Our curriculum

At Great Dunham we believe the curriculum is everything a child experiences during their time in our school. We are a small, rural school with a constantly evolving curriculum which responds to the needs of our learners and their interests by enhancing learning experiences and raising awareness from the local area to national and global arenas. We aim to develop outward looking pupils who are able to engage in learning about themselves and have an understanding of the wider world and its complex cultures.
Our curriculum is intended to

  • develop  our head and body~ what we learn
  • develop our hearts and character~ who we are
  • develop our actions and attitudes~ how we live and learn
  • develop our moral compass~ where we fit in the world

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.

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.

See below for more detailed skills progressions for each year group.

Year 1 Skills Progression

Year 2 Skills Progression

Year 3 Skills Progression

Year 4 Skills Progression

Year 5 Skills Progression

Year 6 Skills Progression