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Our curriculum

Our Curriculum Beliefs
 
“Learning has been defined in cognitive psychology as an alteration in long-term memory: “If nothing has altered in long-term memory nothing has been learned.” Progress, therefore, means knowing more (including knowing how to do more) and remembering more. When new knowledge and existing knowledge connect in learners’ minds, this gives rise to understanding. As learners develop unconscious competence and fluency, this will allow them to develop skills. Progress should not be defined by hitting the next data point. Rather, if learners attain within a well-sequenced, well-constructed curriculum, they are making progress.”   OFSTED guidance
 
"One of the areas we sometimes lose sight of is the real substance of education. Not the exam grades or the progress scores, but instead the real meat of what is taught in our schools – the curriculum. Education should be about broadening minds, enriching communities and advancing civilisation. Ultimately it is about leaving the world a better place than we found it" Amanda Spielman, 2019
Curriculum update- Dec 2021
  
During the last two academic years, schools have been faced with lockdowns, remote learning and bubble closures but this September we came back excited to reignite our curriculum journey. During the strange times of remote learning, teachers worked hard to keep the magic of our Dale Hall curriculum alive so that learning at home could be just as exciting but this year we are excited for the full curriculum to be taught in school!  
 
This term curriculum leaders have been looking at priorities for their subjects. Leaders have begun looking at progression in their curriculum area and are considering how pupils build on their prior learning. How do we know pupils are building on their prior learning each week, term and school year? Our leaders are also making sure that their curriculum documents reflect the new EYFS curriculum. 
 
"I am so grateful that the learning menus during lockdown didn't just focus on English and Maths- children didn't miss out on all the curriculum has to offer"
"How teachers managed to capture children imagination through a computer screen amazed me every day!"
 Parent quotes Feb 2021
 
There is a new RSHE curriculum and this is statutory from September 2021 so don't forget to look at the new RSHE subject page too. 
 
Mrs Spalding
Deputy Headteacher
Our Curriculum journey (2019-2022)
 
In 2019 as part of our School Development plan we began to review and redesign our curriculum. We started this during our January PD day where we began to work on our curriculum statements and staff discussed what our curriculum has to offer pupils at Dale Hall. We looked at what a broad and balanced curriculum looks like in reality. We reviewed the National Curriculum requirements for each Key Stage and reviewed coverage across our school. We looked at good practice in other schools and worked through the Ofsted Guidance.
 
At Dale Hall we have developed an immersive text led curriculum, focusing predominantly on skills as well as knowledge. We use the Power of Reading to ensure that all topics are themed around a text that is vocabulary rich and high quality.
 
Aut 1 2021
This year curriculum continues to be a development priority. All subject leaders have created a skills/knowledge overview for their subject and reflected on what their subject has to offer pupils at Dale Hall. Have a look at their individual subject pages to find out more.
In autumn 1 subject leaders created action plans for their subject and focused on consistency in their subject. They monitored the way their subjects are planned for, delivered and assessed. Subject leaders developed their own curriculum pages on our website.
 
 
Spring term 2022
 
 This term subject leaders will be carrying out further monitoring in their subject areas. All subject leaders have received CPD on cultural capital and have reflected on what more we could do to enhance the cultural knowledge and experiences of our pupils. Subject leaders have been asked to produce a curriculum statement for their subject which highlights each subjects unique offer, bespoke to Dale Hall. We have also joined the learning partnerships programme which offers high quality CPD and links to subject leader networks. All our subject leaders will have received training by the end of the Spring term on how to lead their subject successfully. 
 
 
 
"Wow, it's quite amazing how broad your curriculum really is at Dale Hall. The children are so engaged and it's clear that they have the opportunity to learn so many skills and learn them deeply"
Quote from supply teacher 2021
 
Skills overviews for each subject can be found on each curriculum area page. You can also have a look at our class pages for our up to date Medium Term plans and Parent Leaflets. 
 
You can find the Primary National Curriculum here