Breakfast club

At Dorchester, we understand the importance of getting the day off to a good start with a nutritional breakfast. As such, we offer breakfast club provision from 8am each morning, free of charge to all of our children.

Currently, children have the option of cereal and/or toast as well as a range of drinks including milk and fruit juices.

Our breakfast club is very popular and we regularly have over a hundred children attending.

Please note that we expect pupils to follow our school rules whilst at breakfast club and, if at any point their behaviour becomes a concern, then they may be prevented from attending for a period of time.

“The mathematics curriculum is clearly sequenced. Teachers provide opportunities for pupils to continually revisit and review previous learning.”

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“Leaders’ subject monitoring has led to a consistent and successful approach to the teaching of phonics across the early years and key stage 1.”

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“In the short term, leaders have placed a greater focus on subjects such as
English and mathematics.”

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“Leaders have created an ambitious curriculum that sets out clearly what pupils should
learn and when.”

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“Leaders have rightly reorganised their curriculum to make up for learning that has been
lost during the COVID-19”

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“Leaders have ensured that pupils have plenty of opportunities
to design, make and evaluate projects using different materials.”

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“Leaders have established ‘hive’ provision for pupils who need it. These well-resourced, intimate settings provide the intense support that a significant minority of pupils need.”

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“Leaders use assessment well to ensure that the books pupils read match the sounds they already know.”

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“Leaders provide ‘chatterpacks’ to parents so that they have the age-appropriate resources they need to support their child’s
reading.”

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“School council representatives attend School Stakeholder Group (SSG) meetings to share their views.”

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“In the early years, mathematics is a high priority. Daily ‘carpet time’ is used to teach children
mathematical concepts”

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“Leaders ensure there is a focus on developing pupils’ mathematical vocabulary.”

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“Children are
taught to read as soon as they start in the early years.”

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“Pupils are clear about the school rules.”

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“In subjects such as history, teachers use assessment skilfully to find out what pupils know before they start to teach a new unit of work.”

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“Pupils spoke with enthusiasm about the school garden they are developing and of their plans for the fruit and vegetables they will grow.”

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“As soon as children start school, leaders check their speech and language needs so that extra help can be provided, where it is required.”

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“Democratically elected roles, such as house captains and school councillors, enable pupils to contribute purposefully to school life.”

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“Leaders ensure that opportunities for pupils to apply their mathematical understanding are provided in the activities pupils
complete.”

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“Teachers provide lots of opportunities for pupils to rehearse and say the sounds they are learning aloud, which helps them to remember them.”

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“Strong, cross-curricular links with subjects, such as science, give pupils the opportunity to apply their skills and
knowledge when making products.”

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“In other curriculum
areas, such as design technology (DT), the curriculum is improving rapidly.”

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“Pupils now use mathematical vocabulary with accuracy.”

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“One pupil told inspectors that ‘teachers are really caring, we know if we ask for help, we will get it’.”

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“Knowledgeable and highly trained leaders ensure that pupils get the support they need to achieve.”

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“Leaders have continued to prioritise the teaching of phonics and reading.”

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“Pupils feel that they are being listened to and that their views help leaders to improve the school.”

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“The help that leaders provide for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) is a strength of the school.”

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