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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Whales had a great start to their new PE unit of Dance. We have started to look at Bollywood dancing, we watched a short clip to inspire us and then had a go at some of the moves! #dcpswhale #dcpspe #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
9 hours ago
Year 4 Elephants started their Dance unit it PE yesterday. They practised their freeze frame and teamwork skills and were amazing!! Check out these freeze frames we imagined James Bond would create #dcpspe #dcpselephant #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
14 hours ago
Year 4 giraffes have been learning all about electricity during STEM week. They began the week by asking lots of questions about what we would like to know. We then looked at the dangers around electricity and how to stay safe before building our own circuits! Some of us even managed to make our lightbulb turn on and off using a switch! #dcpsSTEM #dcpscore #dcpsgiraffe ... See MoreSee Less
Today, Year 4 became secret agents during their PE lesson and learned how to tell a story through a series of freeze frames. They were super dramatic!! #dcpspe #dcpsgiraffe #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Year 5 Whales have been developing their computing skills today, using the Raspberry Pi’s in order to build a computer, programme algorithms and debug any problems that occur. We were able to make an LED light show dots and dashes in order to display a secret message using morse code! #dcpswhale #dcpscomputing #dcpsict4learning #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Clever cookies. Looks difficult
3 days ago
Year 5 Dolphins completed their Computing unit with Mr Brown yesterday. We were learning how to program a mini computer called a Raspberry Pi (sadly not food related!) using Scratch to create different algorithms. We also had a go at coding LED lights to create Morse Code messages. #dcpsdolphin #dcpscomputing #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
This afternoon Dragons investigated air resistance. We made different sized parachutes, then tested each one to see how long it took to reach the ground. We decided, when going on a parachute jump, a bigger parachute is better! #dcpsdragon #dcpsSTEM #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
After investigating height this morning, it was on to surfaces this afternoon and thinking about friction. Dragons had 6 different surfaces for a car to travel on. We thought really carefully about what each surface would do to the distance the car travelled. We were great a fair testing and accurate measuring. We even had another go at practical graphing and made our own bar graph! #dcpsdragon #dcpsSTEM #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
We have continued our hard work this week in STEM measuring the force needed to pull a shoe along different surfaces and thinking about how friction made our job harder! #dcpswhale #dcpsSTEM #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Working scientifically this morning in STEM. Dragons were investigating if changing the height of a ramp changed how far a car travelled. We even had a go at practical graphing to record our results. #dcpsdragon #dcpsSTEM #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
We are times table whizz kids in year 3. We now have 2 more children on decimal multiplication and all of us are catching them up!
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Year 4 Elephants have been investigating Electricity this week in STEM. The children made a circuit to light a bulb then applied their learning to create a human circuit! The children had different roles and had to show how electricity flows. They were so amazing they could even show how adding a switch affected the flow of electricity! #dcpselephant #dcpsSTEM #dcpscore #dcpslotc ... See MoreSee Less
KS1 Science club is back. Today we were investigating which objects would float and which would sink. We were really surprised by some of them, but had some very interesting conversations about what had happened. We even got creative and tried to build boats! #dcpsSTEM #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Year 5 Dolphins investigated the effects of air resistance this morning. We created paper spinners and planned our own investigation to test either how the height, amount of paper clips or size affected the time it took for the spinner to reach the ground. #dcpsdolphin #dcpsSTEM #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Year 3 have been designing magnetic games and challenging each other to complete them. We had to use our imaginative, rational and resilient muscles the most to complete the maze.
It was tricky but with a bit of teamwork we did it.
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Well done Lucas xx
7 days ago
Year 3 has had a great start to our STEM unit of work on magnets and springs. We have begun with magnets and have had lots of wow moments seeing what we can do with them.
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Today the Dinos had great fun playing with toys, all in the name of Science of course! We explored which forces were needed to make toys move. It’s surprised us to learn that everything we move does so because we exert a force on it.
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Year 5 Whales have continued their STEM week today, looking at forces in action while outside. We discussed the forces that made the ball move and discussed if the forces were balanced or unbalance. #dcpswhale #dcpsSTEM #dcpslotc #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Yeyyy well done Logan
Well done so proud of you dude!!
OMG my little superstar ❤
What’s this? Playing with toys?! Don’t worry it’s all in the name of science. STEM week continues in Dragons this morning. We are investigating which forces we need to use to make the toys work. We are working great as a team! #dcpsdragon #dcpsstem #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
This afternoon Dragons went to try out the forces we had learned this morning on our outdoor gym. We found out what we needed to push or pull to make it move. Back in the classroom we made a poster showing what we’d found out. #dcpsdragon #dcpsstem #dcpslotc #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Year 5 have started their STEM Week today - Feel the Force! We have been learning all about gravity and how this affects falling objects. We also found out that each force has a reaction force working in the opposite direction. This afternoon, we used a forcemeter to measure the weight of objects using Newtons. #dcpsdolphin #dcpsSTEM #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Year 5 Whales have had a great start to their STEM week, looking at forces in action. We began by looking at gravity and how the force is used to help keep us upright, after this we completed an investigation to measure the force of gravity on different objects by using a Force meter and measuring the force in Newtons. #dcpswhale #dcpsSTEM #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Dragons had a fantastic time at the Great North Museum on Friday. We explored the different galleries with our scavenger hunt, thinking about where different animals lived and how they are suited to those areas. We saw lots of fossils, found out how they were formed and even saw that a T-Rex tooth was as big as a banana! Behaviour was outstanding for the whole trip Mrs Chalmers and I were very proud. Well done! #dcpsdragon #dcpsSTEM #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Dragons have been getting into their new topic this week, Out of this World. We have learned the names of the planets in the solar system and put them in order. Then we used our iPads to research facts about different planets and the Sun, to make our own information posters. #dcpsdragon #dcpscomputing #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Dragons have loved poetry week this week. After learning ‘On the Ning, Nang, Nong’ we made up our versions of the poem. We then had a go at learning them off by heart and had a lovely afternoon on Friday sharing our poems with year 1. #dcpsdragon #dcpsenglish #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Year 3 have been to visit our children in early years this morning to share our ebooks with them. We wrote our poems and designed and made our own books so we were super proud to show them off. The children in eyfs really enjoyed hearing our poems.
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Year 3 have been learning more about multiplication this week. We have used pictures, objects arrays and written method to solve the calculations
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The Dinos have written their own versions of Spike Milligan’s nonsense poem ‘On the Ning Nang Nong’ and can’t wait to practice performing them.
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Year 4 Elephants are loving Poetry Week. We started the week off by analysing a range of poems and forming an opinion on different types of poems. Today, we looked at the syllables within poems to practise the beat and rhythm! The children were amazing at clapping out the syllables and shouting the poems! #dcpsenglish #dcpscore #dcpselephant ... See MoreSee Less
Year 5 Dolphins have loved Poetry Week so far! Yesterday, we looked at different types of ballad poems that tell a story to the reader. We thought about what we enjoyed about the poems and which ones we liked the most. We then focused on the tragic ballad of ‘The Highwayman’. This afternoon, we prepared our performances of the poem, using intonation and volume to make our readings interesting. #dcpsdolphin #dcpsenglish #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Dragons performing ‘On the Ning Nang Ning’ by Spike Milligan. We are now innovating the poem to create our versions and we’re looking forward to performing these later in the week. #dcpsdragon #dcpsenglish #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
This is so cute
Catherine French, can u remember when I used to read you and Nicholas this nearly every night lol x
Year 5 Whales have continued working on our Ballad poems today, we reshearsed and then performed different stanzas from the poem to the rest of our year group changing the pace, volume and intonation in our voices. #dcpsenglish #dcpswhale #dcpslotc #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
The Dinos had to use every resilient bone in their bodies to construct and program a Lego WeDo to make it move. They carefully followed a series of instructions to make a Lego model which then needed to be programmed with an algorithm to make it perform an action. Lots of debugging and teamwork was involved with fantastic results. #dcpsdinosaur #dcpscomputing #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Dragons getting into poetry week this week. Yesterday we listened to some nonsense poems and talked about what we liked and didn’t like about the poems. We then picked a poem we liked and practiced it to perform for the class. We thought hard about how to make our reading clearer. #dcpsdragon #dcpsenglish #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less