The Curriculum at Dane Bank Primary


At Dane Bank Primary School we teach a broad, balanced and engaging curriculum. We follow the statutory National Curriculum and use materials from the Learning Challenge Curriculum by Focus Education to structure the learning throughout the year. We aim to offer a creative curriculum which will support the children in developing valuable learning skills and encourage individual talents to flourish.For an at-a-glance look at what your child is learning about this half term please see their year group page on the website. There you will also find more detail about all the subjects they will be taught throughout the year.

At Dane Bank, we ensure that our learning is engaging, stimulating and has cross-curricular links (where possible).  We have a text-based approach within our English curriculum to inspire a love of reading and to teach the children the skills to read and write like authors. We use the White Rose Mathematics materials to support our teaching in Maths and ensure children develop mathematical skills in fluency, reasoning and problem solving.

We believe that all pupils should have the opportunity to learn about the beliefs and values of the individuals, families and communities linked to our school and the local area. We follow the Agreed RE syllabus, which provides coverage of all major world religions. We also strive to give children opportunities to meet people from a range of different religions as well as visiting a variety of places of worship. Assembly is an important part of the school timetable when we meet together as a community. It is a time when we place emphasis on the development of values and attitudes towards each other and the world around us. 

At Dane Bank, we strive to educate the ‘whole child’. We wish to provide them with an education that not only equips them with the skills to achieve academically but one that provides them with developments in their spiritual, moral, social and cultural beliefs. Through ensuring our pupils’ SMSC development, we can also demonstrate we are promoting fundamental British values. Whilst PSHCE education remains a non-statutory subject, section 2.5 of the National Curriculum framework document states that:

‘All schools should make provision for personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE), drawing on good practice.’

At Dane Bank Primary School we believe that PSHCE is an important part of the curriculum and so it is woven through all elements of the curriculum, including – assemblies, meeting visitors to the school and through curriculum lessons.

For more information about the National Curriculum, you can click on the button below. 

Reading and Phonics

At Dane Bank School we follow the Read Write Inc scheme for phonics and The Oxford Reading Tree scheme for progressing in reading. For more information on either of these two schemes please click on the links below.


In Early Years and Key Stage 1 we use Read Write Inc as our primary systematic approach to teaching Early Reading and Phonics. We also draw upon Support for Spelling as an additional resource. Our systematic approach is adopted by all teaching and support staff to ensure a consistent approach. This is monitored regularly.

We use the Oxford Reading Tree as our primary reading scheme (this is continued in Key Stage 2 as necessary) to ensure a wholly phonetic decodable scheme is available for the children. We continually review our provision and update our reading materials throughout the year as appropriate. 

This year we have worked hard to develop our school library. We have purchased a considerable amount of new books, developed the library environment and trained up our pupil librarians.