The Learning Journey

At Liden Academy we aim to provide an innovative curriculum, which meets the needs of all our children. Our children have opportunities to experience all the areas of the National Curriculum through creative cross-curricular topic work . The Learning Journey is underpinned by a set of principles for the way things are taught and learnt in the school. Through the Learning Journey children are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning.

Educational visits and visitors into school are used to broaden the children’s understanding of the topics we teach. Children’s learning is assessed regularly, so that support and challenge is given where appropriate. We take great care to enrich learning through first hand and practical experiences. Through the provision of a broad and balanced curriculum we are able to develop and recognise individual talents and interests.


Our children are engaged by their learning and this excites their imagination. They enjoy the richness of their learning, not just learning different things but learning in many different ways: out of doors, through play, in small groups, through art, music and sport, from each other, from adults other than teachers, before school, after school, with their families, formally and informally, by listening, by watching and by doing. They develop socially and emotionally. They take pride in their learning and want to do well.

Every child is recognised as a unique individual. We celebrate and welcome differences within our diverse school community. The ability to learn is underpinned by the teaching of basic skills, knowledge, concepts and values with a vision to prepare them for life beyond primary school.

Our aim is to provide our children with an engaging, exciting and empowering curriculum that equips them for today and tomorrow. We use our Guiding Gems to encourage positive attitudes to learning which reflect the values and skills needed to promote responsibility for learning and future success.

Enrichment Activities

We constantly provide enrichment opportunities to engage learning. We believe that childhood should be a happy, investigative and enquiring time in our lives, where there are no limits to curiosity and there is a thirst for new experiences and knowledge.

The children are encouraged to participate in a variety of activities beyond the classroom .For example, year 6 have an international link with a school in Hong Kong. We offer a range of sporting activities, adventurous activities and after school clubs.

Some examples which have been offered include;

  • Sailing
  • Ice skating
  • Football
  • Forest School
  • Art
  • Gymnastics
  • Dance
  • Archery
  • Mountain biking

Trips and Visitors

In order to enhance our children’s learning we also plan a wide variety of trips and visits that are linked to our curriculum subjects, which we hope bring our curriculum alive. These involve anything from a walk around the local community to a visit to a place further away. Visitors are very welcome to talk about their experiences and knowledge; we have even been visited by our local cabinet minister!

We have also experienced trips to Roves Farm, Cirencester Cotswold Wildlife Park, We the Curious at Bristol and theatre and museum trips to London.

Also there is a Year 6 Outdoor Activities residential trip (Braeside 2023) to spend a week experiencing and enjoying activities such as climbing, canoeing and archery.


Looking for a New Primary School or Nursery place?

We are located on the outskirts of East Swindon and set in beautiful grounds with lots of outdoor space.

Every day is an Open Day – We welcome you to visit us any weekday by calling us on 01793 5231025 to arrange a visit

OR come along to one of our Weekend Open Days – Next scheduled date Saturday 20th January 2024 – 10:00 until midday.

Apply now to join Liden Academy – 2 to 11 year olds

Primary School Applications – for September 2024, complete online – closing date 15th Jan 2024.

New Nursery Applications and Session Changes now accepted for April 2024 – closing date 31st January 2024

(Upcoming Early Years Funding changes starting April 2024 – latest news on Childcare Choices)