DSB strives to deliver an exciting, child centred curriculum which places a strong emphasis on community. At key points throughout the year, Primary lead whole school celebrations, notably our ‘Festival of Lights’, a joint celebration of Diwali and St Martin, and the annual Musical which is the finale of term one!
These celebrations provide excellent opportunities for the children to experience learning in ‘real life’ situations. Scripting, for example, is completed by the children themselves in either literacy lessons or via ASAs. Similarly dances are choreographed and practiced as specific units within the PE curriculum, while songs are learnt within assemblies and music. Where relevant, musical accompaniments are provided as a result of the music curriculum or, again, via ASAs. Recent examples, for example, have included contributions using recorders and ocarinas.
Dual languages are celebrated as a matter of course with GFL lessons used to support International pupils in delivering lines in German.
To keep each year’s performances original and unique, teachers and pupils are very imaginative in incorporating other areas of learning too. Learning from Science, for example, was used last year, to tell the Diwali story via a movie the pupils recorded themselves using shadow puppets!
In term two, the children enjoy Project Week. For Key Stage One, this is a multi-discipline week based around a central theme; Key Stage Two enjoy a four day/ three night residential trip to ‘Magic Bus’.
The Project Week
Key Stage One: The Circus Lollipop
During KS 1 project week, the DSB garden at GC changed into a circus arena: Students from Year 1E, 2E and Klasse A/1D were really eager to be part of a circus performance. In order to do this, they needed to know what a circus looks like, learn about the jobs and skills of the performers and how to interact with the audience.
Key Stage Two: Magic Bus
One of the highlights of the academic year for our Key Stage Two students is the residential trip to Magic Bus. The students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities, which offers them the chance to challenge themselves in a secure and safe environment, develop their social skills, experience life away from the big city (and their parents!) and have fun!