Selling C of E Primary School

milstead and frinstead
Village Acedemy

The Taught Curriculum

At Milstead and Frinsted we teach a varied curriculum and have several enrichment days and weeks over the year.

These are held to ensure that the children have opportunities that may not otherwise be available to them and can further develop any gifts and talents that they may have. Woven through the curriculum is writing and ICT. We expect the same standards of work in, for example, Science and History as we do in Maths and English. Although there is a series of topics planned for the year, these are adapted for each cohort of children throughout each term. We make the most of our federation links and teachers often plan together and trips, where possible, are joint. This reduces costs and allows us to access more resources.

National Curriculum:

The National Curriculum and our own curriculum statement give us the framework of what is to be taught and it is within this framework that we organise our own curriculum.

Whilst we realise the prime importance of English and maths within the primary school, they are taught in every class each morning, we also feel that children need a more rounded education. At Milstead and Frinsted we therefore place  emphasis on Science, Computers, Sport, Art and Music. We offer additional specialist teaching in Swimming and a range of other sports.

We set targets for the children and the school in English and maths and review progress on a termly basis (as Milstead time lags many years behind modern times we still use three terms in our school year Autumn, Spring and Summer).

As a Church controlled school we aim to meet children’s needs in a caring, Christian environment. Children are taught Religious Education in line with the Kent Agreed Syllabus and guidelines from the Canterbury Diocesan Board of Education.

Please visit your child's class page for further information about what they will be learning this year.

The new National Curriculum

The Department for Education has recently published the final version of the new National Curriculum which, as an Academy, we have the option of teaching from September 2014.

The Village Academy currently follows the National Curriculum, with our own carefully designed schemes of work based on this developed to meet the needs of the children in each school. We intend to continue this approach, however we are mindful that switching to a new curriculum requires careful planning and resourcing to ensure that we maintain our current high standards.

With this in mind, the Village Academy will continue with the existing curriculum for the academic year 2014/15 before adopting a new curriculum in September 2015. This timetable fits in with the government’s testing arrangements; new end of Key Stage tests (SATs) to match the new curriculum will not be introduced until summer 2016. The following table summarises our timescales:

Academic Year:

Curriculum to be followed by Village Academy:

Y2/Y6 SATs based on:

2013/14

Existing national curriculum

Existing national curriculum

2014/15

Existing national curriculum

Existing national curriculum

2015/16

New national curriculum

New national curriculum

The Kent Test and any preparation for it is unaffected by the curriculum changes.

The Curriculum Subjects