In English we, at Alleyn Court, aim to appreciate, enjoy and use the English language in all its variations. A creative and reflective approach is taken in learning how to speak, read, write and listen. Guided reading schemes and an extensive library encourage pupils to explore and enjoy the world of literature and enable them to become independent learners from an early age. The understanding of grammar and language skills are articulated in speaking and writing tasks to enable pupils to effectively transfer these skills across the curriculum and in the world around them. Opportunities to practise and promote literacy skills in class assemblies, school productions, public debating, reading and writing competitions ensure that all pupils have a confidence to communicate for both a purpose and for their enjoyment.
Maths is the most international of languages and vital to being able to access the greatest number of exciting future choices. Through wonderful class teaching in Yrs1-3 and through the specialist skills of our Maths Department we ensure children develop genuine enjoyment in mathematics. Every student is capable of being successful if they are given the right opportunities – and challenging opportunities are what we provide! Maths at Alleyn Court opens doors to a plethora of successful futures whilst being fantastic fun right now.
Science is taught throughout the school from the Pre Prep, via cross curricular teaching, to the main school who have lessons dedicated to science. At each stage the science curriculum is designed to engender an enthusiasm for the physical, chemical and living world. Lessons are often practically based with children encouraged to ask questions, explore, solve problems and be curious about the scientific phenomena around them.
At Alleyn Court, we believe that the exploration and understanding of the surroundings in the world in which we live enhances the well-being of individuals and the world as a whole.
Pupils’ gain a thorough knowledge and understanding of places and environments throughout the world, using maps, iPads, electronic field equipment and library resources. We provide them with a range of investigative and problem-solving skills both inside and outside the classroom using our school site and forest school as well as using the local beach environment.
For a school which was founded in 1904, History is always going to be important. Alleyn Court provides the perfect setting in which to bring History alive and to spark that interest in previous lives, whilst encouraging an awareness of how these issues and events may still resonate today. In their time at the school, pupils cover a wide range of topics from the Stone Age to Britain since 1930.
History in a vacuum is dead – it needs fresh air and energy to come back to life. At Alleyn Court, our aim is to create a sense of wonder, inquisitiveness and a desire to learn more. Just as Alice grew taller after eating the cake, we aim to expand pupils’ knowledge of the past (with all its glory and gruesomeness!), yet shrinking those details to a child’s size by sipping the Drink Me elixir. Learning takes place inside and outside the classroom and includes trips, projects and events such as the popular Fashion Show.
In History, we really do have adventures in Wonderland.
Religious Education is taught in order to enthuse, inspire and educate young people. It gives the pupils an opportunity to learn and reflect about religious experiences that different people have had over time. Religious Education enables the pupils to think beyond their normal daily experiences. The content of the Religious Education programme at Alleyn Court draws from the locally agreed syllabus ExploRE (2015). The syllabus focuses on: Exploring Shared Human Experience; Exploring Religious Traditions; Exploring Beliefs and Values; and Exploring Personal Meaning.
PSHE (personal, social and health education) is taught as both a subject and implicitly within the pastoral life of the school. Through this children become more resilient, have increased self-esteem, develop good risk-taking abilities, learn to work effectively as a team and acquire critical thinking skills. Discussions and questioning form a large part of these lessons, this encourages curiosity of their immediate and the wider world.
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