At Danesfield Manor School, we focus on the three core areas of learning to prepare our pupils for the 11+ taken in Year 6. These are Literacy & Language, Numeracy and Science. You can discover more about these subjects below.
Our overarching aim is to promote high standards of literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the written and spoken word, and develop a love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.
At Danesfield Manor we believe that through being taught to write and speak fluently pupils learn to communicate their ideas and emotions to others; through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them; through reading in particular pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, spiritually and socially.
Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society, so it is essential that we ensure their individual success.
At Danesfield we recognise that Mathematics is a fundamental aspect of life.
It develops the children’s ability and self-confidence to think, reason and solve problems in unfamiliar contexts and to model real-life scenarios. Children are taught according to their ability thus creating a sense of achievement as they actively participate in the process of learning of mathematics.
There is a strong emphasis on developing children’s mental arithmetic from an early stage for them to be able to solve practical mathematical problems. Emphasis is also given to cross-curricular teaching which should enable the pupils to realise the relevance and usefulness of mathematics within other subjects.
Science at Danesfield provides the foundations for understanding the world through the disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.
We aim to build a secure understanding of scientific processes; observation, recording, measurement and experimental control. These then lead into the key elements of ‘Scientific’ enquiry being introduced in KS2 - Upper Phase.
Our aim is to produce pupils who have a natural curiosity and develop a sense of excitement about natural phenomena, and who can also use their gained knowledge and understanding to explain what is occurring, make predictions and analyse successfully.
It is important for our pupils to use scientific vocabulary and work practically, using a variety of research methods including books and ICT to cover the programme of study during their time with us.