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


April 2019
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31 March 2019 1 April 2019

Owl Class swimming

Owl Class swimming
2 April 2019 3 April 2019 4 April 2019 5 April 2019

Last Day of Term 2-School closes at 2pm

Last Day of Term 2-School closes at 2pm

End of Term Service at Dorchester Abbey

End of Term Service at Dorchester Abbey
6 April 2019
7 April 2019 8 April 2019 9 April 2019 10 April 2019 11 April 2019 12 April 2019 13 April 2019
14 April 2019 15 April 2019 16 April 2019 17 April 2019 18 April 2019 19 April 2019 20 April 2019
21 April 2019 22 April 2019 23 April 2019

First Day of Term

First Day of Term
24 April 2019 25 April 2019 26 April 2019 27 April 2019
28 April 2019 29 April 2019 30 April 2019 1 May 2019

Full Governors Meeting

Full Governors Meeting
2 May 2019 3 May 2019

May Dancing

May Dancing
4 May 2019
Upcoming Events
  • 23 April 2019 – First Day of Term
  • 1 May 2019 – Full Governors Meeting
    7:00 pm
  • 3 May 2019 – May Dancing
  • 6 May 2019 – Bank Holiday
  • 8 May 2019 – Cricket Session for Squirrel and Fox Class
    10:00 am
  • 9 May 2019 – KS1 Music Festival
    9:00 am
  • 13 May 2019 – SATS Week
  • 14 May 2019 – Hedgehog Trip to Farmer Gows
  • 24 May 2019 – Last Day of Term - School closes at 3.15pm
  • 3 June 2019 – INSET Day - school closed
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