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Our Learning

We offer our children a broad and balanced curriculum covering all National Curriculum subjects. From Year 1 onwards, children have daily maths and English lessons whilst, in Year R, children have daily opportunities to complete activities which will help them to develop their early reading, writing and maths skills. English is taught as a distinct subject but also across the whole curriculum in order for the children to practice their skills.

We are fortunate to have an ICT suite with enough computers for one per child. As well as being taught computing skills, classes also have the opportunity to use the ICT suite in other curriculum areas.

As well as the core subjects, we also teach the foundation subjects of: History, Geography, ICT, Design Technology, Music, Art, PE, RE, PHSE, French, Citizenship, Philosophy for Children and Mindfulness (KS2).

Teachers try to use a cross curricular approach when planning so that all lessons link to a common theme wherever possible. To aid this, we create a Topic Map each year, which outlines the theme for each term in each year group. Our current Topic Map is as follows:

  Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4 Term 5 Term 6
Year 1 All About Me Aliens Polar Regions Bright Lights, Big City (London) The Enchanted Woodland
(Fairy Tales)
Famous People
Year 2 Dinosaurs The Great Fire of London Around the World Around the World
Explorers and Transport
Explorers and Transport Africa
Year 3 Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age Romans Cultures from around the world The Tudors What Makes the Earth Angry?
Year 4 Route 66
Fantastic Pharaohs 
Fantastic Pharaohs Europe Anglo-Saxon Vikings Extreme Conditions Ancient Greece
Year 5 Revolutionary Way of Thinking (Victorians) Go Green - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Earth and Space Chocolate
Horrible Histories Carnival Brazil
Year 6 Why do tourists want to visit London? Why was Nelson Mandela an inspirational person? Battle of Britain and WW2 The Olympics

Phonics and Spelling

At Deanwood Primary School we teach synthetic phonics in structured sessions lasting 20-25 minutes daily. This is delivered through Letters and Sounds: Principles and Practice of High Quality Phonics as well as Jolly Phonics. Children progress through the six phases of Letters and Sounds, starting with Phase One in Reception and ending with Phase Six in Year Two. In conjunction with this, children progress onto No Nonsense Spelling in Year 2 and this is continued throughout the school into Year 6.

Letters and Sounds is a scheme published by the Department of Education and provides us with games and resources to support our teaching of Phonics. It aims to build pupils’ speaking and listening skills, as well as prepare pupils to learn to read, by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It aims for pupils to become fluent readers by the age of seven. Jolly Phonics actions, songs and rhymes are also used to help the children learn the 44 phonemes (sounds). As we recognise that all children have different learning styles, a multi-sensory approach is used. Children who do not meet age related expectations receive additional Phonics interventions through targeted small group support within school.