Darrick Wood Junior School

OUR Curriculum

At DWJS we aim to provide the children with a curriculum which is broad, well balanced and above all enables our children to grow into independent learners who embrace new opportunities.  In particular, the DWJS curriculum is underpinned by the following key principles, or ‘drivers’: Active Learning, Expanding Horizons, Global Citizens and Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds.  

Active Learning

At DWJS we believe that learning is an active process that children should be positively engaged in. School and education should not be something that happens to children every day, it should be something that they actively participate in. We aim to make the learning experiences at DWJS both enjoyable and meaningful, to make them relevant to all of our children both in terms of their lives now and what their lives may be like in the future. By building an awareness among the pupils of the transformative power of education and learning we aim to enthuse and empower the young people in our care to be the best that they can be in whatever they choose to do.

Expanding Horizons

At DWJS we encourage children to explore their potential in every aspect of their growth and development. By building strong relationships with all of our pupils and getting to know them as individuals, we aim to ensure that every child is effectively supported as they navigate the range of opportunities and experiences, both curricular and extra-curricular, that school life has to offer. Expanding horizons is not just about aspiring and aiming high for every pupil, it is about helping every pupil to push the boundaries of who they are and who they have the power and potential to be.

Global Citizens

In their time at DWJS, the children will have the opportunity to explore the positive roles that they can play as citizens of the school community, of the school’s local community and of the wider global community. As a Rights Respecting School, we help children to build an understanding of the unconditional rights that all young people are born with and benefit from regardless of gender, identification, race, ethnicity, religious belief or any other defining characteristic; it is our aim to not only teach children about the importance of these rights, but also to ensure that they are reflected in children’s daily experiences at the school. Through our curricular provision and also through specific pupil-voice groups, the school also aims to improve pupil awareness in respect of a wide range of global issues and to promote positive local awareness, understanding and action in respect of these.

Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds (SOLA Driver)

At DWJS and across SOLA schools we recognise that the physical and mental health and wellbeing of each of our children is of paramount importance. Through our provision for relationships and health education, we ensure that our children all develop an awareness and understanding of how to keep themselves safe and healthy, including how to stay safe online and in an increasingly digital world. A strong focus on pastoral education and building strong relationships with children and their families enables us, where appropriate, to tailor our provision to meet individual needs. In this way, we aspire for every DWJS child to be happy and healthy.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (SOLA Driver)

When planning and delivering our curriculum we will ensure that all pupils feel valued and visible, and are able to thrive. We will purposefully seek opportunities to promote a better understanding of diversity, adopt an anti-racist approach and challenge discrimination in all its forms. All children will be treated as equals and we will address disadvantages that might cause inequity as we seek to both celebrate and normalise diversity across our school community.


Further information about the DWJS curriculum provision for each year group can be found on our Curriculum Provision page and on the subject overview pages.