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Core Curriculum

The curriculum caters for all learning styles: visual, kinesthetic, tactile and auditory. We foster children’s creative expression and critical thinking skills through our provision of Music, Philosophy and weekly Dance sessions with Trinity Laban. We place high importance on outdoor learning and aim for all children to make regular use of our outdoor areas whatever the weather.

Learning is enriched by the inclusion of a range of visits and trips, and by inviting visitors into school. We make use of our proximity to local museums and galleries, travelling by public transport where possible.

From the end of the reception class, children will study twelve different subjects, focusing on five core subjects (English, Mathematics, Science, Computing and Religious Education). Children will also study History, Geography, Art, Design and Technology, Music, French, Physical Education and Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education.


We follow a long-term plan for the whole school. This ensures that there is a progressive build up of knowledge and skills taught across the school. Children are involved in discussing what and how they would like to learn and, where possible, this is incorporated into the teacher’s planning.

Planning can include:

  • A formative assessment of children’s understanding – such as a mind map
  • A ‘wow’ factor to introduce the theme (film clip, drama, music, visit etc.)
  • The learning outcome (piece of writing, presentation, an artefact, booklet etc.)
  • Opportunities for trips and visits
  • Home-learning opportunities
  • A final summative assessment of children’s learning- such as a mind map, quiz, task etc.

Click on the link below to see the long term curriculum plans for each year group:

Curriculum Overview 2020-21

If you wish to find out more information about the curriculum Dalmain follows, please contact the Deputy Head Sarah Rose on 020 8699 2675 or marking your email FAO: Sarah Rose.