Derwent Lower School

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The Curriculum

At Derwent we provide an exciting curriculum for the children to inspire their learning.

Intent - our vision for the curriculum

Our curriculum aims to allow all pupils to excel academically as well as develop socially and emotionally.  We have high expectations of our children but we know that they can face barriers to learning such as high mobility or poor attendance.

To meet the needs of our children and their diverse backgrounds, we have a clearly structured curriculum that promotes a love of learning and intellectual curiosity as well as language development, particularly in the younger years. We promote the development of children's knowledge and understanding in different subject areas so that they can flourish as citizens in modern day Britain. 

Our vision for our curriculum, as well as its implementation and impact, can be found in our 1 page  overview below:

One Page Curriculum Overview - Intent and Implementation and Impact.pdf

Implementation - the structure of our curriculum  

In reception class (Hedgehogs) we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage framework which set outs the areas of learning for the children.  A link to the framework can be found below, as can the long term plans for Hedgehogs class which sets out what the children will learn in each area across the year.

Early Years Foundation Stage framework

Caterpillars (Pre-school) curriculum plan for 2019-2020

Hedgehogs (Reception) curriculum plan for 2019-2020

In Years 1 to 4 we follow the programmes of study set out in the National Curriculum for England.  A link to the National Curriculum can be found below, as can the long term plans for each class that shows the content of each subject area across the year and how we bring the learning alive.  These plans are also available on each class page.

National Curriculum in England (primary)

Year 1 (Rabbits) curriculum plan for 2019-2020

Year 2 (Owls) curriculum plan for 2019-2020

Year 3 (Mice) curriculum plans for 2019-2020

Year 4 (Foxes) curriculum plans for 2019-2020

In addition to this we also have our subject curriculum plans for Art & Design and Design & Technology:

Art and Design Curriculum 2019/2020

Design and Technology Curriculum 2019/2020

Please contact the school if you wish to find out more about the curriculum at Derwent. We also have a separate page on our website that gives further information about our phonics programme.

At Derwent Lower School we enhance the curriculum through a host of events. 

Since September 2015 we have offered the children many opportunities to undertake activities that enrich their education.

These have included:

  • Trips to places such as St Albans, Whipsnade Zoo and Wilstead Bird of Prey centre.

  • Themed events including messy art day, Safer Internet day, Anti-bullying week, Roman's day, Dinosaur day and Armed Forces day.

  • Visitors ranging from the Police and Fire Services to a performance poet.

  • Community events including the anti-bullying assembly at Henlow Church of England Academy as well as the Remembrance Day service and the Christmas Carol concert at RAF Henlow. The children have also taken part in the Christmas Fayre, Christmas play, celebration of the Queen's birthday and Summer Fayre in school.

  • Sports events through the Redborne Sports Partnership such as athletics competitions, tag rugby and gymnastics.

At Derwent we provide a range of clubs and sporting opportunities.

Sport is also well catered for at the school with running club one lunchtime a week. In addition to this, we have Multi-Active who come in once a week to deliver sports sessions at lunchtime as well as a session in our After School Club on a Thursday.

Staff provide a number of clubs at lunchtime.

The list of the clubs are shown below:





Taken by


Age Restrictions

Library Club

Monday lunchtime at 12.30pm


Miss Byrne

Reception - Year 4

KS1 Maths Whizz Club

Tuesday lunchtime at 12.30pm

IT Suite

Mr Adkins

Year 1 & 2

Running Club

Tuesday lunchtime at 12.30pm


Mrs Read

Reception - Year 4

KS2 Maths Whizz Club

Wednesday lunchtime at 12.30pm

IT Suite

Mrs Roy

Year 3 & 4

Drama Club

Wednesday lunchtime at 12.30pm

Hedgehogs Class

Miss Piera

Reception - Year 4

Art Club 

Thursday lunchtime at 12.30pm

Owls Class

Ms Waby

Reception - Year 4

Impact - the effectiveness of our curriculum

Derwent is a high achieving school where children achieve. 

We are proud that our curriculum support pupils to achieve standards above those achieved nationally. 

For more information about the impact of our curriculum, please visit our page on Ofsted and Performance Tables.

We are pleased to share information about our curriculum with you.

If you require any further information, please contact your child's class teacher in the first instance.