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.
At the beginning of the week the Dinos had their very own art gallery, looking at each other’s printing pieces from last week. They wrote lovely comments on post it notes for the artist to read later. #dcpsdinosaur #dcpsart #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
The Dinos have loved art week this week, learning all about different line drawing techniques and using different grades of pencil. They put their knowledge into using a viewfinder to really focus in on a particular part of a pice of art work, before turning their hand to creating landscapes. Next week they’ll be finishing off their colour versions so watch out for our final pieces. #dcpsdinosaur #dcpsart #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Year One Polar Bears had a great morning researching facts about alligators. They used a variety resources including; information texts, diagrams and factual videos. They blew me away with their fact finding skills.
Well done to all of the Polar Bears!
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Ann-Marie Sillitoe xx
In Geography this week, Giraffes have been learning all about the continents of the world. We started the week with a Beat the Geographer quiz, and used our knowledge of the continents to match them to their shape. It was super tricky, but we are really confident now! #dcpscore #dcpsgiraffe #dcpstopic #dcpsgeography ... See MoreSee Less
This afternoon the Dragons have had another art lesson! We practiced our new found knowledge of line techniques and used them to create a landscape. We used cross hatching, hatching, stippling and much more! Here is some of our amazing work. We really enjoyed this lesson! #dcpsdragon #dcpscore #dcpsart ... See MoreSee Less
Pat OneillSamantha NottJoseph NottJohn GallagherYvonne Butterfield xx
Big well done Thomas, what a star ⭐️ xx
Well done Thomas your a star xxx
The Whales have started a new Geography topic this week, learning all about the United Kingdom. The children have been using their geography skills to look at maps, find different cities and look at the features of our beautiful coastline #dcpscore #dcpswhale #dcpsgeography ... See MoreSee Less
Elephants are working so hard on their hot writes this morning. We have been looking adventure stories and thinking about our use of adjectives, speech and suspense to make our stories more exciting. I am looking forward to reading them! #dcpselephant #dcpsenglish #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
The Whales have been working so hard in their Social Action sessions with NUFC. We are now 3 weeks in and the children have come up with some amazing ideas for their community projects. They had to create a project idea, make a short presentation and show their groups so they could decide on a final project. The children have been amazing! #dcpswhale #dcpscore #dcpslifeskills ... See MoreSee Less
Another art week in Year 2! Our focus this week is line. We looked at three different pieces of artwork by Vincent Van Gogh and explored how he created them using different line techniques. We tried our own line techniques using different pencil grades. #dcpsdragon #dcpscore #dcpsart ... See MoreSee Less
In literacy this morning the Dragons looked at commas in a list. Before we competed our main activity we looked at some of our lovely reading books in the classroom and identified the commas and full stops. We found so many! There was a sneaky book with no full stops! #dcpsdragon #dcpsliteracy #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Some geography in Elephants today. We were looking at continents and trying to recognise them by their shape. We had a great lesson with beat the geographer and a lovely reminder of a continents song. We matched the continents to their correct name and then created a world map jigsaw. Brilliant work everyone. #dcpselephant #dcpsgeography #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Elephants had a go at their editing skills today. We were editing our innovated adventure stories, perfecting our skills ready for our hot write later this week. We thought really carefully about our punctuation, spelling and improving our vocabulary to make our work even more exciting. It was tricky, but we did a great job. #dcpselephant #dcpsenglish #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
It’s art week again for Year 2 and this week our focus is line. We have looked at three different pieces of artwork by Van Gogh and explored how he created them using different line techniques. We’ve tried out our own line techniques using different grades of pencil to see what difference they make. #dcpsdinosaur #dcpsart #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
We are starting our new topic in maths this week, it is fractions! We had to see how many different ways we could share our ‘cake’ into 4 equal parts and cut them out. This was tricky and we had to concentrate! #dcpsdragon #dcpsmaths #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Today the Dinos are starting to look at fractions. We explored sharing “cakes” between 2 and 4 people, making sure each piece was equal. It’s trickier than you think #dcpsdinosaur #dcpsmaths #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Congratulations to our Stars of the Week and our Dojo Winner of the week. We even had a Headteacher award for determination and resilience! What a brilliant week Elephants! Well done! #dcpselephant #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Well done kids 👏
Today in art the Dragons evaluated our final piece of work and displayed the final piece like an art gallery! We looked at each other’s work and wrote on a post it note what we liked about it. #dcpsdragon #dcpsart #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Love this 🥰 Henry Wilson
In the Dragon class it has been art week this week. We started the week by using the primary colours and mixing them together to make the secondary colours which we put on a colour wheel. We also focused on adding white to colours to make them lighter and adding black to colours to make them darker. This was all leading up to our final piece today, we had to create an abstract piece of art using unconventional objects instead of a paintbrush! We practiced earlier in the week mixing the colours and using the unusual objects in preparation for our final piece today. We are so proud of our work! #dcpsdragon #dcpscore #dcpsart ... See MoreSee Less
Today in the Dragons music lesson we practiced reading music and playing different tunes in our small groups at the same time. We had to use our concentration and listening skills. It helped if we listen to the other groups and counted the beats. Here we are in actions! #dcpsdragon #dcpscore #dcpsmusic ... See MoreSee Less
Our budding year 2 artists are creating their own abstract pieces of art work using different printing techniques. To make it trickier they only have the primary colours and white so they have to mix the other colours they want to use. Great fun (and Mrs Candlish is trying to overlook the mess!)
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Lilian Watson Susannah Williamson
Year 3 are using their investigative skills to become super sleuth journalists today. We are finding out facts about Earthquakes to support our newspaper article writing.
#dcpsyear3 #dcpslizard #dcpsenglish #dcpsgeography #dcpstopic #dcpscore #dcpsict ... See MoreSee Less
Woohoo go Layla💖
Today the Dinos have had a go at editing a piece of text, correcting spelling mistakes and punctuation. It’s tricky stuff but we gave it a good go.
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Over the past two weeks, Year 5 have been taking part in a Social Action Project with NUFC. We have been thinking of different ways that we can help our local community. For the rest of this half term, we will be planning our ideas and putting some of these into action. So far we have lots of fabulous ideas about how we can work together to help the community. #dcpsdolphin #dcpscore #dcpspe #dcpslifeskills ... See MoreSee Less
Year 5 had the tricky task of finding fractions of amounts in Maths this week. To help us, we played a game and had to find the perfect match! The children were amazing and worked so well together! #dcpswhale #dcpsdolphin #dcpscore #dcpsmath ... See MoreSee Less
Elephants had a fab session with Commando Joe’s this afternoon. They had to build shelters to protect them from the wind, rain and cold. They also had to make sure the whole team could sleep in it. They used their imagination and team work skills and created some fantastic shelters. #dcpselephant #dcpslifeskills #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
This afternoon the Dinos started their art week. We will be looking at printing techniques across the week, but for today we looked at the primary colours and how they can be mixed to make secondary colours. Then we used white and black to create tints and tones #dcpsdinosaur #dcpsart #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Year 4 were starting their new maths unit today. We are looking at decimals. Today we were working with tenths and needed to use our fractions knowledge from the previous unit and our place value knowledge to help us with this. We did a great job matching fractions and their decimal equivalents! #dcpselephant #dcpsgiraffe #dcpsmaths #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Elephants have been learning all about Earth Day. We looked at our impact on the planet, thinking about what happens to our rubbish and how much energy we use. We took our learning outside to see the impact we have locally and talked about what we could do to protect our planet. We produced some fantastic posters showing what we have learned. #dcpselephant #dcpsstem #dcpsgeography #dcpslotc #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Today the Dinos wrote a diary entry about their mystery book, describing how Cementland has transformed from a dull and lifeless place into a world of dazzling colour. We used our 5 senses to describe what it would be like for him. #dcpsdinosaur #dcpsenglish #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Year 3 have been looking at the difference between facts and opinions and learning about the importance of using facts when writing a newspaper article.
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The Dragons had their second music lesson! We have been practising how to read music and have really improved since last week. They had to read the music as they played, it was so much fun! #dcpsdragon #dcpsmusic #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
The Dragons went outside in our geography lesson and carried out some fieldwork, looking at human and physical geographical features in our school environment. We used our observational skills to decide if the feature was human or physical! #dcpsdragon #dcpsheography #dcpscore #dcpslotc ... See MoreSee Less
Elephants have been absolutely amazing in STEM this week. Yesterday we investigated switches and their position in a circuit. We even had a go at making our own and they worked brilliantly! In the afternoon we discussed insulators and conductors. We conducted an experiment to find out which materials conduct electricity. Great team work again. #dcpselephant #dcpsstem #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Michelle-Louise Evans 💗💗💗
The Dinos carried out some fieldwork this afternoon looking at human and physical geographical features in our school environment. We are quite the experts now. #dcpsdinosaur #dcpsgeography #dcpscore #dcpslotc ... See MoreSee Less
The Dinos have been practising their music again this afternoon with such an improvement on last week. They played really well, reading music as they went. #dcpsdinosaur #music #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Whales are having a great time learning how to play the ukulele with Mr Brown. We have had 2 sessions now - learning how to play our first and second chords! It takes a lot of patience and determination but we are getting the hang of it! Hopefully we’ll drop an album before the end of the year 🎵🎼🎶 #dcpswhale #dcpsmusic #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
The Whales have been celebrating Earth Day this morning. This takes place every year on April 22nd. We did some reading about how important protecting our environment is, learning about how we can help the Earth and then we created fact sheets about the day. We also had to come up with a mission to help our wonderful planet! #dcpswhale #dcpscore #dcpsstem #dcpsgeography ... See MoreSee Less
Ahoy me hearties! Reception are LOVING our pirate theme this half term. We have made treasure maps, painted pirate ships, created our own pirates/fairies as well as acting out stories. #dcpsEYFS #dcpsladybird #dcpsbutterfly #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Really good photos but not a single 1 of my son
Our fearless Reception were outstanding again today in PE. I am so impressed with their behaviour and resilience especially when using the ‘big’ apparatus. I won’t lie, my heart was in my mouth when some of our children scaled the climbing frame to the top but they were fabulous! I was quite snap happy during today’s lessons so apologies for the photo spam! #dcpsEYFS #dcpsladybird #dcpsbutterfly #dcpsPE #dcpsCORE ... See MoreSee Less
The Whales had a great first session with Lee from NUFC to start out new project ‘Social Action’. We learned what social action means and how people help their community. We can’t wait to create a project for ourselves! #dcpswhale #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Year 6 are enjoying their work around the book, ‘The Explorer’. This week we have been boxing up our writing and looking at examples of features throughout the text. #dcpslions #dcpscore #dcpsenglish ... See MoreSee Less
Today in maths the Dragons had to match up the time with the written time for Baby Bear’s day and put them in the right order. After this we took our learning outside and became human clocks! #dcpsdragon #dcpsmaths #dcpscore #dcpslifeskills ... See MoreSee Less
Elephants have spent the day creating a computer game. We have been developing our coding skills, creating algorithms and debugging problems as we found them. We have developed some fantastic games! #dcpselephant #dcpscomputing #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Elephants are working so hard on their STEM unit. We made a human circuit, we had to think about the components that made a circuit and we were each given roles. We tried different ways to make our circuit work including adding switches and extra bulbs!
We then used our knowledge to predict whether circuits were complete and would light a bulb, or incomplete. We then built the circuits to see if our predictions were correct. #dcpselephant #dcpsstem #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Elephants had a great afternoon with Commando Joe’s yesterday. We had to steer our boats round the islands looking out for objects and each other! Lots of communication and teamwork was needed. We did a great job! #dcpselephant #dcpscore #dcpslifeskills ... See MoreSee Less
The Dinos took their maths learning outside today to make human clocks. Before that we had to match the times and words for Baby Bear’s day and put it in the right order. #dcpsdinosaur #dcpsmaths #dcpscore #dcpslifeskills #dcpslotc ... See MoreSee Less
Today the Dragons started their new topic in maths. We are looking at telling the time. We looked at making different times on clock faces and writing the time. After that we completed a match up activity, matching the clock face to the written time. #dcpsdragon #dcpsmaths #dcpscore #dcpslifeskills ... See MoreSee Less
In literacy today the Dragons were looking at writing instructions. We have some special specks in our classroom that need protecting just like in the book we are looking at! In the book the boy made a guardian to protect the special specks, so today we did the same! After we created our guardians, we wrote instructions on how we did it. We remembered all the key features needed for our instructions and our work was fantastic! #dcpsdragon #dcpsliteracy #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less
Last week, Year 4 giraffes were lucky enough to get some visitors from Segadunum museum. They learned all about what life was like for the Romans in Segadunum fort. They even got to hold some of the artefacts and guessed what they were used for! #dcpsgiraffe #dcpscore #dcpshistory ... See MoreSee Less
This morning, the year 6 Tigers evaluated the impact of our WAGOLL on the reader. We thought about the effect that features such as emotive language and descriptive language have on us as the reader and identified examples from the text. We then recapped on our class novel ‘The Explorer’ by Katherine Rundell.
We are loving this class novel and can’t wait each day to read the next chapter.
Miss Stephenson #dcpstiger #dcpsenglish #dcpsreadingforpleasure #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less