Academic Life

All children have a Form Teacher, who fosters a sense of identity and security from an early age and who will be the first port of call for both children and parents.

The Form Teacher will always teach some of the academic curriculum to their children and, quite frequently, will teach several subjects to their children. All the children will see specialist teachers for some subjects, such as sport, music, art, DT and French. There are cross curricular links between many subjects that help to bring definition and breadth to a particular topic.

We have a child-centred approach which, at its heart, creates an environment designed to encourage every child to fulfill their potential. The school day is purposeful and active learning and our learning dispositions are at the heart of lessons. The children are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning and become increasingly independent. The academic curriculum remains broad, enriching and engaging.

Alleyn's children believe it is 'cool' to be clever, to play an instrument, to be good at sport and to act on the stage. The curriculum and opportunities are such that all children play in sports teams, all children are in class assemblies and the Year 6 play and learning to play a musical instrument is something that all children in Years 2 to 5 do. Doing it all and having the breadth of experience is at the heart of the positive and rewarding education that we offer.

Each class has its own form room, class reading-library, interactive screen and adjacent cloakroom facilities. We also have a central library, a MFL room for French, a multi-purpose assembly hall, a well-equipped science lab, a computer room and a spacious art and design technology studio. The Junior School has two music classrooms and access to individual tuition rooms in the adjacent senior school facilities. We have access to the MCT theatre for big musical concerts and it plays host to the annual Year 6 play. The dining hall is used by all pupils, as are the sports hall, the all-weather astro-turf pitch and the heated indoor swimming pool.

We have extensive playing fields within the school grounds where a wide range of team games are taught at all levels, with a premium being placed on team spirit. The grounds also provide lots of space for young children to run around in safety.

We also have a Science Garden for outdoor learning and an adventure playground for playtimes. Our Reception class attends Forest School in a woodland copse on site one afternoon each week.

The School has the flexibility to put children into smaller groups to support and extend whether it be in sport, music, maths or English. It is an approach which enables us to go beyond the minimum requirements of the National Curriculum, introducing some subjects earlier and delivering others in greater depth.

All children study English, mathematics, science, religious studies, design technology, humanities/topic, French, music, art, computing, sport and PSHE (Personal Social and Health Education). 

The children are prepared for the 11+ and, typically, all will sit these assessments for the Senior School in the January of their final year along with attempting scholarships. However, we maintain the breadth of our curriculum to the very end and do not narrow the children’s education for the sake of assessment preparation. Internal assessments are used to inform both teaching and learning.

To help children develop healthy learning habits and support their learning we do give homework and expect musical instrumental practice. We provide homework diaries called Day Books so that requirements are clear.
 

Alleyn's Junior School children are independent, confident and flexible learners, well-rounded and happy to co-operate with others.