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The St Alban's curriculum will enable children to...

  • develop a personal faith and spirituality
  • know that they are unique and precious, loved by God
  • be respectful of others and God's world, being tolerant, accepting and open minded
  • be prepared for the modern world, knowing how to stay safe and be healthy
  • become independent and self-motivated with high aspirations
  • be knowledgeable and academically successful with a love of learning and curiosity
  • develop confidence and resilience and a strong sense of self worth
  • become morally principled, able to challenge and stand up for what is right and know when to compromise
  • develop compassion and the ability to forgive
  • develop creativity
  • become emotionally intelligent, skilled in teamwork and building relationships

To achieve our aims we will plan and deliver our curriculum in the following ways:

  • We believe children learn effectively when they have the opportunity to make links between different aspects of their learning. Therefore, when it will enhance children's learning, we will combine elements of the curriculum into cross-curricular projects. These projects will give children meaningful and purposeful opportunities to read, write and communicate in a range of different contexts. They will also provide opportunities for children to apply skills they have learnt in other subjects, in particular mathematics and computing.
  • We believe children need to learn specific skills, concepts and knowledge so that they can access the whole curriculum more effectively. Therefore some parts of the curriculum will still be taught separately where we consider this will enable children to learn more effectively. Children will practise and apply what they have learnt in these discrete lessons across the curriculum.
  • We believe it is important that pupils learn about life in modern Britain and reflect on the past to develop the knowledge and attitudes to enable them to respect the beliefs, views and life choices of other people. Our PSHE (including citizenship) and Religious Education programmes of study will help us to achieve this aim. RE will be taught using the Hampshire 'Living Difference' syllabus which will introduce children to the core values, concepts and beliefs of Christianity and three other religions. Opportunities will also be taken to raise children's awareness of other belief systems and cultures so that children are fully prepared for life in a diverse global society as citizens of tomorrow.
  • We believe that our curriculum must provide children with enrichment, and challenge so that skills, talents and abilities can flourish and be recognised. High expectations will be built into our curriculum for all learners. Tailored provision will be designed for children with additional needs both to support and extend them. We will also continue to promote participation and excellence in music and sport through our curriculum provision.
  • We believe that it is important for children to have the opportunity to reflect on and develop their own spirituality and beliefs. As a church school we will explore these aspects through our curriculum by identifying a Christian value for each project, enabling children to understand these values in real-life contexts. Our daily acts of collective worship and prayer at key times during the school day will contribute to this.
  • We believe that our curriculum must remain flexible to that we can respond swiftly to the learning needs of each class, capitalise on the interests of the children and make links to changing local, national and world events. Therefore, whilst we will publish a project outline and subject overview each year, this will be subject to change and regular updates will be shared with parents.
  • We believe that children make most progress when learning is first-hand and memorable. The Trailblazer outdoor curriculum, and a wide variety of trips and visits will be incorporated. This will also encourage children's spirituality as they reflect on the awe and wonder of the world around them, considering their responsibilities as stewards of God's world.
  • We believe it is essential that children become effective, independent learners, able to persevere and grow in resilience. We plan our curriculum so that children can practise these skills and produce high quality outcomes to be proud of. We use key questions to encourage children to take an active role in their learning and to ignite their curiosity.

The National Curriculum

The National Curriculum 2014 consists of nine subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, Computing, Art, Design Technology, Geography, History, Music and Physical Education. In addition Religious Education, French and Personal, Social and Health education (PSHE) are taught. Religious Education is taught in line with the Hampshire ‘Living Difference’ curriculum. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from Religious Education and acts of worship. If you are considering doing this please contact the Headteacher.

Phonics is taught in the EYFS and KS1 using the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme.

The Early Years Foundation Stage

Reception children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. The curriculum is designed to develop children’s skills in the three prime areas: communication and language, physical development, personal, social and emotional development. The specific areas that are also taught through this curriculum are: literacy (reading and writing) and mathematics (number, shape and space).

Class organisation

St Alban's School has one class in each year group and children move to the next class in September of each year. The standard number for this school is 30 for our Reception and Key Stage 1 classes. Class sizes can increase to a maximum of 33 in Key Stage 2. All class teachers receive support from a Teaching Assistant who assists with children who have been identified as having special educational needs as well as offering more general classroom support.

If you would like to find out any more information about our curriculum, please contact the school office

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