At Victoria Dock Primary School learning is exciting as attitudes, values and school ethos forms the foundations for life-long learning.

The curriculum at Victoria Dock Primary School is designed to be creative, rich and exciting.  It is topic based, allowing children and families to fully engage with the learning process. Through this topic-based approach, the subjects of the National Curriculum are woven.

Some additional discrete teaching of science occurs as appropriate. Visitors in and visits out form an essential part of our work, including the Year 5 residential trip to Cober Hill and the Year 6 visit to London.

On this page you will find information (and links) for the various subjects. If you would like more information on our curriculum please contact the school directly.


English at Victoria Dock Primary School promotes high standards of language and literacy, equipping children with a strong command of the spoken and written word.

English will teach children to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others. Pupils will be encouraged to develop a love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.

Reading will enable pupils to both acquire knowledge and build on what they already know. Pupils will have the chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, will play a key role in this development. An understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language will underpin the English curriculum.

Cross-curricular links will be made and standards of English upheld in all areas of the curriculum. Pupils will develop writing skills, enabling them to write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences.


We follow the Letters and Sounds for teaching phonics throughout the school.


At Victoria Dock Primary School children are taught mathematics in accordance with the National Curriculum.  We aim to ensure that all pupils have a solid understanding of the fundamentals in mathematics through regular and rigorous practice.  We enable children to reason mathematically, providing opportunities for children to use and apply their mathematical knowledge and skills in order to solve problems logically.  A number of opportunities are provided for children to use and apply their mathematical skills across the curriculum.  This enables children to further their knowledge and understanding of mathematical concepts as well as appreciate the relevance of mathematics in real life contexts.


Children are taught science through topic based planning, whilst ensuring National Curriculum coverage and progression is addressed. Through building up a body of foundation knowledge and concepts, pupils are encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. Children are encouraged to be curious about things they observe and to explore the world about them.  They are helped to develop skills of predicting; asking questions; concluding and evaluating their work; and have opportunities to test their knowledge and understanding through the use and application of science.

Physical Education

Children are taught in accordance with the National Curriculum for PE. They are given opportunities to choose, select and use apparatus and are encouraged to experience success through a high level of expectation. Children are expected to consolidate and practise transferable skills focusing on stability, object control and locomotion. Through working with others, children are encouraged to celebrate success both for themselves and others and are also taught to accept defeat graciously.

Children are encouraged to challenge themselves and attempt to beat personal bests in a variety of disciplines. Children in all years are given opportunities to compete in both team and individual games. The school understands and promotes the importance of healthy eating and healthy lifestyles.


Computing is taught through cross-curricular links with all areas of the National Curriculum.  Children are taught to use appropriate hardware and software through this thematic approach with an increasing focus on programming throughout all year groups. Children access a ‘filtered’ Internet service, which is monitored.  New technologies are always being explored at Victoria Dock Primary School with iPads included.


Children are taught through cross-curricular links with a topic based approach, bringing strands of the National Curriculum to life and making history relevant and gripping. A wide variety of teaching methods and resources are used to ensure children catch the ‘History Bug’. Through stories, poetry, drama, first-hand accounts, maps, visits, music and other primary and secondary sources, children are taught how our present is shaped by our past; they are encouraged to appreciate their own and others’ cultural heritage and how this impacts on their own lives; they develop the ability to detect bias, and to distinguish fact and opinion.

Art and design

At Victoria Dock Primary School we view art as an important part of a child’s education, allowing children to develop creative skills, original thought and personal expression.  They are encouraged to explore their inner world of thoughts and feelings by observing and interpreting their environment. Through the cycle of planning, experimenting, creating and evaluating, children will gain greater understanding of their own work and the work of their peers.

Through a varied array of art activities and imaginative use of displays throughout the school, children have the opportunity to achieve success and therefore to increase their self-esteem. The school believes that appreciation of the ‘Arts’ is of great importance to children’s development.  Every opportunity will be taken to provide our children with ‘Arts’ related activities and experiences to enrich their lives and foster an appreciation of music, literature, drama and art. The school has worked hard to achieve the ‘Arts Mark’ Gold Award. Creativity pervades our whole school approach to the curriculum.

Design and technology

Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Children are taught to design, make and evaluate products within a range of contexts including: home and school; gardens and playgrounds; the local community; industry; and the wider environment. Children will make products that are purposeful, functional and appealing by using a variety of media including food, textiles and construction materials. Additionally, children will explore the work of others including renowned architects.

Within Key Stage 1, children will explore mechanisms and structures to develop their technical understanding. Throughout Key Stage 2, children will continue to extend this mechanical knowledge and additionally include electrical components and computer programming within their products. As a result, cross Curricular links can be made with subjects such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art.

Healthy cooking is integral to both Key Stages. Not only will children learn how to cook safety but also consider food’s nutritional value. Children will look at where food comes from and how it is produced, packaged and transported.


The teaching of languages is a statutory requirement in Key Stage Two. At Victoria Dock Primary School, we are learning Spanish. Initially, the emphasis is on spoken language taught through conversation, games and songs. Children then move on to reading, writing and phonetic and grammatical knowledge. Teaching aims to foster a love of language learning and an appreciation of other cultures.


The children at Victoria Dock are encouraged through performing, listening, composing and notating to be creative and experimental in their music.  The children experience work as whole classes, groups and as Key Stages as well as individually in a variety of contexts.  The music in our curriculum has a cross-curricular theme and promotes imaginative work and a clear understanding of the key skills. Children will also develop a historical understanding of music, by investigating key musical figures and periods throughout history.

Religious Education

Religious Education is taught in accordance with the Agreed Syllabus of Religious Education. Religious Education is an important means by which children are helped to develop morally and spiritually.  It plays a significant part in promoting in each child the ability to understand, analyse and discuss information and concepts, which are special to religion.  It is taught as a separate lesson but cannot be separated from the life of the school and the conduct of the people in it.


The geography curriculum is presented in a dynamic and thematic approach throughout school. The national curriculum is integrated into topic work so that it will inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. Teaching should equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of Earth’s key physical and human processes. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.

Sex & Relationship Education

The school believes that sex education is an important part of a child’s physical, emotional and social development.  Sex education is seen in the context of the school’s policy on moral, spiritual and social education and the school’s policies for science and PSHE.

The children in Year Six will be taught as a mixed sex group with the exception of aspects of menstrual hygiene where the girls will be instructed separately.  The teachers who usually work with children will lead the teaching of sex education, wherever possible.  The school nurse will assist with the programme of study. Parents will be invited to view the video materials to be used before they are shown to the children.

Personal, Social Health and Economic Education

PSHE is taught throughout the school using various resources. As part of a whole-school approach, PSHE education develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. The three overlapping and linked ‘Core Themes’ (Health and wellbeing, Relationships, Living in the Wider World), expressed as areas of core knowledge, understanding, language, skills and strategies, and taught in accordance with pupils’ readiness, are appropriate across all Key Stages and build upon Early Years Foundation Stage Learning.