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A 21st Century Curriculum

At DWJS we aim to provide the children with a curriculum which is broad, well balanced and above all stimulates the children to learn.  We enable our pupils to succeed through challenging tasks and activities that encourage them to take risks.  We develop their ability to think independently, enabling them to transfer their learning to all aspects of their life; preparing them for the future.  Our curriculum is underpinned by the National Curriculum (2014).  However we enhance this with planned opportunities that we deem make the learning more relevant.  Learning is always exciting and in a meaningful context for the children.  Where it will enrich learning, subjects are linked and lessons are taught using a cross-curriculum approach.  Where this is not achievable subjects are taught discretely. 


Our spiral curriculum is learnt through topics via a skills based approach to learning.  Each topic is carefully planned to ensure the progression of key skills across the school from Year 3 to Year 6.  We use a broad range of teaching strategies which take into account the different ways in which children learn.  Alongside this, as a Rights Respecting School, we want to develop a strong sense of moral purpose in all our pupils so that they understand their responsibilities within DWJS and the wider community as a whole.


This programme is annually reviewed to ensure compatibility with new directives or to make necessary improvements to the existing programme of work.


Our approach is based on the philosophy of ‘Building Learning Power’ which develops a growth mind set to equip our pupils for the 21st Century.



If you would like to know more about our curriculum or have any further questions, please contact the school to speak to Mrs Cox, Leader of Learning.

Curriculum Topics


  Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6


Welcome to Our School

Once Upon a Time




Ancient Egyptians

Freedom, Justice, Duty


Wild Weather


The Tudors

Ancient Greeks

Coming to Britain


Settlers and Invaders:

Rotten Romans

 and Anglo Saxons

Asian Adventure

Keen to Be Green

Rainforests and Rivers

Keeping Healthy

Terrific Trafalgar

& Production Based Topic