Teaching, learning and the curriculum

Lime Academy Larkswood is committed to meeting the requirements of the national curriculum. We have revised our practice to reflect the content and challenge of the national curriculum (2014). All staff receive regular training in the key areas of curriculum change, which is taught with the consideration of the needs of all learners. Our curriculum is exciting and lends to inspire children to nurture a passion for life long learning.

A Head of Year leads each year group, which consists of three classes (four in years 1 and 4). Teams meet weekly to discuss children’s progress and to plan learning. We use programmes such as Literacy and Language from years 2 to 6, Ruth Miskin’s Read Write Inc from nursery to year 2, Primary Advantage Maths and EduKent, which enables pupils to develop skills in reading, writing, communication and maths across the curriculum. The academy has a broad and balanced curriculum, which makes learning challenging, motivational and enjoyable, fostering a desire to achieve. We make sure that all our pupils have the opportunity to excel. In the early years foundation stage we use the statutory ‘Early Years Framework’. Each child comes to our school with different needs and experiences: we carefully plan learning to help all children to progress.

Read Write Inc.

At Larkswood we teach RWInc Phonics from Nursery. In the video below are some of our Year 1 and 2 children learning to read and spell a new sound during one of their daily RWInc Phonics lessons, this is just one of the ways we teach children to decode words to read and segment sounds to spell… and to meet Fred!

Can your child explain to you what ‘special friends’ are? Can they tell you why we learn to ‘Fred in our head’? What steps do we follow to help us spell?

Lime Academy Larkswood curriculum statement

A new national curriculum was introduced in September 2014 and Lime Academy Larkswood is committed to meeting these requirements.
We have revised our schemes of work to reflect the content and challenge of the new curriculum. All staff have received training in the key areas of curriculum change in order to ensure an outstanding curriculum provision for all pupils.

The curriculum is taught with the consideration of the needs of all learners. Our curriculum is exciting and inspires children to nurture a passion for life long learning.

For further information please see the subject information tabs below.

New curriculumhttps://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum

Subject information


When the 2014 National Curriculum was published, new forms of assessment were developed to align with its content and principles. From September 2015, National Curriculum Levels are no longer used for statutory assessments. From Summer 2016 the results of National Curriculum tests at Key Stage 1 and 2 are reported in the form of scaled scores. There are, three main forms of assessment used throughout the academic year by schools that are part of The Lime Trust

In-school formative assessment
In-school summative assessment
Nationally standardised summative assessment
In terms of data collection and reporting, The Lime Trust worked in partnership with the NAHT and Ofsted guidelines to devise a system that works for the pupils, with the sole aim of supporting their achievement.

The Lime Trust Schools use the assessment tracking system O-Track to inform teachers and senior leaders of progress and attainment of children within each class, as well as supporting teachers in tracking and monitoring curriculum coverage.

Through the use of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and Performance Standards (PS), the children are tracked through their year group band.

Year 1 – Band 1

Year 2 – Band 2

Year 3 – Band 3

Year 4 – Band 4

Year 5 – Band 5

Year 6 – Band 6

Within each band, there are 6 steps that the children progress through, throughout each academic year – (see O-Track nomenclature below). If a child is showing clear strength / they are gifted and talented in a subject/s, the child’s learning is deepened within the year group’s curriculum where they will be achieving ‘Mastery’. If children are working below a year group expectation, they are discussed on a case by case basis at Pupil Progress meetings to ensure the appropriate interventions / support can be put in place.

Nomenclature used by O-Track

B – beginning

B+ – beginning plus

W – working within

W+ – working within plus

S – secure

S+ – secure plus (mastery)