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Dallimore Primary School Curriculum

The publication of the new National Curriculum determined that, by September 2014, schools were required to carry out a review of the curriculum that they provide for their children in key stages 1 and 2 and design a new curriculum to meet the requirements of the new document. The Early Years curriculum remained the same.

At Dallimore we used an INSET day in early 2014 to carry out a full review of our current curriculum and plan a new curriculum to be implemented in September 2014.

As we have mixed classes (eg year 3 children in a class with year 4 children) it was decided that we needed to retain a 2 year rolling program of topics and areas to be covered. This means that children do not repeat topics year after year.

For 2014 to 2015 we are following Cycle1 of the program with Cycle 2 running throughout 2015 to 2016.

In addition to the planned cycle we also run themed weeks and days. These include 'Book week', 'Science week', 'Festivals week', 'Local History week', 'Maths day' etc …. These provide children with varied and sustained periods of study and often involve visitors coming into school or trips out.

We will continue to review the curriculum to ensure that we are not only providing a range of activities and learning experiences but also to ensure the topics and areas covered are relevant to current world events.



Dallimore Curriculum 2014-2016

Rolling programme

Key stage 1

 Cycle 1Cycle 2
ScienceAnimals and their off-springSpace/ Growing PlantsFood chains/ habitats (mini-beasts)SensesWeatherMaterials and Friction
GeographyOurselves and Homes Around the World 



The Seaside
HistorySpace Great fire of London The Seaside
Art and DesignArtist Study (Lowry – urban pictures)

Planet pictures

(Paint techniques)

Art from around the world

(Famous artists from each country and


Creating rain forest display

(Using a range of materials)

ComputingUsing the network/ E-safety and internet useControl – Beebots and roamersDigital imagery – Auto CollageBlock programming – Theory, putting cards in order.E-Safety collaborating onlineTurning block programming into onscreen Textease turtle +LEGO WedoUsing the network/ E-safety and internet useIsle of tune – Ipads and laptops - musicData handling- Inputting and sorting data into databases and spreadsheets. Creating simple chartsCollaboration using Office 365. Sharing text and imagesIntroduction to Scratch! – Movement with WEDO
Design and TechnologyHealthy eating making smoothies/fruit salad.Making Moon Buggies Tudor Houses  Making lighthouses
MusicWhat's the mood?-Listen to and understand a range of high quality musicPlay tuned and un-tuned instruments (Holst – The planets)Music from around the world.  Listen to and understand a range of high quality musicOrigins of old nursery rhymes. Use voices expressively and creatively.Rainforests sounds- experiment with, create, select and combine soundsSounds of the sea- play tuned and un-tunes instruments
REWhat does it mean to belong?What can we learn from creation stories?Who is a Christian/ Muslim/ Jew and what do they believe?How do we show that we care about others?Who is an inspiring person and why?In what ways is a church/ mosque/ synagogue important to believers?
How and why do we celebrate special times?What do stories of Jesus tell Christians about how to live?
PEGymnastics: Key steps to Gymnastics. Derby City Gymnastic (scheme of work)Dance: Stars (Val Sabin Dance p55) Reach for the Stars (Val Sabin p184)Games: games from other countriesGymnastics: Key steps to Gymnastics. Derby City Gymnastic Dance: Fog and Sunshine (Val Sabin p147)Games: tennis, bat & ball games, swingball. Athletics- throwing events, running events, jumping events.

                   * Cooking Autumn Term                                                                 *Cooking Autumn Term                                                    



Lower Key Stage 2

 Cycle 1Cycle 2
ScienceAnimals and Skeletons/ Simple ForcesGrowing PlantsRocks/ Light & ShadowCircuits and conductors/ SoundsChanges of state/ Water Cycle/ Weather StationsLiving things and food chains/ Teeth and the digestive system
GeographyUk and the regions/ BonjourIt's a disaster Mighty Mountains Brazil
History Stone age to iron ageBygone IlkestonRomansAncient Egypt 
Art and Design SculptureImpressionist Painting Weaving 
ComputingRevisit AUP, E-safety/ search skillsPassword strength and cloud storage for sharing

Scratch! – Making simple programs and labelling with explanations.


Refining searches using BooleanCreate a promotional video advertising Dallimore IPADS and camerasRevisit AUP, E-safety/ search skillsAudacity – Create an audio book (Sound manipulation


If, then and else – Move onto basic senses with WEDO

Spreadsheets – Budgeting for a party Simple formulaeData logging- Collecting readings using loggers and apps
Design and TechnologyDesign and make a shelter  Make an electronic game Making a healthy snack
MusicListen with attentionUnderstand staff and other notationsBygone songs- Develop an understanding of history of musicCompose music for game- Improvise and composeEgyptian Music. Appreciate and understand a range of music from different traditionsBrazilian Music- play and perform solo
REWhat do different people believe about God?How and why do Christians follow Jesus?What do religions teach about the natural world and why should we care about it?Why is the bible so important for Christians?Why is Easter so important for Christians?How can we make our town a more respectful place?
What are the deeper meanings of festivals?Can religions help to build a fair world?
PEGymnastics: Val Sabin scheme of workDance:  Val Sabin scheme of workGames:Gymnastics:  Val Sabin scheme of workDance:  Val Sabin scheme of workGames:  Athletics- throwing events, running events, jumping events.

                             *Cooking summer term                                                         *Cooking summer term



Upper Key Stage 2

 Cycle 1Cycle 2
SciencePlants and Animals/ Light and ShadowHealthy Living/ ElectricityForces/ Sex EdSolids, Liquids and Gasses


Plants and Animals (Lifecycles)

Life cycles/ Sex Ed


Geography Uganda   River/ Field Study
HistoryKings and Queens Mayan CivilizationSaxons and VikingsAncient Greece 
Art and Design Vegetable portraits  Making planet sculpturesObservational drawing and painting
ComputingRevisit AUP, E-safety/ social media/ cyber bullyingHow do computers, networks and the internet work?Audacity/Garage band – Working with musical layeringData collection- Advanced formulae, sorting and privacyAnimation- Claymation and pivot stick to retell a storyRevisit AUP, E-safety/ social media/ cyber bullyingImage manipulation – Photospheres and effectsOnline collaboration, blogs and wikisWeb design on Office 365Programming, debugging and creating simple games in Scratch/Kodu.
Design and TechnologyJointed shadow puppets Chocolate- link to enterpriseDrawstring coin purses or jewellery  
MusicDevelop understanding of the history of musicAppreciate and understand a range of music from different traditionsImprovise and composePlay and performUnderstand staff and other notationsListen with attention- play and perform


REWhat makes a leader worth following?What do religions say to us when life gets hard?What can be learned from the Muslim way of life?Why is pilgrimage important to some religious believers?What is the purpose and value of a sacred place?How do people express their faith through the arts?
Why is prayer important for religious believers?Why is the Qu'ran so important to Muslims?
PEGymnastics: Val Sabin scheme of workDance:  Electricity (divider 7 of Derby City Dance Resource 6 wks & Val Sabin Dance)Games: Tennis, Hockey, Basketball, Rounders, Cricket, NetballGymnastics:  Val Sabin scheme of work- space P24Dance:  Space (unit 6) Derby City Dance Resource (6 wks)Games:  Athletics- throwing events, running events, jumping events.
Year 5 Swimming









                                                                                                                   *Cooking Spring term