We want children to have a memorable experience at Dove Bank that encourages and inspires them to achieve in life and to aim to exceed their potential. We hope to foster the attitude of wanting to learn as well as needing to learn.
Our Curriculum Aims
The underpinning principles of our curriculum are committed to providing quality and excellence through an exciting, stimulating environment that stretches and develops the child as a whole.
- To provide a broad and balanced curriculum that includes our statutory obligations within the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and the National Curriculum.
- To enhance pupils’ individual capabilities, encouraging individuals to become independent, self-motivated and self-disciplined learners and members of school and the community.
- To encourage lively, enquiring minds and an enthusiasm towards school and education.
- To build confidence, self-respect, self-esteem and a sense of responsibility in each child; to help pupils to work co-operatively with consideration for others; to encourage pride in our school and community and to establish high standards in work and behaviour.
- To ensure that our pupils become literate and numerate.
- To develop enquiry, problem solving and creative skills and IT capability in line with the aims of the National Curriculum.
- To enable each pupil to develop physical awareness, stressing the values of healthy living and an understanding of the workings of the human body.
- To develop in pupils a respect for other people’s cultures and origins, and to reject biased attitudes towards sexism, racism and disability.
- To provide opportunities for spiritual growth. To help children to consider their own beliefs and those of others.
- To develop an understanding of an ever changing world concerning work, leisure and the environment.
Our school follows the Cornerstones Curriculum which is based on the National Curriculum.
To view a copy of the Government’s National curriculum, click here: Master_final_national_curriculum_220714
The Creative Curriculum
Our Curriculum aims to foster a life-long love of learning, through adopting a practical and cross-curricular approach to learning.
At every opportunity we aim to connect learning, and give children real life experiences that they can relate their learning to. We plan using progressive skills in all subjects. These skills underpin everything we do and we believe that if we rigorously drive home knowledge and skills then our children will have the tools needed to be successful independent learners for life.
We also free up additional time in the school day to enrich our children’s learning – our teachers have real freedom to own the curriculum and be truly creative with the learning experiences they give their children. They offer additional opportunities such as French teaching, outdoor lessons and whole class instrumental lessons.
We make every effort to ensure that parents are well informed about their child’s progress and the work of the school.
How to Help with Grammar Booklets …
Age Related End of Year Expectations leaflets
These booklets provides information for parents and carers on the end of year expectations for children in our school. The National Curriculum outlines these expectations as being the minimum requirements your child must meet in order to ensure continued progress.
All the objectives will be worked on throughout the year and will be the focus of direct teaching. Any extra support you can provide in helping your children to achieve these is greatly valued
Assessment for Learning
Assessment for Learning is at the heart of our practice. Staff will continue to regularly assess your child’s work in order to ensure that they continue to make the best progress they can in school. The information is used to match the curriculum to children’s needs and to set targets for improvement.
Statutory Tests set by the Department for Education
During the Summer term, pupils in the Foundation Stage, Year 2 and Year 6 children are assessed using teacher assessment and National Standard Assessment Tasks and Tests. The results are shared with parents and Year 2 and 6 results are published in the school’s prospectus. Year 1 pupils undergo a phonics screening test during the Summer Term.
Results are analysed, used to inform planning and identify areas for development on an individual and whole school basis. They are also used to support the on-going teacher assessment of pupils learning and achievement and aid the target setting process for the next academic year.
Gov.UK Education Pages: https://www.gov.uk/browse/education
Local Authority Schools Website: http://www.leics.gov.uk/index/education.htm
Other ways in which we keep you informed …
Autumn Term Parents’ Evening – Parents are invited to attend a formal Parents’ Evening in the Autumn to discuss how their child has settled back into school, as well as their initial progress.
Spring Term Reviews – These are formal parent interviews held in February. Parents are invited to make a ten-minute appointment with the class teacher to discuss their child’s progress and to look through samples of work.
Targets and ‘Gap Analysis’– Targets for English and Maths are shared with parents at Parents’ Evening through the form of a Gap Analysis report via Otrack.
Progress Checks – Brief progress reports at the end of the Autumn and Spring terms provide on-going information about children’s achievements against their targets, their behaviour/learning attitudes and attendance. The reports also provides ‘next step’ advice on how you can help your child.
Annual Written Report – Every child receives a written progress report at the end of the school year. The report addresses all areas of the curriculum and also includes comments on behaviour, attitude and effort. Parents are asked to acknowledge receipt of the report and are given the opportunity to write comments. Contents of the report can be discussed with the class teacher, if required.
Curriculum Evenings – From time to time meetings are organised to help parents to keep in touch with how the curriculum is taught. These occasions may take the form of ‘try-it’ sessions when parents will be able to experience activities in different subject areas and see examples of children’s work at different age levels. In addition to explanations about teaching strategies, parents are given guidance about games and activities to try at home.
Reading Diary and Learning Logs – We give every child a Home/School Diary. This is mainly a reading diary to record books read to a parent, or independently, at home. Homework is communicated through the use of a Learning Log.
Good News Notes – Staff will staple a note in the home-school diary if we have something great to let you know about your child’s day!
The Headteacher and Staff are always available to give advice, provide reassurance or suggest ways in which you can help your child at home. If you have any worries about progress please don’t hesitate to ask…