Curriculum statement

The curriculum at Dorchester really is the beating heart of the school – it is what keeps our children interested and enables them to make the progress they are really capable of. Our curriculum is flexible so that it meets the needs of every single child whilst maintaining the key content of the National Curriculum.

The intent at Dorchester is to always give each individual child broad, rich and deep learning experiences – learning experiences that they can take with them through life; whether it is through subject knowledge, skills and understanding or through instilling in them vital character traits to make them ready for life’s challenges.

Dorchester’s curriculum is there to shape the children of the future. We do this through three key intentions:

To develop the appropriate subject knowledge, skills and understanding as set out in the National Curriculum objectives and EYFS framework, so that children can flourish, reach and exceed their potential academically, physically and artistically.
To develop learners to have a holistic set of values that prepares them for life in the modern world in a diverse and ever-changing community.

Also to develop the specific behaviours and character traits that learners need to succeed in the modern world and throughout their time at Dorchester.

To understand spirituality in themselves and others, develop social skills and understand society, build a firm set of personal morality and civic virtues so that they can engage in the culture and society that they live in and understand the cultures of others.

Our curriculum will:

  • Provide the foundations of learning.
  • Offer exciting and memorable experiences through our ‘Dorchester Dozen’.
  • Equip our children with the necessary knowledge and skills to be successful in life.
  • Enable our children to achieve high standards of literacy and maths through effective and targeted teaching, which they can apply across all subjects.
  • Raise our children’s aspirations and encourage them to ‘reach for the stars’.
  • Provide many opportunities for children to fail in a safe environment, learning from the mistakes they make.
  • Support our children’s emotional well-being so that they can thrive.
  • Expose our children to wide-ranging vocabulary so that they become articulate.
  • Encourage children to adopt safe, healthy lifestyles – both in body and mind.
  • Teach our children to be responsible and respectful citizens who listen to the views of others.

Dorchester Primary School – Long Term Plan:

HCAT Signature

Principle:
Promoting community,
Building effective relationships,
accountability,
ownership of own actions,
resolving conflicts.

HCAT Signature:
Community members;
– feel they belong
– have a voice and influence
– challenge appropriately
– understand fair process
– resolve conflicts
– take responsibility

Principle:
Developing the ability to think, reason, problem solve and apply learning

HCAT Signature:
Community members;
– are lifelong learners
– have a growth mindset
– can apply knowledge skills and understanding
– are ready for the next stage

Principle:
Promoting character traits to deal with the challenges of life.

HCAT Signature:
Community members;
– demonstrate the appropriate key character virtues particularly resilience and resourcefulness
– contribute positively to the community
– have a social conscience
– are responsible citizens

Principle:
Developing the value of self and others, enabling a social and emotional place to learn.

HCAST Signature:
Community members;
– have a strong identity
– are happy and secure
– are able to empathise and care for others
– value self and others

Principle:
Facilitating a broad range of experience and opportunities to open doors

HCAT Signature:
Community members;
– are able to broaden horizons
– shape their own mindset
– make informed choices
– have equal opportunities

'At Dorchester, things are always fair'...

Pupil's comments

'We get the opportunity to make new friends'...

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'Everyone is friendly and it’s a happy place'...

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'We love dinner times – the dinner ladies make lovely food'...

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'We like the teachers because they are really kind, smart, fair and helpful. They inspire us every day'...

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'Every single person in the school is really friendly'...

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'We learn something new every day and it’s really exciting and fun'...

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'I like it when Mr Mills comes and says “Hello” '...

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'Teachers make lessons fun'...

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'I like how the teachers are very nice. Dorchester is special to me'...

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'I like it when we are learning new things'...

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