Our curriculum

At Great Dunham we believe the curriculum is everything a child experiences during their time in our school.  We use a thematic approach to teaching the curriculum using the national curriculum as the basis for each theme, underpinned by our essential skills and competencies.

Curriculum knowledge and skills are revisited throughout the children’s time at Great Dunham to enable them to connect the steps in their learning and embedded into their memory.

Generally a new theme is studied every half term.  Children are involved in the preplanning of the theme and contribute to what is taught through the KWL (Know, Want to know and have Learned) grid at the start of every half term.

Visits and visitors are an integral part of our learning and we are committed to delivering a rich and varied curriculum.  At the end of the theme, outcomes are shared with parents through open afternoons or performances.  Due to variations in year group cohort size we revisit our curriculum each year to ensure children receive a broad and balanced learning opportunity.

2018/19 overview of themes

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Oulton Wonderful Woodlands Then and Now Christmas Superheroes Lost and found Journeys Henry Blogg
Ranworth Vikings Lights, Camera, Action Somewhere to Settle Robot Chief Way Out West
Hickling Fields Familiar, Foreign and Far Away Time Zones Designers What is Art? What a Performance

See below for more detailed curriculum plans for 2018-2019.

2018-19 Long Term Plans YR Y1 Y2

2018-19 Long Term Plans Y3 Y4

2018-19 Long Term Plans Y5 Y6

Core Subjects

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science

Foundation Subjects

  • Computing
  • History
  • Geography
  • Design Technology (DT)
  • Art
  • Physical Education (PE)
  • Music
  • French (in Key Stage 2~ years 3-6)

We also teach:

  • Religious Education (RE)
  • Personal, Social, Health, Education (PSHE)
  • Citizenship

If you would like to know more about the National Curriculum please click here or for children under 5 years click here.