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Topic Based Curriculum


Our inspiring curriculum is organised around core themes where cross curricular links are exploited enabling more authentic learning experiences across subject areas. The Themes for each term this academic year (2016/17) are below:


Dundale Primary School & Nursery - Whole School Curriculum Overview 2016/17



Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring Term

Summer 1

Summer 2



…and the wider world

People Who Help Us

It’s a Bug’s Life

Amazing Artists

Year 1

Who am I?

Castles and Dragons

Tell Me a Story

Once Upon A Time

Commotion in the Ocean

Year 2

All Fired Up

Happily Ever After…

Into the Wild

A Land Down Under

Fighting Fit / A Place Called Home

Year 3

Sticks and Stones

Light it Up!

Walk Like an Egyptian

The World and Us

All Grown Up: Plants

Year 4

The Roman Empire

Creators: Imagination and Invention


Hunters: The Jungle Book

Anglo Saxons

Year 5


Reach For The Stars

Marvellous Mayans

To be or not to be


Year 6

Mission to Marathon

(Ancient Greeks)


World War II

Healthy Living 1

Healthy Living 2 (Transition)


For more detailed information of the learning in each of these topics, please see the class pages by following the link below...


Inspirational Learning.

Our curriculum has been developed to offer all our children an exciting learning experience, based on an integrated cross curricular approach. Teachers plan five topics for the year so that children become fully immersed in their learning and develop life- long learning skills.


Personalised Learning

We always encourage our children to reflect on what they have learnt. Our children fully contribute towards planning their learning. Information technology is fully integrated into the classrooms to allow our children the power to decide how they want to learn.

Home School Partnership

We believe that learning at home forms the solid foundation on which to build school based learning. Children are expected to complete home learning every week and we encourage parents and carers to support their children with this.



Our children are given plenty of opportunities to go out on trips and to experience visitors at school. Pupils take regular part in sporting competitions across Tring and visit community events such as the annual Tringe comedy festival. Pupils may also take advantage of learning a musical instrument with a teacher from the Hertfordshire Music Service.

There are a variety of after-school clubs on offer.



Phonics scheme

Dundale Priamry School teaches phonics using the Letters and Sounds scheme details of which can be found here.

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