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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, playing and learning. We provide a constantly changing range of activities, designed to help the children grow in their use of language, Mathematics and, most importantly, their love of learning. We recently built an outdoor classroom in an organic corner of our field to foster creative learning and sensory experiences not found indoors.

In Key Stage 1 and 2…

Pupils receive a solid foundation in Reading, Writing and Mathematics’ skills with a creative curriculum that incorporates practical learning and active participation. For example, the Great Fire of London is not just taught but experienced through a trip to the Museum of London, building a model of London and then burning it down (the model!).

Subjects are linked together by topic in order to make more sense of learning, so Mathematics is used in Art lessons and English is enhanced by what has been taught in Science. Pupils gain a more holistic understanding about their world and how to apply what they learn.

With at least one teaching assistant working alongside every class teacher, The Lea offers exceptional staff–pupil ratios. This allows for more individual attention and awareness of pupil needs and abilities.

Our children are exposed to a wide range of ICT media from Nursery upwards. Each classroom has touch-screen interactive whiteboards and standalone computers, and our bank of laptops and iPads allows for wider integrated use in lessons, to enrich teaching and learning.

Whatever stage your child is at, The Lea will meet their desire to learn with the teaching, resources and attention they need to move on to the next part of their learning journey.

Small Steps Approach

A key element of The Lea’s approach to the implementation of its curriculum will be built around The Multi-store Theory of Memory (Atkinson and Shiffrin,1968) and a small steps approach to teaching and learning.

The MultiStore Model of memory (MSM) describes flow between three permanent storage systems of memory: the sensory register (SR), short-term memory (STM) and long-term memory (LTM). In simple terms sensory information (through a concrete-pictorial-abstract approach – J Bruner) can be transferred into short-term memory which can generally have a capacity for between 4-9 items. Through rehearsal and consolidation, information is then transferred to long-term memory – which as educators is our ultimate aim for learning.