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Dunstable Icknield Lower School

Dunstable Icknield Lower School

Core Curriculum


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 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 arrange to speak to your child's class teacher or the Deputy Head teacher by calling the school office 01582 663709.

Values Education​

Each month we focus on a particular value. By focusing on a different value each month we are able to develop a shared vocabulary and ethos.  This helps to support the adults and children in sharing and discussing feelings, attitudes and viewpoints in school.  By developing reflective and empathetic skills 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