Curriculum

This page is a brief summary of the curriculum we offer here at The Linden Academy. More detail can be found via our half termly ‘curriculum maps’ which are available to view at the bottom of this page.

English and Maths                       

Like most state funded schools, we follow the National Curriculum to ensure that the teaching and learning of English and Maths is broad and balanced. This was reviewed in light of national changes to the National Curriculum for England and Wales. 

English and Maths sessions take place every day, plus additional sessions for spelling, grammar and punctuation and Guided Reading (English) and Arithmetic (Maths) ensure full coverage and an emphasis on the core skills.  

Phonics is introduced to the curriculum from entry into Year R as the children develop early reading skills. We follow the "Letters and Sounds" programme.

Our reading scheme works in progression through Year R and Key Stage 1 with the children following the stages in the scheme alongside a range of other resources dependent on need and assessments are carried out on a regular basis in order to plan for individual support across all abilities. When children are judged to be ready, they begin to choose their own books from our library selection.

In Upper Key Stage 2 (Years 5 & 6), children follow the Accelerated Reader programme which adds a competitive edge to reading for pleasure.

Maths Calculation Policy

Our calculation policy has been written in line with the programmes of study taken from the revised National Curriculum for Mathematics (2014). It provides guidance on appropriate calculation methods and progression. The content is set out in stage blocks under the following headings: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

It can be viewed here: Maths Calculation Policy

PSHE                          

At The Linden Academy, we follow the PSHE Association Programme of Study as applied to Key Stages 1 and 2. This programme is widely signposted by the government as the "go-to" guidance for teachers and school leaders when planning the PHSE curriculum.

PSHE Association Education Programme of Study

RE 

The Agreed Syllabus for Luton (2012/13) provides the platform for our RE teaching and learning here at The Linden Academy. Every major world religion is studied, with connections made across all faiths where possible. It remains the legal right of parents and staff to withdraw from RE sessions  (and also, from Acts of Collective Worship) should they chose to. This is by formal request in writing and after discussion with the Head.

Science                  

Science is a stand-alone subject enjoyed here at The Linden Academy. We follow the new National Curriculum across all year groups. 

Computing                 

Changes to the National Curriculum for computing presented us with an exciting opportunity to develop this area of learning . ICT (now referred to as computing) continues to act as a stand-alone subject in its own right. 

French 

A specialist French teacher teaches French across Key Stage 2. Tres bien!

PE              

PE sessions are taught based on National Curriculum expectations and are taught by dedicated, specialist staff.  

For further details about PE & Sport at TLA, please view the designated page by following the link below:

http://linden.thesharedlearningtrust.org.uk/sport/

History, Geography, Art, DT, Music       

All other foundation subjects are currently taught via a ‘Creative Curriculum’ approach. This means that the children learn in a cross-curricular way; enjoying aspects of all the foundation subjects under a theme such as ‘The Jungle’. Key objectives are very much based around (although not exclusively) the National Curriculum.   

British Values 

…are not left to chance here at The Linden Academy. We specifically teach the values associated with our nation through the entire curriculum including history, PSHCE, RE and through our assembly programme. 

Curriculum Downloads

Parents wishing to learn more about the National Curriculum and its content should visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum 

Curriculum Information Maps for Parents/ Carers

If you wish to view the broad curriculum learning for your child for the next half-term, please click on the relevant year group link below:

Year R

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6