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Curriculum

science2Along with all other maintained schools in England, we are required by the government to teach the revised national curriculum.

The curriculum is what is to be taught. The Government has slimmed down these requirements to allow schools the flexibility to add areas of learning that they feel children need for their development.

IMG_0163The curriculum does not dictate how things are taught. That is down to individual schools. At Dickens Heath, we provide a rich, inspiring curriculum, taking a cross-curricular approach where possible, with discrete teaching of specialist subjects such as computing and physical education. We also focus on building the learning skills of all our pupils to prepare them for a successful future.

Our learning resources

Regardless of what year group you child is in, they will be using these resources.  They can access from home as well as from school.

  • Mymaths – is an interactive online teaching and homework subscription website.  Your child will know the username and password.
  • Purple Mash – has open-ended creative tools and educational games for all subjects and topics.  Again, your child will know the username and password.
  • Thinkuknow – has information about online safety.  The site can help you and your children find out out what’s good, what’s not and what you can do about it.

In school, the children also have access to iPads. These are loaded with apps which assist with their learning during independent time or during their lessons.
You can view what apps we currently have by clicking the link below:

Dickens Heath C.P.S iPad app record

 

Trips and visits

Throughout their time at Dickens Heath Community Primary School, the children will take part in a variety of visits and participate in a number of workshops involving parents and other visitors to our school.

Whole school activities include maths, science and reading/writing workshops inviting parents and other family members to participate in activities with their child to show how they can support learning at home. We also have visits from authors to try and inspire the next J K Rowling or Mick Inkpen. We hold book fayres twice a year which raise money for the school to purchase books, as well as competitions for the children to enter with a chance to win books for themselves.

All the children have the opportunity to enter a science competition by completing their own project based on a relevant theme.
2017 saw the ‘changes’ theme being researched, 2016 saw an olympic theme being investigated and 2015 saw investigations into light being developed at the appropriate level of learning for the child. Winners from each key stage get the opportunity to visit the University of Wolverhampton and show off their investigations to a team of highly skilled scientists.

During their time in the foundation stage, the children will go on trips linked to their learning theme. They will also enjoy visits from the police, the fire service, a doctor, a flight attendant, a guide dog and an archer. The children also perform an assembly to celebrate Mothering Day and Father’s Day, inviting mums and dads to join in the fun!
Year 1 children visit Kingsbury Water Park and Blakesley Hall Museum, where they take part in a variety of activities including pond dipping, mini beasts hunting, and identifying different wild and garden plants. The children participate in the Scootability workshop where they learn basic road safety whilst riding their scooters.
Year 1 and 2 visit St James church in Shirley together to learn about ‘The Journey to the Stable’ and in further topics on The Great Fire of London, year 2 will also be visited by the fire service, who talk to the children about fire safety.

In year 3, the children have the opportunity to visit the local library in Dickens Heath to meet a local historian to discuss change and trend in the locality. They also take part in workshops in school when learning about the Stone Age.
Participation in Brass Blast at Warwick Arts Centre is a great opportunity that our years 4’s have where they are taught how to play a bass instrument.

Children have an amazing opportunity to achieve their cycling proficiency badges in year 5, as well as having fun during their week away at Dunfield House. An opportunity to visit PGL, where the children spend a whole weekend developing personal and social skills, exploring and extending their range of skills and abilities while having great fun taking part in activities from abseiling to zip-wire, is fun-filled trip that year 6 can look forward to. As part as their Literacy topic: magic, year 6 also gets to visit the Harry Potter Studios in London!

The whole school also benefits from Reverend Julie who visits school to support all of the RE work which takes place across the school.

Parents are welcomed in school to share family traditions to reflect the diversity of cultures at Dickens Heath.