The Village Academy

The Village Academy is a group of town, city and village schools that have joined together to provide the very best education for the children in our care and where we believe that education is very much a matter of the individual.

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Developing the 'Lynsted' curriculum

Ofsted noted in September 2018;

'Most pupils are motivated and engaged in lessons. They contribute well to discussions and are willing to grapple with ideas to find answers and come to conclusions. '

How we designed the curriculum

Trust level

Target tracker is our main assessment system and it provided the school with a set of progressive skills which gave us a starting point to say what skills each year group should know by the end of the year in all subjects.

This was checked by senior leaders against the schemes and ideas we already use and some alterations were made based on the children in school.

 Areas of concern as to coverage and expertise for Lynsted were MFL, PE and music. MFL to be taught as PPA  and PE and Music will be taught by a specialist

Trust Leads worked on English genre and GPS overview which can be used alongside school based programs. They also created a Maths overview ensuring it was inline with best practice seen across the Trust

School level

September 18 – Questionnaires to parents and children about learning and well-being

January 19  – initial focus on a bespoke curriculum – Staff discussed the freedom of a curriculum that is designed for our school and reviewed the skills in line with this. Staff meetings focussed on the layout of curriculum.  Key Questions  and a whole school approach decided on.

April 19 - Agreement that topics should be open ended and changeable when staff change, but should relate to key question which would be over arching for all the school.

May 19 - Key Questions are whole school based and along side values and well-being focus, drive the school assemblies and extra-curricular.

Parent and pupil voice sought – what do we do well ? What do you want more of? What do you want to learn?

June 19 - Overview planner designed– key skills for each year group in place – sent to teachers to alter as appropriate.

September 19 - Planners shared and discussed with new staff as well as how we got there and the freedom to adapt.

December 19 -  Whole staff focus on the skills and knowledge ensuring that they were broken into termly progressions and thought about what each subject should look like at Lynsted

Child level

 Children were asked what they wanted to learn in each area and what questions they would like to ask. Children at the school ask many questions to find information, but can be vocabulary and experience poor.

Children to be asked what they want to find out in each topic and this should be the basis of the learning. These questions should be reviewed at the start of each term.

Parental Engagement

 Engaging parents is key to our curriculum and we have asked what they want to see in the school. Parent council gave lots of ideas of how the school can increase working with them and the topic ideas were shared at sports day 19 to gather parent view.


 Main outcomes

Pupils Staff Parents

Pupils enjoyed an increased well being focus from pupil voice-June 19

Governors found pupils now felt safe and systems in place and consistently used – which differs from survey Oct 18

Staff felt systems allowed for strong arithmetic teaching

that there was varied stimuli to support writing


Additional sport and music supported learning


Nurture and pastoral care was good and improving

Interventions in place


Staff would like; 

More ICT, community and parental involvement, more learning from the children eg they set the questions

From parent council and at sports day.


Parents felt staff know the children well


Homework and systems needed updating 


Phonics and tapestry sessions have been really helpful and parents would like more workshops further up the school


More parental engagement across the school in similar vein to EYFS


More opportunities to come in – re introduced class assemblies

Subjects and sub areas




Art and Design


Design technology


Animals including humans, Earth and Space, Electricity. Materials, Living things and habitats, Light, Forces and magnets, Evolution, Plants, Rocks,  Sound, States of matter

Chronological understanding, Historical enquiry, Historical interpretation, organisation and Communication, Understanding events, people and changes

Learning, Techniques

Computers, Networks, Using a computer, E-safety, Net Searching, Coding

Cooking and Nutrition, Processes

Skills and fieldwork, Locational knowledge, Human and physical. geography, Place knowledge

Physical Education






Swimming, Acquiring and developing skills, Applying skills and using tactics, Diet and hygiene, Evaluating and improving skills, Healthy eating, Personal and social

Word reading, Comprehension



Transcription, Spelling, Handwriting, Composition, GPS

Number and place value, + and -, Multiplication and division, Position and direction, Properties of shape, Geometry, Algebra, Statistics, fractions, Measurement, Ratio and proportion



 Cycle overview

 Cycle A

Where do we come from?


What makes us all different?

How does it work?

Ourselves (R)

Fairy Tales (R)

Transport (R)

People who help us (Y1/2)

Homes – where we live(Y1/2)

A to B (Y1/2)

Changing (Y3/4)

Myths and Legends (Y3/4)

Flight (Y3/5)

Industrial revolution (Y5/6)

Britain over time (5/6)

Devices (Y5/6)

Values: co-operation, perseverance

Values: creativity, respect


Values: honesty, empathy 

Well being focus: Behaviour for learning

Home school links

Be the best I can be

British values


Well being focus: Anti-bullying, social strategies, getting along, online safety, being healthy - keeping fit 

Well being focus:  feeling safe, transitions


Lynsted and Norton Curriculum Offer 2018/2019