Year 1 – 6 Curriculum

The Dover College Prep School Curriculum priorities are to excite and enthuse children in their learning through engagement with a broad and balanced curriculum, delivered in a structured yet creative way.

Topics and themes provide the opportunity to immerse the children in their learning in a cross-curricular approach whilst having clear educational purpose and true educational value. We focus not only what to learn but how to learn, as the acquisition and development of Life and Learning skills are integral in all aspects of our curriculum which are vital for your child’s future. The children learn to research and extend their knowledge, engaging in individual projects, group work and presentations.

We develop core skills, and focus most of the morning lessons on improving skills in reading, writing and numeracy. The National Curriculum is followed in terms of content for English and Mathematics to ensure the vital building blocks are in place for future life skills, challenges and examinations.

There is no more sitting in class wondering, “Why am I learning this?” or “I won’t need this when I’m older!” We believe in the value of all subjects and want the children to feel that there is a practical use for everything they learn in school. Many subjects are delivered by specialist teachers and wherever possible are linked within the topic and theme that provides an all-round connected learning journey.

Our Connected Curriculum offers languages including Spanish, French and Mandarin from Reception as well as specialist music and games / PE lessons twice weekly. In preparation for Senior School, Years 5 and 6 make use of the senior school facilities and expertise in additional subjects including Art, Design and Technology, ICT and Science.

An exciting addition is the introduction of Forest School into the curriculum. We have a fully trained Level 3 Forest School leader who will provide regular opportunities to all children so that they can achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees. The Dover College campus, and in particular The Discovery Garden, provides the perfect setting for the Forest School.

The Dover College Curriculum caters for all and celebrates every pupil’s strengths and achievements, developing skills so that the children become independent and confident, risk taking learners. We encouraging them constantly to think differently.

For further details of The Connected Curriculum at Dover College Prep School please click the below link.