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Dunstable Icknield Lower School

Dunstable Icknield Lower School

Core Curriculum/Values

If you would like further information on the curriculum at Dunstable Icknield Lower School please arrange to speak to your child's class teacher or the Assistant Head teacher by calling the school office 01582 663709.


All subjects are taught following the national curriculum. RE (Religious Education)  follows the Central Bedfordshire agreed syllabus.  More detailed information on each curriculum subject can be found by clicking on the subject pages on the left.  

Dunstable Icknield Lower School’s curriculum offer aims to provide our children with a broad and balanced education, in line with the National Curriculum. Curriculum developments are monitored regularly by the Governing Board.

The Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 are defined stages within the National Curriculum. All key stages are statutory. Dunstable Icknield Lower School covers the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), Key Stage 1 and the early part of Key Stage 2, years three and four.


Key Stage


Early Years Foundation Stage


Key Stage 1


Key Stage 2


Key Stage 3


Key Stage 4

The following subjects are included in Key Stage 1 and in early Key Stage 2:

English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, Design and Technology, Art and Design, Music, Computing, Physical Education, Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education and Religious Education. The teaching of modern foreign languages is introduced in lower key stage two. 

We use the Little Wandle phonics and reading programme. More information can be found using the 'English' tab. 

We follow a creative curriculum and some subjects are taught through a cross-curricular approach to make learning more meaningful to children. We also offer enrichment activities throughout the year. Please see examples for this year below: 

DILS Enrichment Opportunities - 23/24

September - Read a Book Day, TT Rockstars Day 1, Bike It Breakfast

October - Artsmark Golden day, Show Racism the Red Card, Y3 Evacuee Day, Y4 Roman day, Extra-curricular activities begin

November - FOILS Halloween disco, Diwali Workshop, Remembrance Parade, Children in Need day, Y3 Cross-generational visit, Y3 Class assemblies, Torchlight Parade

December - KS2 Sports Competition, FOILS Christmas Fair, Whole School Christmas Concert

January - Health Living week, Bike It Breakfast, Live Pantomime, TT Rockstars Day 2, Y3 Faith tour, Y4 Class assemblies

February - E-safety day, Sports for Champions, 

March - World Book day, Sceince week

April - World Autism Awareness day, Culture Day

May - Walk to School Week, Bike It Breakfast

June - World Environment day, Art week, skipping workshop

July - Sports days, Y4 leavers assembly


Values Education​

Each month we focus on a different value:

Value Month
Respect September
Hope October
Cooperation November
Tolerance December
Patience January
Happiness February
Honesty March
Unity April
Love May
Care June
Understanding July

By focusing on a different value each month, we are able to develop a shared vocabulary and ethos.  This helps to support adults and children in sharing and discussing feelings, attitudes and viewpoints in school.  By developing reflective and empathetic skills, children are able to take on greater personal responsibility for their learning and behaviour. 

Our values programme enables strong relationships to be created with adults, peers and members of the school community. All members of our school community are encouraged to be reflective.

Dunstable Icknield Lower School - Prospectus