How We Teach Each Subject


At The Deans Primary school, we hope to give all of our students access to high quality teaching and learning that will inspire, engage and challenge our children in all subject areas.  

Our Early Years Department is shaped by the four overarching guiding principles of Early Years:

  • every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured
  • children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships
  • children learn and develop well in enabling environments with teaching and support from adults, who respond to their individual interests and needs and help them to build their learning over time
  • the importance of understanding learning and development. Children develop and learn at different rates. 

Our educational programme is shaped by seven areas of learning:

3 prime areas – communication and learning, physical development, personal, social and emotional development.

4 specific areas – literacy, mathematics, understanding the world and expressive art and design.

We are passionate about children learning with an active, hands on approach and using our outdoor space as much as our indoor areas

Reading and Phonics

Reading is the most important skill that we can teach children.  Reading is an access skill that allows children to explore new ideas and new worlds.  It is vital that children are able to read as quickly as possible so that they can engage in high quality literature and develop their vocabulary.  We use the Read, Write Inc phonics scheme in our teaching. Our reading process will focus in parallel on teaching children how to read (synthetic Phonics) and on what they read (Reading Opportunities and exposure to appropriate literature).  To this end we intend:


  1. To achieve very high standards in reading for all children at all ages
  2. To apply a very rigorous, sequential progressive approach to reading that builds on what children already know.
  3. To have an effective programme for phonics teaching based on a high-quality synthetic phonics scheme
  4. To ensure diligent, concentrated and systematic teaching of phonics so that it is central to children’s success in learning to read.
  5. To use high-quality and expert teaching that follows the carefully planned and tightly structured approach to teaching phonic knowledge and and other essential reading skills.
  6. To ensure that pupils read widely and regularly and are exposed to appropriately challenging texts at the correct stage of their development.
  7. To adopt a consistent approach and make every minute of every lesson count.
  8. To ensure that formative assessment of reading identifies what children do not know and enables teachers to intervene in a timely manner. 
  9. To develop and widen children’s understanding of the world by exposing them to texts that will support their developing schemata and understanding of the world.
  10. To develop children’s love of reading by ensuring that they have access to the highest quality literature that we can provide.


Writing is a skill for life. It enables and empowers  children to express their ideas, views and opinions to the world.   At the Deans the ability to write effectively and efficiently is central to our educational offer.  

Writing is a complementary skill to reading.  The two are intrinsically linked. High quality writing depends on reading high quality texts across a wide range of genres.   Children need to discuss, engage with, understand and  explore high quality writing that deepens their understanding of the structures, features and vocabulary. It is only after mastering core physical writing skills and the mechanics of a particular genre, that children can then express their individual voice and style through the written word.  In order to reach this goal by the end of Year 6 we intend through our curriculum to:  

  1. Develop the physical skills of writing
  2. Enable children to use a wide range of vocabulary to express themselves efficiently and in a nuanced way
  3. Enable children to master the mechanics of writing for different purposes, specifically:
    • Writing to Entertain
    • Writing to Inform and understand
    • Writing to Persuade
    • Writing to Discuss
  4. Promote and enjoyment of creating and crafting the written word.


At The Deans Primary School we believe that Mathematics is an important creative discipline that helps us to understand and change the world. Our aim and commitment is for all pupils to experience the beauty, power and enjoyment of mathematics and develop a sense of curiosity about the subject alongside a clear understanding.

Mathematics, a universal language that enables understanding of the world, is an integral part of the curriculum. Beyond the study of numbers, shapes and patterns, it also provides important tools for work in fields such as engineering, physics, architecture, medicine and business. It nurtures the development of a logical and methodical mindset, as well helping to inculcate focus and the ability to solve all manner of problems.


At The Deans Primary School, we strive and are currently working to ensure that working scientifically is at the core of our science lessons. We believe that providing a high-quality science education allows for the greater understanding of the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.

Science has changed our lives and is vital to our community, country and world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science.

By continually questioning the experimental design, children can leave The Deans Primary School with a high level of critical and evaluative thinking, which can be transferred to all areas of the curriculum.

Children are naturally curious and passionate about learning. At The Deans Primary School, we provide a stimulating science curriculum that nurtures this curiosity and allows pupils to ask questions and develop the skills they need to answer those questions.

From a young age, children are encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.

Our curriculum progressively solidifies core knowledge and understanding. The curriculum focuses on children ‘working scientifically in different roles’( to ensure children are aware of the different roles within investigating) and to ensure every Science lesson is as engaging and practical as possible.

Our four main science aims:

  • To develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.
    To develop understanding of nature, and to ask and answer scientific questions about the world around them.
    To understand the practical uses and implications of science in the real world, today and for the future and open their eyes to scientific roles to aspire to.
    To ensure that children have a wide range of scientific vocabulary to enable them to articulate scientific concepts clearly and precisely.

We live in a city rich with science facilities and world class establishments that people travel far and wide to visit or work in. At The Deans Primary School our curriculum makes links to key scientists and scientific processes that originated from our city and link them where appropriate to our lessons.


At The Deans Primary school, we hope to give all of our students access to high quality teaching and learning that will inspire, engage and challenge our children in all subject areas. With the help and guidance of qualified art specialist Mr P. Hall, we have designed a wonderful, rich curriculum that helps staff and children to greatly improve their subject knowledge, artistic vocabulary and skills using a variety of artistic mediums and materials.

As part of our Art and Design curriculum we want to instil a passion for art and design that the children can develop and use throughout their lives. We believe that increasing their knowledge and understanding of the arts helps our children to develop character and talent and gives them a healthy way to express themselves.

Our school aims to develop a growth mindset within our pupils and so we encourage our children to be resilient and resourceful, to take risks in their art and celebrate learning from any mistakes. We aim to build on the creative and artistic aspirations of each child and we strongly believe that children should be given the opportunity to share their artwork both within the school community and beyond.

We enrich and enhance art learning through carefully planned experiences linked to our class learning topics, cultural events, philosophy for children and global learning goals. We live in Salford, Greater Manchester, a city rich with culture and we feel pupils should gain understanding of how art and design both reflect and shape our local history, contribute to culture and the creativity of their surroundings.


At The Deans Primary School, our aim is to provide our children with a computing curriculum which ensures they are digitally literate, can become active participants in the digital world and are well-prepared for the challenges of the future workplace. The core of our curriculum is computer science, in which our pupils are taught the fundamentals of computation and programming. We encourage our pupils to utilise this computational thinking and their own creativity in a range of computing contexts whilst developing deep cross-curricular links (particularly in mathematics, science and design technology).

We provide full coverage of every aspect of the National Computing Curriculum in our programme of study. Through this, we aim to ensure that our children have a clear embedding of the computing knowledge required and opportunity to practice and develop key skills to nurture a real understanding of the subject.

Our four main computing aims are:

  • That all pupils can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstractions, logic, algorithms and data representation. (Computer Science)
  • All pupils can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems. (Computer Science)
  • All pupils can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems. (Information Technology)
  • All pupils are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology. (Digital Literacy)

New computing vocabulary is taught discreetly within computing lessons to ensure children have a deep understanding and the skills required to progress. This vocabulary is then continually referred to, both within the school environment and in cross-curricular lessons.

We recognise the cultural responsibility to teach our children the importance of online safety and digital citizenship. We educate all pupils on how to ensure they have a positive digital footprint, which is increasingly important in the digital world they are growing up in. Furthermore, we have a strong focus on ‘eSafety’, teaching pupils how to stay safe online and where to go to receive support if required. Alongside continual teaching of ‘eSafety’, we deliver an annual Internet Safety Week and remind children of rules learnt through computing displays both within classrooms and the wider school environment. Through this, we recognise that parents play a pivotal role in keeping children safe online. For this reason, we regularly keep parents updated through newsletters, the school website and ‘eSafety’ workshops.

Design and Technology

At The Deans Primary school, we hope to give all of our students access to high quality teaching and learning that will inspire, engage and challenge our children in all subject areas. We aim for staff and children to greatly improve their subject knowledge, vocabulary, design techniques and skill sets. We aspire for children to begin to develop the skill of iteration within EYFS and continue to build upon this key skill throughout their time at The Deans Primary.

Design and Technology gives pupils an opportunity to think creatively. At The Deans we encourage children to use their imaginations to design and make products that create solutions to real and relevant problems. During the planning process at The Deans we develop our thinking skills and remind children to consider their own and others’ needs. Making mistakes is integral to learning and we support this greatly in Design Technology. The children are taught to use this as an enhancement, reinforcing the process of iteration and embedding a growth mindset. We encourage our pupils to take risks, make changes and adapt their product as it develops.

Through the use of National Curriculum guidance we aim to provide opportunities for children to develop skills alongside the design process. These skills are related to food technology, textiles, structures and mechanisms. We enrich and enhance each Design and Technology experience by linking skills to topic based work in each year group, including isolated design opportunities during cultural events. We want Design and Technology to be embedded in each aspect of the school, this includes offering opportunities that link to philosophy for children and global learning.

We live in Salford, Greater Manchester, a city built on innovation and creativity. A city rich with culture and we feel pupils should gain an understanding of how design both reflects and shapes our local history, contributes to culture and the creation of their surroundings. Innovative thinking is what made Manchester what it is today.


At The Deans Primary School, we believe that Geography helps to provoke and provide answers to questions about the natural and human aspects of the world. Children are encouraged to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the world, as well as their place in it.

Geographical knowledge and skills are progressive and are sequenced to provide the framework and approaches that provide explanation of how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.

We seek to inspire in children a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people which will remain with them for the rest of their lives, equipping them well for further education and beyond. We also hope to encourage learners to be aware of environmental issues and how they can take personal steps to create a more sustainable world.


At The Deans Primary School, we are focused on providing our pupils with a high-quality history education which will help them gain a coherent knowledge of our local past, British past and the past of the wider world. We are focused on inspiring and building on children’s curiosity of the past. Our teaching will equip pupils to ask questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments and develop perspective and judgement. It is important to us that we aim to help pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives and the process of change. It is also vital that they understand the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups.

We will endeavour to assist in the development of the pupils’ awareness of the past, using key vocabulary relating to the passing of time. Pupils will study historical people and events and how they fit into a chronological framework, looking at identifying similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods. Ultimately, our pupils will build a wide history vocabulary and understanding of everyday historical terms. It is important to us at The Deans Primary School that our pupils can ask and answer questions in history, as well as using sources to show they know and understand key features of events. Children will progress to be able to note connections, contrasts and trends over time, as well as devise historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity and differences. We believe that our curriculum should always respond to the needs of our children and their world as they perceive it. Therefore, our specific topics are bespoke to our pupils, our school and locality. We know it is important that our children broaden their knowledge and understanding in a way that is relevant to them and their families. Within the history curriculum, it is crucial that we embed a deep chronological understanding whilst developing the pupils’ historical enquiry skills, as well as their knowledge and understanding.

At The Deans Primary School we aim to underpin our intentions and in doing this we realise the children need;
A curriculum driven by culture. We live in a city rich with experience. People travel far and wide to visit what is on our doorstep; we take advantage of this throughout our curriculum through carefully planned experiences linked to our curriculum to enrich and enhance learning. Salford’s history spans back over a long period of time, it’s important to us that our children understand this in terms of chronology but also in terms of the impact the people and past events have had on us, and where we live today.
In addition, our children must understand their place in the wider world and the events and people that have shaped our world. Our curriculum will include pertinent people from different backgrounds and ethnicities that have shaped the modern world. Children will learn about events from across the globe that have impacted on modern day culture and places that have given birth to civilisations and empires.

A curriculum rich in key vocabulary and crucial knowledge. Our curriculum keeps vocabulary at the core as it is key to the learning and progress across the whole curriculum. Our children receive explicit vocabulary instruction – taking an active and intentional approach to language development that benefits every child. We teach vocabulary in advance with intent and not just ‘as it comes up’, building systematically on pupils’ current knowledge so that vocabulary can be expanded. Building on historical vocabulary throughout their school life allows our pupils to show progress in history and develop a deep, secure historical understanding.

Our curriculum inspires children for their immediate and future aspirations. It nurtures all the things our children hope to achieve. It guides attitudes for future learning, careers and opportunities. The curriculum encourages hobbies and interests through enrichment. It fosters aspirations, dreams, and ambitions by exposing our children to the best that has been thought, said and achieved as well as exposure to new opportunities. We strongly believe that with aspirations comes the natural incentive of improved attitude and determination to attain and succeed so that dreams become tangible– our children will set their hopes high and work hard to succeed. Our pupils are given a time to shine so that self-esteem and motivation can thrive, they will aspire to do great things because they will know how to value themselves

Our history curriculum aims to support whole school aims by striving for progress while developing well rounded, cultured and enthusiastic historians through well thought out, balanced and challenging lessons and experiences throughout their journey at The Deans Primary School

Modern Foreign Language (Spanish)

At The Deans Primary School, we want our children to be committed enthusiastic citizens of the world.  As such we are passionate in  ensuring that all children have the opportunity to learn a new language from the very start of their educational journey.   Spanish is the fourth most widely spoken global language with almost 500 million native speakers.  It is currently the native language of over 20 countries.

Therefore as part of our curriculum, we offer the children from Nursery onwards the opportunity to learn Spanish. By building children’s confidence and fluency in Spanish from such a young age, we are constantly developing their linguistic skills by helping them to understand their place as a global citizen, foster positive attitudes to other cultures, provide children with the foundations to develop a love of learning to speak and write other languages and ultimately develop their aspirations of living and working in other countries. 

Additionally, learning a new language provides children with a greater understanding of the way in which their native language is developed and also gives a common understanding of the struggles of EAL learners in our school in learning a new language. Our school currently has over 25 different identified spoken languages so learning a common language with common struggles creates better empathy and understanding between the pupils.

Our curriculum goes far beyond the National Curriculum expectations and provides our pupils with a strong language foundation before they move to secondary school.


At The Deans Primary school, we hope to give all of our students access to high quality teaching and learning that will inspire, engage and challenge our children in all subject areas.

As part of our music curriculum we want to instill a passion for music and performing that the children can develop and use throughout their lives. We believe that increasing their knowledge and understanding of the music helps our children to develop character and talent and gives them a healthy way to express themselves.

Our school aims to develop growth mindset within our pupils and so we encourage our children to be resilient and resourceful, to take risks in their music and celebrate learning from any mistakes. We aim to build on the creative and musical aspirations of each child and we strongly believe that children should be given the opportunity to share their work both within the school community and beyond.

We enrich and enhance music learning through carefully planned experiences linked to our class learning topics, cultural events, philosophy for children and global learning goals. We live in Salford, Greater Manchester, a city rich with culture and we feel pupils should gain understanding of how music and performance both reflect and shape our local history, contribute to culture and the creativity of their surroundings.

Physical Education

At The Deans Primary, our aim is to provide pupils with the opportunity to try and experience the world of Sports through an enriched, high-quality Physical Education curriculum, that inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physical activity. Our vision is to provide opportunities for pupils to become passionate and resilient learners and find ways that support their health and fitness, in order for them to maintain a healthy lifestyle. We want PE to help our children prepare for the world, both mentally and physically, ensuring that our children grow to lead healthy, active lives.

Through this vision, we aim that all children:

  • Find a passion and a love of Sport
    Our vision is for all of our pupils to hold a positive view and attitude towards PE and to find a physical activity they can enjoy or thrive in. Through the skills and knowledge being taught in our PE curriculum, we aim to promote not only a love for Sport but a deep understanding of the subject.
  • Work independently and as part of a team
    We offer our children a breadth of opportunities in PE, which includes: a vast range of extra-curricular activities, high involvement in competitions and support from our school partnership PE Specialist- Premier Sport. We aim to promote a strong sense of team work and resilience when working independently and as part of a team; we want our children to learn new skills through a range of activities.
  • Have and maintain an active and healthy lifestyle
    It is important to us that our children feel supported in leading a healthy and active lifestyle. We wish to provide children with the understanding and opportunities to ensure that they have the capacity to do this. We want the profile of PE to continue to be raised across the school, with the aim to increase passion, resilience, knowledge and skills of all pupils and staff in the teaching and learning of PE.
  • Swimming requirements: Before our children leave our school in Year 6, we want them to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25m. Our expectation is that our children can also use a range of strokes effectively and perform safe self-rescue in different water based situations.

Philosophy for Children

We use a Philosophy for Children approach throughout our school and curriculum, as we understand the importance of encouraging critical thinking, questionning, and engaging discussions in enhancing our pupils’ learning as well as developing them as outstanding global citizens. 

Philosophy for Children goes hand in hand with our Global Learning curriculum.  Our aim is to advance the educational, personal, and social development of young people, especially those facing disadvantage, through the promotion of Philosophy for Children (P4C) and the encouragement of reasoning, creativity, critical thinking and discussion. We believe a P4C approach enhances the way both our pupils and educators engage with learning throughout the curriculum. P4C is an approach to teaching and learning that explores the big ideas that arise in all areas of education and life experience. P4C uses philosophical dialogue and enquiry to help learners to think, to speak, to listen, to learn and to live together more effectively.


The intent of our PSHE/RSE curriculum is to deliver a curriculum which is accessible to all and that will maximise the outcomes for every child, which develops learning and results in the acquisition of knowledge and skills which enables children to access the wider curriculum and to prepare children to be a global citizen now and in their future roles within a global community. Children will know more, remember more and understand more. The intent of the design of the curriculum is, with appropriate subject knowledge, skills and understanding to fulfil the duties of the National Curriculum whereby schools must provide a ‘balanced and broadly-based curriculum which promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils and prepares them for the opportunities and responsibilities and experiences for later life. As a result of this they will become healthy, independent and responsible members of a society who understand how they are developing personally and socially, and give them confidence to tackle many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. We provide our children with opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society. Our children are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community.

Our PSHE curriculum incorporates RSE so that children will know how to be safe and to understand and develop healthy relationships and explore the complexity of the relationships they will have both now and throughout their lives. ‘RSE is a lifelong learning process of acquiring information, developing skills and forming positive beliefs and attitudes about sex, sexuality, relationships and feelings’. (Sex Education Forum 1999).

Taking account of the age, maturity and needs of the pupils, Relationships and Sex Education aims to:

  • Help children to develop feelings of self-respect, self-esteem, self-confidence, sympathy and empathy
  • Prepare pupils for puberty.
  • Give children an understanding of reproduction and sexual development.
  • Give children an understanding of the importance of health and hygiene.
  • Develop and use communication skills and assertiveness skills to cope with the influences of their peers and the media.
  • Answer pupils’ questions honestly and sensitively – referring the child to parents where appropriate.
  • Enable children to recognise unsafe situations and be able to protect themselves and be confident to ask for help and support.
  • Help children to understand the consequences of their actions and behave responsibly within relationships inside and outside of school.

We believe that effective RSE can make a significant contribution to their ability to establish and maintain stable and loving relationships. It also enables young people to respect others, make responsible and informed decisions about their health and wellbeing and also promotes the British values of tolerance.

We aim to equip children with essential skills for life; to develop the whole child through lessons that develop the knowledge, skills and attributes / attitudes children need to protect and enhance their wellbeing. Through these lessons, children will learn how to stay safe and healthy, build and maintain successful relationships and become active citizens, responsibly participating in society around them.

Today’s children and young people are growing up in an increasingly complex world and living their lives seamlessly on and offline. This presents many positive and exciting opportunities, but also challenges and risks. In this environment children and young people need to know how to be safe and healthy, and how to manage their academic, personal and social lives in a positive way. PSHE/RSE curriculum coverage is a vital tool in preparing children for life in society now and in the future. Lessons in this scheme of work have their foundations in seeing each and everybody’s value in society, from appreciation of others, to promoting strong and positive views of self. The units aim to cover a wide range of the social and emotional aspects of learning, enabling children to develop their identity and self-esteem as active, confident members of their community.
The PSHE/RSE programme at The Dean’s Primary School will reflect our school ethos and demonstrate and encourage the following values:- Respect for self; Respect for others; Responsibility for their own actions; Responsibility for their family, friends, schools and the wider community. We will strive to encourage our pupils to consider Philosophical questions and to discuss and reflect on their thoughts and considerations of others.

Religious Education

Religious Education is an essential aspect of children’s education. Through discovering and learning about different religions and cultures, children are able to both create a sense of identity and develop their understanding about their own faiths and cultures as well as understanding that we are all part of one global community.

In R.E we aim at the Deans Primary school to understand different cultures as well as understanding that there are also similarities between different religious communities. Therefore, R.E is taught in a thematic way in which children are able to broaden their understanding of religion through providing them with knowledge, an understanding of the values of different faiths, the ability to recognise symbols of religion as well as exploring different religions within the children’s own community. This will be achieved through lessons focusing around local places of worship and through lessons aiming to celebrate the diverse faiths and beliefs within our own school community through encouraging children to discuss and share their own traditions as well as in collective worship. This will be further enhanced through school trips to religious centres and places of worship as well as school visits from prominent religious figures in the area.

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