In the Early Years (nursery and reception) we follow the Foundation Stage Framework. The Early Learning Goals (ELGs) establish the expectation that most children should reach by the end of the Foundation Stage. Assessment is carried out throughout the year to record children’s progress.
The ELGs are organised into seven key areas:
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Communication and language
- Physical development
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
Well planned play is key to how young children learn, allowing them to make connections and reflect on what they have already learnt. It should be a rewarding and enjoyable experience in which they explore, investigate, discover, create, rehearse, problem solve, revise, talk and consolidate their learning.
Key Stage One and Key Stage Two
In Key Stage One (Years 1 and 2) and Key Stage Two (Years 3, 4, 5 and 6) children follow the National Curriculum. The National Curriculum subjects are English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, Religious Education (RE), Art and Design, Music, Computing, Design and Technology, Physical Education, Personal Social Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE) and French in Key Stage Two.
At Albion English and Maths are given a high priority as the fundamental skills of literacy and numeracy equip children for lifelong learning. We place a very strong emphasis on reading (using the Letters and Sounds phonics programme) as we believe this lays the foundations for successful learning across all subjects. High quality texts are chosen to support the teaching of literacy throughout the school and to extend the range of opportunities for children to demonstrate and develop their writing skills. Children are taught according to their ability and teacher’s assessments ensure that lesson planning builds on their prior achievement, this process enables us to meet the requirements of each child. Interventions are planned, developed and revised each half-term to support children that have specific needs in their learning.
Children at Albion may be taught in their year group, in an ability group or individually as the need arises. We place particular emphasis on basic skills, the arts, science and sport; experience has shown that providing an enriched curriculum enables children to become successful and enthusiastic learners. Our teaching is greatly enhanced by a range of engaging educational trips and visitors to our school.
Our curriculum is organised into ‘Albion Units of Work’ each of which lasts for half a term. Topics are then taught across many subjects allowing children access to information in a variety of ways. Units of work often start with a…‘bang’…an exciting way to engage children. In addition, and to support children’s learning further, we provide a range of curriculum and enrichment events throughout the year, for example, Science Weeks, Arts Weeks, Maths Days and Family Groups.
Children also have the opportunity to develop skills and talents at extra clubs and activities, a range of which are offered throughout the year, many with a fitness theme.
For further information please see the whole school overview and year group overview. For exciting ideas on how to support your children’s learning at home please see class Curriculum Newsletters.
Religious Education is an important part of Albion’s broad and balanced curriculum.
From September we will follow the ‘Southwark Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education 2018’, which seeks to enthuse learners and open minds, leading to a deeper understanding and greater awareness of the world and global challenges.
The principles of RE in Southwark are to:
- Learn about and understand a range of religions and worldviews
- Express ideas and insights about nature, significance and impact of religions and worldviews
- Gain and deploy the skills needed to engage seriously with religions and worldviews
At Albion, the aim of Religious Education is to promote spiritual, moral, social, emotional, cultural and intellectual development of pupils by encouraging exploration of and response to fundamental questions of belief and value.
It is a time to celebrate our own diverse community, promoting respect as well as greater community cohesion, therefore, children from Nursery to Year 6 all take an active part in Religious Education sessions.
In our RE lessons, pupils will engage with the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. Learning about the British values allows them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.