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Curriculum

The Learning Journey

At Liden Primary School 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.

curriculum

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 Liden 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!

Visits have included visits to Roves Farm, Cirencester Cotswold Wildlife Park, We the Curious at Bristol and theatre and museum trips to London.
Prior to the pandemic, we also offed several educational residential trips. Years 3 and 4 have had the opportunity to stay at Oxenwood Outdoor Residential Centre for several nights during the summer term. This visits include kayaking on the Kennett and Avon Canal, camp fire and the infamous night walk down Spooky Alley!

Year 6 have also been also offered an opportunity to spend a week at Morfa Bay in Wales. Whilst there the children experienced activities such as orienteering, climbing and abseiling.