Our Great Place to Learn

Lakeside learners ASPIRE!

“An engaging curriculum is the bedrock of good learning.”

Lakeside Curriculum Statement:

As part of a multi-academy trust, we benefit from the shared expertise, experiences and collaboration of our colleagues across the organisation. 'The Harmony Model Curriculum' has been written, regularly evaluated, reviewed and adapted by our experienced practitioners over recent years. It provides an evidence-based approach, structure and guidance which academies implement whilst considering the individual context of their setting.  Teachers and subject leaders are supported with high-quality CPD to ensure they have the skills and knowledge they need to deliver an exciting and meaningful curriculum for the children. 

Our ASPIRE vision 

We personalise the Harmony Model curriculum through our ASPIRE ethos. We aim to provide an outstanding education for all our children and every activity a child takes part in in our academy is part of this curriculum. The total learning experience is designed to maximise achievement within the National Curriculum and develop skills, attitudes and attainment that helps children to achieve their full potential in the widest sense.




Awe and wonder – We want all Lakeside pupils to experience awe and wonder within their learning. Creating and facilitating memorable learning experiences will nurture children’s curiosity about the world around them, encouraging them to become life long learners. This approach to learning enables inquisitive thinking such as exploration, investigation, nurtures problem solvers and encourages children to lead their own learning.


Skills – The curriculum is carefully mapped out to ensure skills progression from EYFS to Year 6. In lessons, children are taught subject-specific skills as well as skills which are transferable across the curriculum. Both pupils’ academic and SEMH skills will be developed throughout their time at Lakeside, supplemented by the Harmony Pledge, enabling children to develop a plethora of skills and knowledge to take forward throughout their education and beyond.


Practical – We aim to provide our learners with first-hand practical learning experiences, supporting our pupils to become active learners.  Pupils will acquire new knowledge through practical learning as well as through wider experiences. Practical learning experiences will create connections across the curriculum and life, immersing children in ‘doing’ and embedding knowledge and skills.


Imaginative – Our aim is that our curriculum will encourage pupils to broaden their imagination through imaginative use of resources and technology (HTML) to enhance learning opportunities. Pupils will be challenged with real or imagined problems and situations to solve using knowledge and skills from the earlier stages and be inspired with imaginative and creative opportunities both in and outside of the classroom, further promoting a love of learning within the school community.


Remembering – It is our intention that pupils at Lakeside will know more and remember more through the ASPIRE curriculum. Metacognitive and retrieval strategies are a golden thread which runs through our curriculum, allowing our pupils to build upon prior knowledge whilst recalling key knowledge over time. Children will therefore be able to articulate their learning journey and experiences from across their time at Lakeside.


Effective communicators – We strive to ensure that our pupils are given opportunities to develop their communication and language skills throughout our ASPIRE curriculum. Through classroom discussion and collaboration, our pupils develop key oracy skills which in turn nurtures self-esteem, vocabulary, independent thinking and positive relationships. Being confident presenters, orators and debaters will ensure our learners have equal access to opportunities in the world of work. 


Harmony Trust Curriculum Statement and Great Place to Learn Statement:




Each Subject Area has a website page where you will find more details about that subjects curriculum content, intent, implementation and impact.  Find these under the curriculum tab.   

The whole school topic overview can be found here: https://www.lakeside.theharmonytrust.org/page/topic-overview-2022-23/54559 

Any questions or queries about what is included in the learning please speak to your child’s class teacher or contact the school office and ask to speak to Mrs Thorne - Executive Principal.


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