At Alverton, we want to give the children the very best learning experience that we can. We provide a rich and exciting curriculum that promotes independence and opportunities for everyone to succeed. We aim to give children the academic skills they need to allow them to progress confidently into the world and we celebrate their successes in all aspects of school life.
Each key stage follows a rolling program of umbrella headings which ensures full and rigorous curriculum coverage in all year groups. Each term, learning is designed around a question or statement to which we link relevant parts of each subject’s curriculum. When subjects do not link to the project, they are taught discretely. Projects have a launch event to spark the children’s interest and generate questions. They incorporate a wide range of skills and activities both inside the classroom and out and, across the term, the teaching of the curriculum is enhanced by visits and visitors and the challenge of real-life tasks. Children’s learning is enriched with regular opportunities to revisit knowledge through mini quizzes, online apps, opportunities to plan and present an aspect of their learning and group discussions.
Each project leads towards a final outcome at the end of term which aims to give the children an authentic audience for their work. Outcomes are wide-ranging: pupil-led exhibitions in the local community, published books of stories, running a farmers market, raising money to twin the school toilets or turning the school into an Egyptian museum for a night. Final outcomes develop key life skills, make links with the community and motivate pupils to produce high quality work.
From Reception through to Year 6, we take opportunities to extend the curriculum through visitors, including artists and musicians. We also use our amazing grounds as much as possible and get out and about in the locality and the wider environment. In addition, we plan educational visits to enhance the children’s learning to places such as Feadon Farm, the museum in Truro, the Minack theatre or St Michael’s Mount.
There are many opportunities for excellence beyond the classroom such as through our highly successful sports teams or our annual musical production. Excellent links with both local secondary schools provide many enrichment activities for Key Stage 2 including in dance, art and sport.
Early Years Foundation Stage
Children in our youngest classes are immersed in the three prime areas of learning in a safe and stimulating environment. We consider the individual needs, interests, and stage of development of each child in our care, and use this information to plan a challenging and enjoyable experience for each child in all of the areas of learning and development.
We aim to create experiences which encourage children to think creatively and explore the world as they see it. We recognise the importance of play-based learning as well as the benefits that being outside can bring.