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Our curriculum has been designed to include and engage all learners, respond to the needs of all children and relate to the context of our community.  We have planned a broad and balanced curriculum that allows for depth of teaching and learning access to all subject areas whilst offering new and exciting learning opportunities for everyone.  The curriculum not only develops each child academically but socially, morally, spiritually and culturally in order to prepare them for their place in the wider world.  Opportunities are sought to make links to the wider world through community projects and educational visits alongside a developing variety of extra-curricular activities the school offers.   Our curriculum intentions are based on our core values: Ambition, Reflection, Inclusive, Resilience.


Intention 1 - Encourage all children to be ambitious in their learning


At Dundale we believe that all children have the right to be ambitious in dreaming about their future and not put limits on these aspirations.  Our curriculum aims to provide the opportunities needed to develop skills and attributes that the children will need on their journey through their life.   

Intention 2 - Encourage all children to be resilient when facing challenges to grow their ability to realise that ambition


The curriculum and school ethos are based around growth mindset and opportunities are given for children to take risks, challenge themselves, and develop self-belief both within lessons and across wider curricular activities.  By helping the children understand that making mistakes is part of learning and developing coping strategies when things do not go according to plan will help develop the independence and resilience that is needed to cope with the challenges that we all can face. 

Intention 3 - Ensure inclusion for all children to access an engaging and enriching curriculum and to have a focus on inclusion within the values of everyday school life


The curriculum at Dundale has been designed to ensure that there is clear progression across each National Curriculum subject with opportunities to build on prior knowledge and skills. Questions and discussions within the curriculum aim to develop creativity and curiosity in their learning. Through inclusion for all, we ensure adaptations are made for children to support and challenge in order for them to succeed.   We strongly believe that to grow knowledge, skills and attitudes that the curriculum is widely extended beyond the National Curriculum. Therefore, there is a strong emphasis on providing opportunities for extra-curricular clubs, educational visits, residentials and visitors.  We are also developing leadership opportunities for the children throughout the school through a range of opportunities.

Intention 4 – Encourage the children to be reflective about their learning to develop independence and lay the foundations for our children to achieve their dreams and reach for success


We aim to ensure that our curriculum responds to the needs of our children and reflect the context of both the local community and wider world.   We encourage the children to be reflective about their learning and when seeking out challenges to build resilience strategies to overcome these.  We aim to build their independence in their learning and key skills that they need in life.  Through high aspirations for all and high-quality, meaningful learning opportunities, our curriculum aims to ensure that each child can reach for success.


If you require any further information regarding the curriculum please contact the school directly.