Menu
Home Page

Curriculum

Topic Based Curriculum

 

Our inspiring curriculum is organised around core themes. Through these themes or topics, we make links to different subject areas and provide authentic learning experiences across subject areas. The themes for each term this academic year (2019-2020) are set out in the chart below.

For each theme the core concepts are highlighted.  We use Core Concepts to strengthen links between subjects and to deepen understanding.

Curriculum grids for each theme are uploaded onto the class pages at the start of each term. Click on titles to link to them. Thank you in advance for supporting us with these.

Dundale Whole School Curriculum Overview 2019-20

Term

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

EYFS

Once Upon a Time

What A Performance!

Superheroes

Transport

Animals and Habitats

Footsteps Through Time

Concepts

Belonging

Independence

Enjoyment / happiness

Appreciation

Helping others

Asking for help

Movement

Information

Nature

Similarities and differences

Growth

What is history

Change

Knowledge

Time

Year 1

Who am I?

Terrific Tring!

Rumble in The Jungle

Galapagos Galore!

Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum!

The Toy Shop

Concepts

Change

Senses

National life

Time

Chronology

 

Environment

Climate

Celebrations

 

Location

Directions

Features

Chronology

Historical events

Animals

Environment

Appearance

Change

Traditions

Fantasy

Materials

Change

Time

Evolution

Year 2

Come Fly with Me

To Infinity and Beyond!

Let’s go Wild

An African Adventure

Three cheers for Inventors

Concepts

Material
Properties
Flight

Space  
Chronology
Celebrations

 

Continents
Life
Survival

 

Culture
Environment
Landscape

 

Invention
Change
Design

 

Year 3

Sticks and Stones

The Stolen Shadow

Walk Like an Egyptian

The Lost Garden

Slugs, Snails and Puppy Dogs Tails

Concepts

Properties

Chronology

Culture

light

relationships

 symbol

Country,

Chronology

Force

Diversity

Growth

Survival

Location

environment, organism

Year 4

Roman Civilisation

Power and Invention

Explorers

Jungle Book: Hunters

Anglo Saxons

Concepts

Chronology

Conflict

Relationships

Power

recording

celebrations

Travel,

location

story

life,

regeneration, location

Heroism, experimentation, invasion

Year 5

Invading  Vikings

Reach for the Stars

To Be or not to Be

The Mayan Civilization

Significant  Mountains

Concepts

Myth

invasion

country

Movement

Space

Travel

Suspense

Countries

Characteristics

Discovery, , Civilizations

Locality, Environment, Significance

Year 6

WW2-Conflict

WW2-Conflict

The influence of Ancient Greece

The influence of Ancient Greece

 Journeys through life

Concepts

Travel

Shadow

Reflect

Light

Propaganda

Conflict

Construction

Communication

Investigate

Analyse

Pattern

Structure

Classification

Identification

Chronology

Influence

Civilisation

Political organisation

Transportation

Circulation

Function

Time

Evolution

Inheritance

Adaptation

Change

journeys

 

Irresistible Curriculum

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

 

Child-Centred Learning

We always encourage our children to reflect on what they have learnt. Our children contribute towards planning their learning. This starts at the beginning of topics taking into consideration their questions and interests and continues through the learning journey by inclusing them in decision making over how they will learn best.

 

Home School Partnership

Each child's parents and carers are their primary educators and 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 including regular reading and maths practice. We encourage parents and carers to support their children with this while making links between learning at home and school.

 

Enrichment

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 community events such as the annual apple fair and carnival.

Music is an important part of the school curriculum with weekly singing, specialist led sessions for all children and a thriving choir who regularly perform in and out of school. Pupils may also take advantage of learning a musical instrument with instrument teachers. 

Over the last 3 years, Dundale pupils have taken part in the Natural History Museum takeover, running the museum for a day; they have been involved in local radio station 'Mix 96' small talk programme, giving opinions on a range of topics for broadcast and taken part in local art and design competitions.

 

Phonics scheme

Dundale Primary School teaches phonics using our own system combining strengths from different programmes, based on the firm foundations and principals set out in the Letters and Sounds scheme details of which can be found here.

Characteristics of a Dundale Learner

 

Our learner agents are embedded across the curriculum to drive the development of character, learner identity and realise our school vision. They embody the ten characteristics identified by the school community. For more information on our vision and the learner agents click here.

 

At Dundale We are:

 

Resilient

We adapt to change, learn from our mistakes and develop a belief in our ability to meet challenges

Confident

We are willing to try new things and put ourselves into new situations, taking measured risks and accepting failure as part of the process towards success. We are willing and able to speak up for what we believe in.

Motivated

We engage actively with our learning inside and outside school. Through developing positive self-efficacy, we see the benefits of our efforts doing our best in every aspect of school life and beyond. We are ambitious and driven to achieve our goals.

Tolerant

We are happy to be ourselves and accepting of others religions, beliefs and opinions becoming increasingly broad minded. We can see things from different points of view and are comfortable to agree or disagree based on mutual respect.

Caring

We are kind, polite and supportive towards ourselves, others and the environment. We actively look for opportunities to contribute and realise the joy that comes from helping others.

Communicative

We are articulate, sociable and listen attentively. We develop fluency in a range of languages including literacy and numeracy.

Knowledgeable

We develop a broad and deep understanding of the world around us across a range of subjects. We know the limits of our knowledge and are always open to learning more.

Curious

We nurture our enthusiasm for learning, looking for opportunities to extend our knowledge in school learning and in our own areas of interest. We ask and answer questions to deepen and broaden our understanding of the world around us.

Honest

We develop a sense of the truth and understanding of how different perspectives can coexist while maintaining the highest standards of personal integrity.

Respectful

We are respectful of ourselves, others and our environment, developing an understanding of the impact of our actions, behaviours and choices on others.

Dundale Curriculum overview 2018-19

 

 

For more detailed information of the learning in each of these topics, please see the class pages by clicking titles of topics or click here to go to the Class Pages part of the website. Links will be added as topics start to allow for changes to be made in light of pupils' interests and assessment for learning.

 

Top