We have developed and organised a curriculum at the King Alfred Federation to make learning exciting, meaningful and memorable for our learners. We endeavour to keep the “Bellingham Child” at the centre of learning in the classroom. In determining its content we asked ourselves :-
We make the most of the world around us to add to the childrens’ cultural capital and learning. We use Bellingham and London as resources to enhance whatever is going on in the classroom. We also look for opportunities to work with the community; including parents and volunteers. We plan these opportunities so that they are not just an added extra. This means that visits and visitors have a high profile in our schools.
Teachers ensure coverage of the National Curriculum requirements. Please take a look at our curriculum maps below for more information on areas of study and the coverage of both knowledge and skills aspects of our education.
We take an innovative and flexible approach to learning and are responsive to needs and opportunities that arise. In this way we can keep learning memorable and relevant.
Safeguarding and the emotional wellbeing of our community is central to all that we strive to do at Athelney Primary School. With that in mind our values and safeguarding duties underpin all that we teach throughout the school day/term/year.
Science in our schools gives children the opportunity to be inquisitive, to explore and find out about the world around them. As they progress through the school, the children carry out practical investigations with greater independence and have the opportunity to research information and use a variety of equipment and resources to test out their ideas. Year on year building on their scientific knowledge and skills. In their work children develop a variety of strategies to analyse what they have found out and are encouraged to record their findings accordingly.
Our Science Leader is Mr Mace, he was the UK's Primary Science Teacher of the Year 2015 and is passionate everything!
This is taught as a discrete subject, as well as being used to support cross-curricular learning. Pupils are taught a range of knowledge and skills. They use word-processing, multimedia, graphics, data handling and modelling software. Children have good access to computers, laptop banks, digital cameras and programmable toys.
Since September 2014 the core content of computing taught in primary schools is computer science. Pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, how to put this knowledge to use through creating programmes.
Our teaching is enriched by the supervision and expert tuition of Mr Black, a teacher from our IT support company.
Our Computing Lead is Mrs Humphrey.
Religious Education (RE)
We follow the Lewisham Agreed syllabus for RE. Children study key parts of the world’s six major religions, including key celebrations, special foods and dress. Children also visit a range of places of worship throughout their time at our schools.
Our RE Leader is Mrs Pema.
Art and Design
Children have the opportunity to work with a wide range of media and materials to develop their skills and techniques in Art and Design. These include the use of paint, pastel, charcoal, textile and clay. They are encouraged to express themselves creatively in both 2D and 3D, indoors and outdoors. Often, children study the work of another artist, considering how a piece was made and how it made them feel. They discuss and evaluate their own work and that of their peers. Children’s art work is valued and displayed prominently throughout the school.
Our Arts Leader is Ms Davies.
We provide the children with a wealth of musical experiences and opportunities to develop their skills and understanding of how music is made. The content of the music curriculum includes using sounds and music to make responses, singing in parts as well as unison, playing a whole array of percussion and other instruments; composition and music appreciation. Music appreciation is very important and children are exposed to a wide range of music from different countries and eras. Our Music Lead is Mr Burbage, he also leads our singing assemblies and choir.
We have opportunities for children to do music tuition sessions with musicians from Rock Steady, an external company. These sessions can be booked via the school office and incur a membership fee. Please contact Mrs Williams in the school office for more information.
Design Technology (DT)
Children are encouraged to develop their skills in D.T. through practical tasks and projects. They are invited to find solutions to a range of problems. Children are engaged in their own designing and planning, testing of ideas, and product creations. They discuss, evaluate and amend their solutions/ products throughout the project, and support each other to improve upon original ideas. In 2018-19 pupils from Year 5 have collaborated with Bow Arts to begin the process of transforming our infant hall into a gallery space.
Our DT Leader is Ms Davies, she also leads on Art.
History and Geography
We strive to make children curious about the past and to ask questions about people’s lives through history. Children study key historical figures, thinking about the impact that these people have had on our lives today. Children also study key moments in the history of Britain and the world, including looking at the history of our local area. Living in London, we are surrounded by a rich history and trips to different places of significance are encouraged.
We aim to create a culture of curiosity and fascination with the world around us. Children study the local area, looking at the human and physical features around them. They also study a range of other countries, comparing where they live to the other places in the world.
Children develop geographical skills such as map work and data collection through their topic work.
We believe that Humanities need to be ‘experienced’ and organise a number of events to ensure this happen.
History and Geography at Athelney is led by Mrs Atkinson-Coote
We aim to promote a love of writing and reading (modelling of writing, visits to the library, outings, visitors, WOW openers for new topics). Enhance speaking and listening skills by providing a range of activities and opportunities for children to take part in. Give the children the chance to share their ideas and passions with others. Allow the children to identify their own progress. Explore different text types and authors. Share writing of different text types to allow the children to excel in their own areas of interest. Foster the learning relationship between home and school through homework and parent-focused support sessions. Develop handwriting with a clear policy, and time each day to practice this specific skill. We teach phonics through the Letters and Sounds scheme and GPS is taught discretely and incorporated into their literacy lessons.
Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Citizenship
Personal, Social and Health Education encourages children to take responsibility for their own health and well-being. PSHE will enable children to develop important life skills, such as how to react in difficult situations, and to learn about rights and responsibilities for themselves and others. In doing this, it is anticipated that self-confidence and esteem will be promoted.
The federation curriculum is designed so that children leave us with the knowledge and skills to become responsible citizens in today’s world.
Our PSHE Leader is Mrs McFarlane.
Physical Education (PE)
Physical Education is an essential part of school life at the federation and children have the opportunity to develop a variety of skills, confidence and self-esteem through a wide range of sporting activities. We have sports coaches who teach high quality lessons and provide training to class teachers.
he PE curriculum extends beyond the school day and a varied selection of extra-curricular clubs are offered during the school week.
We are lucky to have a small swimming pool at Athelney and children from Nursery ( aged 4 and above ) up to Year 2 have weekly swimming lessons. Year 3 children have swimming lessons at Downham Leisure Centre.
The schools participate in many local competitions and have enjoyed some success over the years. Our PE Leader is Miss Hedington.
At Athelney we teach Spanish to children across the school. Children are introduced to the language through songs and games lower down the school and as their skills develop they undertake more challenging work. MFL is led by Mrs Hall.