Our Curriculum

Whilst high levels of academic achievement are expected, we are concerned with all aspects of children’s development. It is our intention to provide, within a caring environment, a wide range of balanced learning opportunities which develop and extend the subject skills, key skills, thinking skills and achievements of all our children – a curriculum for the 21st century – which will help our pupils to grow up to be knowledgeable, independent, adaptable and responsible people and prepare them for a world in which the only constant is change.Dunnington CE Primary Curriculum Policy

Our staff carefully plan to ensure both curriculum coverage and progression in children’s learning and details of our approach to the curriculum can be found in the curriculum policy on our policies page.  


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The curriculum overview of all subjects for each year can be found in the newsletters and curriculum overviews on our classroom pages.

You can find out more about the National Curriculum for Key Stages 1 and 2 on the GOV.uk website, which includes the programmes of study for all subjects.

Phonics & Reading

We follow the ‘Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised’ systematic synthetic phonics programme for both phonics and reading.

We start teaching daily phonics in Reception and follow the Little Wandle progression throughout both Reception and Year 1, which ensures children build on their growing knowledge of the alphabetic code, mastering phonics to read and spell as they move through school.  We also timetable extra phonics lessons for any child in Year 2 or KS2 who is not fully fluent at reading or has not passed the Phonics Screening Check, in order that the gap between themselves and their peers does not widen.  

In Reception and Year 1, we teach children to read through reading practice sessions three times a week. These focus on decoding, prosody and comprehension and are taught to small groups of children using books matched to the children’s secure phonic knowledge. The decodable reading practice book is then shared with home to ensure success is shared with the family. ‘Sharing Story’ books also go home weekly in Reception and KS1 for parents to share and read to their children to encourage reading for pleasure. 

‘Reading for pleasure is the single most important indicator of a child’s success.’ (OECD 2002)


KS2 children are encouraged through reading and writing, to develop their powers of imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness.