The curriculum at Deneholm Primary School aims to prepare children in understanding the world around them and prepare them for the next stage of their education. We want our pupils to have a good command of basic English and mathematics skills and to demonstrate a curiosity about the world around them.  By the time learners have left Deneholm Primary School, they will have mastered a range of both skills and factual knowledge through regular requirements to recall and demonstrate them; opportunities to deliberately practise and careful planning for progression and depth. Our curriculum is customised to meet the local needs of our learners.  

*In the Autumn Term of 2020 we will be focusing on the core subjects to enable our pupils to close any gaps that occurred during Lockdown.  Children will also have weekly PSHE and Science lessons.  PE lessons will happen twice a week. 


The teachers work in year groups during PPA sessions to plan and assess the next steps in learning for their classes. 

  • The unit overview outlines knowledge (including vocabulary) all children must master; 
  • A cycle of lessons for each subject, which carefully plans for progression and depth; 
  • What different learners in their class will need to be successful, with a particular focus on GDS, PP and SEN;
  • Challenge questions for pupils to apply their learning in an open manner; 
  • A curriculum overview for parents and carers so learners can be supported at home.  


We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods: 

  • A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes; 
  • A celebration of learning for each term which demonstrates progression across the school; 
  • Tracking of progress in assessment task and tests 
  • Pupil’s feedback about their learning; 
  • A sample of pupils’ learning across the school demonstrating a greater depth of understanding; 
  •  The annual tracking of standards across the curriculum. 

Curriculum Overview

Please click on the Parents tab for a more specific term to term curriculum overview for each year group.

We have recently adopted the 'Cornerstone' Curriculum which will give our pupils exciting new themes and help develop their curiosity and independence. 





Maths Resources

Deneholm Primary Calculation Policy

Mathematical Vocabulary

Reading resources

Religious Education teaching in our school

Our family of SWECET primary schools believe that RE teaching has a very important part to play in preparing children for life beyond our school gates. We are committed to ensuring that all children and young people are able to learn and develop all aspects of their lives fully. A significant factor in this is their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development

We use the Thurrock Agreed syllabus for Religious Education and teach it explicitly in years 1 to 6.

This syllabus is a statutory requirement for all maintained schools which do not have designation relating to religious character and for voluntary controlled schools, for children and young people aged between 4 and 19.

In addition to this we ensure that RE is “brought to life” through visiting speakers as well as visiting places of worship local to us.  Each of our primary schools has strong links with the places of worship nearby.

PE Curriculum 19/20




Reading and Phonics

Children's early reading begins with systematic synthetic phonics teaching using the Letters and Sounds resource.  This allows teachers to pinpoint children's knowledge and understanding of how letters make sounds and these form words.  Levelled books from the Oxford Reading Tree Scheme take allow children to use their phonics skills and develop fluency and independence as readers. As children's confidence grows Accelerated Reader enables teachers to track children's reading interest and skills.


Foundation Stage - reception classes (4-5 year olds)

Children in Reception classes follow the Foundation Stage Curriculum, which underpins all future learning by supporting, fostering and promoting children’s development. The Foundation Stage makes a crucial contribution to children’s early development and learning. We provide children with a rich variety of teaching and learning experiences that are appropriate to their needs. The Foundation stage is about developing key learning skills; such as listening, speaking, concentrating, persistence and learning to work and co-operate with others. The seven areas of learning that make up the Foundation Stage Curriculum are:

Prime Areas:

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Emotional and Social Development

Specific Areas:

  • Literacy 
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

The outdoor environment is also an important part of thr Foundation Stage curriculum. As such, it is carefully planned for and used all day. 

Key Stage 1 (5-7 year olds) and Key Stage 2 (8-11 year olds)

Core Curriculum Compromises of:

  • English 
  • Maths
  • Science
  • Computing

Children also Study the Following Foundation Subjects:

  • Art and Design 
  • Design and Technology
  • History
  • Geography
  • Music
  • Physical Educatoin
  • Personal Social, Health and Citizenship Education
  • French (in key stage 2)

Each child receives a broad and balanced curriculum that is differentiated and takes account of the differing needs and abilities of individuals. As a school we pay particular attention to the acquisition of the basic skills of reading, writing and mathematics, which we regard as the essential building blocks for all future learning.