The St Denys Curriculum


Our school is a community of faith where we believe, achieve and grow together; this is core to our curriculum. We are a caring community whose values are built on mutual trust and respect.
To maximise success and achievement, all pupils and staff are fully committed to our core Christian values.
The curriculum we offer is bespoke to the needs of all our learners; it has been created to support the way in which the members of the school can flourish together in a supportive way.
We believe that our core Christian values play a key role in the delivery of effective teaching and learning at St Denys.

Our Curriculum Aims

At St Denys CE Infant School, we place a sharp focus on the delivery of a carefully crafted curriculum which expands the potential of our learning community through:

  • An immersive and collaborative curriculum
  • Creative and purposeful learning opportunities that stimulate our learners
  • Curiosity and critical thinking

Our rigorous, well-planned curriculum, combined with high quality teaching and resourcing, ensures that children are supported to be well-rounded, empathetic young people who have a genuine thirst for learning. Children develop a strong sense of moral purpose in addition to a respect for- and understanding of- people.

The curriculum encompasses the planned activities that we as a school organise in order to promote learning, personal growth and development. It includes not only the formal requirements of the National Curriculum, but also a range of extra- curricular activities, that the school organises, in order to enrich the experiences of our children. We also have a commitment to ensuring all our children flourish through ‘essential learning experiences. Embedded in our ‘hidden’ curriculum is the transmission of values and beliefs that the children learn from the way they are treated and expected to behave.

 We aim to teach children how to grow into positive, responsible people who can work and co-operate with others, whilst developing knowledge, skills and attitudes towards learning, in order to unlock their true potential.

Our Curriculum Intent

It is our aim that the pupils of St Denys CE Infant School will embrace new learning opportunities, and through these experiences, pupils will be empowered to become responsible, resilient, open-minded, and well-rounded individuals who will have a positive impact on society. We have designed and implemented a curriculum specifically with this in mind. Through this, we aim to stimulate their imagination, develop empathy, critical thinking and creativity, and open their minds to global issues.

Through a sequentially organised curriculum and high-quality teaching and learning, we aim to offer creative, challenging and inspiring opportunities to reflect our vision as a community of faith, where we believe ‘Each one of us is different. Each one of us is special’. Raising aspirations and enabling our pupils to become the best version of themselves is central to who we are.

At the heart of all our learning is our focus as a reading school. Therefore, we have implemented a curriculum that will not only build their confidence as learners, but also provide relevant experiences to develop their fundamental reading skills.

  • Our curriculum creates inquisitive, resilient and ambitious learners.
  • Our pupils are confident, enjoy learning, make progress and achieve.
  • Our curriculum is inclusive and appreciates the diversity of cultures and religions in Modern Britain.
  • Our curriculum is literacy rich and provides our children with opportunities to read widely and often.
  • Our curriculum develops the skills, attitudes and knowledge for a successful life within and beyond St Denys.

Our Curriculum Implementation

Our curriculum is underpinned by four highly relevant world issues, known as the  fours C’s:

  • Communication
  • Culture
  • Conflict
  • Conservation

Our curriculum narrative begins with Communication, as this underpins and links to the other three focus areas. We have followed this with Culture because we believe that understanding identity is so important. Next, Conflict, which has a focus on the past, specifically learning from mistakes, and finally Conservation which looks to the future and a better, sustainable world.


We believe that communication is a core life skill and that our pupils need to know how to communicate well, who to communicate with, and what they should communicate, both now and in the future. This will help them grow as learners and build positive relationships, socially and emotionally.

At St Denys CE Infant School, we want our children to be knowledgeable and independent in expressing their views and we want them to recognise the importance of listening to others who have different views or opinions. We want them to be able to use language to argue, reason and explain their thinking.

We want our pupils to use language that is appropriate to their audience as a means of increasing confidence, encouraging and supporting each other, through both verbal and non- verbal communication, as part of our unique school culture.

We recognise that digital communication is an integral part of our pupils’ lives. As such, we have identified excellent communication skills as a priority for equipping our pupils for life’s daily challenges and for the future.


We are proud to be part of a village with a strong cultural heritage, rich in local learning opportunities and experiences for our pupils. We want our children to value these and be proud of them. Given the demographic makeup of St Denys CE Infant School we are determined to offer a spectrum of opportunities to teach our pupils to fully appreciate and embrace the cultural diversity found in wider society.

We want them to value diversity building on our values of Love, Ambition, Confidence, Joy, Excellence, Faithfulness, Kindness, Generosity, Peace, Self-Control, Patience and Gentleness.

We understand that the future for our pupils will be more globally focused and so, through our curriculum, we want our pupils to break down barriers and challenge stereotypes. With a focus on teaching them to value and learn from differences, we want them to appreciate that they are part of a wider and diverse community beyond their immediate vicinity.


Our core Christian values of peace, patience and self-control are the foundation for the high standards of pupil behaviour at our school, of which we are very proud. However, we believe that a range of skills should be taught throughout the curriculum in order to build up resilience and help pupils cope with a range of difficult situations, to understand the consequences of conflict on both themselves and on others.

Having a developed understanding of sources of conflict and the importance of seeing things from others’ points of view, we believe, will make a difference to their own choices as they learn more about conflict resolution.

We also believe that our pupils’ global understanding will be deepened by learning and understanding the causes and consequences of war in today’s society.


Conservation is a major issue for the future of our pupils and the wider global society. At St Denys CE Infant School, we understand the importance of developing an understanding of this at both a local and a global level. We are fortunate to be surrounded by wonderful opportunities within our local community which enable us
to develop conservation experiences that all our children can take ownership of.

We believe it is essential to teach our pupils about their role in sustainability, as part of becoming responsible citizens. Our curriculum deepens understanding of this further by developing collaboration, creativity, problem solving and actions to inspire our pupils to become stewards of our planet.

We need them to understand that this is about helping future generations, not just themselves.

“No one will protect what they don’t care about; and no one will care about what they have never experienced” – Sir David Attenborough

The St Denys Curriculum Champions

What we know about how children learn, is that when we teach children skills and knowledge in isolation, like punctuation in English, they rarely make links to other subjects. Even when they are writing about Ancient Egypt in History or how plants grow in Science, they tend to forget how apply the same English skills.

This is in part because the information stored in the brain is locked up in the ‘English box’, and why would they open that box when they are in History or Science?

The concept of ‘being rather than doing’ moves away from content in subject boxes and uses clusters of knowledge and concepts that can easily be applied between disciplines. By learning how to punctuate as an Author, they can use this knowledge when they are being Scientists as they start to understand that Scientists also need to write to convey what they have discovered.

This focus on the language of English relating to being an Author is important, and something that will happen throughout the school.

‘Being’ rather than ‘Doing’:

English (Reading & Writing)becomes…Author
Design Technologybecomes…Engineer/Food Engineer
Computingbecomes…Digital Engineer
Physical Education (P.E)becomes…Athlete
Religious Education (R.E)becomes…Philosopher/Theologian
Personal, Social, Health & Relationships (PSHE)becomes…Philosopher

There are other reasons for using the ‘being’ approach, such as making links to the outside world where Environmental Scientists for instance, use a blend of science, mathematics, geography and engineering.

They will inevitably start discussions about what children want to be when they grow up. It opens up the notion that most jobs and careers do not just use one subject, they are a blend.

It also helps us to explore role models and to invite people from the local community into school to talk about how they are Artists or Historians, for instance, and the blend of skills they use in their work.

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