Curriculum Overview

At Lydiard Millicent CE Primary, we follow the objectives of the National Curriculum 2014 but have designed our own creative and engaging curriculum to meet the needs of all our children, which will stimulate, inspire and raise standards for every child and provide opportunities for rich personal and academic development. Inspiring every child to believe, learn and grow.

Vision and Rationale

Effective teaching and learning requires pupils to be excited, motivated and engaged in their learning. For this reason we have developed a creative curriculum which meets the needs of all learners.

The creative curriculum is a carefully planned, thematic approach to teaching and learning designed to support children’s natural curiosity and stimulate their creativity. It offers children the opportunity to work in depth, giving them the time they need to reflect, consolidate and transfer their learning. Direct experience is placed at the centre of the curriculum so that teachers draw out and develop children’s thinking and capacities in meaningful contexts. Knowledge, skills and understanding are expressed in a range of different media and ways, often making effective use of the creative arts.

Children, adults and parents work with each other, drawing resources from the school, locality and wider community to create a challenging, distinctive and exciting curriculum.  All our children have an entitlement to a well resourced and rich learning environment that promotes their sense of responsibility and autonomy.

This is important as children need to be engaged in and excited about their learning, to feel involved in the process and have a level of anticipation about what will happen next. A creative curriculum is not simply about making links between subjects, although this is an important part of it. It provides the ‘hook’ onto which we ‘hang’ our learning! It is about finding ways to inspire the children by drawing in skills from art, music, technology, dance and drama, film and the outdoors. Creativity is about inspiring children through memorable learning experiences, to go out into the real world and bring the real world into the classroom. Creativity can be a platform for establishment of personalized learning, enabling children to think for themselves, branching out into areas of curiosity and interest.

The core of the Lydiard Millicent’s Curriculum is the National Curriculum. Around these essential skills we have planned topics and created memorable and purposeful experiences for pupils to practice and develop their skills.

Please click HERE to access information regarding the National Curriculum in place from September 2014.

Please click HERE  to access our Curriculum Overview for 2020-2021.


By the time your children leave this School as a Lydiard Leaver we aim for them to:

Realise their talents –e.g. be literate, numerate, technological and articulate.
Fulfil their potential – provide each child with opportunities to demonstrate their talents and achieve
their full potential – in academic and non-academic activities, and therefore impact on self-esteem/confidence etc.
Be inquisitive – develop lively, enquiring minds, the ability to question and argue rationally and to apply themselves both mentally and physically.
Strive for excellence – be fully engaged in their learning experience, understanding their own learning preferences, and see failure as an opportunity to learn.
Be ready for life and learning – to understand their importance, make their own judgements, understand right from wrong, and how to use these skills in life.
Be a good citizen – understand the world in which we live, the interdependence of individuals, groups and nations, know they are a part of the global picture and understand the importance of environmental issues.
Have an understanding and respect for all faiths – develop spiritually, personal moral values, respect for religious values and understanding of other ethnicity’s beliefs and ways of life.
Love learning, have self esteem & be proud – if we succeed with our aims above we will succeed with these as well!

As a school we will achieve this by:

Effective Teaching – as a result fostering successful learning and maximise individual achievement.
Enabling teachers – to organise programmes of learning into blocked units, topics and continuous work as appropriate for the learners.
Striving for continuous improvement – ensuring areas identified for targeted improvement are included in the school improvement planning cycle and that teachers’ professional development is linked to whole school priorities.
Challenging learners – ensuring that an appropriate challenge is set for individual learners based on their prior attainment, progress and potential.
Planning to succeed –ensuring consistent and effective schemes of work, assessment and target setting, recording and reporting procedures, and progression in keys skills.
Establish clear learning intentions – which identify what pupils are to know, understand and able to do as a result of lessons, while keeping it fun and engaging.
Providing an effective learning environment – with a whole school approach to the provision of resources.
Building upon our community links – use these partnerships to further learning, and to make a contribution to society.
Teaching the National Curriculum – via a balanced and effective use of time by timetabling each subject in its own right or via a cross curricular approach. Also identify and plan for time when the National Curriculum is not taught.
Loving teaching and being proud of ourselves and the school.
Please click HERE for a taste of some of the extension activities the children do additional to their curriculum.