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 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.
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