Middle Years

The journey through Middle Years sees a gradual transition towards a more structured timetable.

Co-created projects remain at the heart of the curriculum, taking on a new dimension as children begin to take more responsibility for planning and directing their own learning.

A single open-ended project can provide in-depth learning opportunities for a whole term. The discovery of a local air raid shelter leads to children interviewing neighbours about life on the home front, creative writing, creating scale models of 1940s street scenes, baking cakes using rations, visiting a London museum and holding a debate about conscription.

Communication (literacy) and maths are timetabled to ensure plenty of time to practice, consolidate and develop these core skills. Experimentation and real-life, first-hand experiences remain central to the children’s learning.

“Kids can adapt to a new school, but it’s probably most scary for the new parent: ‘What are the other parents like? Will I fit in? What if I don’t make friends?’ As parents here we change and open up over the years because ‘at Lewes New School, I can be myself.'”

Charlie, parent