The Dingle Primary School Curriculum
The Dingle Primary School’s Curriculum Intent
At The Dingle Primary School we pride ourselves in offering a broad and balanced curriculum which is ambitious and and designed to give all learners the knowldge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life. Subjects are taught discretely and learning is personalised where necessary to meet the needs of all learners.
Early Years Education
Children start school aged 4 at the Dingle and enter into the Reception Class. The curriculum provided aims to develop the whole child so that pupils reach their Early Learning Goals and have a Good Level of Development when they Transition into Year 1. The curriculum that is taught is derived from the document Development Matters. By following the link to Development Matters, you will be able to see what the curriculum involves.
The curriculum covers:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
All children are expected to cover the curriculum in full.
Curriculum Intent Years 1-6
The Dingle Primary school’s curriculum teaches the content of the National Curriculum. The National Curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens. It introduces pupils to the best that has been thought and said; and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.
However, the National Curriculum is just one element in the education of every child. Our Curriculum extends beyond the academic, technical or vocational and supports pupils to develop in many diverse aspects of life to help in preparing them for adult life. Our curriculum intends to provide plenty of opportunity to engage with society. ( see Personal Development below)
The National Curriculum provides an outline of core knowledge around which teachers can develop exciting and stimulating lessons to promote the development of pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills as part of the wider school curriculum
Teachers at The Dingle set high expectations for every pupil in every subject. They plan stretching work for all pupils, to challenge them, from their individual starting point, including those who may be disadvantaged or have Special Educational Needs. Teachers use assessment to identify next steps in learning, responding to pupils’ needs and overcoming potential barriers for individuals and groups of pupils
Teachers at The Dingle take account of their duties under equal opportunities legislation that covers race, disability, sex, religion or belief, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, and gender reassignment. They also follow the SEN Code of Practice. For a minority of pupils, The Dingle provides access to specialist equipment and different approaches. The SEN Code of Practice outlines what needs to be done for pupils with SEND. Teachers will plan lessons so that all pupils can study every national curriculum subject.
Teachers also take account of the needs of pupils whose first language is not English. The school recognises that the ability of pupils for whom English is an additional language to take part in the National Curriculum may be in advance of their communication skills in English and our curriculum provision will be implemented to ensure pupils with EAL are included.
Teachers will plan teaching opportunities to help pupils develop their English and aim to provide the support pupils need to take part in all subjects.
The curriculum has been designed so that there are opportunities to revisit and recall learning, building knowledge on prior knowledge and making links between subjects to enable children to make a growing sense of a complicated world. For example, in Maths knowledge in number is regularly built as in understanding tables facts and using that knowledge to make sense of fractions. In English vocabulary is revisited and learnt to enable children to make more accurate descriptions and explanations. In Science and the Foundation Subjects most topics are planned to be revisited on a biannual cycle.
Curriculum Statement of Intent – Personal Development
Teaching the National Curriculum will enable our pupils to develop skills, knowledge and attributes – such as resilience, appreciation of diversity, importance of healthy eating. However, our curriculum is designed to include teaching beyond the National Curriculum to enrich and support pupils’ personal development further to prepare them to be active citizens in society in their future lives.
At the Dingle our curriculum aim for individual personal development is to :
- Develop responsible and active citizens
- Develop an understanding and demonstrate fundamental British Values in the way pupils act and behave
- Promote understanding of equality and appreciation that individual characteristics make people unique.
- Develop pupils‘ character so that they are motivated and reflect wisely, learn eagerly, behave with integrity and cooperate consistently well with others
- Develop confidence, resilient and the knowledge so that they can keep themselves mentally healthy
- Enable pupils to recognise online and offline risks to their well- being and support available to them.
- Enable pupils recognise the dangers on inappropriate use of mobile technology and social media
- Develop pupils understanding of how to keep physically healthy, eat healthily and maintain active lives.
- Develop age appropriate understanding of healthy relationships and sex education.
- Support pupils in readiness for their next stage in education and future careers.
- Promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
Our school curriculum is designed to comply with the requirements of the Education Reform Act (1988), which introduced The National Curriculum.
The subjects (revised in 2014) which make up the curriculum at the primary stage are:
Art & Design
Design & Technology
Physical Education (PE)
Find out more details about our curriculum on the pages below:
For more information about the National Curriculum, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum