).
E – Experiences (Provide meaningful, interactive learning opportunities).
Our curriculum is designed to meet the needs of every pupil in our school.
When designing our curriculum, we carefully look at the needs of every child/group and tailor the curriculum to deliver what best meets their needs and how they learn most effectively.
Every child’s progress is carefully monitored and tracked and action taken immediately if progress is not as expected.
Our careful curriculum design and planning means that we build in many opportunities for repetition and practise opportunities for essential knowledge, skills and understanding in every subject. This ensures that children are able to revisit previous learning, which allows them to gradually develop a deeper understanding of the skills and processes within subjects, at their own pace and in the best possible way for each individual child throughout their years at Denbigh.
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Year 5 Dolphins have been computing geniuses this afternoon! We have been working with the EV3 robots to complete a set of missions using our coding skills. We had to work as a team to fix our code by using our debugging skills when things didn’t go quite to plan. We can’t wait to complete our next set of missions later on this week. #dcpsdolphin #dcpscomputing #dcpscore #dcpsict ... See MoreSee Less
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Year 5 Whales have had a great afternoon working on their commuting topic, programming EV3 robots. We had to write algorithms for the robots to follow, debug any problems we encountered and then complete challenges that were set. We are ready for day 2! #dcpswhale #dcpscomputing #dcpsict4learning #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Elephants are creating their final pieces of art. We have worked on showing facial expressions in our sketches of Medusa. We are now adding colour to reflect a certain mood. The children have to think carefully about how they will use colour to show particular emotions. #dcpselephant #dcpsart #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Year 4 Elephants spent some time reading #goldilocks to learn about social media, online safety and content. We were hooked and the children gave some amazing advice to #Goldilocks so that she can be safe and responsible online. We loved getting involved in the activities on the poster! #dcpselephant #dcpsict #dcpscore #dcpsenglish ... See MoreSee Less
The Elephants practising their sketches before they add colour to reflect the mood in Art! We can’t wait to see how colour is used to reflect the life of Medusa before and after she was cursed! #dcpselephant #dcpsart #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
The Elephants loved analysing a winter setting description today. To help us understand the vocabulary from the description, we focused on a word’s meaning, word class and then applied it to a sentence of our own. We used our tables to help us write all of this down which will help us draft our own winter setting description! #dcpselephant #dcpsenglish #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Year 5 took our learning outside of the classroom today. While learning about timetables we went to the local bus stop so that we could read and interpret the information shown on the timetable. When we got back to school we had to write sentences to explain what the information showed us. #dcpsyear5 #dcpswhale #dcpsdolphin #dcpsmaths #dcpslotc #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Year 3 had a fab day at the Laing Art gallery today.
We looked at the colours used in paintings, found some abstract, watercolour, pointillism and local art and found out facts about the artists. Later we tried our hand at watercolour painting using a variety of techniques.
The children were so engaged and loved learning about art.
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Year 4 Elephants - Now we are designing our own Greek vases! We are using our knowledge of the Olympics, Gods and Goddesses and Medusa to help us design them #dcpselephant #dcpshistory #dcpsdt #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
The Elephants have started their Greek day looking at the famous Battle of Troy and comparing different versions of the event. We couldn’t believe that the Trojan Horse had soldiers hiding inside!! #dcpselephant #dcpscore #dcpshistory ... See MoreSee Less
Last week, year 3 took part in an anti bullying workshop with the team from Bigfoot.
We looked at different scenarios and talked about how we could help others.
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Year 3 have been discussing appropriate content to share online and seeking permission. We used the book #goldilocks to start our conversation and tried some of the activities together
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Year 3 have been talking about community and citizenship in our PSHE unit. We talked about what makes a good citizen and how we can help our community. We presented our ideas to the class
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Year 3 have been working hard on their editing skills in our English lesson. They were working in pairs to read aloud, check each other’s work and give each other feedback to improve their writing.
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Our Year 5 Junior STEM Ambassadors trying out some practical science activities. They are going to be taking these ideas back to school to help enhance our Science learning. Their behaviour was amazing and they worked really well together to make balloon kebabs, volcanoes and lava lamps, among other things! #dcpsSTEM #dcpslotc #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
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Year 5 Dolphins have been thinking carefully about their vocabulary choices today and how these will affect the reader. We created a HUGE word bank of interesting phrases that we plan to use to describe our hero and villain in our own version of an Anglo-Saxon legend. #dcpsdolphin #dcpsenglish #dcpscore #dcpsict ... See MoreSee Less
Year 5 Whales have been finishing off their final art pieces this morning using all of the skills we have learnt throughout Art week to help us create our own versions of ‘The Scream’ by Edvard Munch. #dcpsart #dcpswhale #dcpscore #dcpsict4learning ... See MoreSee Less
Year 5 Whales have been working hard this morning, we completed a word grab using our descriptosaurus to help us find exciting ways to describe our hero’s and mythical beasts for our new legend tales. #dcpswhale #dcpsenglish #dcpscore #dcpsict4learning ... See MoreSee Less
Dolphins have been practising using different colours to represent different emotions this afternoon. We used watercolours to help us try and create a background, using Edvard Munch’s ‘The Scream’ as inspiration. We will be working on our final pieces next week. #dcpsdolphin #dcpsart #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Dolphins have been continuing recorder sessions with Mr Brown. We have been learning how to read written notation to help us perform as part of an ensemble. #dcpsdolphin #dcpsmusic #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Year 4 Giraffes have been working so hard in our Art week! We have been researching artists and using their techniques to reflect our emotions through colour! Can you guess the emotion we are trying to show? #dcpsart #dcpsgiraffes #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
The Elephants have been getting their trunks stuck into conjunctions! We have been looking at conjunctions to express time and cause. To help us, we had to match the sentences and identify the conjunction #dcpsenglish #dcpselephant #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
The dinos continued their mass investigations using bathroom scales. Then they compared different weights. We are getting really good now at reading different scales. #dcpsdinosaur #dcpsmaths #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Year 5 Whales are having a great Art week so far, looking at paintings by Edvard Munch, discussing how we can use colours to show emotions and feelings and trying to create movement in our art by using shading and different tones. #dcpswhale #dcpscore #dcpsart ... See MoreSee Less
The Dragons have been exploring colour this week. We discussed how colour has been used in paintings, thinking about how those colours made us feel and how the artist might have been feeling as they painted. We then explored primary colours, had fun making the secondary colours, before adding tints and shade with black and white paint. A tricky challenge followed when we tried mix paints to match the natural colour of our leaves, but did a great job. Then we found out facts about Kandinsky, the first abstract artist and explored some of his paintings. This afternoon Dragons created their own version of ‘Squares and Concentric Circles’. They used their colour mixing skills to create their pieces. They look amazing! Well done. #dcpsdragon #dcpsart #dcpslotc #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
The dinos put their knowledge of colour mixing into creating a final piece of work today based on the artwork ‘Squares with concentric circles’ by Wassilly Kandinsky. Great colour mixing and some outstanding artwork.
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Today the dinos explored how many colours it was possible to make using just the primary colours and then adding white or black to make tints and shades. They are now colour mixing experts and can make a whole range of colours.
After a bit of practice they put their new knowledge to use as they attempted to mix colours which would match those found in nature in the form of autumn leaves. It was tricky but they gave it a good go. Check out their efforts.
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Year 2 Dinosaurs had a great session with Bigfoot following the ‘Good to be me’ assembly. We talked about what can help when we’re feeling sad and what we can do to help others. #dcpsPSHE #dcpsdinosaurs #dcpscore #dcpsbritishvalues ... See MoreSee Less
More investigations in our lunchtime science club. We wanted to see what would happen to jelly babies in different liquids. We tried milk, water, juice, cola, vinegar and hot chocolate! We thought about what might happen, predicting that they might change colour or nothing at all would happen. We were surprised to see that the jelly baby in water got bigger and the jelly babies in vinegar, cola and juice got smaller...we had a good think about why this was. We thought the water was getting sucked up into the jelly baby, but the there was something in the other liquids that was taking the water out....? #dcpsSTEM #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Year 5 Dolphins enjoyed their session with Big Foot this morning. We talked about the importance of showing respect towards others and ways to deal with bullying. We created freeze frames of different scenarios and gave advice to the characters to help them. #dcpsdolphin #dcpspshe #dcpsbritishvalues #dcpscore #dcpslotc ... See MoreSee Less
We are thinking about anti bullying in school today. We had a wonderful ‘Good To Be Me’ assembly this morning, where we thought about what makes us special and superpowers we could use to help us in school. Dragons then had a fun workshop where we talked about our feelings and thought about how we can help each other if we saw bullying behaviour. We know now that we can use our ‘brave, calm, kind and talking’ superpowers and that it is good to be who we are. Ask us all about this when we get home. #dcpsdragon #dcpspshe #dcpsbritishvalues #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
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More from Year 5’s visit to Jarrow Hall. We took part in a Saxon vs Viking battle, learned about the Anglo-Saxon justice system and visited the farm and village to find out about daily life in the 5th century. Ask us what we have learned today! #dcpsdolphin #dcpshistory #dcpslotc #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Year 5 have had a brilliant trip to ‘Jarrow Hall’ today. We have spent the day learning about the Anglo Saxons, how they survived, what they ate and how they trained to fight the Viking invasions. It has been a very cold but great day! #dcpshistory #dcpsyear5 #dcpscore #dcpslotc ... See MoreSee Less
The dinos have learned some fantastic skills with NUFC this week. They were focusing on precise throwing, looking carefully at a target, as well as maintaining control of a ball while bouncing it. Not as easy as it sounds but we persevered.
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The dinos have had a fab week using scales this week. We have made predictions, used balance scales to talk about items which are heavier or lighter and used kitchen scales to measure out specific masses of pasta. Great team work too!
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Another busy week for Year 6 Lions. We continued our learning in Topic this week finding out all about The British Empire. Here we are using maps to find out which countries were part of the Empire in 1897. We couldn’t believe 1/5 of the world’s land was ruled by Queen Victoria! #dcpslion #dcpshistory #dcpsgeography #dcpsCORE #dcpsict ... See MoreSee Less
Dragons having a go at measuring in grams this afternoon. We had to read the scales carefully to make sure our measurements were accurate. Good teamwork Dragons! #dcpsdragon #dcpsmaths #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Year 5 have thoroughly enjoyed their first ‘Hoops for health’ sessions, working with Newcastle Eagles! We were able to meet some of the players, learn about the need for a balanced diet to help with our health and even got to practice some of our basketball skills! #dcpsyear5 #dcpspe #dcpscore #dcpspshe #dcpslotc #dcpsdolphin #dcpswhale ... See MoreSee Less
We were weighing this afternoon in maths. We have been learning how to measure length, now we are looking at measuring mass. We held a 1kg weight, then had a go at trying to find objects in the classroom that were less than, more than and as heavy as 1kg. We had fun choosing different things and estimating before weighing each one. #dcpsdragon #dcpsmaths #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
The dinos had a fab time trying their hand at a spot of coding. They started giving simple instructions to move a car from one spot on the screen to another before moving on to putting a series of instructions together to create an algorithm. Plenty of debugging took place to get it right but our resilience was amazing. #dcpsdinosaur #dcpscomputing #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less