Curriculum

School Improvement Priorities

On an annual basis,  in collaboration with the governors and other stakeholders, the school reflects on its areas for improvement. Taking into account a variety of sources, three school improvement priorities are identified. These are then approved and progress towards these used as a quality assurance measure by governors throughout the academic year.  The school …

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Curriculum Overview

The Lea curriculum clearly identifies and sets out the main content, skills, knowledge and vocabulary that children should learn during their time at The Lea. In all areas of learning this has been carefully mapped out into logical sequences of learning that maximise children’s learning. This mapping stretches from our Nursery through until the end of …

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 …

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Early Years Curriculum

At The Lea, we are continually striving to be at the forefront of new initiatives in education and are guided by the latest advice and best practice. With that in mind, last year we decided to become an early adopter school for the new Early Years curriculum –  following the new Early Years Foundation Stage …

Forest School

Forest school is an outdoor learning experience, which gives our children, the opportunity to develop skills, confidence and independence using a woodland setting.  The sessions enable the child to develop in personal skills, increase in self-confidence and self- awareness, build resilience, improve communication, understand risk-taking and problem solve. Our Forest School sessions are developed according …

Remote Learning

Parent Survey 2021/22: “We are delighted with the school, particularly during the period of remote learning during the school closure. Our children are making excellent progress, both academically and socially.” Our school curriculum is understanding of the fact that learning happens in stages, at different paces, and at The Lea each child is enabled and …

Basic Skills

At The Lea, we understand that for our curriculum to be successfully implemented and for children to achieve to their highest potential, the foundations of learning have to be secure.  These foundations we consider to be the “basic skills” that lead to successful learning. There is a huge focus on these skills in Early Years and …

Phonics

At The Lea, we recognise the fundamental importance of reading for a child’s academic achievement, access to the curriculum, wellbeing and success later in life. We prioritise reading, the importance of language and vocabulary and the love of stories and books in our school. It is our mission to ensure that every child at The …

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Reading

At The Lea, we recognise the fundamental importance of reading for a child’s academic achievement, access to the curriculum, wellbeing and success later in life. We prioritise reading, the importance of language and vocabulary and the love of stories and books in our school. It is our mission to ensure that every child at The …

Writing

The National Curriculum for English states that all children should leave primary school able to, “write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences.” At The Lea, we have organised our English curriculum to ensure that pupils have every opportunity of achieving this. Our …

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, …

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Science

At The Lea our vision for science learning is that it is enquiry based, engaging and challenging. Science is taught by giving our children the opportunity to investigate, discover, make mistakes and improve. The children are encouraged to find and make links to their learning through practical experiences which relate to them. Our curriculum builds …

Computing and eSafety

At The Lea, we follow the ‘Teach Computing’ scheme of work from the National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE) to ensure we are covering all of the NC objectives across the key stages and that there is clear progression in knowledge and skills. We have a fantastic network that supports 32 pupils’ laptops (16 KS1 and …

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Art & Design

“Every child is an artist.  The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” Pablo Picasso Art & Design provides children with the opportunity to express themselves imaginatively and creatively, in ways that are unique to us all. Art and design both reflect and shape our history and contribute to the culture and …

Design & Technology

“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new” Albert Einstein At The Lea, our aim is that Design and Technology is taught as an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own …

Geography

Geography inspires in children a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. We aim to equip children with knowledge about people, resources, natural and human environments, in and around Harpenden. We also aim to inspire and inform children with knowledge about diverse places around our exciting world, in ways that is meaningful and …

History

At The Lea we aim for children to develop a good knowledge of historical topics and gain an appreciation and understanding of history and how it has both shaped and influenced our world, locally and worldwide. Through the study of individuals, societies, cultures and countries within which they live – and those within the wider …

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MFL – French

At The Lea, we believe that learning a Modern Foreign Language enriches the curriculum and prepares pupils to participate in an ever-changing, multi-lingual world. Learning a language can help children to understand the culture, similarities and differences another country. It can help them to be successful in the modern world and may open up a world …

Balanceability

Balanceability

At The Lea we recognise the importance of physical exercise in promoting a healthy lifestyle. We teach children how to ride a bike through the Balanceability programme (Association for Physical Education – AfPE accredited) to promote the physical benefits of cycling as well as providing a fun and engaging activity.  Our aim is that all …

Physical Education

A high quality Physical Education (PE) curriculum can inspire all pupils to succeed and excel, not only in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities but in everyday life. At The Lea, we strive to deliver quality PE and school sport games with the aim to develop each child in terms of their physical ability, …

Music

At The Lea, we encourage every one of our children to become a musician, engage with and enjoy music. We provide a broad and enjoyable experience for children who learn to listen to, appreciate, perform, create, critique and evaluate a variety of pieces of music. Singing is a key vehicle to ensure that all children …

PSHE and RSE

An individual’s physical, mental and social attributes affect all aspects of their lives, both as a child and as an adult. At The Lea we fervently believe that the personal, social and health education (PSHE) of our children underpins all their learning and is central in preparing our children so that they are afforded the …

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Religious Education

Our school welcomes families of all faiths and families with no faith, and this is reflected in the learning conducted in our RE lessons. Children study religious education and world views in our school using the Hertfordshire syllabus. We have adapted the syllabus to ensure progression, to provide a pathway for children to learn about …