Our Creative Curriculum at St Alban’s
At St Alban’s School, teaching is inspiring, innovative, creative, and develops a depth of knowledge and understanding which prepares children to be lifelong learners, mastering their skills across the curriculum.
All mastery learning experiences follow an inquiry approach and begin with an activity or question as a ‘hook’, which engages the children. Then through a direct teaching model, using precise, well-structured teaching methods and varied and tailored quality resources, the children are taken on a learning journey which encourages them to develop and practice skills, and start to question further and make links. The teacher then skilfully questions, probes and scaffolds learning activities to deepen the understanding of children and allow them to master their skills in all subjects. From this, children investigate, reason and create, applying their skills in a variety of ways and linking their learning across the curriculum to produce quality outcomes.
Throughout the learning process, through the use of the Golden Ticket 3 ticks system, the adults, children and their peers are assessing their progress every step and children are acting on the feedback they receive, deepening their knowledge and understanding in every session. Every lesson follows our MASTER approach to teaching and learning:
M - Motivate the children with something exciting!
A - Show them its as easy as ABC/123!
S - Rehearse the Skills and check through self, peer or adult assessment at checkpoint 1.
T - Take their learning further and ensure they are fluent. Check through self, peer or adult assessment at checkpoint 2.
E - Take their learning Even deeper! Check through self, peer or adult assessment at checkpoint 3.
R - Reflect on their learning and share experiences of mastering their skills.
Please see 'Classes' section for photos and videos celebrating our termly learning in each class each academic year and the homepage for whole school celebrations of learning
RECOVERY STRATEGY AND BLENDED LEARNING APPROACH (Autumn 2020, Spring 2021)
Please see 'Key Stage Pages' under Curriculum for planned Teaching and Learning for each year group.
Our children are engaging in Outdoor and Active Learning with 'Forest Schools' practitioners and taking part in Active Miles to keep safe and healthy as part of our 'Catch Up' carousels each day throughout school.
We are still following a Mastery approach and the class focus books remain the inspiration for our English learning and we are continuing to use White Rose Maths to support our maths teaching and learning. We continue to follow the RWI programme in Foundation 2 and Key Stage 1 and Lower Key Stage 2. We have subscribed to RWI online, Satscompanion and Mirodo (watch this space for more details on this!) and we are continuing with Oxford Owl, Phonics Play, TT Rockstars and Numbots to enhance our provision.
CREATIVE LEARNING ACROSS THE CURRICLUM (2019 - 2020)
Autumn Term 2019 - 'MISSION'
Spring Term 2020 - 'H2O'
Summer Term 2019 - 'GLOBAL COMMUNITY' - Remote Learning and Transition Activities can be found on 'For Pupils' section
CREATIVE LEARNING ACROSS THE CURRICLUM (2018 - 2019)
Autumn Term 2018 - 'MOMENTS'
Spring Term 2019 - 'PASSION'
Summer Term 2019 - 'SPECTRUM'
CREATIVE LEARNING ACROSS THE CURRICLUM (2017-2018)
Autumn Term 2017 Creative Curriculum – ‘PRECIOUS’
Each class will take the title precious in different ways…linked to the class books taken from Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine.
Classes will master their skills across the foundation subjects as well as English and maths inspired by their class books and the title ‘Precious’. Already there are Precious Oceans, Hobbit-Holes, Anderson Shelters and Floating Dingys in classrooms to encourage children to immerse themselves in their focus books and their creative topics…
Children will link their learning to their computing skills (following the Rising Stars computing scheme) as well as scientific, historical, geographical, technology, art music and PE skills. With the title ‘Precious’, children follow the ‘Come and See’ and ‘Journey in Love’ programmes and link their learning across subjects where possible.
Rosedale (FS2) – Owl Babies and Mrs Armitage’s Wheels
Roche (Y1) – Dogger and Elmer
Selby (Y2) – Emily Brown and the Thing and Amazing Grace
Whitby (Y3) – The Iron Man
Fountains (Y4) – Perry Angel’s Suitcase
Kirkstall (Y5) – Wolf Brother
Rievaulx (Y6) – The Hobbit
Spring Term 2018 Creative Curriculum- ‘Journey’
Following on from last term, each class will take the title ‘Journey/Journeys’ in different ways…linked to the class books. Classes will continue to master and deepen their skills across the foundation subjects as well as English and maths inspired by their class books and the title term’s topic title.
There are secret gardens, special tents and an explosive volcano appearing in classrooms …Children link their learning to their computing skills (following the Rising Stars computing scheme) as well as scientific, historical, geographical, technology, art music and PE skills. With the title, ‘Journey’ children follow the ‘Come and See’ and ‘Journey in Love’ programmes and continue to develop their skills across the subjects
Rosedale (FS2) – Gruffalo / Whatever Next!
Roche (Y1) – Peace at Last / Where the Wild Things Are
Selby (Y2) – Fantastic Mr Fox
Whitby (Y3) – The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Fountains (Y4) – Charlotte’s Web
Kirkstall (Y5) – Street Child
Rievaulx (Y6) – Holes
Summer Term 2018 Creative Curriculum- ‘Revealed’
Rosedale (FS2) – Six Dinner Sid / Shhh!
Roche (Y1) – Beegu / Avocado Baby
Selby (Y2) – Wolves in the Wall
Whitby (Y3) – BFG
Fountains (Y4) – Firework Maker’s Daughter
Kirkstall (Y5) – Spiderwick Chronicles
Rievaulx (Y6) – War Horse
For more information regarding what you child will be learning in School contact their class teacher and also see National Curriculum guidance