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.

We have developed our ‘Dorchester Dozen’ of learning experiences we want our children to have taken part in by the time they leave Dorchester. These have been carefully chosen to reflect our context and the things we know are important to our children and families. Our ‘Dorchester Dozen’ can be found below:

#1 – Visit a role play centre to develop social interaction and role play skills.

#2 – Visit a theatre to watch a show.

#3 – Attend a residential to develop independence, teamwork and confidence.

#4 – Visit the beach and fly a kite.

#5 – Go on a boat along the river.

#6 – Visit a farm and find out where food comes from.

#7 – Visit a zoo and learn to respect wildlife.

#8 – Visit our capital city….by train.

#9 – Visit a National Forest.

#10 – Be a member of the crowd at a sporting event.

#11 – Visit another country (Scotland).

#12 – Have a sleepover with friends (at school).

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:

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

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

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

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

Promoting character traits to deal with the challenges of life.

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

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

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

‘We love dinner times – the dinner ladies make lovely food’…

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‘I like it when we are learning new things’…

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‘We get the opportunity to make new friends’…

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‘I like it when Mr Mills comes and says “Hello” ‘…

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‘Every single person in the school is really friendly’…

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‘At Dorchester, things are always fair’…

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‘We learn something new every day and it’s really exciting and fun’…

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‘I like how the teachers are very nice. Dorchester is special to me’…

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‘Teachers make lessons fun’…

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‘Everyone is friendly and it’s a happy place’…

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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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