We aim to provide as wide a curriculum as possible. The broad and rich curriculum we provide was highly praised in our last Ofsted inspection in April 2013.

“Pupils experience a rich and exciting curriculum, and attainment is high in many subjects. Design and technology models made by Year 6 pupils are amazing. A love of nature is nurtured in lessons and by exploration of the beautiful area that surrounds the school.”
Ofsted 2013

The National Curriculum consists of three core subjects; Maths, English and Science. The following are considered foundation subjects: RE, Computing, Geography, History, Art, Design Technology, Modern Foreign Languages, Music and PE. Personal, Social and Health Education is also taught at Dolphinholme.

Throughout the curriculum, there is an emphasis placed on the mastery of basic skills and the understanding of underlying concepts. The achievement of high standards, social training, good manners and learning to live happily together are all-important facets of the school.

The development of language, both spoken and written, permeates the whole curriculum and is based upon the children’s own language. The greatest emphasis is placed upon the acquisition of reading skills. The school also has a well-stocked library of fiction and non-fiction books. We are most grateful to MOTO M6 service station who have supported us in donating Oxford Reading Tree books.

The core of our maths teaching is based on the Mathematics element of the National Curriculum using a range of published materials. This covers work in mathematics throughout the primary phase, providing a sound base and continuity.

This link will take you to our Calculations Policy which is a useful resource when supporting your child at home.

Calculation-Policy 2018

Subjects such as science, the creative arts, and a knowledge and understanding of the world are taught as integrated subjects where possible, as is much of our work in language and mathematics. Our teaching is based on the children’s own interests, environment and experiences with practical work, visits, a wide range of materials and visitors from outside school being used wherever possible to underpin it.

What is expected of my child? Years 1 – 6

The following documents provide parents with information about what is expected of pupils in each year group for reading, writing, speaking, mathematics and science. These criteria are based on the National Curriculum 2014.

There is also a document explaining the Early Learning Goals for children in Reception.

Being a mathematician

Being a reader

Being a scientist

Being a speaker

Being a writer

Early Learning Goals Summary

What is my child learning this year?

The following links will take you to a break down of the curriculum for Reception, Year 1, Year 2, Years 3 and 4 and Years 5 and 6. This will give you an insight into what each year group are studying and allow you to support your child at home.

Reception Curriculum overview 18-19

Year 1-2 Curriculum Overview 18-19

Year 3-4 Curriculum Overview 18-19

Year 5-6 Curriculum Overview 18-19

Reading Scheme and Phonics

We use ‘Jolly Phonics’ in our phonics teaching and ‘Oxford Reading Tree’ for our reading scheme.

Our school places a very high priority on reading and we’d like ALL children to read at home with an adult or older brother or sister EVERY night.

The National Curriculum

Follow this link to the Primary National Curriculum 2014

Follow this link for more information about Early Years.