The staff and Governors of Dovedale Primary School aim to tailor education to individual need to enable us to fulfil the potential of every child.

We have designed a rich, broad and balanced curriculum which aligns high standards in the basics with opportunities for enrichment and creativity, to ensure learning and personal development for all pupils. Its core foundations are taken from the Early Learning Goals (EYFS) and the National Curriculum for Key Stage 1 and 2. But of equal importance, our curriculum goes well beyond the statutory requirements. We have developed a bespoke curriculum, designed by our school’s leaders alongside staff, pupils and parents to ensure the needs of our children and their families are met. The importance of the school’s locality and community as a learning resource is embedded throughout. This learning is then enriched with a curriculum that extends their learning beyond the locality to an understanding of their place in the UK and wider, with exciting global and multicultural content.

Beyond the knowledge that the academic curriculum provides, we are passionate about teaching our pupils to grow as life-long learners and individuals. We have created a programme of personal and social education to nurture pupils to become positive, confident adults. We place great emphasis on social, moral, spiritual and cultural learning along with promoting British values in a range of creative forms.

Our school curriculum aims:

  • To develop a lifelong love of learning.
  • To achieve high standards and make good progress.
  • To enable those not achieving age-related expectations to diminish the difference and close the gaps.
  • To develop key literacy, numeracy and ICT skills.
  • To develop enquiring minds through enquiry-based approaches
  • To excite and offer pupils first hand experiences to re-enforce their learning to underpin their growing knowledge, skills and understanding


Our curriculum is enhanced and enriched by a range of visits, visitors and experiences linked to children’s learning each term and residential visits in Y2, Y4 and Y6. In addition to statutory requirements, our KS2 children study Mandarin, taught by a specialist teacher, in KS2 each week and all children in Y2-Y6 learn swimming for a half term every year.

In Years 1-6, we teach the following as discrete subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, Computing, Art and design, French (KS2), History, Geography, Design Technology, PE, Music, RE and PSHE.

Learning in each subject has been planned to ensure children build their knowledge, skills and understanding progressively in Y1 to Y6.

Teachers in each year group take the school’s scheme of work and key learning outcomes and adapt these to weekly teaching and learning activities that suit the diverse needs of the pupils that they are teaching. Schemes of work are planned to ensure the requirements of the National Curriculum (2014) are met.

Curriculum maps have been created to show the coverage of topics and themes for each year group as well as for individual subject areas.

Progression of knowledge, understanding and skills:

Each subject area has a progression of knowledge, understanding and skills from Year 1 to Year 6 to ensure continuity and progression in learning. This progression has been incorporated into schemes of work which are used to plan and assess learning.


Contact the School

Dovedale Primary School

Herondale Road
L18 1JX

Main Contact: Mrs Anne Tiebout

Tel: 0151 7334232
Fax: 0151 7350941
admin@dovedaleprimary.co.uk OR head@dovedaleprimary.co.uk

SEN Contact: Mrs Issy Edain

SEN Email: SEND@dovedaleprimary.co.uk