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, guided 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 vistitors into the school. Examples of educational visits so far this year include:
Reception - a trip to the woods, the firestation, the doctors and the dentists
Year 1 - a visit to Rockingham castle, a visit from a dinosaur expert
Year 2 - a trip to London including a boat trip down the Thames, a visit from some owls, opportunties to take part in sports festivals
Year 3 - a trip to Sherwood Forest, a visit from History off the Page ( Vikings), various sports festivals, Sing Up at the Corn Exchange
Year 4 - a trip to Sherwood Forest, a visit from History off the Page ( Vikings), various sports festivals, the opportunity to learn the keyboard
Year 5 - a trip to a museum in Cambridge, 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), the opportunity to sing at the O2 as part of the Young Voices Choir
Year 6 - a trip to Stibington ( Victorians), a Greek day, various sports festivals and fixtures for sports teams, a residential trip to Hilltop, Norfolk ( 5 days), the opportunity to sing at the O2 as part of the Young Voices Choir