Curriculum

At Denham Green E-ACT Primary Academy, like all other schools, we teach the national curriculum. We provide a stimulating topic themed  curriculum aimed at giving children a wide range of learning opportunities from Early Years Foundation Stage through to the end of Key Stage 2.

Full details of our curriculum can be found at the bottom of this page, or by contacting the office.

Early Years Foundation Stage

The first curriculum your child will encounter on starting school is the Early Years Foundation Stage. 

In Reception children learn through play with a range if opportunities for child-initiated and teacher-led activities. These activities enable your child to learn through a range of play based activities in a safe and secure environment. Free flow play allows children to become independent learners moving between the indoor and outdoor environments. 

The curriculum in the Early Years consists of prime and specific areas of learning and development. The three prime areas are personal, social and emotional development, physical development and communication and language. As well as the prime areas the four specific areas are literacy, mathematics, understanding the world and expressive art and design.   

Our staff teach the children by ensuring challenging, playful opportunities across the prime and specific areas of learning and development allowing them to foster the characteristics of effective early learning which are playing and exploring, active learning and creating and thinking critically. 

Throughout Reception children’s achievements are assessed using an early Years foundation stage profile. 

Core Subjects

These are English, Maths, Science and Computing. Your child will take part in English and Maths lessons every day, usually in the morning. 

English

English consists of reading, writing, spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPAG) and speaking and listening. 

Children are taught to write lots of different styles of writing, such as stories, poems, letters and many more. During the literacy lesson children are also taught grammar, spelling, and punctuation and dictionary skills.

Children are all given writing targets which they focus on and these are shared with parents.  

In addition to English lessons children from reception up to year 4 will take part in our phonics programme to improve spelling and reading every day and years 5 & 6 will have daily SPAG lessons. 

All children take part in guided reading where children are grouped by ability and read a range of books and then discuss the books so that children can develop inference and deduction skills. 

The academy has a huge range of independent and guided reading books. We group our reading books in coloured bands and children work through these reading levels as they become more proficient. Your child will be encouraged to change their reading book everyday or when they have finished their reading book.

All children in the school take part in a reading challenge where we ask that all children read at home for ten minutes and then have their reading record book signed as the teacher checks it every day to see who has read and who hasn’t. 

Maths 

Maths is now taught very differently and many of the methods you were probably taught are no longer used. We hold regular curriculum evenings to keep you up to date and teachers will be happy to talk through calculation methods with you. The school has a calculation policy which is available to parents so that parents can see how maths is now taught across the school building on what children have learnt in each year. The academy also has a strong emphasis on mental maths and we encourage children to learn their multiplication tables through our ‘Cracking Times Tables’ programme. 

Science 

Science is taught every week as part of the topic. Wherever possible it is taught through practical activities and investigations. Children are asked to select questions to investigate within topics, design experiments, select equipment to carry them out and predict outcomes. They then analyse their results and draw conclusions from them. 

Computing

Computing is used in all aspects of the curriculum as well as being taught as a discrete subject. We have an ICT suite as well as computers and interactive whiteboards in every classroom. Children learn how to use word processing and publisher programs, graphics software, data handling and spreadsheets, power point and control technology. They also have access to the internet throughout the school and are taught how to use it safely and responsibly. Your child will be asked to sign an internet agreement before being allowed to access the World Wide Web. We use the Bucks Grid for Learning as our internet provider which has strong firewalls and a high level of security. 

Foundation Subjects

All the other subjects within the curriculum are known as the foundation subjects. These are History, Geography, Art and Design and Design Technology. We teach these subjects through a themed approach, where each class has a theme that these subjects are taught through either for a half term or a whole term e.g. Egyptians or All about me. 

Children also have at least two hours of physical education every week. The PE curriculum includes games, gymnastics, dance and athletics. Children are required to wear appropriate clothing and footwear to take part. We are also fortunate to have a P.E specialist working in the academy so that all the children have one of their P.E lessons with the specialist.  

Music is an important part of the academy.  All the children take part in singing practice once a week. We have  guitar and piano lessons which are taught through an external company weekly. We also have musicians and bands who come into school and perform for the children on a regular basis. 

We teach personal, social and health education (PSHE) and citizenship as part of our curriculum. Children learn about healthy lifestyles, keeping safe, peer pressure, physical development and relationships, all an essential part of life and learning. 

Within the context of physical development and relationships we have a sex and relationships education (SRE) programme. As children begin to develop into young adults, they face the changes of puberty.  SRE plays a vital part in preparing them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life. Parents of Year 5 and Year 6 pupils will be invited to a meeting to discuss the content of the SRE programme prior to it being taught. Parents have the right to withdraw pupils from SRE and a copy of the policy is available on request.

Religious Education and Collective Worship 

At the academy children learn about all world faiths and are taught to respect the beliefs of others. Through R.E. we encourage children to reflect on their experiences, behaviour and opinions and in doing so prepare them for adult life.  A collective act of worship takes place in school every day.  Parents can withdraw their children for all or part of religious education or religious worship. If parents do wish to withdraw their children from either of these aspects of school life please contact the Headteacherl who will discuss alternative provision. 

Pupil Voice 

The academy makes every effort to consider pupils' opinions and as a result we operate a student council which is made up of elected pupils from every class. Weekly meetings are held between the Academy council members.

The academy council also meets regularly with the Headteacher to discuss any suggestions that have been made by pupils.

Promoting British Values

The Department for Education recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”

Please find a document below which outlines how Denham Green E-ACT Primary Academy reinforces these values.

For more information on our curriculum please see a curriculum and teaching and learning policies in the polices section in key information on our website. 

Documents - Please click to open

Our curriculum 2017 - 2018 -
Date - 19 October 2017
File size: 907kb
Our curriculum topics -
Date - 19 October 2017
File size: 1126kb
Phonics and Reading -
Date - 25 January 2016
File size: 112kb
Phonics Booklet -
Date - 25 January 2016
File size: 616kb
British Values -
Date - 25 January 2016
File size: 131kb
Spiritual, Moral and Cultural Statement -
Date - 25 January 2016
File size: 118kb

Links - Please click to open

National Curriculum

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