The curriculum is the subject content taught across Dell Primary School that ensures learning and personal development for all pupils. Its core foundations are taken from the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework and the National Curriculum for Key Stage 1 and 2. However, our curriculum goes well beyond the statutory requirements. We have developed a bespoke curriculum, linking established schemes of work with those designed by the school’s leaders alongside staff, to ensure the needs of our children and their families are met. The importance of the school’s locality and community as a learning resource underpins learning throughout the curriculum, forming a firm foundation for exciting global and multicultural content.
Beyond the knowledge that the academic curriculum provides, we are passionate about teaching our pupils to grow as individuals. We have created a programme of personal and social education to nurture pupils to become positive, confident adults. These skills, values and attitudes are evident in our ethos, promoted through our belief in our core values and taught as a PSHE programme as well as being woven into the fabric of all areas curriculum study. We place great emphasis on social, moral, spiritual and cultural learning along with promoting British values in a range of creative forms.
- To create a happy school environment that is inclusive, diverse and safe and which promotes the building of positive relationships with others.
- To help each child develop a lively enquiring mind, confidence and compassion, enabling them to experiment, investigate, take risks and make informed choices while at school and in later life.
- To establish a welcoming atmosphere and a strong partnership between school and home with all stakeholders and with the wider community.
- To set inspirational targets which motivate our children to succeed and achieve their full potential, through a creative, personalised curriculum that will excite, challenge and celebrate learning.
In addition, the aims of our school curriculum are:
- To achieve high standards and make good progress.
- To enable those not achieving age-related expectations to narrow the gap and catch up.
- To develop key literacy, numeracy and ICT skills.
- To develop a lifelong love of learning.
- To promote the British values: democracy, law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance.
- To recognise and value the multicultural, multi-faith and ever-changing nature of the UK and those it serves.
- Promote equal opportunities and eradicate discrimination.
Curriculum Overview for the Early Years Foundation Stage
The curriculum that we teach meets the requirements set out in the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage.
The learning and development requirements cover:
- The areas of learning and development which shape activities and experiences for our pupils.
- The early learning goals that we must help children work towards (the knowledge, skills and understanding children should have at the end of the academic year in which they turn five).
Our school fully supports the principle that young children learn through play and by engaging in well-planned, structured activities. Teaching in the Foundation Stage builds on the experiences of the children in their pre-school learning.
The EYFS team work closely with Year 1 to ensure that there is continuity and progression between the Early Years curriculum and the start of the National Curriculum in Year 1. This includes the progression of skills, topic areas and resources used. There is an expectation that EYFS pupils should begin to get ‘National Curriculum’ ready during the Summer Term of Reception, where appropriate.
Curriculum Overview for Years 1-6
In Years 1-6, we teach the following as discrete subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, Computing, Art, French, History, Geography, Design Technology, PE, Music, RE and PSHE.
In Years 1-6, although lessons are planned and taught as discrete subjects, units of work are planned thematically, to ensure creative, cross-curricular opportunities for learning are maximised.
Each area has been planned as a progressive scheme of work from Year 1 to Year 6. Where possible, our schemes of work also incorporate EYFS.
Teachers in each year group take the school’s scheme of work and key learning objectives and adapt these to weekly teaching and learning activities that suit the diverse needs of the pupils that they are teaching. Schemes of work are planned to ensure the requirements of the National Curriculum (2014) are met.