Our Curriculum

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At Dunalley Primary School our curriculum consists of:  
The Early Years Statutory Framework for Nursery to Reception age children 
Learning and development is divided into seven areas.  
Three Prime areas of learning: Communication and language, Physical development and Personal, Social and Emotional development. 
Four specific areas of learning: Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the world and Expressive arts & design. 
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 considerable time developing their long-term curriculum maps for their year groups to ensure that the full requirements of the National Curriculum are met. These documents outline the content of the curriculum for each year group, across the academic year. They provide insight into what each year group will be teaching. 
We also follow the Gloucestershire agreed syllabus for Religious Education and the Jigsaw scheme of work for PSHE. 

National Primary Curriculum in England 
Key Stage 1 and 2 Framework 

Our Curriculum 
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. 

Our curriculum is enhanced through a variety of different experiences and opportunities to enable children to further develop their learning and make progress across the curriculum. 

We endeavor to 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, Music 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 school garden, 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, PSHE weeks and Geography Day as well as national events such as World Book Day and Anti-bullying Week. 

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 including 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 Caerleon to learn about Roman soldiers, to Skillzone to learn how to keep safe in the real and on-line world or visits from authors to inspire reading and writing. 

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.  

To obtain additional information on the curriculum we offer please contact us via email to dunalley@dunalley.gloucs.sch.uk

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