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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Lovely collaborative play this morning from some of the Dinos when the heavens opened and we couldn’t get out for play. They’ve been dying to do this jigsaw for weeks and they worked so well together to complete it. #dcpsdinosaur #dcpslifeskills #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Is That your little girl on top left Kelly Stout
Year 3 had an awesome time at the Rising Sun learning about the Stone Age. We got take grind flour, make, cook and eat bread as well as den building. The children were so enthusiastic and loved every minute of it #dcpsturtle #dcpslotc #dcpstopic #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
12 hours ago
Meet out our Y5 Phunky Food Ambassadors. The children have had a planning meeting this afternoon to discuss how they can promote a healthy lunch throughout the school. #dcpspshe #dcpsdt #dcpspe #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Our resident Dino musicians wowed me this morning with how quickly they were able to pick up playing a brand new tune on the recorders. They can now confidently read music without the names of the notes being shown (something Mrs Candlish can’t do). These children are just amazing 😁
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This morning Y2 were looking at common exception words. We practiced reading the words then played a memory game to see if we could remember what the words were and which one was missing. Naturally we ramped up the challenge by having to spell the missing word correctly without looking at it to win a point. Fantastic learning all round. #dcpsdinosaur #dcpsdragon #dcpsenglish #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Today Y2 were all about taking their learning outside (it’s a shame we picked the chilliest day of the term so far to do it but the children showed off their resilience and braved the elements regardless). We started our morning with applying our learning about adding two numbers together using a column method to playing a game. We had to add the scores together to find out who won the game. This afternoon we practiced our spellings by challenging our partner to spell a word using water and paintbrushes. Not only great fun but it really got us thinking about using the spelling patterns we knew to spell a different word. Fantastic learning from all the Dinos. #dcpsdinosaur #dcpsmaths #dcpsenglish #dcpslotc #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Harvest Festival this year. The amount of food donated to the Bay Foodbank was phenomenal and we are overwhelmed with your kindness and generosity. It took several attempts to squeeze all of your donations into the van! Ha-ha! You are all amazing!
We also celebrated Harvest by welcoming Reverend Sue and Reverend Kim into our assembly, ‘A bowlful of Harvest’ and sang some of our favourite Harvest songs ‘Cauliflowers Fluffy’ and ‘Harvest for the World’. #dcpsRE #dcpscollectiveworship #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
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Year 5 loved their maths lesson today because they got to write all over the tables!! The children used their addition and subtraction skills to solve multi-step problems. They were amazing and even made the tables look spotless after - like nothing ever happened! Well done year 5! #dcpswhale #dcpsdolphin #dcpsmaths #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Ross Howe Katherine Stevens
Lots of mud and stick leaves 😄
In DT today Elephants found out all about Charles Macintosh and the development of waterproof fabric. We applied this knowledge by thinking about how we could make paper waterproof. We used wax crayons, oil pastels, plastic sheets and cling film to cover our paper, the tricky part was folding the paper into a boat! We were really impressed by how well the oil pastels worked! #dcpselephant #dcpsdt #dcpsstem #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
This afternoon our Y2 gymnasts tackled jumping from apparatus. We mastered straight, star and tuck jumps, making sure we landed on two feet and took off from either one foot or two feet. We were very brave on the higher apparatus. #dcpsdinosaur #dcpsdragon #dcpscore #dcpspe ... See MoreSee Less
We are really proud of our girls football teams. They demonstrated great determination in their first match. One were unlucky to be beaten in extra time 3-2 while the other team fought hard for a 0-0 draw. #dcpspe #dcpscore 🌈💜#determined 💪 ... See MoreSee Less
Elephants enjoyed their workshop with Worry Wizards this afternoon. We learnt about what we can do to help make our worries smaller and the importance of wellbeing. #dcpselephant #dcpslifeskills #dcpscore #dcpslotc ... See MoreSee Less
Year 4 Giraffes have had a great afternoon taking part in a Worry workshop with Big Foot. We learnt all about worries, it is okay to have worries as long as we know how to help ourselves shrink these and we know how to cope with them. We talked about our well being and how we can make sure that our well-being is top of our priorities. #dcpsgiraffe #dcpscore #dcpslifeskills ... See MoreSee Less
Year 3 really enjoyed the Worry Wizard workshop today. We learnt about the importance of wellbeing and what to do if we ever feel worried #dcpsturtle #dcpslifeskills #dcpscore #dcpslotc ... See MoreSee Less
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Year 4 continued with their British Inventors DT unit today, learning all about reinforced concrete. We were amazed to learned that it’s inventor was W.B Wilkinson who was a plasterer from Newcastle! We had great fun trying out various structures to see how reinforcing them made them stronger. We then put our knowledge to the test by trying build structures from newspaper and tape that would hold a dictionary, some were more successful than others. #dcpselephant #dcpsdt #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Year 5 have been learning about Roman Numerals in their Maths lessons. They had to make given numbers using lolly sticks, then answer questions about numbers and dates. #dcpsdolphin #dcpswhale #dcpsmaths #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Year 5 enjoyed their Maths outdoors earlier in the week. Their focus was place value and timetables. They had to answer lots of questions; run around lots if their number was the answer to the question and they managed to win lots of dojos too! #dcpsdolphin #dcpswhale #dcpslotc #dcpsmaths #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Year 5 plotted the distances of the planets using the correct scale. They had to use both their Maths and Science skills to work out how far away their planet was from the sun. #dcpscore #dcpsstem #dcpsmaths #dcpslotc #dcpsdolphin ... See MoreSee Less
Today the Dragons set their butterflies free. We have had them in our classroom for two weeks and have loved watching them grow from tiny caterpillars, into their chrysalis and then seeing them emerge into beautiful butterflies 🦋. #dcpsdragon #dcpsstem #dcpslifeskills #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Elephants started their DT week and we are learning all about British Inventors. The start we found out all about the invention of the telephone. We have fun looking at different types of telephone and we’re stunned that you actually use a dial to enter someone’s number, rather than just a touch screen. We also acted out the first type of communication device by being speakers and copper wire. We also investigated string telephones. Next we found out about the World Wide Web and were amazed at what websites used to look like, no lovely pictures and easy to use menus! #dcpselephant #dcpsdt #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Elephants loved their STEM week and are now experts in classification keys and using them to sort and identify species. We finished the week by thinking about environmental dangers living things might face, including endangered species. We talked about what we could to help the environment and came up with some fantastic ideas. #dcpselephant #dcpsstem #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
This half term Year 4 have been learning a spy style dance for their dance unit. They have been amazing at working together to develop a routine, thinking about formation, freeze frames and follow the leader. #dcpselephant #dcpspe #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Elephants have absolutely loved their ukulele sessions this half term. They have worked hard to learn chords and use them to play different songs. We are currently learning a much loved classic, keep an eye out for our performance! #dcpselephant #dcpsmusic #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Elephants have been working on their tenses this week. We worked hard to sort verbs into the past and present tense, we then applied our knowledge to play a game and see if we could beat our friend to the finish! #dcpselephant #dcpsenglish #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
The Dinos are loving art week this week and are now pattern experts. Yesterday they explored regular and irregular patterns before putting what they learned into practice today to create lots of different patterns to fill in a hand. Their imaginations were in overdrive and I was particularly impressed with how much care and time they took over perfecting their work.
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Year 4 Giraffes have thoroughly enjoyed their music lessons with Mr Brown this week, we have been learning new chords and have started to use these to play different tunes, stay tuned for our most recent musical performance! #dcpsgiraffe #dcpsmusic #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Year 4 Giraffes have been busy today thinking about our tenses. We were able to apply our knowledge of past and present tense to play a game, we had to try and beat our partners while changing the tense of verbs from past to present tense! #dcpsgiraffe #dcpsenglish #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Today was time for our butterflies to be released. We have loved watching them grow from tiny caterpillars, encase themselves in chrysalis and then seeing them emerge as butterflies. One was very keen to explore the great outdoors and flew straight out, the others needed a little coaxing and encouragement. #dcpsdinosaur #dcpsstem #dcpslifeskills #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
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The Dinos love using the Kaligo app to practice their letter and number formations. We will be joining our writing using a cursive style in no time. Great enthusiasm.
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Year 5 had a visit from some of the Newcastle Eagles basketball players yesterday. They discussed the importance of health and fitness with us, played exercise games and worked in the classrooms with us. The effort and excitement from the children was amazing! #dcpswhale #dcpspe #dcpsdolphin #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Today the Dinos talked about ways we can make ourselves feel good when we feel one of the unpleasant emotions such as angry, sad or lonely. The general consensus is that a hug is our number one choice followed by doing an activity with someone else. I guess the Dinos just love being around others ❤️ #dcpsdinosaur #dcpsworldmentalhealth #dcpscore #dcpslifeskills ... See MoreSee Less
Yesterday afternoon Year 4 discussed mental health as part of World Mental Health Day. We talked about good and not so good feelings, why we might feel this way and what we could do to help each each other and ourselves. We then used our ideas to create a self care toolkit, including talking to our friends, exercising and relaxing. #dcpsElephants #dcpslifeskills #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
The Whales had an amazing STEM lesson outside, using their knowledge of the solar system to plot how far away the planets are from the sun. The children had to show the distance relative to the size of a toilet roll square! They all enjoyed it and showed amazing teamwork skills! Well done Whales #dcpswhale #dcpsstem #dcpslotc #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Discord. Some of our parents have kindly alerted us to this online chat facility that children are accessing through things like Roblox. Please take the time to make yourself of the potential dangers to children. #dcpspshe #dcpscore #dcpscomputing ... See MoreSee Less
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PT.2. We have had a busy, fun filled few weeks here in Reception so we thought we would show you what we have been getting up to! Rhyming words, pattern, growing and emotions to name but a few our topics! #dcpsladybird #dcosbutterfly #dcpsEYFS #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
We have had a busy, fun filled few weeks here in Reception so we thought we would show you what we have been getting up to! Rhyming words, pattern, growing and emotions to name but a few our topics! #dcpsladybird #dcosbutterfly #dcpsEYFS #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
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Boom… straight to badge! He looks pretty pleased with himself and so he should be! We’re proud of you and so is Miss Stephenson judging by the amount of stickers she’s plastered all over you! 💜#networker 🤝 #dcpscore #dcpstiger ... See MoreSee Less
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Nichola Howe Ellis Evans
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Ahhh he melts my heart, tries his best, well done Olly you little superstar 💙 xx
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This afternoon the dinosaurs tested their knowledge about online safety with a Cyber safety snakes and ladders game. We know exactly what to do to stay safe when we are online #dcpsdinosaur #dcpscomputing #dcpslifeskills #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
We have been learning all about giving instructions in Literacy for the past few weeks and the importance of using imperative verbs. The Dinos created their own imperative verb game them enjoyed playing each other’s. #dcpsdinosaur #dcpsenglish #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Last week the Dinos explored micro habitats, looking at which mini beasts like to live there. We didn’t let a little thing like rain stop our scientific enquiry and learned lots about why some creatures prefer different habitats to others. #dcpsdinosaur #dcpsstem #dcpscore #dcpslotc ... See MoreSee Less
Y2 Dragons have just had a STEM week. We have been learning about which insects live in the different micro habitats in our local area. We went into our yard to see which insects we could find in the micro habitats. We found snails, spiders, worms, ants and many more! 🪱 🕷 🐌 🪰 🐜 #dcpscore #dcpsdragon #dcpslotc #dcpsstem ... See MoreSee Less
Year 2 Dragons were so busy last week! We had such a fantastic day with a workshop delivered by Steve from Starchaser. The children got to make and fly their own rockets. They went to heights we didn’t think was possible and that the camera couldn’t catch! 🌠🚀 #dcpsdragon #dcpscore #dcpsstem #dcpstopic #dcpslotc ... See MoreSee Less
Elephants have had a fantastic start to their STEM week. We are looking at living things and their habitats. So far we have identified and sorted animals into groups and had a go at making our own classification keys. #dcpselephant #dcpsstem #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Year 4 Giraffes have made a great start to their STEM week, looking at living things and their habitats. We have been learning about how to classify organisms and we even had a go at creating our own classification keys. #dcpsgiraffe #dcpsstem #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less