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At The Dolphin School, we provide our children with an engaging and relevant curriculum which is balanced and broadly based. The curriculum:
- promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society, and
- prepares pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
The school curriculum comprises all learning and other experiences that each school plans for its pupils. We believe we have a responsibility to provide the best opportunities and experiences for our children which is why we go beyond the requirements set out in the National Curriculum to provide a rich and diverse school curriculum for all.
The curriculum embeds curiosity and creativity into our learning. Our curriculum seeks to link learning to the rich heritage and cultural opportunities available in Bristol. The curriculum fits perfectly with the ethos and values of our school which wants children to understand and use their local community to support their learning. The children regularly go into the community to find out about local history, geography, scientific and cultural events, and the community regularly comes into the school.
We have a ‘learning everywhere’ ethos and believe that learning can take place in the classroom, school grounds, or other places in Bristol or beyond. The curriculum is inquiry led and always starts with a question which provides purpose. Our children may ask ‘What makes the Amazonian water lily so special?’ when learning about adaptation, or ‘What is our school made of?’ when learning about materials. The children then visit the Botanical gardens or have the architect who built the school come in for questioning.