Curriculum Vision

At Great Denham our curriculum is designed to be creative, inclusive, challenging and real world, that inspires our children in an immersive environment which stimulates and supports high quality learning.
REAL Projects.

At Great Denham our curriculum is designed around REAL projects. The core principles of REAL projects are:

R igorous

E ngaging

A uthentic

L earning

REAL projects engage children with subject content using key skills such as reasoning, analysis, critical thinking and problem solving. They are engaging because the children understand the purpose of their learning and authentic because the children share their work with a public audience. Finally children are motivated and driven to learn because they see the purpose.

All curriculum subjects can be taught through REAL projects and are seamlessly linked by the teachers throughout the project. The teachers use a key skills grid for each curriculum area and age group to carefully plan and track the coverage of the National Curriculum Key Skills.

Our projects enable our children to get out and about each term. They take part in regular educational visits as well as having visitors to the school to enrich their learning experience.

The project work will be complemented by the rigorous and daily teaching of the basic skills of handwriting (cursive approach), spelling, maths and reading.

Environmental Stimulus

This is a key approach that promotes engagement for learners. At Great Denham we use environmental stimuli to enrich a child’s experience by promoting the stimulation of senses: touch, sight, smell and hearing. The classrooms have a variety of flexible learning spaces, including dens and quiet spaces, which allow children to feel empowered to make daily decisions about how they would like to learn, therefore engaging them further.

Critique

Critique was introduced at Great Denham during the academic year 2015 – 2016. Critique sees children creating multiple drafts of work to ensure they are proud of their work and that it is of the highest standard possible. Children are asked to follow three main rules when completing critique sessions; be kind, be specific, be helpful.

Additional Clubs and Lessons

In addition we offer piano, violin and guitar lessons at an extra charge. We have a school choir and our children in Key Stage 2 have the opportunity to take part in the wider opportunities music projects offered by the Music Service, such as whole class violin lessons and singing lessons. Children in Year 5 and 6 perform annually as part of the Young Voices choir at the O2 arena, London.

A growing range of extra curricular clubs are available after school. We employ our own sports coaches who deliver a wide range of sporting clubs such as; football, tag rugby, hockey, gymnastics, core skills and dodgeball to name a few. We also take all children in Year 5 for a 12 week block of swimming lessons at Polam School in Bedford with the opportunity to revisit in Year 6 in order to ensure all children can swim 25m.