Curriculum

Curriculum Overview

Learning happens in stages, at different paces, and at The Lea each child is enabled and equipped to move forward in their learning journey with bigger challenges and new opportunities or extra support as needed in each part of our curriculum. At Foundation Stage… Our indoor and outdoor spaces offer safe, stimulating areas for exploring, …

British Values

The Department for Education states that there is a need for schools to promote fundamental British values.  These are: Rule of law Democracy Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs Mutual respect Individual liberty At The Lea we are continually enriching and developing our curriculum so that it incorporates British values as part of …

Foundation Stage

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is a comprehensive statutory framework that sets the standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to five. The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum has seven areas of learning. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their …

Topic Based Approach

At The Lea we have developed a topic based approach to learning which links subjects together and teaches the skills that underpin the whole curriculum. This approach includes visits and visitors which enrich learning and encourage children to want to know more. For example, when learning about the Rainforest, pupils may cover the following: Geography – study …

English

English in the National Curriculum is divided into three sections: Spoken Language, Reading and Writing. We strive to equip all children with the skills to become competent, confident users of language in all its forms, enabling them to attain high standards in literacy and verbal skills. The overarching aim for English in the National Curriculum …

Phonics

We teach phonics to all children from Nursery to Year 2 using a systematic synthetic phonics programme called Letters and Sounds.  Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource that was published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007.  Our phonics lessons allow children to become early readers by segmenting and blending sounds.  The teaching …

Maths

The National Curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils: become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately. reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, …

Science

The National Curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils: develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them are …

Computing

The National Curriculum for computing aims to ensure that all pupils: can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems can evaluate and apply …

Art & Design

The National Curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils: produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design know about great artists, craft makers …

Design & Technology

The National Curriculum for design and technology aims to ensure that all pupils: develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products …

Geography

The National Curriculum for geography aims to ensure that all pupils: develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places – both terrestrial and marine – including their defining physical and human characteristics and how these provide a geographical context for understanding the actions of processes understand the processes that give rise to key …

History

The National Curriculum for history aims to ensure that all pupils: know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world know and understand significant …

Languages

The national curriculum for languages aims to ensure that all pupils: understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation …

Physical Education

The national curriculum for physical education aims to ensure that all pupils: develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities are physically active for sustained periods of time engage in competitive sports and activities lead healthy, active lives.

Music

The national curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils: perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with …

PSHE&C and RE

Children study Religious Education using the Hertfordshire syllabus, and Personal Social Health Education and Citizenship (PSHE&C).