At Dunbury Academy we believe that children learn best when they are motivated, happy and inspired so we offer an exciting and enriching curriculum which is carefully planned to meet the needs of every individual. If you would like to find out more about the curriculum we follow you can click on the links below. Please do visit our achievement page for a sense of how we bring the curriculum subjects to life.
Our curriculum fulfils the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage and the 2014 National Curriculum but we use these documents to help structure a much wider set of rich and exciting learning experiences.
Children in our Reception Year learn through exploration, discovery and play, in a rich learning environment, guided and ignited by high-quality teaching and assessment.
Reading is highly valued at Dunbury. For home reading books, we use the Oxford Reading Tree and supplement these staged books with other titles, including from Rigby Star and Project X. Early on, the acquisition of phonics is prioritised and the books children take home to read support their current phonics learning. As their fluency increases the range of home reading books widens. Reading comprehension becomes the emphasis as children become more fluent.
Currently children from Y1 to Y6 learn Japanese as a foreign language, taught by Mr Barker and supported by Mrs Barker (a Japanese national). The emphasis is on developing positive attitudes to learning about different cultures, through everyday communication, storytelling and fun. We hope it will be a great starting point for learning languages and exploring the world in the future!
Our approach to the curriculum is thematic, linking subjects together wherever possible within the context of the chosen topics. Links are made and encouraged across the curriculum, including meaningful opportunities to write and apply mathematics.
Our teachers plan carefully to produce exciting, relevant and differentiated activities which ensure that all children are able to access the curriculum and achieve high standards.
We are passionate about growing lifelong learners so we teach our pupils to be both aspirational and reflective. We have adopted an approach to exploring depth of learning called the "SOLO Taxonomy". For a simple explanation, watch this video.
We have developed our own system which is as follows:
"Never heard of it" (prestructural understanding - the concept is unknown)
"Heard of it" (unistructural understanding - the concept is known but knowledge is very limited)
"Getting there..." (multistructural understanding - knowing a few things about the concept)
"Got it" (relational understanding - able to apply knowledge of the concept to solve problems)
"Owned it!" (extended abstract understanding - able to use the concept to create something new, to link it to the "big picture"...)
We are fortunate to have very well-resourced music provision at Dunbury. In addition to this core curriculum, in Years Three and Four children embark on a programme of study with Dorset Music Service, studying an instrument which might be anything from the flute to the violin, from samba drums to trombones.
Children at Dunbury are offered the opportunity to learn to play an instrument through peripatetic tuition provided by the Dorset Music Service. If your child is interested in starting music lessons then please enquire for more details at the school office. Here is a link to the Dorset Music Service website where you can find information on instrument hire, funding opportunities, playing opportunities and much more:
Please note, if you are in receipt of certain benefits or your child is eligible for free school meals, we will fully fund music tuition as part of our Pupil Premium strategy. Please speak to the office for details.
We are also delighted to be able to offer peripatetic tuition in Mandarin Chinese. This is delivered in weekly small group sessions for all ages across the school by Mrs Hua Yuan He. So far this has been tremendous fun and a really exciting opportunity for the children both to learn more about the wider world and also to develop very useful skills for their future lives. Have a look at the Christmas card from the Mandarin groups below!
To find out more about any aspect of our curriculum, please contact Mr Barker through the school office.