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Church of England Academy

'Strength in difference, together we are one, together we fly high'

Courage – I rise to a challenge and I am brave.

Friendship – I encourage others and build them up.

Trust – I am honest and helpful and make the right choices.

Respect – I treat others how I would like to be treated.

Curriculum Overview

Our Curriculum Intent

At Dunbury, we believe that is it the right of each new generation to be better than the preceding one.  We want our children to become nurturing compassionate global citizens who can make complex decisions in intelligent ways. 


Biblical Underpinning

Dunbury is a Church of England school, with a vision, which is rooted in Galatians 3:28, “for we are all one in Christ”.  This drives our vision for our community.


Our Vision

Our approach to the curriculum is firmly rooted in our vision:

Strength in difference, together we are one, together we fly high.’

Our six curriculum themes linked to our vision aims to develop our children’s awareness about: themselves and others; our world and our role as its custodian and collaboration and aspirations. 



Our Christian Values

Our curriculum and vision is underpinned by our core Christian values of friendship, respect, courage and trust.  Our values underpin everything we do and the behaviour that we aspire to achieve on a daily basis.

British Values

We promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.


Our Curriculum Drivers

When designing our curriculum, we took into account the needs of our learners and community, our vision and values, and the location of our school. These ‘big ideas’ or curriculum drivers are used to underpin the development work we undertake in all areas of school life and to ensure our curriculum offer is enriched and personalised to our children and their families.

Our Curriculum Maps

Our curriculum maps are the overview of how our curriculum drivers, vision, the national curriculum and the early years foundation stage are organised and connected throughout the school.  As a small rural school with mixed age classes, we have laid out our curriculum on a rolling basis.  As a child moves through the school they experience coverage of the curriculum through different topics. 


Please click on the links below to see our curriculum maps for this year.

To find out more about our curriculum, please click on the links below or talk to your child's class teacher. 


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Click on the class pages to see an overview of what your child will be learning this year.

       Beech                   Maple                      Cherry              Golden Willow            Scots Pine


Music tuition

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 may be able to provide some support towards music tuition as part of our Pupil Premium strategy. Please speak to the office for details.