Lydd Primary School

Lydd Primary School
Village Academy

The New Curriculum

As an Academy we are currently developing a new and exciting curriculum for all our schools. The Government bought out a new National Curriculum in September 2014 and we are using this as an opportunity to develop our current Academy Curriculum, ready to teach from in September 2015.

We have worked with each of the schools individually so teachers can develop their own programme that fits best with their children, environment, resources and skills, as we feel ‘one size does not fit all’ for the children in The Village Academy.

We have decided to take on the National Curriculum as it stands in English, Maths and Science, as these are tested nationally and we would be doing our children a large disservice if we strayed too far away from these National guidelines. The goalposts in most of these subjects have moved slightly, either up or down, and we are already taking this into consideration with our teaching in all schools across these subjects.

The current year 6 and year 2 children will be tested on the old national curriculum, in their end of year SATs tests (May 2015). The current Year 5 and Year 1 onwards will be the year groups that will then begin being tested from the new national curriculum at the end of their Key Stages (May 2016).

The rest of the curriculum has been looked at, by your child’s teachers, in some detail. They have looked at the expectations in the National Curriculum and used these to create some exciting new topics across the 1 or 2 year cycles. We have used some of the children’s ideas, and have taken on board some of the parent's thoughts and suggestions. Thank you to all those parents who handed in completed questionnaires for this process.

The next stage in our planning will be the ‘additional curriculum’. These are the extras that we are hoping to include in your child’s learning experience across their time in school. Whether it be philosophy, first aid, finance, instruments, life skills - it will hopefully give your child access to additional learning experiences they may not otherwise be able to access. This is going to be taken on in different ways in the different schools, to give the school ownership of it's teaching and learning. Once the staff in your school have made this decision, this will be explained to you in more detail.

The new National Curriculum includes cooking in DT and extended computer programming in ICT. This has major implications with resources, so we are currently auditing resources to make sure these are ready to implement the new curriculum in September.

We will be writing to parents in each school later in the year to give an update on the direction of the curriculum in your school and to give you a copy of the new timetable of topics for each year group. These will also be published on websites.

If you would like any additional information on this or any part of the new curriculum, please contact us on the email below.

Kelly Collens & Fay Oliver

Curriculum Development Officers
curriculum@villageacademy.co.uk