Our Curriculum

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Learning at Dunalley is a progressive journey with common approaches and themes threaded from the Early Years through to the end of Key Stage 2. Our curriculum provides our pupils with the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life. We aim to give them everything they need for what comes next in their learning and development. This is achieved through our curriculum and a range of experiences and opportunities to help them progress and achieve success.

During our Early Years, children start their learning in a play-based, child-led, active environment. After the children enter year 1, we balance success in English, mathematics and science within a broad and enriched curriculum that allows our children plenty of opportunities to explore art and design, design and technology, computing, music, history, geography, RE, physical education and French at Key Stage 2. 

Enhancements to our curriculum are provided through a variety of different experiences and opportunities to enable children to further develop their learning, make progress, build their cultural capital and achieve success within the EYFS educational programmes and the Key Stage 1 and 2 curriculum. 

We use our school and local environment to provide opportunities to enhance our curriculum such as using our outdoor spaces for science learning, the local park for geography fieldwork, or local venues such as the Holst Museum for history learning as well as taking advantage of Cheltenham’s Literature and Science Festivals. 

We also actively encourage our children to discuss topical news items through ‘Picture News’ - a resource which presents a topical issue to discuss each week both at school and at home. These sessions are also used to highlight and foster British values. 

Our ’50 things to do before you leave Dunalley’ initiative allows children to participate in a range of physical and creative activities and experiences to develop pupils’ well-being as well as experiencing the great outdoors by taking learning outside. 

Developing an appreciation for our environment, and understanding the impact we can have on it, is also an important area of our children’s learning. We aim to develop this using our fabulous outdoor areas, encouraging re-using, re-cycling and reducing waste and having the environment as a theme that runs through many of our subject areas, from the literature we read in English, to re-using items to create pieces of art. 

Throughout our year we hold a range of themed weeks or days to support learning such as our Health Week, Dunalley Literature Festival and Geography Day as well as national events such as World Book Day. 

Commando Joe's, a programme based on developing RESPECT (resilience, empathy, self-aware, positivity, excellence, communication and teamwork), is undertaken within our physical education programme. This programme provides children from Year 1 to Year 6 with important life-skills, through collaborative, active challenges and compliments our PSHE curriculum and positive behaviour policy.

We value the range of extra-curricular opportunities we offer to all pupils as this enables them to pursue and develop their interests beyond the curriculum. Thanks to the staff and external specialists, we are able to offer a diverse range of opportunities such as sporting activities, art and craft, computing and music.

Our children’s learning is enhanced through a range of visits and visitors. These provide opportunities for all children to gain experiences to support their learning in class. These vary from history visits to places such as the Steam Railway Museum in Swindon to learn about World War 11, to Nature in Art to experience art workshops or visitors in school to support learning in science.

Our Year 6 children benefit from a week of outdoor and adventurous activities on their residential visit during the Autumn term - a memorable highlight of their time at Dunalley. This allows them to develop, amongst other things, perseverance, resilience and teamwork by undertaking a range of challenging activities such as caving, rock climbing and gorge walking. This experience helps them to prepare for their final year at primary school and the subsequent transition to secondary education.  

Please click on the buttons to access information about the Early Years Foundation Stage and subject specific information.

Our curriculum is based on:

The Early Years Statutory Framework for Nursery to Reception age children 
The statutory requirements for the EYFS can be accessed using the link below:
EYFS Statutory Requirements
A helpful parent guide is also available here.

The National Curriculum core and foundation subjects for Key Stage 1 and 2  
The National Curriculum provides an outline of core knowledge, skills and understanding around which teachers can develop exciting and stimulating units of work and lessons. Our staff have spent a great deal of time developing their long-term curriculum maps to ensure that the full requirements of the National Curriculum are met. You can access the requirements here:

National Primary Curriculum in England 
Key Stage 1 and 2 Framework

We also follow the Gloucestershire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education and the Jigsaw Scheme of Work for PSHE. 

To obtain additional information on the curriculum we offer please email us at [email protected]

Dunalley Diddies

03 Jun 2024

Open to parents/carers of babies 0-1yrs old, on Wednesdays 1.45pm-3pm. For more info pop along and speak to Hannah Street in Nursery & Pre-school.

Nursery & Pre-school spaces available

13 May 2024

Dunalley Nursery & Pre-school have sessions available for September 2024.
Contact us now for further information.

Non-uniform Day

10 May 2024

On Friday 21st June we will have a non school uniform day.  Children are able to come to school wearing red, yellow or orange.

OPAL Stay and Play

22 Apr 2024

Thank you to all who came along to our event on Saturday morning.
It was so lovely to see so many of our new families too.

Dunalley Literature Festival

19 Apr 2024

Wednesday 22nd – Friday 24th May.
We are looking forward to celebrating Dunalley’s Literature Festival in a few weeks when many...

Year 5 Athletics Squad

19 Apr 2024

Year 5 Athletics Squad took part in the Gloucestershire Inter- Primary Schools Athletics Competition with volunteers from both 5J and 5R.

CAKE SALE 18/4/24

13 Apr 2024

Please bring all of your NUT FREE animal themed cakes and bakes along to our cake sale which will be held after school in the playground.

Curriculum Information

12 Apr 2024

Thank you to families for joining our curriculum infomation sessions this week!
It has been lovely to see you in school.

Easter Holiday Camp

04 Mar 2024

With the Easter break less than 4 weeks away, with our award-winning multi-activity camps running throughout the Easter holidays!

Year 6 Trip

01 Mar 2024

Our Year 6 children enjoyed an adventurous trip to Swindon Steam Museum on Friday.
Their outfits for the World War 11 experience were just fabulous.