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.