At Dauntsey Academy Primary School (DAPS), our curriculum is underpinned by the National Curriculum (2014); we enhance this with planned opportunities that make up the wider school curriculum. This includes making the most of our outstanding grounds whereby all children will be able to take part in Forest School sessions at least once a week.
We believe that the children should be at the centre of all we do here and as such, we believe the curriculum should be exciting, interesting, as well as engaging and support the children to become well rounded, lifelong learners.
We use The National Curriculum to support the planning and teaching of all subjects including Mathematics and English. Please click on the links below to see subject specific descriptors as well as a link to our Calculation Progression which illustrates the order in which the children learn calculation methods:
To support the teaching and planning of RE, we use Discovery RE which is an enquiry based approach to Religious Education for primary children of all ages. It is a progressive scheme that is broken into four steps; Engagement, Investigation, Evaluation and Expression. Through the enquiry based approach, children not only gain knowledge and understanding of a variety of world religions, but also develop an understanding of how beliefs impact on daily lives.
Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) is taught by a specialist Language Teacher weekly and is based on the National Curriculum Guidance for Foreign Languages. As the children develop their MFL skills at DAPs, we see progression in speaking, reading and writing each of which are developed through a series of topics such as families, school life and the home.
Display to support the learning of French
Here at DAPS we enjoy our Physical Education. As well as teaching PE in house, we also have strong PE links with both Dauntseys’ School and Lavington School. Our Year 6 Class enjoys a weekly PE lesson with PE coaches from Dauntseys’ School, developing and applying their hockey, football and cricket skills. In addition to this, Dauntseys host our swimming lessons (each class enjoys a term of swimming) and our annual Swimming Gala. We welcome coaches from PH Sports in on a Friday to enrich our PE and sports curriculum further with high quality coaching for all year groups.
We also take the opportunity to participate in many sports festivals hosted by Lavington throughout the year and attend festivals organised by schools and clubs in Devizes.
Music is at the heart of our school here at DAPS for adults and children alike. We offer a variety of peripatetic music lessons including Woodwind, Brass, Strings, Piano and Guitar. In order to provide all children with the opportunity to learn an instrument during their time here, they to learn to play the ukulele when they are in Year 3.
In addition to the instrumental opportunities, we also have a weekly singing assembly. The hugely popular and thriving choir has participated in Young Voices Concerts at Birmingham’s NEC Arena, along with thousands of other young singers for several years in a row. Not only this, they have performed in the The Rotary Club, Wiltshire Super choir, in a variety of concerts and carol singing within the local community. Staff members have been so inspired by what they have seen the children do in their choir that they have even created their own Staff Choir as well that often performs on special occasions within the school calendar.
To bring both the instrumental and singing groups together, we hold a Summer Musical Recital in which all of our musical groups, school choir and staff choir share their love of music with parents and other family members.
DAPS is situated in the beautiful village of West Lavington which has a rich history and provides stimulus for educational walks. The school building itself is surrounded by stunning views of the local countryside and boasts superb grounds that include a sports field, three playgrounds, an outdoor adventure trail, school garden and wooded area which is used for weekly Forest School Lessons. Each class has one timetabled lesson of Forest School a week during which the children learn about nature, team work, communication and tool work.
Depending on the subject area and topic the children are learning, they often enjoy going on a trip further afield or they have visitors to support their understanding. We are lucky to be able to host a variety of visitors from our own school community as well as visitors from charities, local and national companies, drama groups and workshops.
Breaktime and story time on Strawberry Hill
'Highway Men' waiting to pounce on poor adults!
A visit from PC Butcher
Bex Okotel visits from Child of Hope School Uganda
Mrs Smith visits from Wessex Water
A talk about Water Survival Boxes
When the children become a member of Year 4, they have the opportunity to go on a two night residential trip to Hooke Court in Wales where they get to enjoy a range of outdoor activities such as cliff walking, rock pooling, orienteering and much, much more!
This year, our Year 6 Class are going on a week’s residential trip to the Ultimate Adventure Centre in Bideford where they will be participating in a variety of indoor, land and water activities that include an assault course, surfing, coastal walk to name but a few!
Enjoying a beach campfire
Uh oh! We found the toilet!
Rockpooling in Wales
Learning the history of the local castle.
Now that you have had the opportunity to read about the learning we do here at DAPS, you might feel you want to come at take a look first hand. We welcome visitors to our school community, so if you would like to book a visit, you can find the contact details on the ‘About Us’ tab at the top of our website.