Our School Curriculum
It is our intention at Dorchester St Birinus C of E Primary School to provide all our children with a challenging and stimulating education allowing them to achieve their potential through the highest standards of teaching and learning.
We follow Government statutory guidance through a topic approach in a way that is enjoyable as well as being informative and educational with the aim is to engage and inspire every child.
Early Years Foundation Stage (4-5 yrs) Curriculum
Each area of the Foundation Stage curriculum has equal weighting and children are given opportunities to develop skills and knowledge in all of these areas through a wide range of activities and play. Through careful observation and assessment staff are able to move children on in their learning and to also encourage them to participate in identifying the next steps for their learning.
Learning opportunities are developed through:
- Play which is structured at times to enable new skills to develop.
- Children’s’ interests noted by staff and suggestions from parents.
- Allowing children to make their own decisions and choices.
- Providing a range of stimulating resources that children are encouraged to explore freely and through direction from staff.
- Incorporating drama and role-play into sessions.
- Catering for different learning styles and needs
- Topic themes that integrate work in several learning areas.
Children are individuals and will not necessarily fit into this typical pattern of progress. Staff in school understand this and take this into account when planning activities and experiences for the children.
Key Stage 1 (5-7 yrs) and Key Stage 2 (7-11 yrs) Curriculum
The National Curriculum 2014 is used to guide and support teaching and learning at the school.
The National Curriculum includes:
Core Subjects: English, Mathematics and Science
The Foundation Subjects: Art & Design, Computing, Design & Technology, Geography, History, Music, Physical Education, Religious Education and a Modern Foreign Langauge (KS2 only)
Not all subjects fit comfortably within a topic and so these subjects are taught in a discrete way. Religious Education does not usually fit with a topic and so it’s taught separately as a topic of it’s own or as individual lessons. French or Latin is also taught on a weekly basis throughout Key Stage 2.
Careful planning ensures that these subjects are matched with the age, ability and experience of each child. Computing is used throughout the curriculum, both as a teaching resource and as a tool for recording, collecting and sorting information.
We aim to ensure that all pupils:
- Are encouraged to think for themselves and become increasingly independent and responsible for their own learning.
- Have opportunities to cooperate and work with others as well as by themselves.
- Develop an understanding of and sensitivity to the rights, responsibilities and respect of others as well as themselves.
- Have work monitored, highlighting their progress and achievements throughout their time at our school and that this is regularly reported to parents
- Gain memorable first hand experiences through exciting topics allowing them to research and set enquiry questions
- Improve their knowledge and understanding of the topic by developing and practicing new skills including compose, make, do, investigate and explore
- Apply skills, knowledge and understanding in real life contexts to allow them to solve real or imagined problems
The national curriculum sets out the minimum content. At Dorchester St Birinus C of E Primary School, we make sure children learn lots of additional skills, knowledge and understanding. For example:
- We offer a range of after school clubs and opportunities
- All children also get the chance to perform during the year