The curriculum at Lyminge is inspired by our pupils’ curiosity and supports them as they find their place in our community and as global citizens. As children progress through the school, they are encouraged to explore themes and issues of increasing complexity, deepening their understanding of the world around them. In the nurturing environment of our school, we empower pupils to turn our core values of love, trust, perseverance, justice and forgiveness into actions. Pupils’ knowledge and skills are developed through a wide range of relevant real-life learning experiences and interactions.
Spoken language, reading and writing is taught every day in creative ways, often using the Big Question as a stimulus, with opportunities to apply skills across the curriculum in different contexts.
Reading is taught using the Reciprocal Reading approach to develop the key skills of predicting, questioning, clarifying and summarising, which ensure depth of understanding.
Writing is taught through a logical sequence of learning and practising the skills of composition, sentence structure, grammar and spelling, with opportunities to apply these to writing in different genres and contexts and for a range of purposes and audiences.
Phonics is taught systematically, through the ‘Bug Club’ programme using multi-sensory strategies, to provide a solid foundation for the later teaching of grammar, spelling and punctuation.
The teaching of Maths ensures a balance of fluency, reasoning and problem solving. Fluency focuses on confidence with the four mathematical operations, and quick recall of facts, such as number bonds, properties of shapes and multiplication facts. Children are then given opportunities to reason, wonder about and investigate these, and to apply their skills and knowledge to solve 'real life' problems, and in different curriculum areas.
Here at Lyminge, Religious Education holds a central role in our whole school curriculum, exploring concepts that support the children's development to engage fully in life in Modern Britain. It encourages and develops a safe learning environment where children explore personal ideas and beliefs and learn and respect those of others. The Christian faith is an important focus, but together with learning about a wide range of faiths as well.
See below for our Foundation Subject Road Maps and Curriculum Overviews, showing the yearly coverage from the Early Years to Year 6.
EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage)
In the Foundation Stage, children learn through a variety of activities and experiences, with a strong focus on exploring and investigating. The learning environment is designed to promote collaborative learning, independence and the skills of evaluating their own learning. Children demonstrate understanding of learning across 7 areas: -
3 Prime Areas:
Communication and Language
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
4 Specific Areas:
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts and Design