Our curriculum is based around the National Curriculum 2014.


The national curriculum is a set of subjects and standards used by primary and secondary schools so children learn the same things. It covers what subjects are taught and the standards children should reach in each subject.

Follow this link to the Department of Education website.

Please use the links below to find out what our children will be taught.


Our Curriculum

Please expand the topics below for more information

British Values

Promoting Fundamental British Values

At Dishforth Church of England Primary School, we take very seriously our responsibility to prepare children for life in modern Britain.

In June 2014, the DfE reinforced the need for “all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”

In line with current DfE guidance, we ensure that the fundamental British Values are introduced, discussed and lived out through the ethos and work of the school. All curriculum areas provide a vehicle for furthering understanding of these concepts and, in particular, our RE, PSHE and Citizenship lessons provide excellent opportunities to deepen and develop understanding. Educational Visits provide additional opportunities for children to develop their understanding of British Values. Children are encouraged to make links between our Core School Values and fundamental British Values.


All children regularly take part in Class Councils and also elect representatives to the School Council through a democratic process. Children are regularly involved in democratic decisions making in their classes, eg to agree on routines, or making changes to the classroom.

Rule of Law

The importance of laws and rules are consistently reinforced in the classroom, as well as through school assemblies. Pupils are taught to understand the need for laws and that they are there for individual protection, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws and rules are broken.

Pupils follow a positive behaviour policy and clearly understand the rewards and sanctions that are used. Assemblies and discussions in class focus on recognising right from wrong

Individual Liberty

Pupils are encouraged to be independent learners and encouraged to make choices, within a safe and supportive environment. Pupils are encouraged to understand their personal freedoms and are taught how to use these rights to the best effect. Pupils regularly hold fundraising events to support charities, whether local, national or global.

Mutual Respect and Tolerance of Different Faiths and Beliefs

Respect is a fundamental school value, around which pivots much of the work of the school. We pay explicit attention to this as part of our RE, PHSE, and SMSC curriculum. Respect is a school value that is discussed deeply, starting with self-respect and covering respect for family, friends, and other groups; the world and its people; and the environment. Our use of Restorative Practice in resolving conflict encourages pupils to develop mutual respect and tolerance of others.

The Religious Education Curriculum and Collective Worship promote the diversity of society and the right for each person to be respected and valued equally regardless of ability, gender, faith, heritage or race. Children explore different religions and faiths through RE, whilst members of different faiths or religions are invited to the school to share their knowledge and enhance learning within assemblies and in class

Design and Technology

Click here to view the English Vision

Click here to view the Phonics Vision

The Teaching of Reading at Dishforth CE Primary School

At Dishforth CE Primary, we believe in the importance of developing a love of reading from an early age. Reading and phonics are taught using the Ruth Miskin Read Write Inc programme which “enables every child to become a confident and fluent reader at the first attempt.”

The Ruth Miskin website has some useful resources for parents to help support children’s reading:

Click here to download a useful leaflet with some ideas on how to support your child with Literacy:

My Guide to Literacy

  • At Dishforth CE Primary School, we believe in:
    A literacy-rich curriculum will immerse children in high-quality texts. Children will develop into confident readers and writers with the acquisition of rich language. Children will develop a lifelong love of reading and writing.

High-quality texts are at the heart of our teaching of reading and writing and we use Power of Reading resources from the Centre for Primary Literacy.


Click here to view the Maths Vision and Policy

Developing Fluency in Number Facts

We are working hard to learn our key number facts! The progression document below details the objectives taught to children at each stage of their maths learning.

Rapid Recall Progression

Below are some of our favourite websites used to practise our number facts. Click on the picture to visit the website.




Our Learning

As a school, we use White Rose Maths resources to support the teaching and learning of Maths.


Modern Foreign Languages
Personal ,Social, Health, & Citizenship Education (PSHCE)
Religious Education