At Dearham Primary School we want learning to be meaningful and memorable. Dearham is at the heart of the community with a rich social diversity. We aim to provide a curriculum which celebrates diversity and utilises the skills and knowledge of the staff to support pupils’ to become first class citizens through their academic, spiritual, moral and cultural development.
The uniqueness of every child is recognised and valued. We constantly adapt our learning journey to meet the needs and interests of our children, offering an excellent education underpinned by a broad, rich and powerful curriculum which ensures all children are equipped for the next stage of their education.
Our curriculum is founded on the teaching of basic skills, knowledge, concepts and values however, creativity is vital. We provide enhancement opportunities to engage learning and celebrate and develop the individual talents of our pupils recognising everyone as unique with their own ambitions, skills and dreams. We aim to produce an environment that encourages lifelong learning.
Community involvement is essential and we aim for our children to leave Dearham with a sense of belonging to a tightly knit community where they have the confidence and skills to make decisions, self-evaluate, make connections and become lifelong learners.
Skills and knowledge are taught discretely in subject areas so that our children gain a broad understanding of each subject and know exactly which subject they are studying. However, the curriculum is designed to embed transferable skills throughout, without weakening essential skills based learning. The quality of our classroom environments serves to stimulate thinking. We recognise the importance of feedback, both adult and peer, as an integral part of teaching and learning and we aim to maximise of its use in practice. In response to the delicate nature of new learning we ensure planning is flexible and responsive to pupils’ needs.
We plan our lessons with clear objectives based on teacher’s detailed knowledge of each child, striving to ensure that all tasks set are appropriate to each child’s level of ability. Lesson plans make clear the expected outcomes of each lesson.
Day-to-day, on-going assessment is a crucial method of assessment which provides instant feedback to the teacher and ensures progress within each lesson. Progress is assessed regularly. At the end of each term, assessment data is gathered and progress measured and reported. Children are expected to make good or better progress in all subjects. In cases where children are identified as making slow progress in English or Maths, rapid interventions are put in place to address gaps in learning.
The child is at the centre of everything we do at Dearham and will be provided with an opportunity to: