Curriculum

We strive to ensure high achievement and a happy educational experience for every child.

Our vision for our pupils is

Developing independence and responsibility

Inspiring high achievement for all

Learning to contribute to the community

Knowing how to stay safe and healthy

Enjoying life and learning

Showing care and tolerance of others

We believe the fostering of positive relationships between all involved (pupils, parents, staff and governors) is essential to enable each child to achieve the above, irrespective of race, culture, gender or individual needs.

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

We aim to help pupils to:-

  • develop lively, enquiring minds, the ability to question and argue rationally and to apply themselves to tasks, and physical skills;
  • acquire knowledge and skills relevant to life in a rapidly changing world;
  • use language and number skills effectively;
  • appreciate and understand religions and moral values and show tolerance for other races, religions and ways of life;
  • understand the world in which they live, and the interdependence of individuals, groups and nations;
  • appreciate human achievements and aspirations;

Implicit in our view of the curriculum is the fact that we believe everything that goes on within the school, whether inside or outside the classroom, forms part of the curriculum. A summary of our curriculum follows:

English: We follow the National Curriculum for English. Synthetic phonics are taught systematically in Early Years and Key Stage 1 using the Read Write Inc. scheme, building upon this Years 2 to 6 use the Read Write Inc. Spelling scheme. Additionally, children progress through the banded reading books in the book band library during Early Years and Key Stage 1. Then, soon after starting Key Stage 2, pupils will progress onto an extended book banding scheme which continues to develop pupils reading up until the end of Key Stage 2. Reading comprehension skills are taught weekly during a dedicated comprehension lesson, often based on an age-appropriate Comprehension activities. Writing skills are taught systematically using a range of resources, including Literacy Evolve for fiction genres and, more recently, the introduction of Power of Reading to support non-fiction genres. Handwriting is taught using the Nelson handwriting scheme. Grammar, punctuation and spelling are taught weekly. Click here for further information.

Mathematics: We follow the National Curriculum for mathematics. Teachers prepare mathematics lessons using a range of resources, including the Abacus scheme and Maths on Target textbooks. Pupils complete weekly homework activities using Schofield and Sims mental arithmetic books. Problem-solving strategies are taught and practised weekly during dedicated problem-solving lessons. Click here for further information.

Science: We follow the National Curriculum for science. Lessons are prepared based on QCA units of work as well as Snap Science. Click here for further information.

Religious Education: RE lessons are based on SACRE, the locally-agreed syllabus. Click here for further information.

History: Following adapted units of works from the International Primary Curriculum, pupils explore, discover and investigate developments from British, European and World History. Click here for further information.

Geography: Following adapted units of work from the International Primary Curriculum pupils develop knowledge, skill and understanding realted to people, places and environments at different scales in the UK and overseas. Click here for further information. 

Computing: Computing lessons are based on the Switched On Computing scheme. Click here for further information.

Physical Education: PE lessons in gymnastics, dance, games and athletics are based on the Val Sabin schemes of work. Swimming is taught by specialist teachers at the Ockendon Academy. Click here for further information.

PSHE: The school uses the SEAL framework along with additional Channel 4 material to support Sex and Relationships Education. Where appropriate, the IPC Society and Personal goals are incorporated into a term’s learning. Click here for further information.

Music: We follow the Charanga Scheme of work for year groups 1 to 4. These lessons are based on: listening and appraising; Musical Activities - creating and exploring; singing and performing. Years 5 and 6 have steel pan lessons delivered by Thurrock Music Services. Click here for further information.

Art: In Art we follow in-house units of work delivered by an Art specialist  teacher. Pupils learn about visual, tactile expression and communication. Click here for further information. 

Design and Technology: We follow adapted QCA/Data units of work where pupils become discriminationg and informed users of products, and become inventors. Pupils lessons combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetics, social and enviromental issues, functions and industry. Click here for further information. 

To view the full curriculum map please click here.

Every term each year group is provided with a curriculum information letter. These can be found by clicking below:

Nursery

Reception

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

More detailed information about our curriculum can be obtained on request at the school office, or you can contact us by clicking the ‘contact us’ link at the top of this page. Additionally, below are some links related to the above information:

1. National Curriculum

2. Read Write Inc.

3. Nelson Handwriting

4. International Primary Curriculum

5. Maths on Target

6. Switched on Computing

7. Religious Education

8. P.E. - Val Sabin

9. Oxford Owl

10. Dilkes Academy Core Reading List 2015/16

11. BLP Weekly Focus 2016/17

12. Dilkes Academy Author of the Month

OUR SCHOOL DAY

The outline of our school day is:

Reception/Key Stage 1

Key Stage 2

8.45-8.55

Registration/morning work

8.45-8.55

Registration/morning work

9.00-9.50

Session 1

9.00-9.50

Session 1

9.50-10.40

Session 2

9.50-10.40

Session 2

10.40-10.55

Break

10.40-10.55

Break

10.55-11.10

Assembly

10.55-11.10

Assembly

11.10-12.00

Session 3

11.10-12.00

Session 3

12.00-12.50

Lunch

12.00-12.15

H/writing & Spelling

12.50-1.10

Phonics

12.15-1.05

Lunch

1.10-1.35

Guided Reading

1.05-1.35

Guided Reading

1.35-2.25

Session 4

1.35-2.25

Session 4

2.25-3.15

Session 5

2.25-3.15

Session 5