How is our curriculum delivered?
Teachers at Great Denham are given the freedom to plan their timetables week by week. We encourage teachers not to have the same subjects at the same times each week and to offer a varied timetable. During the week there are a number of 'non negotiables' which much take place each week which include maths lessons, whole class reading, handwriting practice and phonics. It also includes P.E. lessons, PSHE, Music and Spanish (Year 3 - 6). The teachers have the flexibility to teach other curriculum areas through their REAL project for varying amounts of time each week.
Teaching time at Great Denham is a mixture of whole class mixed ability teaching, ability group teaching in for example mental maths and phonics as well as independent learning time. Subject knowledge and skills are taught in a variety of ways through practical hands on tasks, open ended questions allowing children to investigate and explore as well as opportunities to overlearn key facts and skills.
Children also have the opportunity to take part in a range of educational visits each term. We encourage our teachers to take our children on as many trips as possible during the school year and where this is not possible get visitors into the school. Examples of educational visits so far this year:
Nursery - A visit from the Little City
Reception - a trip to the woods, the fire station, the doctors and the dentists
Year 1 - a visit from a dinosaur expert, a trip to the Snowzone, Milton Keynes
Year 2 - a visit from the birds of prey, a trip to Shuttleworth, a trip to the SeaLife Centre, Birmingham
Year 3 - a visit from History off the Page ( Vikings), a visit from an author and a trip to London ( March 2022)
Year 4 - a visit from History off the Page ( Vikings), a visit from an author and a trip to London ( March 2022)
Year 5 - a visit from History off the Page ( Victorians) , a trip to the National Space Centre in Leicester, various sports festivals and fixtures for sports teams, a residential trip to Grafham Water ( 3 days), a trip to the Pantomime in Northampton
Year 6 - a visit from History off the page ( Victorians), a Greek enrichment day, various sports festivals and fixtures for sports teams, a residential trip to Hilltop, Norfolk ( 5 days), a trip to the Pantomime in Northampton