At Sir Francis Drake, we believe that education is a powerful force for social justice. Because we care about the children, we care about ‘High Standards for all’.
Our very positive ethos values everyone, and is built around respect, responsibility and resilience.
The curriculum is designed to develop the whole child - knowledge, skills, understanding and attitudes. It is broad and balanced and shows clear progression in terms of subject knowledge and skills, whilst also promoting the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of our children.
English and Maths
English and maths take priority in the curriculum in terms of timetabling and time allocation to ensure our children achieve their best and improve their life chances. There are additional lessons in maths through “morning maths meetings” and in English through additional literacy eg. handwriting, spelling, guided reading.
Our mathematics curriculum was written by Nigel Bufton, ex-HMI for mathematics in England. It is very challenging and fast paced. Alongside the scheme of work we also use Mr Bufton’s half-termly tests for each year group - one arithmetic and one reasoning - which enable us to moderate teacher assessment with age related expectations.
The English curriculum revolves around reading key texts which cover every genre. Grammar and punctuation is taught according to the New National Curriculum and assessed termly with Rising Stars. Spelling is taught through the Spelling Bee Scheme.
We place great importance on the Arts where specialist teachers deliver an exciting music, drama and dance curriculum. Teaching in art is also very strong as regular support of an adviser has helped to raise standards and improve teacher subject knowledge & skills.
Currently PE is also taught through specialist teachers from Fit for Sport, Aim High AND Millwall Football Club. With the rebuild well under way, there is a lack of outdoor space.
For science we have adapted the Hamilton scheme. ½ termly and all year long topics are taught. Skills & knowledge are taught alongside each other. There is a scientific investigation linked to each topic.
History and Geography
History and Geography are taught through topics using the Challenge Curriculum. The topics uses a question based approach and are introduced or finished with a wow activity.
Extra-Curricular Trips, Visits & Clubs
We enrich the curriculum with a range of termly educational visits to museums, galleries, environmental centres, libraries and places of interest. We attend Greenwich Theatre as a school to watch their annual pantomime, visit Joss Bay, as a community, every July and Year 6 experience the excitement of a residential visit to Arethusa Venture Centre.
Our PHSE curriculum, based on SEAL is very strong and is timetabled weekly and delivered by the Learning Mentor and class teacher. Year 6 work extensively on transition as they prepare for the changes of secondary school.
For RE we have adopted the SACRE scheme. We teach about the major religions.
The curriculum is constantly evolving as we look to the future and the needs of future citizens. In computing, all classes use Espresso coding. In the summer term children focus on a special project eg Year 6 design a website and Year 5 develop stop motion animation. As Internet safety has becomes more of an issue, we hold ½ termly class assemblies for the children as well as offering meetings for parents.
A range of after school clubs help to deepen the curriculum offer. Some of these such as multi sports and football deal with current issues, such as childhood obesity. A homework club is provided free of charge for our disadvantaged children.
Music has a high profile and children may learn an instrument: the ukulele in Y3 and Djembe drumming in Y4. We also offer instrument tuition in clarinet, guitar and violin. Deptford Junior Band was previously brass group (adults & children) but has now grown to include clarinets, violins and saxophones.