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Danesholme Junior Academy

Curriculum

"The curriculum is well planned. Lessons are frequently combined with activities and visits which provides pupils with good opportunities to explore and learn about their world, and develop their understanding of what others believe and why. The school’s multi-cultural week has produced a range of really exciting art work and displays reflecting countries such as India, China, Australia and Africa. Pupils’ art work is full of vibrant colour and reflects the high quality of their work as well as their imagination and creativity."

Ofsted 2014

In order to ensure children achieve their full potential, we are committed to provide the following:

  • A welcoming, stimulating and safe learning environment
  • High expectations of our children and ourselves
  • A broad, balanced and relevant curriculum
  • High quality teaching using a variety of teaching strategies
  • A range of resources that are effectively used to support learning

At Danesholme we believe that the experiences children have at the very start of their school life are important in ensuring that they grow up as independent and self motivated learners for life.  We follow the National Curriculum; details of what each year group is learning can be found at the bottom of this page.

Reading is a key tool for life and we aim to foster a lifelong love of reading in our pupils. All of our classrooms have dedicated reading areas and children can earn 'Reading Miles' for our weekly whole school competition - reading miles are earned by reading at schooland at home.  We aim to give each child special reading time every week, as well as encouraging reading at home with reading records, and access to our school library.

Writing is built in to many areas of our curriculum. We have lots of exciting opportunities to engage and inspire pupils, to fire their imaginations and make sure they enjoy writing. Pupils will normally have an hour of English in the morning which is a mixture of learning about reading, writing, speaking and listening, spelling, punctuation and grammar.

Mathematics -  Our mathematics curriculum covers everything from telling the time all the way through to long division and algebra. New mathematical ideas are introduced with lots of hands on practical work and embedded with practice and problem solving, and our new Maths of The Day initiative, which incorporates physical activity with maths, to give learning an extra dimension.

Computing and other ICT skills are essential for our pupils' future.  Computing skills are taught discretely in our large ICT suite.  We also support pupils to develop their skills such as researching, typing, editing and art skills through project work on classroom laptops and iPads. 

Science - Our pupils learn about science through investigation.  They observe, experiment, investigate and learn appropriate scientific vocabulary.

History and Geography are best learned by visiting places to explore them – so that’s just what we do!  Over the academic year pupils are taken out to visit places of interest, to inspire and motivate them in their studies. We use research books, the internet and artefacts to find out even more, and are lucky enough to have visits from the Portals To The Past team, to make the past truly come alive.

Design and Technology - Our pupils have a variety of opportunities to design and make things; evaluating their designs as part of the process.  

Music and Art are vital for creative development. Pupils are taught the skills they need and then we help them apply those skills to achieve wonderful pieces of high quality.  If a child has a real interest in playing music, we also work in partnership with external agencies to provide private music tutoring where required.  

Religious Education – we teach religious education based around the agreed Northamptonshire syllabus.  If you have do not want your child to participate in our daily assembly or on-going religious education, please let your child’s class teacher know.

Physical Education is very important to us and we enjoy taking part in competitive sport locally. We like to keep our pupils active and we have lots of outdoor space to introduce our pupils to a wide range of sports.  We have also recently acquired FitBit's to help the children learn to become aware of their everyday activity and we have a weekly competition for the most active class.

Clubs are very popular, and there are a lots available for pupils. These include football, netball, sewing, reading, ICT and lots more besides.  We also work with Pacesetter Sports to offer after school clubs with their experienced staffPlaytimes are an important part of being happy, healthy and ready to learn. We have two well-staffed playgrounds, an enclosed football area and a large field, all equipped with a range of accessories to make playtimes more fun. Some of our older pupils also become play leaders and set up games for the younger children.

SMSC and British Values: SMSC and British Values are embedded across our curriculum through discussions, lesson content, assembly timetables / content and provision of wider experiences including visitors and trips for our pupils.

Please click on the links to individual Year groups to see what your child will be learning throughout their time at school.  If you have any questions about the curriculum please come in and ask, thank you.

Year 3
Year 4
Year 5
Year 6