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School Curriculum

School Curriculum



Happy Learning for a Healthy Future

Dinton CE Primary School is an aspirational school looking to be the first choice for local families and to play a key role in the community.

Core British values and the Christian values of Respect, Trust, Responsibility, Friendship, Wisdom and Truthfulness provide the basis for the caring, supportive environment which instils a healthy self-esteem and respect for others in all who work in the school.

The school offers a high standard of teaching across a broad and balanced curriculum, aiming to provide all pupils with the learning opportunities and challenges that will allow them to reach their full potential and to be prepared for life-long learning.


We view our curriculum as everything we offer and provide within school for our children, covering the academic and beyond (see our Curriculum Vision and Curriculum Statement below). 

Our curriculum is rooted in our vision and ethos which arise from Thessalonians. It is effective as a vision as the school is encouraging the wider community to come together just as Paul did in Greece. Central to the theological underpinning is the theme of the letter offering strength and encouragement to believers by offering hope that Jesus was there to guide and support them in their ongoing journey. Our theological underpinning shared at the end of every act of Collective Worship is to ‘Encourage one another and build one another up, just as we are doing.’

From this foundation come our values, of Respect, Trust, Truthfulness, Wisdom, Responsibility and Friendship. Whatever activity or lesson the children are engaged in, we are endeavouring to develop these characteristics within them.

Our vision, ethos and values form the platform from which we develop and deliver our curriculum. 



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Our academic curriculum arises from the National Curriculum, as specified by the government.  We organise this knowledge into a cumulative and sequential progression, such that children re-visit key concepts and facts throughout their time with us, to secure understanding and retention in all subject areas.  These Knowledge and Skills Progressions can be viewed on each subject's page.  We also endeavour to ensure we provide a depth and breadth to our children's learning through a wide variety of trips and visitors to our school.


Due to our mixed-age classes we operate a 2-year curriculum cycle.  This is carefully mapped out to ensure coverage of the National Curriculum expectations, and to emphasise links within and between subjects.  This helps to ensure a depth and retention of knowledge. Our Curriculum Maps can be viewed below.

But we also look to provide beyond the scope of the National Curriculum, such that we help our children to develop an understanding of their own wellbeing; give them opportunities to grow personally and spiritually; and encourage an outlook that reaches out to the community beyond our school.


Through everything we do, every day in school, we are aiming to equip our children with what they specifically need to achieve their potential and succeed.  Meaning that children will leave this school as the very best readers, mathematicians and writers they can be, as well as with a strong foundation of knowledge and skills in all other subjects of the National Curriculum (science, RE, history, geography, art, music, DT, computing, French and PE).  This is combined with an understanding of health and fitness in mind, body and spirit, and a love of learning that will last for their lifetime.  They will also understand and demonstrate the Dinton values of Respect, Trust, Responsibility, Wisdom, Friendship and Truthfulness in all they do.  This means children leave us ready for the challenges they will face in secondary school and life beyond.

All work we undertake to develop and improve our curriculum is scaffolded and supported, reviewed and evaluated by the Acorn Education Trust.  For more information see the ‘Acorn Education Trust Curriculum Principles’ below.

If you wish to find out anything more about our curriculum please get in touch with us through one of the ways shown on the Contact Us - Dinton CE Primary School