Non-Core Curriculum

Our Curriculum

As your child enters the final year of key stage 1, topical exploration continues to spark imaginations and give pupils chance to develop their skills and talents.

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History

At St Alphege Federation of Schools, we believe that history is an essential part of the curriculum; a subject that not only stands alone, but should be an integral part of all learning. The intent for history is to deliver the national curriculum in an engaging, exciting way.

History has had an impact on the lives and experiences of everyone today. We live in the society that has been shaped by significant events and people of the past. It is important for children to understand cultural, national and international history as a way of creating a shared identity and interconnections. An engaging and active history curriculum can help to raise cultural capital and develop connections through people and events in different places and different times.

Through teaching history, the school aims to equip our children to use critical thinking and creativity to understand the way that the world is always changing. Interesting, inspiring and challenging events of the past give children an enthusiasm and intrigue that will feed into other areas of learning, as these skills are transferrable.

Geography

At St Alphege Federation of Schools, we aim to provide a high quality geography curriculum to inspire, challenge and engage children to understand more about the world around them. We believe strongly that an engaging and ambitious geography curriculum can help to raise cultural capital and develop connections through people and events in different places and cultures. 

Teaching key concepts such as place, space, scale, environment, interconnections and physical and human processes will help to provide children with opportunities for field world and developing key geographical skills which will inspire a love of learning. The intent for geography at St Alphege Schools is to deliver the national curriculum in an engaging, exciting way.

Art

At St. Alphege Federation of Schools we believe that art is a vital part of children’s education that will develop their critical abilities, as well as an understanding of their own and others’ cultural heritages through the study of a diverse range of artists.  The intent for art at St Alphege Schools is to deliver the national curriculum in an engaging, exciting way.

We understand that the purpose of Art and Design Technology education is to give pupils the skills, concepts and knowledge necessary for them to express their responses to ideas and experiences in a visual or tactile form.  We believe strongly that an engaging and ambitious art curriculum can help to raise cultural capital and help children to develop an appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts that will enriches their lives.

P.E.

We St Alphege Schools, we believe that the teaching of Physical Education is an essential curriculum subject, providing children with the tools and understanding required to make a positive impact in their own physical health and well-being. We want all children to experience a wide variety of sports and physical skills which will enhance life-long fitness and life choices.

PE can challenge and promote self-esteem through the development of physical confidence and problem solving, give children the opportunity to experience success and failure in a supportive learning environment, and expressive sports, such as dance, give children the chance to explore their personal and spiritual identity.

At St. Alphege Federation of Schools, the aim of P.E is to inspire our children to love living a healthy life. We want our children to develop deep knowledge and a range of skills, enabling them to sustain and enjoy a positive, active lifestyle. The intent of our PE curriculum is to provide all children with high quality PE and sport provision.

It is our vision for every pupil to succeed and achieve their potential as well as to lead physically active lifestyles. The intent for PE at St Alphege Schools is to deliver the national curriculum in an engaging, exciting way

Computing

At St Alphege Federation of Schools, we believe that computing is an essential part of the curriculum; a subject that not only stands alone, but one that should be an integral part of all learning. Computing is changing the lives of everyone. Through teaching computing, the school aims to equip our children to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. We believe that children should be at the forefront of new technology, with a thirst for learning about what is out there.

Through the study of computing, children at St Alphege Schools will be able to develop a wide range of fundamental skills, knowledge and understanding that will equip them for the rest of their life. We aim to deliver computing lessons that inspire children, with a range of skills and concepts in the modern computing curriculum. Our children will be taught computing in a way that will allow them to participate effectively and safely in the digital world, not only during their primary education, but also beyond.

Music

Music and singing is an integral part of life at St Alphege Federation of Schools. We believe strongly that music can offer unique opportunities to each and every one of our children. We aim to inspire pupils with a love of music through the exploration of their voices and a wide range of instruments; composing and performing. Prayer and praise is an important part of this musical journey.   

Through our music curriculum at St Alphege Schools we aim to provide our pupils with a range of musical opportunities and a grounding in the early basics of musical knowledge and skills. These will include, singing, listening, appraising, composing and performing. Through this, the pupils will begin to develop an understanding of the place of music in their own and the wider community as well as important occasions in their own lives.  

We want to make music a joyful and rewarding experience and it is our hope that children’s enjoyment of music remains with them for life.

PHSE

At St Alphege Federation of Schools we understand the importance children’s knowledge surrounding PSHE. We believe that PSHE is an essential part of the curriculum that allows us to teach information and skills to empower children to learn now, and improve their life-chances later. Through the teaching and learning of ‘The Jigsaw Approach to PSHE’ we feel that the children at St Alphege Schools will have opportunities to develop their self-feelings, thoughts and ideas using a range of concepts that will allow to build on their social skills, emotional skills in a mindfulness and spiritual way.

We inspire the children to ask questions about themselves and the world around them, at St Alphege Schools we endeavour to give children the life skills that they need to succeed after education. We introduce new vocabulary to the children and we encourage them to use this within lessons to build on their knowledge and understanding of PSHE.

As Church of England Schools we believe strongly in promoting equality and inclusion for everyone, one of our core school values being that of Valuing Difference, therefore for us these are topics that must be discussed and taught as part a broad and balanced curriculum.

British Values

At the Federation of St Alphege Church of England Infant and Junior Schools, we value the diversity of the backgrounds of all pupils, families and the wider school community and strongly believe in upholding British values through all aspects of our school provision.

The DofE states that there is a need:

“To create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs”.

Our schools reflect British values in all that we do. Our core Christian values of love, responsibility, honest, forgiveness, cooperation and valuing difference permeate through everything we do and we believe, match fundamental British values.  We aim to nurture our children on their journey through life so they can grow into safe, caring, democratic, responsible and accepting adults who make a positive difference to British society and to the world and the wider world. 

Design Technology

At St Alphege Federation of Schools, we believe that Design Technology is an important part of the curriculum; a subject that not only stands alone, but should be an integral part of all learning. The intent for Design Technology is to deliver the national curriculum in an engaging, exciting way.

“Technology makes possibilities. Design makes solutions.”

John Maeda

Design and Technology prepares children to deal with tomorrows rapidly changing world. It encourages children to become independent, creative problem solvers and thinkers as individuals and part of a team. It enables them to identify needs and opportunities and to respond to them by developing a range of ideas and by making products and systems.

Through the study of Design and Technology, they combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetic, social and environmental issues, as well as functions and industry. This allows them to reflect on and evaluate past and present technology, it’s uses and impacts. 

MFL

All pupils at St Alphege Junior School have the right to a rich and deep learning experience that includes the learning of the basics of an additional language. We believe strongly that the study of Languages prepares pupils to participate in a rapidly changing world in which work and other activities are increasingly carried out across the world.  Language learning provides an opening to other cultures.

We want our pupils to be able to use an additional language to communicate information responsibly and creatively; giving them access to ideas and experiences from a wide range of people, communities and cultures across our school and wider demographic.

Research shows that understanding a modern foreign language increases a child’s understanding of their own language, and the building blocks which form this. The process of learning a foreign language reinforces fluency and understanding of grammar, syntax, sentence structure and verbal precision. Increased capability in the use of languages can also promote initiative and independent learning and encourages diversity within society.

Through the teaching of French at St Alphege Junior School, we aim to:  

  • Ensure every child has the opportunity, throughout Key Stage 2, to study French as a foreign language; developing their interest in the culture of other nations, communities and beliefs.
  • Ensure pupils have access to high-quality teaching and learning opportunities, including being taught by a Native French speaker
  • Ensure pupils have exposure to simple commands including day-to-day French language, including days, months, numbers and classroom instructions.
  • Ensure pupils develop an increased wider cultural understanding through our enriched and varied curriculum to which languages contribute.
  • Provide language informed by the National Curriculum and the skills expressed in this: Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing and Cultural Understanding.

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