The Village Academy

The Village Academy is a group of town, city and village schools that have joined together to provide the very best education for the children in our care and where we believe that education is very much a matter of the individual.

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The Wider Curriculum

The wider curriculum

At Lynsted and Norton school, subjects such as history, geography, art, design and technology, music and some parts of other subjects are taught through progressive skills and knowledge which form part of a two year rolling program.  Knowledge is gained over time and year groups.  The rolling program enables the children to learn the key skills twice through different foci, and staff to plan activities and learning which is based on their current cohorts experiences and knowledge.

 We have ensured that we have designed a curriculum that has strong links with our community and local environment. We visit the local church regularly and use a piece of adjoining woodland, taking as much learning as we can outside.  

We enjoy many whole school learning opportunities so that children develop an understanding of others in our school community, and work as a team.

The Humanities

The humanities enable our children to learn new skills and consolidate old skills and knowledge. The vocabulary and knowledge they learn here can  drive or support learning in other subjects.

 Our children investigate and explore both geographical and historical skills and knowledge on their own and also as part of groups. They are encouraged to ask questions, communicate ideas and draw their own conclusions as well as research points of interest on their own. 

Not all humanities lessons result in a written piece, as this is not the main way of assessing knowledge. Learning can be recorded through floor books which record lessons and teacher assessments of skills taught.

It is our belief that lessons should be fun, practical and diverse. The lessons taught, allow the children to explore and become involved in the world around them; helping them to learn how the past has shaped our lives and how we can shape the future. 

History intent

Throughout their time at Lynsted and Norton school the children will learn about the lives and customs of a range of civilisations and specific individuals throughout time. Skills are developed and add to as years go up with a developing sense of chronology. The final years within the school focus on British history as a main focus to give the children a clear vision of what it is to be British and where we have come from.

Geography Intent

 The geography curriculum at Lynsted is inquiry based and allows children to question and find out. The skills are progressive and the knowledge of the world builds throughout their time in school. When they leave Lynsted they will have a clear knowledge of the word, how to read an atlas and knowledge of a range of physical and human features.

Here are our skills/knowledge progressions for History and  Geography


Children’s understanding and enjoyment of art is developed through the opportunity to express their own ideas and feelings and by exploring the work of other artists.

 We use a wide range of media and techniques to encourage our children to develop this vital area of the curriculum.

We proudly display children's artwork in the classrooms and in the corridors - this really helps to make the school bright and appealing, as well as giving children a sense of pride

This is the new knowledge and skills progression is here.

Design and Technology

Our aim in teaching design and technology is that all children will develop the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to design, make and evaluate products fit for a purpose. 

Children are given opportunities to work with a wide range of materials and components to develop an understanding of control systems, energy and structures.

Cooking and food safety forms part of DT. We will be entering the 'Kent Young Cooks' competition this year and will be taking part in a cook off as part of a mixed Trust competition. We have previously had children get to the regional finals.

This is the new skills progression we will start trialing in the Summer Term and which will be embedded by September 2019.


Children are encouraged to appreciate a wide variety of sounds and music - choral, orchestral, modern, classical and world music.  They make music with a range of musical instruments. 

Children are also taught many songs and hymns and experience the pleasure of singing together. 

  We have whole class teaching of the Ukulele for Years 3 and 4 and some individual lessons and guitar lessons weekly.  We have had whole school dancing and music from steel bands and brass instruments to enthuse children to take up musical instruments.  

 We have entered the Young Voices 2020 to enliven our school life with singing. This is an opportunity for our pupils to sing at the 02 alongside many other schools and superstars.

This is the music skills progression we will start trialing in the Summer Term and which will be embedded by September 2019.

Modern Foreign Languages

We feel that it is of vital importance that our children have knowledge, and some understanding of foreign languages. During their time at Lynsted your child will have the opportunity to study French, German or another language in a regular weekly language lesson. 

This is the mfl skills progression we will start trialing in the Summer Term and which will be embedded by September 2019.

Personal, Health and Social Education

In all aspects of school life we aim to promote the personal and social development of children.  Specific times are also set aside for class and group activities and games where children can develop an understanding of how to look after themselves and learn basic life and interpersonal skills. We have a scheme of work, Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) which the teachers access to develop these life strategies.

Sex and Relationship Education

We feel that it is important that children grow up to be confident about themselves and about changes they may experience not only in their bodies, but also in their feelings and relationships. 

The class teacher supported by video material and visits from a school nurse sympathetically addresses this in Year 6. 

 Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) is learning about sex, sexuality, emotions, relationships, keeping safe and ourselves. Kent LA have encouraged the relationship part should come first, encompassing relationships in all settings including, home, community and school. SRE at Lynsted and Norton Primary School is taught within the framework of guidelines outlined by the DfES and the objective is to help and support our children through their physical, emotional and moral development. Our programme covers the statutory elements of the Science National Curriculum. 

The school undertakes the responsibility of teaching SRE in a caring manner, appropriate to the age and ability of the children and being sensitive to the needs of individual children and their families.

We aim to help our children learn to respect themselves and others, build healthy relationships and prepare them with confidence for the passage through puberty into adolescence.

Aims of SRE at Lynsted and Norton School:

  •  To develop accurate, age appropriate vocabulary which children can use to        communicate SRE matters.
  • To inform children about personal hygiene and related health issues, to enable them to respect and care for their bodies.
  • To explore the nature of family life and loving relationships.
  • To help recognise appropriate and inappropriate sexual behaviours enabling them to protect themselves and keep safe.
  • To know how a baby is conceived and how a baby is born.
  • To inform of the changes that male and female bodies undertake during puberty.
  • To build knowledge and skills to understand differences by countering myths and misinformation through examining opinions.
  • Understand differences by respecting others relationships and removing prejudice.

Collective Worship

We meet as a whole school 5 times a week at the beginning of every day.  We aim to discuss matters relevant to the children at that time of the year, or reflect on events current to their lives. 

Our usual pattern of worship is:

Mr Wood  leads Monday worship where we discuss the theme of the week, have a moral story or discuss school developments or news.

On Tuesday, Rev Stephen Lillicrap  will takes the assembly reflecting on the church year and taking worship with a Christian ethos.

On Wednesday the weeks theme is developed further

On Thursday, a singing assembly will be taken by one of the teachers. This will be a mixture of modern and traditional songs and hymns.

On Friday there will be our celebration assembly where successes and achievements are celebrated and weekly awards given to children who have made noticeable contributions to the weeks learning. 

We have School Values awards, merit certificates, Gold  certificates (Star of the Week) and Headteachers awards. These are shared with parents in our weekly newsletter.