Curriculum overview
At Docking Primary school our broad and balanced curriculum is underpinned with the aim of developing caring, respectful, independent and critical thinkers who are prepared for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences in their next stage of education and life.

Our curriculum is designed to meet the needs of all our children and to provide the opportunities needed for them to achieve their full potential within a caring Christian ethos. Factors which make our school unique, such as our rural setting, richness of surrounding natural environments, local history and village community have all been considered.

Our challenges include mixed age classes, mixed Key Stage classes and split year groups - which vary from year to year dependent on cohort sizes. These are combined with factors such as the layout of the site, isolation of some communities, lack of cultural diversity and opportunities and facilities which arise from having a nearby city environment.

Since 2013, curriculum development has been overseen by Miss Chell (Teacher), in consultation with EYFS and key subject leads. It has been, and continues to be, adapted and advanced in response to staff and pupil feedback, current educational best practice and advice from subject specialists within the St Mary Federation and wider educational community.

We operate two four-year rolling programmes of study based around engaging, age appropriate topics. These ensure that positive features of our unique environment are maximised, for example Holme’s Sea Henge in the unit ‘The Past Around Us’. We also provide opportunities to broaden the children’s experiences which are limited due to the factors identified above, such as our residential exchange with Colebourne Primary School in Birmingham, carol singing at the Waldorf Hotel (London) and participating in projects such  as working with the nationally renowned Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

All aspects of the National curriculum are covered with staff differentiating teaching within each topic theme to ensure age appropriateness, progression and to cater for individual needs.
KS1 Rolling programme
  1. A
    Ourselves Then and now Dinosaurs Plants around us Airports Seaside life
  2. B
    What do we eat? Weather Homes Mini beasts Artists Olympics
  3. C
    Families Toys Wild/endangered animals Growing plants Trains Changing seasides
  4. D
    Healthy foods/eating Seasons Buildings Pets Authors World cup
The following subjects will still be delivered discretely although some aspects may be linked to or applied within the topic:
R.E. (Norfolk Syllabus) – based on Norfolk best practice framework for enquiry
Maths (some areas as appropriate)
Grammar and sentence construction
Reading workshops will also take place for the application of phonic knowledge and high frequency words and comprehension
KS2 Rolling programme
  1. A
    World wars Norfolk Extreme earth Mexico Authors Theme parks
  2. B
    What do we eat? Composers Energy Britain today Ancient civilizations Olympics
  3. C
    Vehicles Docking Natural disasters Roman empire Invaders and settlers Artists
  4. D
    Keeping healthy Engineers Water Capital cities The past around us World cup
The following subjects will still be delivered discretely although some aspects may be linked to or applied within the topic:
R.E. (Norfolk Syllabus) – based on Norfolk best practice framework for enquiry
Maths (some areas as appropriate)
Grammar and sentence construction
Reading workshops will also take place for the application of word knowledge, phonics and comprehension
Foreign Languages - French


Our curriculum aims to provide pupils with a high quality mathematics education, enabling them to become fluent with the fundamentals of mathematics, reason mathematically and apply their knowledge and skills within a variety of contexts.
The school curriculum emphasises the basics as a strong foundation. These are taught via discrete daily maths sessions enabling clear and structured progression. Basic skills are tracked and reinforced on a regular basis. Medium and short term planning for year groups is aided by the Hamilton Trust plans which are adapted to ensure the needs of our children are met.
Mathematics is an interconnected subject and, in addition to teaching discrete sessions, our curriculum has identified ways to apply, deepen and extend learning via a thematic approach. Mathematics skills have been mapped across the curriculum, at age appropriate levels, to ensure rigour and progression. To enrich this provision further, the school organises whole school themed mathematical days and participates in local and nation events, such as the NSPCC Number Day.


Our curriculum aims to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.  This in turn informs their writing skills.
At EYFS and Key Stage 1, phonics is taught through discrete daily lessons with skills then applied within the reading workshops.
Writing will be taught mainly through themed topics; however there will be discrete lessons for spelling, grammar and punctuation and handwriting.  In order to ensure thorough coverage, key texts types have been identified as a focus in each topic.  To ensure progression genres will be revisited regularly.
To enrich this provision further, the school organises whole school themed literacy days such as ‘Step out of a Story Day’, and national events such as ‘World Book Day’.


We aim to enable pupils to experience and observe phenomena, through looking at the natural and humanly constructed world around them. As pupils progress they broaden their scientific view of the world by exploring, talking about, testing and developing ideas. Our curriculum will encourage the children to be curious and ask questions about what they notice. Working scientifically, the children will use different types of enquiry to make decisions on how to answer their own questions and investigations.
They will be taught to use practical methods, processes and skills including:
  • Observing changes over a period of time
  • Noticing patterns
  • Grouping and classifying things
  • Carrying out simple comparative tests
  • Finding out things using secondary sources of information
Children will be encouraged to talk and discuss their experiences using scientific vocabulary and language. Children will have the opportunity to have first hand practical experiences, through activities in and out of school and communicate to others using cross curricular skills.
Children will study and research the impact of prominent figures in the scientific community on the world around them.

Physical education

In P.E. we aim to develop skills through a broad range of physical activities and by giving all children the opportunity to compete in a variety of sporting events in and out school. We ensure children become physically active and confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect. Federation opportunities help develop co-operation and team work as well as widening the range of activities available.
By offering experiences in many sports, children can find an area of interest that they may wish to pursue out of school. Where possible, areas of P.E. are linked to topics being taught in each class and to the wider sporting calendar, e.g. The Olympics. Docking School offers a range of after school sporting clubs, where children can further develop and enhance skills learnt during their P.E. lessons. They also learn how to be part of a team and enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. 


We believe a high-quality computing education will equip pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world.  Pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. 
ICT is used to enhance learning throughout the curriculum; our teaching ensures pupils become competent, independent users. Our curriculum ensures that online safety is paramount.


We aim to provide the pupils with an environment where they all feel happy and safe.  It is a place where they can express their feelings and have them valued and a place where their opinions are appreciated. PSHE is not taught in isolation but within the SEAL programme and is firmly embedded in all areas of the curriculum.  The SEAL topics are included in assemblies and all daily school life.  In year 6 the class have directed lessons in Sex Education.
Throughout the school year the learning and development of the children’s PSHE skills will be supported by class and whole school themed visits.  We positively welcome and encourage visitors to our school, people from our local community, from far and wide and from all walks of life to contribute to the delivery of PSHE and citizenship.


Our curriculum aims is to provide our pupils with a high quality history education that will help the pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. To enabling them to be curious to know more about the past
The teaching will provide support to help the pupils gain knowledge and understanding of the connections between local, regional, national and international history; between cultural economic, military, political, religious and social history; and between short and long-term timescales. 
To enrich their provision further the School organises whole School themed history days and participates in local and national events, such as the up and coming World War 1 commemorative events.


Our curriculum aim is to provide a high-quality geography education that inspires pupils to be curious and to have a fascination of the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.
Geography is taught across the School in a variety of context to equip the pupils to understand the process that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world. To support the pupils to interpret a range of resources they will utilise geographical information, maps, diagrams, globes and aerial photographs.
In their geography teaching there is cross curriculum links with numeracy and literacy. We provide extensions to their learning with local community visits as well as School themed trips. 


Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. It is a broad and expressive subject that will be taught alongside other areas of the curriculum with a thematic approach. Children will have a focused technique each half term, e.g. sketching, and will develop these each year. They will be given the opportunity to evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design, as well as learning about great artists, craft makers and designers.

Design and technology

Design and Technology is taught as part of our topic based curriculum.  Children are encouraged to use creativity and imagination to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of topic concepts.  Progression ensures that they build a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high quality products. Design and Technology also incorporates the principles of nutrition, healthy eating, and the skills required to cook. 


As music is a universal language, it is naturally embedded throughout the curriculum and so is an aid to increasing children’s self- confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. They will be encouraged to develop a critical listening ear and be able to communicate their thoughts and feelings to others. Children will have opportunities to perform, compose, listen to and evaluate music across a range of styles, traditions and genres including the works of great composers and musicians.
Children will have the opportunity to sing and learn an instrument, to use musical notation and technical devices, allowing them to develop their musical excellence.
They will experience performance, both within the school calendar and through wider exposure with specialist musicians.


Although languages may be introduced at Key Stage 1, French will be formally taught at Key Stage 2. The main focus is to enable pupils to make substantial progress in one language.
In addition to the teaching the language, some aspects of geography or culture will be covered

Early years

The children in our Nursery and Reception classes all follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum which incorporates 6 areas of learning: personal, social and emotional development; communication, language and literacy; problem solving, reasoning and numeracy; knowledge and understanding of the world; physical development and creative development. We provide a play-based curriculum which uses both the indoor and outdoor environment, which helps the children develop lively and enquiring minds as well as social and physical skills. We plan the curriculum through a continuous programme of observation and assessment of each child, so that it is appropriate to their individual needs and development. Parents play a vital role in their children’s education and we encourage their active involvement.
In Reception children receive more whole-class and small group teaching as well as participating in whole-school events and assemblies where appropriate. The curriculum is largely delivered through topics such as ‘Ourselves’ or ‘Dinosaurs’ which are developed through the children’s interests. We teach early literacy skills, which include daily phonics sessions and weekly extended writing sessions.

Religious education

As a Church School, religion forms an integral part of everyday school life. RE is taught as a discrete subject in line with the Norfolk Syllabus and all main religions are studied. Collective worship promotes the Christian ethos and we have close links with the local Church and Christian community.