Our curriculum

Piddle Valley CE First School

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Our School Curriculum


 At Piddle Valley CE First School, every child's ability is valued and developed, underpinned by our Christian Core Values of respect, courage, responsibility, forgiveness and creativity. Our curriculum is shaped to meet individual needs and aspirations to ensure all our children are engaged and motivated to learn. We have high expectations across all aspects of the curriculum with a strong focus on English and Maths. We promote enjoyment for learning and encourage children to be independent and reflective learners.

Piddle Valley CE First School teaches the National Curriculum.


Religious Education is taught through Understanding Christianity/Discovery RE.


The school teaches Personal, Social and Health Education through the Jigsaw programme.


The school promotes a Child-led Curriculum that put our children and their interests at the heart of learning.


Music, Design and Technology, ICT, Art and Design and Humanities are all key areas of learning in our curriculum.

Through the curriculum, we give our children the opportunity to make suggestions on how we might approach a topic/theme as well as to ask questions they would like answered within the topic.

The teachers’ then plan the topic based Curriculum to reflect the ideas of our children ensuring full coverage of each age groups objectives. Due to our mixed age groups we follow a two year cycle across the school. We also work collaboratively with other schools within our mini pyramid as part of the Dorchester Area Schools Partnership (DASP) agree the topic focus for Humanities from Year 3 to Year 6.

We continue to promote our themed weeks/events such as Arts Week, Science Week, Healthy Body & Healthy Brain and Samba drumming workshops as we believe this enables our pupils to experience a wide range of learning opportunities and to work with artists and specialist teachers who really have a passion and knowledge for their subject.


The National Primary Curriculum

The link below will take you to the National Curriculum page on the Department for Education website.  Here, you can see the individual subject areas and year groups and how these subjects are to be taught.

 If you have any queries or wish to discuss your child's learning then please talk to your child's class teacher. https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum



 Reading and Phonics The school teaches phonics in reception to Year 1 (Year 2 for struggling readers) through Letters & Sounds with some resources taken from Read Write Inc.  This is a fun and child centered approach to teaching sounds using a multi-sensory and kinesthetic approach.

Read Write Inc. books are sent home weekly for parents to read with their child and learn the sounds taught in school.

Our reading scheme includes a wide range of books. These are colour coded and linked directly to a particular phonic sound or phase. Our reading scheme includes fiction, non-fiction and poetry. The reading scheme is used to support the appropriate Letters and Sounds phase for each individual with access for our pupils to arrange of fiction and non-fiction texts to share with parents/carers and to encourage children to read for pleasure 

 From Year 2, we use ‘No Nonsense Spelling’ to support our teaching of spelling coupled with the National Curriculum objectives.


Singapore Maths

 The school has introduced ‘Maths No Problem’ using Singapore Maths strategies and teaching methods. We use the Maths No Problem scheme of textbooks and workbooks in class to give the structure of the learning and ensure coverage of all mathematical concepts are fully taught.

Singapore Maths emphases teaching pupils to solve problems and ensures that pupils learn concepts through the use of concrete, pictorial and abstract learning (CPA).

We focus on our pupils being able to make connections in their learning and explain their reasoning. 

We have recently (November 2019) started using White Rose to supplement the teaching of maths across the school particularly to support mixed age groups. White Rose enables staff to introduce key vocabulary to the children as well as pose key questions related to a maths theme. We feel it is a useful vehicle to implement the pedagogy/intent of our maths curriculum.

The Early Years Curriculum From September 2012, our Reception class introduced the revised Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework. The curriculum is implemented through planned, purposeful play and through a mix of adult-led and child-initiated activity.

Curriculum Overview

Each half term or half term in some instances, we send home a Parent Curriculum leaflet that shows which elements of the curriculum are being taught that half term through individual subjects or through a topic based curriculum.

On the Curriculum overview we provide ideas on how parents are able to support their child's learning. In the Early Years parents/carers are also invited to share ideas with their children in themes/topics that interest the children. This may be generated by a favourite story book, a family visit or an interest the child has expressed.

Curriculum Outcomes

At the end of a topic, generally the end of a term the parents are invited into school for a ‘sharing’ of the children’s learning. This may be as an assembly or when parents come into the classroom to share displays, workbooks etc.