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Our Curriculum

At Loders, we provide a curriculum that is broad, balanced, relevant and differentiated to provide for all children whatever their ability or needs. Staff’s lesson planning provides suitable learning challenges to stimulate and motivate children’s learning. This encompasses a variety of exciting, first-hand experiences to enable children to acquire appropriate skills, knowledge and understanding preparing them for today’s world and the future ahead. Through the provision of a stimulating environment, children will develop to their potential academically, emotionally, socially and physically. Parents are kept up to date about curriculum issues through communication with individual teachers.

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Loders Primary School aims to:

Foster a life-long love of learning, through adopting a highly practical and cross-curricular approach. Children learn best when they can make links and learn within context. Our curriculum promotes enjoyment of learning through debate, creativity, purpose and relevance. We hope that pupils are motivated by achievement both now and in the future and have a positive attitude towards themselves, others and their environment.


Loders aims to foster confident, articulate children who are able to communicate through the written and spoken word. Developing speaking and listening skills is a priority, particularly for those children in the early years.

Reading is a key stength and passion at the school. We place huge emphasis on reading from the start, using ways which suit your child best to get them enjoying books, using a range of Reading Schemes including Rapid Readers and the Peak Publications Guided reading scheme. We identify children needing extra support very early on, because we monitor their progress at all times and track how they are doing. Where needed we use a number of different interventions to develop early skills and help each child to gain confidence. Our PTFA have recently supported us in purchasing additional reading scheme books to support the reading development of our younger readers. Phonics is taught throughout the school. We have found that this has had a valuable impact in developing children’s pace in their reading. The school follows the Letters & Sounds phonic programme with children also accessing Jolly Phonics and Grammar resources to support their understanding.

The children have access to a good selection of books in their classrooms and in our small mobile Library. We encourage all children to read every day at home so that children then read for pleasure. It is particularly important that parents read to and read with their children. We ask that parents listen to their children read as much as possible, not only using books sent home but for example, reading labels in the supermarket or reading notices in the environment. In class, children enjoy guided reading in small groups with their teachers each week.

In the early years, we encourage emergent writing and mark making. Writing is developmental process therefore young children will not all be at the same stage. As the children become more confident in their writing, the secretarial skills are introduced such as spacing, full stops, paragraphs, etc. We celebrate writing through regulate whole school 'Big Write' events.


We aim to provide high quality mathematics to ensure that our children are equipped for everyday life, science and technology. We expect them to be developing fluency in the fundamentals of mathematics: developing reasoning in mathematics and also developing their problem solving skills. We teach the four basic operations (+ -x ÷) through informal and formal methods. Children also learn about number bonds and are expected to know their times tables by Year 4. We are adopting a mastery approach to teaching maths based around White Rose maths hub planning.


Through work on experimental and investigative science the children are encouraged to be observant, inquisitive and to develop skills of scientific enquiry and experimentation. We enjoy ‘Science Week’ when the whole school gets involved in a range of activities with the support of outside volunteers and parents.


At Loders, we use a creative and flexible approach to provide RE where Christianity is studied in depth at each key stage. Pupils learn about Christianity as the main religious tradition in this country and also about other principal religions represented in Britain. RE, however is not only about understanding specific religious traditions. It offers pupils the opportunity to think about their own lives, values, attitudes or beliefs and the chance to express their thoughts and ideas in a variety of ways

The study of Christianity is at the heart of our curriculum. We follow the Christian calendar and embed the core Christian values throughout our teachings of other faiths. We use the Dorset agreed syllabus and Understanding Christianity which provide a systematic and consistent process which enables children to develop their understanding of religious traditions of our increasingly diverse society. The principal aim of RE in Dorset is to engage pupils in enquiring into big questions arising from the study of religion, belief, philosophy and ethics. In so doing Religious Education will support pupils’ own personal moral, philosophical, ethical and spiritual development and promote respect for others.

As a Church of England School we take seriously our role of presenting Christianity as a living faith. A close link with the church community is encouraged so pupils can see Christian Life, worship and commitments at first hand. We also make a point of marking the celebrations of the Christian Year.


PSHCE is based around the Jigsaw scheme which is organised into six themes:

  • Being me in my world
  • Celebrating difference
  • Dreams and goals
  • Healthy me
  • Relationships
  • Changing me

Art and Design

At Loders, we aim to develop children’s creativity. They have opportunities to draw, paint, print, make collages, use fabrics and threads and use clay. They are taught the skills and techniques, including digital media, and are then given the opportunity to practise them to produce individual and group pieces of work. As children go up through the school, they are encouraged to think critically and develop an understanding about art and design. Every two years the school organises an ‘Arts Week’ which culminates in a parade through the village. We engage local artists, volunteers and parents to support us.


The school is equipped with laptops and some tablets for children to use in their classrooms to support their learning and to learn new skills. Children are able to interact with a wide range of software to support their work in other curriculum areas. The school has a web site and the children are able to access the Internet and E-mail facilities. We encourage our children to become digitally literate and to use a range of technological equipment. We use Scratch and teach our simple computer programming. By the time children move on to secondary school, we expect them to use a range of programs such as PowerPoint, Publisher, etc.

Design Technology

‘DT’ incorporates many traditional skills – cooking, model making, drawing and sketching, problem solving, observation and discussion – putting them together in an approach which encourages the children to become designers and inventors. The children are taught how to use tools and materials safely and economically. As children move through the school, they learn about design, how to make something, how to evaluate their design and others and to apply their technical knowledge and understanding. Children are also invited to use the facilities at local secondary schools.


At Loders, we drive to inspire children’s curiosity and fascination about the world we live in. We believe that our children need to develop a global understanding particularly as we are a small rural village school. The children will learn about locational and place knowledge, human and physical geography and geographical skills and fieldwork.


We aim to inspire the children at Loders to develop their knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and also that of the wider world. In Key Stage 1 children learn about the lives and lifestyles of familiar people in the past. They will learn about significant events, people and places in Britain and in their own locality. In Key Stage 2 children learn how to understand chronology of events.

KS2 Languages

At Loders, our children in KS2 learn French. Years 1 – 6 have discrete lessons with a specialist teacher. The children sing and act in French during special assemblies and events.


The school has a long tradition of musical activity, offering considerable opportunities for children to develop their talents in all aspects of music including composition, singing and appreciation. Many children learn to play the recorder, the violin, guitar and cello. The school is very fortunate in having a talented musician on the staff.

Physical Education

We offer high quality physical opportunities for our children. The aim of physical education is to promote physical activity and healthy lifestyles. Children are taught to observe the conventions of fair play, honest competition and good sporting behaviour as individual participants, team members and spectators.

Children take part in games (football, tag rugby, netball), gymnastics (taught by a specialist coach), orienteering, dance, drama, cricket, cross country and athletic activities using indoor and outdoor environments where appropriate. Children can take part in after school clubs and have the opportunity to compete against other schools. In Years 5 and 6, children go on a residential course for outdoor activities. We use the Bridport Leisure Centre for some of our sports activities, for example some children have swimming lessons. We regularly take part in events with other local schools.

Extra-Curricular Activities

We provide a range of clubs including Lego, crafts, running, gardening, recorders, school band and mutli-sports. Such activities are run voluntarily by the staff. We always welcome offers of support or leadership of activities from parents to extend the range we are able to offer.


Years 1 to 6 are taught:

  • Reading
    Word reading and comprehension
  • Writing
    Spelling, handwriting, composition, vocabulary, grammar and punctuation, presentation Y6,


Years 1 to 4 are taught:

  • Number
    Place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, fractions
  • Measurement
  • Geometry
    Properties of shapes, position and direction
  • Statistics

Years 5 and 6 are taught:

  • Number
    Place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, fractions (including decimals and percentages)
  • Measurement
  • Geometry
    Properties of shapes, position and direction
  • Statistics
  • Ratio and proportion Y6
  • Algebra Y6


KS1 Year 1

Working scientifically, plants, animals including humans, everyday materials, and seasonal changes

Year 2

Living things and their habitats, plants, animals including humans, uses of everyday materials

Year 3

Plants, animals including humans, rocks, light, forces and magnets

Year 4

Living things and their habitats, animals including humans, states of matter, sound, electricity

Year 5

Living things and their habitats, animals including humans, properties and changes of materials, earth and space, forces

Year 6

Living things and their habitats, animals including humans, evolution and inheritance, light, electricity


Please remember the whole school are out at the Panto on Thursday 20th - please drop children off at Bridport coach station for 8.45am.

What is Christmas all about?

17 Dec 2018

On Friday we held an RE day based on 'Understanding Christianity' around the theme of "Incarnation" - God coming to earth as a human baby. All classes looked at different aspects of the Christmas stor...

Fire Service

10 Dec 2018

Eype class earned a bronze certificate from the Fire Service for learning to stay fire safe. Children found out that smoke alarms at home whould be tested every week ('Test it' Tuesday) and every bhou...

First Aid Training

04 Dec 2018

Thanks to the PTFA, all children at the school undertook basic First Aid training today. This included what to do in an emergency situation, calling 999 and responding to a casualty who has stopped br...

Celebrating Christingle

03 Dec 2018

Eype Class celebrated 50 years of Christingles by making their own and then lighting a candle and saying a prayer. Lord Jesus, I stretch out my hands and receive this gift,and I hold it tight because...

Feeding the birds

19 Nov 2018

With winter on the way, biodiversity club have been thinking about the birds. This week they made bird feeders with natural resources such as pine cones, apples, sticks, seeds and lard. 

Acorn MAT Tag Rugby

13 Nov 2018

A team of Year 5 and 6 pupils joined others from within the Acorn MAT this week to compete in a tag rugby tournament. It was the first chance we'd had to show off our 'new' sports kit. Remember you ca...

Preparing for Spring

12 Nov 2018

Bio Club have been busy once again, this time getting ready for Spring by planting out some daffoldil bulbs in the borders around some of our trees. They also took advantage of some large geraniums le...

Maths Masterclass

18 Oct 2018

Three children from Loders took part in the latest maths masterclass as part of our ongoing enrichment programme across the Acorn MAT. See our Maths page under Curriculum for more information.

Wacky Hair Day

15 Oct 2018

We managed to raise an incredible £85 for Weldmar Hospicecare today with our Wacky Hair Day. Tiana and Jamie's granddad is currently being cared for by Weldmar and, as ever, our caring school communit...

Bug Hotel

12 Oct 2018

The children from this week's biodiversity club did an excellent job refurbishing our bug hotel. Hopefully we will see the hotel thriving with all sorts of wild visitors soon!

Play Leaders

11 Oct 2018

Mrs McGrath has worked with some new play leaders this week to relaunch our playground buddies scheme. We've provided new bibs and caps to make them more visible to the other children and they're acti...

River Asker project

04 Oct 2018

Cogden thoroughly enjoyed their river-themed day today with river expert Ian and master storyteller Martin. Ian has been working with villagers over the past few months to monitor some of the local ri...

Mountains in Monmouth

04 Oct 2018

Monmouth Class tried some experiments this afternoon to find out how different types of mountains are formed. From fold mountains to volcanoes, plateau mountains to dome mountains... ask someone in Ye...

Eype busy baking

03 Oct 2018

The school was filled with the delicious smell of baking today as Eype class got busy with some baking.

BSO Live Stream

23 May 2018

All of Key Stage 2 enjoyed a wonderful concert by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra today via a live stream weblink.  After some initial technical issues, everything ran smoothly and everybody was t...

Memories of the war

17 May 2018

Monmouth class were able to find out what it was like to grow up in World War 2 today when Mrs Higgins (Mrs Malyon's mum) visited the class. She shared lots of interesting stories and was accompanied...

Soup, glorious soup!

16 May 2018

Eype class chopped up some carrots, potatoes and squash today to make thir own soup. It was so tasty that some children even came back for a second bowl! Take a look and see what you think... {! gall...

The work of an architect

11 May 2018

Chesil class visited local bridges as part of their topic investigating architecture. Inspired by their vsisit from Seb's dad who is an architect and has designed bridges around the world, Chesil clas...

Springtime lamb

10 May 2018

Eype class enjoyed meeting a lamb brought in by Joseph's mum. At just five weeks old, this lamb is orphaned and has had to be bottle-fed which the children were happy to assist with.  

Entering Narnia

01 May 2018

Monmouth class have been entering Narnia through the wardrobe to enjoy their new class book 'the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe'. The children have enjoyed sitting on the snow to listen as the excit...

A trip to the woods

20 Mar 2018

In search of inspiration for a writing task, Chesil class visited the woods in Loders on Tuesday. In her recount Evelyn wrote: On the way there we saw the pigs, then we crossed the slippery brid...

Loders in the snow!

02 Mar 2018

Thankfullly this doesn't happen too often but when it does, it makes a lovely picture. Here is a photo of the school taken on Friday 2nd March when we were closed. 

Welly Walk to Wellplot

27 Feb 2018

On Tuesday, Ms Morgan and Miss Hill braved the cold to take Eype class for a welly walk to Wellplot. It was the first time out and about for 3 of our newer Nursery children. Here are some photos of th...

Bridport's war on plastic begins here

20 Feb 2018

Children from Loders Primary School work with local sculptor Peter Margerum to make art with a message: "Save our seas from plastic pollution" The one-day session, paid for jointly by the school and...

Tractor Visit

02 Feb 2018

As part of their topic ‘On the Farm’, Eype class were delighted when one of the parents drove into the school playground in the biggest tractor most of us had ever seen!  With its back wheels taller t...

The Big Write 2018

29 Jan 2018

Literary talent was on show again last week when the whole school took part in this term’s Big Write. This time pupils were asked to write on the subject of the mysterious well and tunnel that has bee...

Welcome Back and a Happy 2018

02 Jan 2018

School will reopen again on Wednesday 3rd January 2018 at the usual time.  May all the staff at Loders Primary take this opportunity to wish everyone a very happy New Year.

The Christmas Play

15 Dec 2017

By Tristan, Monmouth Class On the 13th of December we performed a Christmas play in Loders church. I was in it and I was a shepherd in the play. My mum and dad saw me on stage. We performed it twice...

The Christmas Dinner

15 Dec 2017

By Haze, Monmouth Class On Wednesday the 13th of December 2017 we all went to the Christmas dinner, which was amazing! I liked all of it but my favourite bit was pulling the Christmas crackers. We al...

The Annual Panto Trip

15 Dec 2017

by Lexi, Monmouth Class On Tuesday 12th of December we went to watch the pantomime ‘Sleeping Beauty’ in Weymouth. We went on a coach to get there. When we got there, we put our bags on the floor and...

Water, Wells and What’s This?

13 Dec 2017

We recently rediscovered the well in the playground. Built sometime in the 19th century, we assume, the well existed before the school was built in the late 1860s, on the site of a farm and farm build...

Washingpool Farm – 20th June 2017

18 Jul 2017

The Seals had lovely a day out on Tuesday 20th to Washingpool Farm. Here’s 6 year old Evelyn’s account of the day: “On Tuesday we all went to Washingpool Farm. When the coach was arriving I was reall...

Year 6 Leavers Event at Salisbury Cathedral

18 Jul 2017

On Tuesday 20th June our year six children travelled with Burton Bradstock Primary School and Thorners Primary School to Salisbury Cathedral for a diocese year six leavers service. In the morning the...

May Fair – Saturday 13th May 2017

18 Jul 2017

The weather was fantastic for the annual May Fair this year. As usual, the children impressed the large audience with their Maypole dancing, and May Queen, Lucy R and May King, Owen S both gave brilli...