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.
6 hours ago
The first group of Year 6 Lions had a fantastic time surfing at Tynemouth beach this week. They spent their morning learning how to ride the waves of the North Sea and how to do so safely. They all showed amazing resilience and bravery when trying something new. #dcpslion #dcpslotc #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
8 hours ago
Well done to our Year 4 super skippers! They were absolutely amazing at The Parks today. They showed great determination, skill and most importantly sportsmanship. Great work team! #dcpselephant #dcpsgiraffe #dcpspe #dcpscore #yourschoolgames ... See MoreSee Less
Year 4 have been busy while some of the year group have been taking part in the skipping festival. We have researching different sports events, presenting our information and we even had time to have a game of cricket! #dcpsgiraffe #dcpselephant #dcpspe #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Year 4 have had a great morning exploring angles around the school. We had to look at different parts of the school and identify if they were acute, obtuse or right angles. #dcpsgiraffe #dcpselephant #dcpsmaths #dcpslotc #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
We were very lucky to have Julie in Year 3 for our Wolrd of Work Career Top Trumps session this morning! We loved playing top trumps to see all of the different careers and then making our own card for our dream job! #dcpscore #dcpspshe #dcpslizard ... See MoreSee Less
1 day ago
So proud of these girls 💪 Won their league, winning all of their matches, meaning they qualified for the ‘Champions League’ finals. Unfortunately they fell short against an excellent VGMS side in their final match but displayed all the determination, resilience and teamwork that has made them shine this year! #dcpspe #dcpscore #yourschoolgames ... See MoreSee Less
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Gutted I missed it. They're amazing! Well done girls 💜
Well done girls , what a fabulous achievement. Xxxx⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️👍
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Well done to all involved.
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Wow well done!!! Shelayne Guthrie
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Well Done Denbigh Girls 🏆
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Well done Jess and the girls 💚💛
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👍Well done girls
The Dinos ventured into the world of work this morning with Julie who came back to talk to the children about different careers they may have and why work is so important in terms of a salary and promotion. We really enjoyed playing her version of snakes and ladders where we had to think about the different skills each career required and how we would need to use maths, literacy and ICT in each job. #dcpsdinosaur #dcpslifeskills #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Is that mrs scott anyone
Donna Bell not sure but defo looks like her
Last week the full time nursery found some giant eggs in our garden. We discussed what we thought was inside the eggs. The children had great imaginations as some thought it was a giant chocolate egg from the Easter Bunny whilst others thought it could be a golden egg from Jack and the beanstalk, baby chicks, a dragon or a dinosaur. The children created their own posters to help find the owner of the two giant eggs and placed them around Nursery. The next day when we came to school we noticed that the eggs were missing and found a range of footprints and fossils in our nursery classroom. We investigated what happened to the eggs and managed to free some baby dinosaurs trapped in ice by investigating different ways in which we could make ice melt faster #dcpscaterpillar #dcpsEYFS #dcps30hours #dcpscore #dcpslotc #dcpsstem #dcpsenglish ... See MoreSee Less
Look at how fantastic our iPad band are! This is our entry for the #ntltipadband competition. It is amazing and we are so proud of our KS2 superstars who took part! #dcpscore #dcpsmusic ... See MoreSee Less
Well done kiera 🏼
Dolphin class had a visit from Julie at World of Work today. We played ’Career Blockbusters’ which helped us to understand more about different jobs that the children can consider in the future, and the skills needed to succeed in them 👨🏻🚒 #dcpscore #dcpsdolphin ... See MoreSee Less
Well done 👏🏻 xx
Year 6 had a fantastic day in Edinburgh on Wednesday. We went on a Harry Potter trail to learn about the different places that inspired the story, stopped off for lunch at TGI Friday’s and then spent the afternoon in the Edinburgh dungeons finding out about Scottish history and hearing some terrifying tales. Everyone had an amazing day! #dcpslion #dcpstiger #dcpslotc #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Year 3 loved learning how to create their own video games using Kodu. We learnt how to program a robot using an alogorithm and how to fix any problems #dcpscore #dcpscomputing #dcpsturtle ... See MoreSee Less
Year 5 have made a great start as parents (and babysitters!) to their flour babies. So far, they have taken them everywhere and even changed and fed them. Keep up the good work, we are proud of your independence! #dcpscore #dcpsdolphin #dcpswhale #dcpsstem #dcpslifeskills ... See MoreSee Less
Elephants had an amazing day at Segedunum today. This was the finale of our Frontiers Voices project. We got to see our completed art work, it looks fantastic! We are so proud of what we have a achieved and learned as part of our local heritage. We also got to make Roman helmets which we wore in the afternoon for the museum takeover. We loved sharing our work and learning experience with our parents. If you can pop along a see it! #dcpselephant #dcpshistory #dcpsgeography #dcpsart #dcpslotc #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Year 4 have had a great day at Segedunum, we created our own Roman helmets and had chance to look at our art work in the exhibition. In the afternoon we invited our parents to come and see our work and we loved being able to share our learning. #dcpsgiraffe #dcpshistory #dcpsart #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Year 3 Lizards spent the afternoon making healthy sandwiches! They were so independent that there is NO reason a grown up has to make them a sandwich ever again! They proved that they can do it all by themselves. They were so tasty that the children just had to eat them! #dcpscore #dcpsdt #dcpslizard ... See MoreSee Less
Well done lizards 🦎 cant wait for Alice-eva to make my tea now haha 😆 xx
Well done everyone xxx
Alice-eva really enjoyed doing this x
Morgan did too! He said it was the best day ever! x
Year 2 had even more Learning Outside of the Classrom in the sun today! We were given a measurement and had to use the water in the buckets to fill the jugs with the correct amount. #dcpscore #dcpsdragon #dcpsdinosaur #dcpsmaths #dcpslotc ... See MoreSee Less
Year 2 had a very exciting experience using the VR headsets again in topic. Our new topic is Pirates so we got to go underwater and see a shipwreck, walk around the deck of a ship and see a ship at sea. #dcpscore #dcpsdragon #dcpscomputing #dcpshistory ... See MoreSee Less
Another Learning Outside of the Classroom for Year 2. This week we have been looking at how our local area can be spoilt by littering. We went onto the yard to find litter, some might’ve been planted there... of course we picked it all up at the end and washed our hands after! #dcpscore #dcpsdragon #dcpsgeography #dcpslotc ... See MoreSee Less
In literacy Year 2 we went outside to find something interesting. We had to use adjectives to describe our something interesting. We specifically looked at what does it look it, smell like, feel like and sound like. #dcpscore #dcpsdragon #dcpsenglish #dcpslotc ... See MoreSee Less
Year 2 were on a mission to find out the temperature of hot and cold water and then to find the hottest place in the school out of the classroom, hall or yard. Which do you think was the hottest? #dcpsdragon #dcpsdinosaur #dcpscore #dcpsmaths ... See MoreSee Less
This week Year 2 have taken part in lots of Learning Outside of the Classroom activities. We used adjectives to describe particular objects we found on the yard, explored the capacity of different containers and looked at how the local environment can be spoilt by littering. #dcpsdinosaur #dcpsdragon #dcpsmaths #dcpsenglish #dcpsgeography #dcpslotc #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
A well earned dinner break. Y6 have had a magical morning exploring the inspirations for JK Rowling’s Harry Potter as we toured the streets of Edinburgh #dcpscore #dcpsenglish #dcpstiger #dcpslion ... See MoreSee Less
Thank you to the staff, Joe has had a great day.
It has been VERY noisy in Reception today as we swam under the sea dodging turtles, jellyfish and sharks! #dcpscore #dcpsEYFS #dcpsbutterfly #dcpsladybird #dcpscomputing #dcpsictforlearning #dcpsgeography 🐠🦈🐡🐋🦑🐙 ... See MoreSee Less
The NHS have teamed up with Disney to create Disney inspired '10 minute Shake Up' games for you to enjoy with your family. Please see the link below. Have fun and feel free to send us some photos! #dcpspshe #dcpscore #dcpspe
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Year 5 Dolphins are continuing to wow us with their musical talent. In their steel pan drum lesson this week, they continued to practice the songs they’ve been learning with Holly. We also used clapping to help develop our understanding of pitch and rhythm, and why they are so important when reading and playing music #dcpscore #dcpsmusic #dcpsdolphin ... See MoreSee Less
Year 5 worked hard this week in maths. We looked at recognising and plotting coordinates on a grid in the first quadrant. Plotting our own coordinates at the start of the week helped the children’s understanding. We were impressed with their determination, especially when they were challenged so that they could develop their knowledge further #dcpscore #dcpsmaths #dcpsdolphin #dcpswhale ... See MoreSee Less
Year One Polar Bears have had a gorgeous day at Northumberland Zoo! They absolutely loved seeing all the different animals and enjoyed two shows. It was great to hear them discussing each of the animals using terminology we’ve learnt during our Go Wild topic.
They were perfect polar bears and did us all proud. Well done Polar Bears!
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Stacey Louise Brown
Looks awesome xx
The Whales were amazing today learning all about first aid, emergency procedures and what to do in an emergency. The children practised the Primary Survey using DR ABC to help them and practised putting each other in the recovery position before learning all about cuts, burns, bleeding and sun safety. Well done Whales #dcpscore #dcpswhale #dcpslifeskills ... See MoreSee Less
Year 1 Panda Class had the best day at Northumberland Zoo. We were able to see so many different animals, including two snow leopards! The children’s behaviour was outstanding and it was so lovely to hear them using their knowledge from our topic lessons when they were exploring the zoo. We were also lucky enough to experience two shows involving birds and reptiles. Well done for a great day, Panda Class. I am so proud of you all. #dcpspanda #dcpscore #dcpsscience #dcpstopic ... See MoreSee Less
Had a fabulous day and all the children were fantastic and did Denbigh proud!!
What a lovely day out for all the children.
Well done everyone xx
Well done everyone (super proud Alex) xx
Well done everyone x
Here are some photos of our last couple of trips to the woods. We are mini-beast obsessed at the moment and are loving hunting for different bugs. Our little space in the woods has grown so much recently the sun struggles to break through all the leaves so some of the shadows we have seen have been amazing! #dcpsEYFS #dcpsladybird #dcpsbutterfly #dcpscore #dcpsstem #dcpslotc ... See MoreSee Less
Claire LouiseJake Gilhespie xxx
Things are growing well in Gardening Club. We had to make sure everything was well watered in this warm weather. We even had a little visitor, a fledging bird. We were really sensible in staying quiet and giving it space, but we are looking forward watching it grow. #dcpsstem #dcpspshe #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Elephants started their new computing unit this week. As a class we have to complete a set of challenges to find codes. Today’s challenge involved binary code. We found out that binary code is made up of 0s and 1s, and that we need the correct metadata for the computers to read this code properly. We worked as a team to work out this lesson’s code using binary, before creating our own greeting. #dcpselephant #dcpscomputing #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Elephants had a fabulous day with Rachel from Phunky Foods. We used our knowledge of food groups from our DT unit to develop our own balanced couscous dish. We carefully selected and weighed our ingredients before using our cutting and grating skills to create a delicious dish. #dcpselephant #dcpsdt #dcpspshe #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Well done Elephants! I can’t wait to eat my cous cous tomorrow 👏🏼👏🏼
Welldone my little sister Kiannah Guthrie 💗🏻xxx
Today has been a day of exploration and investigating binary code for Year 4 Giraffes. We have learnt how all pictures are made up of pixels and each pixel has a code to say the colour it needs to be. #dcpsgiraffe #dcpscomputing #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Year 4 Giraffes have had a great day completing their DT unit with Rachel from Phunky foods. We had chance to lean and design our own couscous dish using a range of vegetables and sauces to add extra flavour. #dcpsgiraffe #dcpsdt #dcpspshe #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Year 3 have been learning striking and fielding techniques with NUFC today. We had great fun playing ‘tidy bedroom’. Ask us the best technique to hit a target #dcpsturtle #dcpspe #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Year 2 were tasked to find out which cup held the hottest and coldest water this morning and to give an accurate temperature reading. #dcpsdinosaur #dcpsdragon #dcpsmaths #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Some of our children participated in a Stadium Tour on Tuesday as part of our partnership with the NUFC Foundation. Children that had shone within their PE lessons for ability or attitude were rewarded with an inspirational trip #dcpspe #dcpscore #yourschoolgames ... See MoreSee Less
Amazing..looked fab x
Elephants had a brilliant day at Newcastle Cathedral today. We enjoyed exploring the different areas of the Cathedral using our compass points to navigate our way round. We found out about the importance of the building, it’s history and why it was built in it’s current location. In our workshop we created silhouettes of the city of Newcastle using images to see how the city has changed overtime. #dcpselephant #dcpsre #dcpshistory #dcpslotc #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Year 4 Giraffes continued with their workshop this afternoon, we used what we had learnt about how Newcastle had changed over time and created our own city silhouettes. #dcpsgiraffe #dcpsre #dcpshistory #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Year 4 have had a great time at Newcastle Cathederal so far, we have been exploring the cathedral, learning about the importance of different parts of the building and we even had chance to learn about the bishop and his role. #dcpsgiraffe #dcpsre #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Last week the full time nursery explored the topic space as they listened to the story Whatever Next by Jill Murphy. The children imagined what it would be like to go into space and built their own rocket ships using our junk modelling resources and Lego. The children had great fun exploring our space tuff tray and PJ Mask figures and used these to make up their own space adventures. We thought about who might live in space and made our own alien puppets and created our own rocket pictures using different shapes #dcpsEYFS #dcpscaterpillar #dcps30hours #dcpscore #dcpsmaths #dcpsenglish #dcpsdt #dcpsart ... See MoreSee Less
Year 2 Dragons ended their STEM week last week by investigating different seeds and understanding that different seeds grow into different plants. We drew what we thought a seed looked like then used a magnifying glass to take a close look at sunflower seeds, pepper seeds and tomato seeds. #dcpsdragon #dcpscore #dcpsstem ... See MoreSee Less
Kicking off the week with these superstars! This lovely lot got the Ms Guthrie’s special award for being Top Gear superstars during the kit car building day. They demonstrated ALL of the Denbigh characteristics throughout the day. We are so proud of you! 🥰💜🌈 #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Year 1 love using Kahoot Quizzes to show off their learning! We used it in maths this week to check our understanding of position and direction. #dcpspanda #dcpsmaths #dcpscore #dcpscomputing ... See MoreSee Less
Year 1 were able to try some homemade honey on toast on Friday. It was brought into school by our very own Panda, Jayden. Jayden looks after bees to help save our One Earth. A big thank you, Jayden! Keep up the good work. #dcpspanda #dcpsgeography #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Year 2 used measuring scales this week to weight out certain amounts of pasta. We had to be very careful to look at the intervals on the scale to make sure we got just the right amount. #dcpsdinosaur #dcpsdragon #dcpsmaths #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
This morning year 2 started to look at the measuring in grams. We got set the task to weigh out 100g of pasta, then weigh 200g of pasta and so on until we got to 500g of pasta. We really enjoyed this lesson, just look at all of our proud, smiley faces! #dcpsdragon #dcpsdinosaur #dcpscore #dcpsmath ... See MoreSee Less
In maths year 2 have been looking at measuring mass. We started off the week by feeling a 1kg weight and predicting which classroom objects may be lighter, heavier or the same mass as a 1kg weight. #dcpsdragon #dcpsdinosaur #dcpscore #dcpsmaths ... See MoreSee Less
It is STEM week in year 2 and it’s all about plants! We started the week by planting a sunflower and broad bean to observe over time now we know what plants need to survive. We have looked at the different parts of a plant and a tree too! #dcpsdragon #dcpscore #dcpsstem ... See MoreSee Less
Year 6 Lions have had a great time learning all about electricity as part of our STEM topic. We have been investigating the effects of changing circuits to make bulbs brighter and buzzers louder. We thought carefully about how we could achieve this by adding certain components within a circuit or by increasing the voltage. #dcpslion #dcpsstem #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Year 4 have had a great morning applying their knowledge of time to take part in a Maths game, we had to work out the duration of time, convert between 12 and 24hour clocks and even add and subtract time. #dcpsgiraffe #dcpselephant #dcpsmaths #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less