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Curriculum Overview

At Bollin Primary School we follow the Dimension Curriculum.


The Dimensions Model covers all year groups, from Year N to Year 6. The subjects integrated into the Dimensions Model are currently English, Science, History, Geography, DT, Music, Dance, Drama, PSHE, Citizenship, ICT / Computing;

The subjects taught discretely, although linked in through the Dimensions Model are Maths, PE, MFL and RE; All statutory National Curriculum 2014 prescribed coverage for Science, History and Geography is mapped explicitly throughout the model.




The curriculum theme cycles a re organised i n to four phases:- Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1, Lower Key Stage 2 and  Upper Key Stage 2. It provides six themes for each year group. Theme cycles show theme titles, National Curriculum coverage headings and key curriculum areas .


CATALYST QUESTIONS Catalyst questions are mapped in with the themes and are designed to stimulate discussion and promote creative and high order thinking skills. They can be used as a springboard for an introduction to a theme or be used, as appropriate, during the course of a theme. 


ESSENTIAL LEARNING EXPERIENCES The Essential Learning Experiences (ELEs) are activities that are deemed to be an important part of childhood development. These can cover a range of locations and events and can act as stand-alone opportunities or as integrated activities to enhance the curriculum themes. They have been planned into the curriculum model as part of the mapping process. 


THE APPLIANCE OF SCIENCE The Appliance of Science only applies to Theme Units which do not have a science focus, hence the colour block in certain Theme Links pages. Science throughout the Dimensions Model shows clear progression and continuity, with some themes having a direct science focus.


MATHS LINKS AND PROBLEM-SOLVING The opportunity to use Maths in the contexts of the themes has been explicitly mapped in to the Theme Links, along with a specic problem-solving activity.


HIGHER ABILITY CHALLENGES Most able pupils can be engaged through the Higher Ability Challenges, linked to each theme.




We use a variety of reading schemes to teach reading including 'real' books wherever possible.




We use letters and sounds to teach phonics from Nursery upwards.




From Year 1 upwards we use Read write Inc daily to teach spelling.




We use a program called Jigsaw from YN- Y6




We use and supplement Rising stars Computing program.




We follow Trafford's RE discrete curriculum. 

Inter faith external visits


Special visitors – new people around school, going to visit other people/places in school – library, office, PE, chickens, allotments

Special visitors – Father Christmas


Christian unit – Church visit

Special visitors – Father Christmas


Harvest Church visit

Visit a Jewish synagogue


Harvest Church visit

Visit a Muslim mosque

Visit a Hindu temple

YEAR 4-6

Harvest Church visit

Visit a Hindu temple

Whole school celebrations:

Harvest, Chanukah, Diwali, Christmas, Rosh Hashanah, Chinese new Year, Eid.

Range of visitors from different faiths will deliver assemblies.




We are passionate about teaching Music at our school.

We follow bubbles music curriculum, but supplement it by giving children in years 1-6 the chance to learn an instrument


Year 1- Ocarina

Year 2- Violin

Year 3 Fife

Year 4 Clarinet

Year 5 Cornet

Year 6 Samba drums


As a school we have a choir, orchestra and samba club. Annually we hold a music extravaganza evening.

Foundation subjects coverage

Creative Curriculum Development with Dimensions

A short video about Dimensions Curriculum showing how primary schools are being supported with their curriculum development by using their resources and services

Jigsaw PSHE - The Scheme of Work for Primary Schools

Jigsaw PSHE is a comprehensive and completely original Scheme of Learning for the whole Primary School from Years F1 and 2 through to Year 6. It integrates PSHE (Personal, Social, Health Education), emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development in a whole-school approach. Please visit for more information.

Why Children Love Switched On Computing

How the Rising Stars 'Switched On Computing' classroom resources help children to engage with computer programming.

Read Write Inc. Spelling

Watch this short film about Read Write Inc. Spelling to find out more about the programme and find out about the impact it has had on the children in a Birmingham primary school.