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Curriculum and Learning

The children at Darley Dene are taught through the National Curriculum. Each yeargroup follows areas of study which are broken down into carefully planned medium and short term plans.  The National Curriculum changed in 2013 and a helpful overview can be found by using the link below or opening the attached PDF. This is a diagram which explains by yeargroup what is required. 




Reading at Darley Dene is an ongoing focus and investment. We are proud of our beautiful, well equipped library, which is staffed everyday. Our 'Junior Librarian' system allows children to borrow and return books independently if they are able. Our book stock is kept up-to-date with titles we know pupils will enjoy. Children at any age or stage are able to access our library - come and have a look!

For those children who are learning to read, we have a large stock of 'reading scheme' books. These are colour-coded to help children and teachers keep a track of where children are in their reading development. Each class from Years R to 2 have their own stock of reading scheme, colour coded books. These are bought from a selection of publishers to avoid an over-prescriptive or one-way reading diet.  We have books from Collins, Ginn, Oxford Reading Tree, among others. Coupled with focused phonic teaching, children have access to all they need in the early stages of reading. 


We teach phonics using the Letters and Sounds materials and by using a synthetic phonics approach. More about synthetic phonics and letters & Sounds can be found using the links below.

Other subjects


As well as the curriculum detail above, we teach through topic related learning. Each class has a topic they study each half term or term. Class 'Curriculum Overviews' and newsletters will give you the detail about which topics each class is covering. We are fortunate too to have specialist teachers for PE, Dance and Music. Our Personal Health & Social Education, (PSHE) is taught through a recognised scheme called 'Jigsaw.' Darley Dene fully supports the teaching of PSHE and Relationships & Sex Education (RSE). Our RSE policy is available on request.


We have a recently developed 'Forest School' area which we are looking forward to using throughout the school over time. Miss Stoate is our Forest School leader.