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Our School Curriculum

The School Curriculum at Dishforth Church of England School

At Dishforth CE Primary, we offer a broad and balanced curriculum, which promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society, and prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.

The school curriculum comprises all the learning and other experiences we offer; the national curriculum forms one part of our school curriculum. You can read more information on the National Curriculum on our website at:

Our school curriculum is underpinned by the following principles:

Our Curriculum will be literacy-rich

  • A literacy-rich curriculum will immerse children in high-quality texts. Children will develop into confident readers and writers with the acquisition of rich language. Children will develop a lifelong love of reading and writing.

Our Curriculum will be enquiry-led

  • An enquiry-led curriculum will provide children with the skills, knowledge and understanding they need to think critically, to question and to reason. Children will be taught to listen to others, respect different viewpoints and to be open-minded during debates and discussions. It will support children in developing resilience by seeing mistakes as a learning opportunity.

Our curriculum will be rich in outdoor learning

  • A curriculum rich in outdoor learning experiences will promote respect for the environment. It will ignite children’s curiosity and instil a love for the outdoors. Through outdoor learning experiences, we aim to promote healthy lifestyles and offer a range of real-life experiences.

Our curriculum will be rooted in the Christian values and our school’s core Christian values

  • A curriculum rooted in Christian values will teach children to be confident, compassionate and respectful individuals. It will encourage children to be responsible citizens who have the skills and understanding to develop into well-rounded individuals.

Our curriculum will be rich in first-hand learning experiences

  • A curriculum rich in first-hand learning experiences will make learning memorable. It will enrich the learning experiences of all children and promote awe and wonder.

An overview of the long-term planning for each class for 2018/19 will be available at the beginning of the autumn term by following the links below or on the individual class pages.

Parents will receive a termly class newsletter giving more information about the current topics being studied. Copies of the latest Curriculum newsletters can be found on the class pages. If you would like any further information on the curriculum followed in school, please speak to your child's class teacher.