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Draft Guidance Published for Compulsory RSE and Health Education

September 7, 2018 5:57 pm

Did you know that the government published draft guidance for consultation on compulsory RSE and Health Education in July, with a view to implementation in 2020? No? Don’t worry – none of the teachers I’ve spoken to over the summer...

Learning by Doing: Hands-on Learning

August 3, 2018 9:23 am

Children are born eager to learn by doing and the more opportunities they have to learn and master things hands-on, the better. As John Dewey remarked in 1916, in his book, Democracy and Education: “Why is it that, in spite of...

Do schools need a knowledge-rich curriculum?

July 20, 2018 10:06 am

“SCHOOLS NEED A KNOWLEDGE-RICH CURRICULUM!” PROCLAIMS DAMIAN HINDS. WHAT DOES HE KNOW?!? There is much talk currently about the need for a “knowledge-rich” curriculum but what exactly does this mean? Is it another of those pompous phrases invented by some...

Happy Summer Holidays! Read Dimensions July Newsletter

July 17, 2018 9:32 am

Dimensions Annual Review and Summary Education news round-up – the latest headlines, policy changes or innovative teaching practice in Education July 2018 Dimensions Curriculum General Newsletter Sign-up, Read-All-About-It! Subscribe to Dimensions Curriculum News! To subscribe to our e-newsletter, simply add your email address at the...

New school enquiries tell us, “Our existing Curriculum is not bad but it could be better”

May 1, 2018 2:29 pm

We’ve seen lots of new enquiries coming in from schools seeking a ‘broad and balanced’ curriculum. Often, it’s because good teachers know deep-down that their school’s curriculum could be better; more interesting, less rushed, more joined-up, more engaging. Sometimes it’s...

Happy Easter! Read the latest Dimensions Newsletter

April 9, 2018 11:33 am

Change in the air with more and more Curriculum enquiries looking for a ‘broad and balanced’ Curriculum International Curriculum in Development 3D PSHE Annual Subscription Service Online Curriculum Nearing China Launch Education news round-up – the latest headlines, policy changes...

Happy February Half-Term! Elaine’s in Hong Kong, Northern Ireland and more!

February 10, 2018 10:15 am

Jet-setting Elaine visits a long-standing International School in Hong Kong to deliver Curriculum updates, new EYFS Thematic Units and whole-staff training A new Dimensions Curriculum Partnership to support Developing Creativity in China Two CPD/training events in County Antrim this February...

Happy New Year! First Dimensions Newsletter of 2018

January 8, 2018 9:50 am

A Dimensions-member school (our full primary curriculum implemented in September 2017), gets great curriculum feedback in short inspection Ofsted report; “The school’s recently revised curriculum is interesting, broad and well balanced.” Our updated and refreshed Primary Thematic Curriculum available in phases...

“Chore, Bore or Leave Them Wanting More?”

December 6, 2017 11:43 am

How to Funky Up Your Assemblies! Do you see leading whole school assembly as something of a chore, a right royal bore or do you leave them wanting more?!? Suddenly, it’s that day of the week again and you’ve got...

Without a Song or a Dance, what are we?

September 22, 2017 1:20 pm

Picture this: a Y2 teaching assistant bursts into a room of enthralled children, dressed in a bright onesie, wellies and balaclava, screaming, “World domination is what I want and I want it NOW!” She is, of course, playing ‘Sally-monella’, a...

Our Top PSHE Accreditations!

July 19, 2017 9:20 am

We are delighted to be finishing the academic year with a bang! 3D PSHE sales are going through the roof and we’d like to thank all our schools for their custom and support. So many teachers are recommending us to...

Launching Our Brand New KS1 Extremism and Radicalisation Resource!

June 12, 2017 4:28 pm

We’re delighted to launch our new KS1 Extremism and Radicalisation focus unit – part of our whole-school 3D PSHE programme! Meet ‘Redfern Right’ – a key character in our sensitive, age-appropriate resource, designed to help tackle Extremism and Radicalisation with KS1...

Why Don’t We Produce Test Papers?

May 5, 2017 8:37 am

It’s always a privilege to go into schools and show our range of creative resources. We love being able to talk about and share our passion and enthusiasm for teaching and learning with fellow educators. So, when I was asked...

Exhibiting in Wolverhampton and Harrogate!

April 26, 2017 9:22 am

Our Dave is on the road again this week, so please come and say hello and check out our new 3D PSHE Focus unit on Substance-Related Abuse and PSHE product range. Trial one of our new Thematic Units – there’s...

SRE versus RSE?

April 20, 2017 1:25 pm

Which comes first? The chicken or the egg? Sex or relationships? Surely to enjoy a healthy, happy partnership, the relationship part comes first.. or am I just an old-fashioned Preston lass who is a tad romantic? Anyway, what’s in a...

Sex and Relationships Education Informs and Empowers!

March 2, 2017 1:58 pm

Have you ever watched a TV show like Jerry Springer or Oprah? Couples fighting like cat and dog; feuding friends; estranged parents and siblings! Dysfunctional relationships are at the heart of these kind of shows and, although they broadcast extreme...

Extremism and Radicalisation Resources – A Letter to the TES Editor

February 12, 2017 12:27 pm

I would suggest that the reason for the ‘dearth of anything really below Year 8’ in relation to resources to help teach radicalisation is because of the fine balance required between presenting fact and minimising fear (‘A Girl aged 5...

Festive Freebie to Help Develop Oracy Skills

December 14, 2016 1:56 pm

This activity is taken from ‘The Spirit of Christmas’ unit in Speech Bubbles for KS1, and can easily be adapted to other ages. Dimensions brand new Speech Bubbles resources (available early 2017) are a series of lesson plans that explictly...

Happy Christmas from Dimensions and all the best in 2017!

December 12, 2016 10:37 am

Happy Christmas from Elaine and the Dimensions Crew! We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year! We hope you enjoy the team’s creative festive message. Watch out for the Chief Elf (Elaine Sutton, Creative Director of Dimensions)...

Free Christmas Song – Download Now!

November 14, 2016 2:45 pm

Dimension Curriculum’s annual festive song is the ideal antidote to all things materialistic and ‘over-tinselley’ at Christmas and ideal for productions, carol concerts and assemblies. Teach this catchy Christmas song to remind children that the greatest gifts are time and...

KS3 PSHE coming soon!

October 27, 2016 11:45 am

High School teachers, Pastoral Leaders and PSHE Co-ordinators look no further! All the lesson plans and resources you need to teach PSHE in Year 7, 8 and 9, ensuring cohesion and progression. Exciting, relevant and age-appropriate lesson plans in one...

Inclusive Language Guidelines for Disability

October 19, 2016 1:47 pm

In this politically correct world we live in, it is hard to keep up-to-date with what we can and can’t say and write. Not everyone will agree on everything. The government have published some basic guidelines that schools may like...

Five Top Tips for Developing Confident Communicators

October 19, 2016 7:27 am

We all use speaking and listening in our daily lives to share ideas, solve problems, make decisions, socialise and interact in a wide variety of situations. Language is an integral part of learning and much of children’s self-confidence and attitudes...

Training for Dimensions Toolkit Schools 28th & 30th Sept 2016

September 13, 2016 1:14 pm

Training for North West Dimension Schools in our lovely offices this Autumn Term. The sessions will keep your staff up-to-date and cover recently added resources, curriculum updates and new Dimensions developments – we’ve been busy bees over the summer! Venue: Halls...

Exciting Resource Boxes!

July 22, 2016 10:49 am

Bring the Dimensions Curriculum to life with these amazing, themed resource boxes.  We have put together resource boxes for key themes. Treat your class to hands-on resources to bring Roman, Mayan, Eygptian, Saxon and Viking themes to life. Each box contains ten high-quality...

Dimensions Toolkit Schools – 30 Assemblies and songs in hub

July 20, 2016 1:35 pm

Dimensions Toolkit schools get great new products and resources added to their download area automatically. Check yours for your PSHE Assemblies (added July 2016). 30 whole-school assemblies with 10 catchy songs. Dimensions Toolkit schools can buy a discounted hard copy for just...

How can we give our children the best possible start in life?

July 8, 2016 11:41 am

At the recent Mountain Festival in Keswick I was drawn to a talk on ‘Adventuring as a Family’ given by a family of four; Mum, Dad and two daughters aged 10 and 12. They were talking about how to ‘adventure’...

NEW Faster, Higher, Stronger Song!

June 21, 2016 8:49 am

FREEBIE!  ‘Faster, Higher, Stronger’ Song We have written and recorded a great song linked to goals and aspirations! With the Olympics / Euros in mind, you’ll feel that Brazilian beat and not be able to get that song out of...

Sir Michael’s Mavericks!

June 14, 2016 10:23 am

The outgoing Ofsted boss, Sir Michael Wilshaw, says we need more ‘maverick’ teachers to revitalise what he called ‘a pretty ordinary education system’. Speaking at a recent TES conference he said that the state system needed ’extraordinary people’ or ‘the...

I learnt a new word today…

May 26, 2016 12:41 pm

I learnt a new word today – hubris. With our pupils being force fed a diet of words with little or no meaning and relevance in their everyday lives, it made me think about the circumstances surrounding how we learn....

Daisyfield Primary School, Blackburn

"The school’s recently revised curriculum is interesting, broad and well balanced. Your carefully chosen revisions to the curriculum for subjects other than English and mathematics engage all learners, but particularly boys. Teachers make good use of practical experiences to engage pupils in learning about abstract concepts. For example, in a computing lesson, pupils developed their skills in creating and debugging algorithms through the production of a jam sandwich." (Daisyfield Primary School, Blackburn; Ofsted Short Inspection report December 2017)

 

 

 
2018-01-09T10:45:57+00:00
“The school’s recently revised curriculum is interesting, broad and well balanced. Your carefully chosen revisions to the curriculum for subjects other than English and mathematics engage all learners, but particularly boys. Teachers make good use of practical experiences to engage pupils...

Comment from Ofsted March 2016, Waterloo Primary School, Ashton-Under-Lyne

"The school's curriculum ensures a strong focus on developing the basic skills of reading, writing and mathematics. Pupils' knowledge and skills in other subjects, such as science, geography, history and art are developed through a range of cross-curricular topics and themes, which are planned to capture and motivate their interest and develop a love of learning. Pupils' positive views about their work reflect that this is successful."

Ofsted's comments on the Dimensions Curriculum! March 2016

2016-03-21T13:11:14+00:00

Ofsted's comments on the Dimensions Curriculum! March 2016

“The school’s curriculum ensures a strong focus on developing the basic skills of reading, writing and mathematics. Pupils’ knowledge and skills in other subjects, such as science, geography, history and art are developed through a range of cross-curricular topics and...

St. John Vianne’s – Blackpool Kim Burrows

3D PSHE Citizenship Programme is a wonderful resource and is easy to use. It fits with the development matters for EYFS and all PSHE aspects throughout the primary curriculum - including recent updates for Prevent. The programme is interactive and "hands on" getting the children engaged and involved who have enjoyed using it throughout the year. The provided lesson plans can be used independently or to support the SEAL programme already in school - so great for teachers and saves time on planning!
2016-09-23T13:47:32+00:00
3D PSHE Citizenship Programme is a wonderful resource and is easy to use. It fits with the development matters for EYFS and all PSHE aspects throughout the primary curriculum – including recent updates for Prevent. The programme is interactive and...

3D PSHE

"3D PSHE provides thorough, concrete, lesson plans, with resources all ready to go. You can pick it up and teach it with very little preparation and KNOW that it will be a great lesson, which covers the skills and objectives necessary.There is clear progression and you know that the entire PSHE curriculum is being covered across the school and the children are building on their learning from year to year. Each lesson is truly dynamic!"

Here's what teachers say about 3D PSHE! January 2016

2016-03-29T08:11:35+00:00

Here's what teachers say about 3D PSHE! January 2016

“3D PSHE provides thorough, concrete, lesson plans, with resources all ready to go. You can pick it up and teach it with very little preparation and KNOW that it will be a great lesson, which covers the skills and objectives...

Marking Quote

“The Ofsted inspection reflected a huge improvement in our past performance. They were impressed with all aspects of the school and could see the curriculum work we are doing through Dimensions has made a big difference. They were particularly impressed with the marking programmes and the fact that the children were able to explain how they worked and implement next steps themselves. There is no doubt that Dimensions has had a hugely positive impact on raising standards.”

Headteachers praise the Dimensions Marking Systems! March 2016

2016-03-29T08:33:47+00:00

Headteachers praise the Dimensions Marking Systems! March 2016

“The Ofsted inspection reflected a huge improvement in our past performance. They were impressed with all aspects of the school and could see the curriculum work we are doing through Dimensions has made a big difference. They were particularly impressed...

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