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Dunstable Icknield Lower School

Dunstable Icknield Lower School

Core Curriculum

Dunstable Icknield Lower School’s curriculum 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 Body.

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, Information and Communication Technology, 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 follow a creative curriculum with subjects being taught through a cross curricular / themed approach making learning more meaningful to the children. We use the Letters and Sounds phonics programme and the Reading schemes used in school are Ginn, Oxford Reading Tree, Lighthouse Guided Reading and Rigby Star. If you would like further information on the curriculum at Dunstable Icknield Lower School please speak to your child class teacher or the Deputy Head teacher available via the school office 01582 663709.

Values Education​

We are delighted to have gained accreditation and to have become a Values based school.

Each month we focus on a Value of the month. We learn about twenty values over a two year cycle. By focusing on a different value each month we are able to develop a shared vocabulary this enables the adults and children to discuss feelings, attitudes and approaches enabling reflective and empathetic skills to be developed. The 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


All subjects are taught following the national curriculum. RE (Religious Education)  follows the Central Bedfordshire agreed syllabus. Please see the class pages tab for more detailed information.