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Dovelands Primary School

A Rights Respecting School


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Curriculum Design

Our Curriculum Intent for successful local and global citizens


We have created an environment which is positive and respectful, reflecting our UNICEF Rights respecting School. We teach children that they have a voice and have the ability and confidence to express themselves. Our school ethos is detailed below:



Through our curriculum we not only equip our children with the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum but also prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. We place reading at the heart of children’s learning. Opportunities are found to give children chances to excel, for example in sport and music and we use specialist teaching in dance, sport, music, gardening and French.


We have developed a structured progressive curriculum based on a shared understanding of what we want for our children and how we are going to achieve it. Our curriculum develops children who are curious with a thirst for knowledge and a love of learning.  Our work to give children individual feedback through ‘conferencing’ is focused on metacognition and the character qualities that the children need to become resilient learners. We prepare the children for the next stage in their journey through Dovelands, and beyond.


Each subject is coherently planned to give all pupils the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in the subject. Across the school, series of lessons contribute well to delivering the subject curriculum, developing the vocabulary that children need and embedding the depth of skills and knowledge that we want the children to acquire. We give children opportunities to work both collaboratively and independently in order to achieve better outcomes and support children to develop their skills of evaluation, creativity, problem-solving and enquiry.


Subject leaders know their subject, access professional networks, training and resources, and support teachers where there are professional development requirements. They drive their own subject and they know what a good lesson in their subject looks like.


We provide opportunities to enhance the children’s cultural capital, that are planned for and give the children the knowledge (General Knowledge) and skills that they need to be good citizens and that expose them to the broad range of human endeavour in the arts, literature, science and humanities. We also provide the opportunity for children to learn from and about other cultures, respect diversity, cooperate with one another and appreciate and celebrate our differences.

If you require any further information about the curriculum please do speak to your child's class teacher.  


We pride ourselves on ensuring that we provide an inclusive learning environment for all pupils, including those with SEND. Additional information on this can be found here Special Educational Needs | Dovelands Primary School (