To create a unique and dedicated learning environment, seeking to address the circumstantial challenges of being bilingual and bicultural in a British multicultural society.
The school aims to provide all children with a broad, balanced and relevant education which provides continuity and progression and takes individual differences into account. Work in school should be designed broadly to take account of the requirements of the National Curriculum and beyond.
We aim for the pupils to develop the Danish language and Danish sense of belonging, whilst remaining very much part of the integrated and multicultural London community. We wish to establish our school around Grundtvig’s pedagogical methods, which are to promote a spirit of freedom and disciplined creativity within all branched of educational life, and to establish the students’ active participation in society and later community life. The school believes in close observational assessment in line with the Danish teaching ethos. By providing both English and Danish language curriculum, Dania School will enable pupils to seamlessly transfer to and from the UK and Danish school systems and will allow them to progress into further education – either in Denmark or in the UK.
- The curriculum will be based 50% on the UK core knowledge curriculum. The remaining 50% will be developed to fit our mission statement and will include elements from both Keystage1-4 and the Danish National curriculum.
- The school will offer a specially designed curriculum with subjects taught in both Danish and English by Danish and English native speaking trained teachers and teaching assistants
- This curriculum is currently being developed by the board of governors curriculum group, who have experience with bilingual teaching.
Dania School is using the EYFS online Tracking system (https://www.eyfstracker.com/)
English or Danish as an Additional Language:
- Being a bilingual school we accept pupils with Danish or English as a first language and accordingly English or Danish as an additional language.
- An informal language assessment takes place prior to acceptance into the school and throughout the school year.
- our teachers are specially trained in teaching both Danish and English as a first and a second language.
- Professional development for Dania School teachers is ongoing, to achieve a high standard of teaching within the EAL curriculum.
- We aim to offer after school language lessons in both English and Danish for children in need of extracurricular support.
- The school’s resources are limited and may not provide for additional paid support staff, but alternatives would be considered in order to give a child the greatest support achievable.
The school should:
- cater for the needs of individual children of all genders and all social groups, including the most able and those who are experiencing learning difficulties;
- facilitate children’s acquisition of knowledge, skills and qualities which will help them to develop intellectually, emotionally, socially, physically, morally and aesthetically, so that they may become independent, responsible, useful, thinking, confident and considerate members of the community;
- create and maintain an exciting and stimulating learning environment;
- ensure that each child’s education has continuity and progression;
- ensure that there is a match between the child and the tasks he/she is asked to perform;
- provide an appropriate curricular balance amongst the competing and sometimes conflicting aims of education;
- recognise the crucial role which parents play in their children’s education and make every effort to encourage parental involvement in the educational process;
- treat children in a dignified way.
- learn to be adaptable, solve problems in a variety of situations, and work independently or as members of a team
- be developing the ability to make reasoned judgements and choices, based on interpretation and evaluation of relevant information from a variety of sources
- be happy, cheerful and well balanced and develop a love of learning
- be enthusiastic and eager to put their best into all activities with a high expectation for their capabilities
- begin acquiring a set of moral values, e.g. honesty, sincerity, personal responsibility; on which to base their own behaviour
- be expected to behave in a dignified and acceptable way and learn to become responsible for their actions
- care for and take pride in their school
- be developing tolerance, respect and appreciation of the feelings and capabilities of others in an unbiased way
- be developing non-sexist and non-racist attitudes
- know how to think and solve problems mathematically in a variety of situations using concepts of number, algebra, measurement, shape and space, and handling data
- be able to listen and read for a variety of purposes and be able to convey their meaning accurately and appropriately through speech and writing for a variety of purposes
- be developing an enquiring mind and scientific approach to problems
- have an opportunity to solve problems using technological skills
- be capable of communicating their knowledge and feelings through various art forms including art/craft, music, drama and be acquiring appropriate techniques which will enable them to develop their inventiveness and creativity
- know about geographical, historical and social aspects Denmark as well as the UK
- develop knowledge of their local environment
- know about their danish and other heritages and be aware of other times and places and recognise links among family, local, national and Scandinavian events
- have some knowledge of the beliefs of the major world religions
- be developing agility, physical co-ordination and confidence in and through movement
- know how to apply the basic principles of health, hygiene and safety
Revised: 23/10/19 by Christina Bek Larsen
Next review: October 2020