Curriculum

Mission Statement

With God at the heart of everything we do, we educate by encouraging a sense of wonder, praise and mutual respect. We offer every child opportunities for success, making them confidently equipped for life’s journey.

Curriculum Statement

At Dolphinholme, it is our intention to provide an exciting and varied curriculum, which is fun and inspiring, whilst promoting a lifelong love of learning.  We aim to provide experiences which promote success and ensure all pupils reach their potential. Dolphinholme is a church school in a magnificent setting and we celebrate this by encouraging a love of nature and a respect for the environment, locally nationally and internationally.

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

Our curriculum is implemented with an emphasis on the mastery of basic skills and the understanding of underlying concepts. We place a high emphasis on the development of reading which we believe to be a foundation stone to the whole curriculum.

The development of language, both spoken and written, permeates the whole curriculum and is based upon the pupil’s own experience.

Pupils are encouraged to be thoughtful, to ask questions and to be independent learners. Whilst the National Curriculum is based on specific curriculum areas, we endeavour to make links between subjects and across subjects to demonstrate that skills and knowledge are transferable.

The curriculum we provide ensures that children are passionate about their learning. It gives them a solid base on which to build when they transfer to high school. Pupils leave our school having reached their potential and ready for the next stage of their education.

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 2019 20

Year 1 – 2 Curriculum Overview 19 20

Year 3-4 Curriculum Overview 19-20

Years 5-6 Curriculum Planning 2019 – 20

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

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-primary-curriculum

Follow this link for more information about Early Years.

www.foundationyears.org.uk/files/2014/08/EYFS_Parents_Guide-amended.pdf