The Deansfield Curriculum reflects our strong belief that all children have an entitlement to a broad and varied curriculum which allows them to achieve their full potential within the context of stimulating and exciting learning experiences.   Our aim is to promote in our children a love of learning which will last a lifetime.

Our curriculum is based on the existing National Curriculum Framework and reflects our key values at Deansfield. Our curriculum complies with the duties of the Equality Act 2010 and the SEN and D Regulations 2014. It maximises cross curricular opportunities and a text led approach to learning to provide all children with a creative and wide-ranging learning experience.  We follow the 'Letters and Sounds' document to teach phonics and use a range of banded books, including Oxford Reading Tree and Big Cat Phonics in order for children to apply their phonics knowledge and be able to access high quality texts and read for pleasure later on.


The Deansfield Curriculum enables all children to become:

  • Enthusiastic and successful learners who make effective progress and achieve their full potential
  • Confident individuals who know how to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
  • Responsible citizens who are able to make a positive contribution to society
  • Individuals who understand the value of learning and who continue that process throughout their lives


The Deansfield Curriculum is developed around our key school values which:

  • Promote personal development
  • Support equality of opportunity
  • Develop spiritual, moral, social, intellectual and physical growth
  • Celebrate the contributions of a diverse range of people, cultures and heritages
  • Develop an understanding of our relationship with the environment


The curriculum at Deansfield will:

  • Promote high standards, particularly in English, maths and Computing
  • Provide a broad and varied learning experience in every Key Stage
  • Promote a positive engagement with, and commitment to, learning
  • Enable children to develop effective skills of co-operation and collaboration
  • Develop an understanding of the relevance of learning to each individual’s life and prepare them for life as a member of the wider community
  • Prepare children for the next stage in their education
  • Create a sense of wellbeing centred around a sense of fulfilment and achievement
  • Develop a wide range of skills and broaden children’s life experiences.

Curriculum Overviews

The curriculum overviews show the learning units undertaken each term from Early Years (FS1) through to Year 6.  Cross curricular links are made wherever possible under a broad theme or based around a key text, to ensure that each term the learning is creative, exciting and has a clear context.  The units are specifically designed to ensure there is a clear progression in knowledge, content and skills learning across the school, based on the existing new National Curriculum.

Whole School Projects

Whole school projects at Deansfield provide a further inspirational context for learning and opportunities to show progression in learning across the school.  Each year group will develop a scheme of work to develop the learning for each project in the way most relevant and stimulating for their children. Projects are planned yearly and for 2016 – 2017 include projects based on visits to the Tower of London and the theme of belonging as well as a key text. In the Spring Term 2018 the project was inspired by the television series The Blue Planet.

Units of Learning

Our curriculum map reflects our belief in the importance of cross curricular learning which makes clear links between different subject areas within a meaningful overall context.  The context provided is sometimes a theme and sometimes a key text, which is then used by year groups as the basis for planning with a focus on enquiry based learning.  Children become immersed in the context and learning becomes purposeful and meaningful.  Children are actively involved in asking questions, investigating, hypothesising and driving their learning forward.

Key learning intentions for English and maths are included on the curriculum map and suggested texts used as a focus for English are indicated. Separate medium term plans based on the National Curriculum attainment targets are provided for each year group, although it is an expectation that maths and literacy skills will also be developed through other subject areas whenever possible.

In KS1 we use the Letters and Sounds phonics  programme to support children's reading and spelling strategies.

Science units are based on the National Curriculum, as well as a science skills grid ensuring progression in skills across the school.  Additional detail is provided in medium term planning documents.

Learning in Art, DT, History, Geography, ICT and PE are all based on the National Curriculum attainment targets, with learning also based on skills grids which have been produced for each subject area to ensure progression for each individual across the school.  Wherever possible, the units selected each term fit within the overall learning context.  MFL is currently French and has been planned across the school by the MFL Subject Leader.

RE teaching is based on units from the Greenwich scheme of work, Windows on Faith, and fits into the overall learning context wherever possible.

Sex education fits into both the Science and Relationships and Health Education Curriculums. The overview of the Curriculum is in the Sex and Relationships policy on the school website and each term, each year groups curriculum overview is published giving an overview of all of the subjects to be taught that term. Please see the attached PDF for further information.

Music is taught in all classes by our Music Subject Leader, as well as by specialist music tutors in individual or group lessons in a range of instruments

If you would like to find out more about our curriculum please contact Karen Baldwin, Assistant Head Curriculum -