The Curriculum


At Dukesgate we understand the importance of preparing our children for taking an active role as citizens of modern Britain and developing a lifelong love of learning. Our whole curriculum takes this into account and besides learning the traditional subjects outlined below, we also teach and promote attitudes and values which we believe will help them develop and fulfil this role. These include; democracy, individual liberty, mutual respect, the rule of law and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.

Detailed information regarding the content taught in each year group is available for inspection in school and on the year group page on this site.


From Y1 – Y6 we follow the National Curriculum which includes the following subjects: English, mathematics, science, art and design, design technology, geography, history, computing, music, PE, RE and PSHE.

In Nursery & Reception, the children are taught the statutory Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. A high priority is placed on developing the Prime Areas of Learning: Personal, Social and Emotional skills; Physical Development and Communication and Language, as well as the Specific Areas of Mathematics, Literacy, Understanding of the World and Expressive Arts & Design.

We ensure the children experience a broad and balanced curriculum with each class having at least two hours of PE per week. Developing healthy lifestyles is a key priority at Dukesgate and we also provide opportunities for extra curricular sporting activities. Swimming is taught weekly to children in Y4. Music lessons, singing and choir are taught by our specialist music teacher, Mrs Wardle.  We have a small cookery room, where the children are able to learn about food, nutrition and cooking as part of their technology curriculum.