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Teaching Aims and the Curriculum

Denaby Main Primary Academy aims to provide a curriculum that is broad, balanced, relevant and differentiated to provide for varied abilities. This includes a variety of exciting, first-hand experiences to enable children to acquire appropriate skills, knowledge and understanding preparing them for today’s world. Through the provision of a stimulating environment, children will develop to their full potential academically, socially and physically.

Our curriculum incorporates the requirements of the National Curriculum, which sets out the core subjects of Maths, English and Science along with ICT, PE, History, Geography, Design and Technology, Art, Music, Religious Education and MFL. The teaching of phonics is delivered through the Read, Write, Inc scheme. We also teach Citizenship, Personal, Social and Health Education, attaching great importance to the development of social skills. As well as teaching core lessons separately, we believe that a creative, knowledge based, thematic curriculum where areas of learning are linked motivates children to learn more effectively and develop personal skills transferable across lessons and useful in wider life. The curriculum encourages children to develop self-discipline and responsibility and to work collaboratively with others.

The curriculum is underpinned by our core values (Respect, Empathy, Aspiration, Contribution and Happiness) incorporating British Values and these are taught through other areas of the curriculum, including assemblies. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils is taught throughout the curriculum.

Please see below for our Long Term Curriculum Plan:

Curriculum Long Term Plan 2018-19


We provide a creative curriculum based around the Cornerstones Curriculum, a nationally recognised approach for delivering outstanding learning opportunities for children.

What is the Cornerstones Curriculum?

The Cornerstones Curriculum is a creative and thematic approach to learning that is mapped to the 2014 Primary National Curriculum to ensure comprehensive coverage of national expectations. Our new curriculum will be delivered through Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs) which will provide a rich menu of exciting and motivating learning activities that make creative links between all aspects of our children’s learning.
We believe children learn better when they are encouraged to use their imagination and apply their learning to engaging contexts. Our new curriculum will provide lots of learning challenges throughout the academic year that will require children to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding effectively across the curriculum.

Cornerstones also provide a rigorous essential skills framework that outlines the end of year expectations in all subjects. These essential skills are tied to activities and are age related so that staff can track children’s progress and identify their individual learning needs.

How it Works?

Children will progress through four stages of learning in each ILP – Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express. To find out more about these stages please click on the link through to Cornerstones website: