All of the teachers have been looking at the objectives and topics to be taught in their year group and deciding how to group them together to make coherent learning projects across the year.
Please click on the links below to see the Danegrove Curriculum Map for the academic year 2017-18.
Here is the Curriculum for 2015-2016 for each year group. This covers in outline all topics each year group will cover.
Early Years Foundation Stage
At Danegrove we have outstanding provision in the Early Years and Foundation stage. Our Reception classes are bright and lively environments where children make excellent progress in their learning through a balance of self initiated play and adult led activities. Children have free-flow access to both indoor and outdoor provision.
The KS1 and 2 Curriculum
At Danegrove we are constantly developing our provision to meet the needs of our pupils. Children here experience a fun and innovative curriculum where areas of learning are taught via different ‘topics’. Teachers creatively link subjects together to build exciting units of work and plan activities to challenge and motivate their pupils.
A full broad and balanced curriculum is on offer here, with sport and music being a particular strengths of the school. We ensure that statutory curriculum requirements are adhered to, but each teacher has the freedom to take their own approach as to how best to deliver their lessons, ensuring optimum learning and progress for their cohort of pupils.
Staff constantly share Good Practice, ensuring best opportunities for children to engage enthusiasticaly in their learning.
Pupils are encouraged to develop the Danegrove Learning Skills as they progress through the school. The 6 Learning Skills are: Commitment, Creativity, Self Management, Reflection, Enquiry and Team work. Please refer to the separate section for more detail on these Learning Skills.
What subjects are taught at Danegrove?
Children at Danegrove will experience the following subjects:
This subject is divided into the following 4 sections: ‘Speaking and Listening’, ‘Reading’, ‘Writing’ and ‘Phonics & SPaG’ (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar). Studying English gives children the ability to express themselves creatively and imaginatively and to communicate with others effectively. English forms the basis of many topics as so many other subjects can be explored through drama, reading (both fiction and non-fiction) and writing for different purposes.
This subject is divided into the following 5 sections: ‘Thinking Mathematically’, ‘Number’, ‘Handling Data’, ‘Calculation’ and ‘Shape, Space & Measures’. Learning Mathematics equips pupils with significant skills and thought processes that will enhance their everyday life.
We stress to the children how important it is to have a good grasp of their times tables and place importance on the development of Mental Maths skills related to real life situations.
This subject is divided into the following 4 sections: ‘Investigation and Enquiry’, ‘Life Processes’, ‘Materials’ and ‘Physical Processes. Science is a great subject to incite curiosity and to encourage children to develop enquiring minds. Pupils gain knowledge to answer questions about the world around them, but also are inspired to extend their knowledge through further enquiry.
This is a rapidly changing subject as technology develops at such a fast pace. Our ICT team work hard to keep our curriculum relevant and up to date. We have a computer suite equipped with 30 computers so children are able to use computers to enhance their learning across the curriculum. Children are also taught explicit skills in ICT for example using digital media or controlling devices. All classes have at least 6 Ipads.
Through this subject pupils examine the natural and human worlds. They develop their knowledge of places and environments throughout the world and encounter different societies and cultures. The children regularly take part in eco studies and loca conservation projects.
In History children learn about past societies and consider how the past influences the present. They build a chronological framework based around significant events and people. Pupils gain an understanding of people and their experiences, which can influence their personal choices, attitudes and values. They are encouraged to explore the history of their countries in personal projects linked to the topic they are studying.
Design & Technology
Through Design & Technology pupils are encouraged to solve problems creatively. They combine practical skills with an understanding of specific requirements for a product. It is a subject where children learn how and why things work and have a chance to use that knowledge to create something new.
As they progress through the school, children develop their artistic skills in drawing, painting, 3D, textiles, printing, collage and ICT. Art is a subject that lends itself well to a class’s topic and so frequently you see other subjects ‘come to life’ through art.
At Danegrove we teach the agreed Barnet syllabus for Religious Education where different religions are explored through key themes such as ‘Symbols’ or ‘Celebrations’. Year groups at Danegrove visit worship to enhance pupils’ understanding of other religions and religious practices.
PSHE, Citizenship and Values Education
PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) Citizenship and Values Education help to give pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active, responsible citizens. This area of learning permeates the everyday life of Danegrove School, where we are constantly working to develop pupils for the wider world.
This subject area links to our School Council and Eco Council (Gardening Club). It also forms the basis for many assembly themes and has links to the science curriculum.
The Modern Foreign Language taught at Danegroveis Spanish. The children enjoy learning basic Spanish vocabulary and being able to converse about various topics. It is taught in a fun, interactive way using music and songs, games and challenges to engage pupils.
Danegrove has an all weather outdoor pitch as well as an extensive playground area that classes use for their outdoor PE sessions. Indoor PE (gymnastics and dance) takes place in the hall. At Danegrove we are keen to encourage a healthy lifestyle and children are made aware of the vital importance of being active. PE also provides a great opportunity for pupils to build up their teamwork skills.