An Enriched Curriculum
At Lyne and Longcross we provide a broad curriculum which covers the expectations of the Early Years Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum whilst enriching children’s learning experiences and providing opportunities that will develop their curiosity, imagination, aspirations and understanding of life as a global citizen. Our curriculum is underpinned by our school values of Faith, Courage, Respect, Belonging and Fairness.
The design of our curriculum is based on a topic led approach. In our Early Years setting the children’s interests determine the topics that are followed. These can be weekly topics, fortnightly or longer depending on the involvement of the children and the learning opportunities. Children enjoy a balance of chid initiated learning, adult let tasks and weekly challenges that are set that the children must complete over the course of the week. The children contribute to the planning for these topics.
In Key Stage 1, half termly topics aid teachers to plan for curriculum coverage and develop meaningful links between learning opportunities.
In Key Stage 2, topics last a term and enable teaching and learning opportunities to deepen understanding of the aspects covered.
Our learning skills: making links, perseverance, being resourceful, being absorbed, collaboration, managing your distractions, problem solving, questioning and reasoning are embedded in every day practice. Teachers and children refer to the learning skills as appropriate in order to develop children’s independence and resilience within the classroom. By teaching and modelling these skills across school it is hoped that our children will leave us ready to apply them in all aspects of their lives.
Outdoor learning is key element of our curriculum at Lyne and Longcross. Teachers regularly plan lessons, organise trips and invite visitors which use the outdoor environment to enhance learning. We are very proud of our on-site Forest School and all children benefit from this throughout the year.