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Lakeside Primary School

Hatherley Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL51 6HR

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Reading lies at the heart of the curriculum at Lakeside. As you walk around school, high-quality and engaging murals capture moments from key texts. Examples can be seen in corridors and stairwells that depict scenes from Harry Potter and Narnia.



Our curriculum is built around high-quality texts. We have ensured that every child has their own text to read, enjoy and use as part of their learning journey. These texts provide the platform for teachers to forge strong links between subjects, developing children’s knowledge and understanding as well as well broadening their social, moral, spiritual and cultural awareness. Examples of this can be seen in the whole-school ‘Journeys’ topic where texts such as ‘Where the World Ends’, ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’ and ‘Boy 87’ are used to provide a platform for pupils to develop not only their geographical knowledge but their understanding of key issues such as loss, tragedy, and the realities of life as a refugee.  
 


The school’s values, which underpin our approach to positive behaviour, are all linked to key texts and characters.

’The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ by C S Lewis - ’Aslan’ is used to promote the importance of showing kindness and care towards others.
 

The ‘BFG’ by Roald Dahl - The ‘BFG’ is used to promote the importance of being friendly to others.

 

‘Matilda’ by Roald Dahl - ’Matilda’ is used to show the importance of hard work and always doing your best.

 

The ‘Gruffalo’ by Julia Donaldson - The ‘Gruffalo’ is used to promote the importance of being honest.

 

‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ by Roald Dahl - ’Charlie’ is used to promote the importance of being polite and remembering good manners.

 

‘The Boy in the Dress’ by David Walliams - ’The Boy in the Dress’ is used to promote the importance of showing respect towards others.

 

‘Charlie and Lola’ by Lauren Child - ‘Charlie and Lola’ are used to promote the importance of looking after our school.


‘The Lorax’ by Dr Suess - ‘The Lorax’ is used to promote the importance of considering the impact our actions have upon the world and the environment in which we live.