At Dean Field we strive to provide a tailor made thematic creative curriculum that engages and inspires our children whilst ensuring National Curriculum coverage. We firmly believe that our curriculum should reflect our diverse and ever changing cohort and provide opportunities to learn about their own heritage alongside developing their understanding of other cultures and religions. Our curriculum is divided into six whole school themes entitled: Near and Far (Geography focus), Long Ago (History focus), Mad Scientists (Science focus), Fantasy Land (The Arts focus), Keen to be Green (Design Technology focus) and Junior Apprentice (Enterprise and Citizenship focus.) Within each of these themes each year group studies their own topic which ensures progression throughout the school. Underpinning the entire curriculum are the basic skills of Literacy, Mathematics and Computing. The children at our school are given every opportunity to use and apply their skills in these areas when studying a theme.
Planned into each of the six themes covered by our children throughout the year are Excellence and Enjoyment Days- either a trip or in school workshop devised to extend and inspire the children’s learning and widen their experiences. This in turn impacts on their ability to write. In order to promote citizenship and entrepreneurial thinking in our children we have devoted the final theme of the year to the skills involved in enterprise. Every child, through the topic they are studying, is given the opportunity to run their own business or organise their own charity event. These events give our children a purpose for the work they are carrying out and empower them to make a difference.
To ensure positive behaviour and effective learning throughout the school, we incorporate our core values into our curriculum. We believe that the social and emotional aspects of learning should be a key focus for our work with the children and understand that the factors that can hold back the learning of our children include children’s difficulties in understanding and managing their feelings, working co-operatively in groups, motivating themselves and demonstrating resilience in the face of setbacks. Through the combined use of the ‘values approach’, our Rights Respecting School status and our creative curriculum, we are able to create children who are effective learners. When our children leave school at the end of Year Six we strive for them to be well rounded individuals who have the necessary literacy and numeracy skills to succeed in life whilst having experienced an inspiring curriculum which gives them every chance to succeed.