Prospective Parent Information
St Alban’s Church of England Primary School
St Alban's has a long and great tradition of serving and being an important part of the local community. A warm welcome is extended to all children whose parents live or work in the area. Parents can find more information about our admission arrangements under the 'Our School' tab under admissions. Please read the information below about our curriculum and the clubs and enrichment activities we offer.
It is our belief that every child can achieve personal excellence. Our task is to ensure they all do. All children are individuals and our teaching acknowledges this by including class work, small group work, individual work and independent study.
We deliver a broad and balanced curriculum, which not only provides essential knowledge and skills, but also promotes important spiritual, moral, social and cultural beliefs. In essence, we aim to prepare all pupils to be well-balanced citizens who live in an ever changing and demanding world with high aspirations for themselves and others.
Our curriculum was developed to ensure that by the time all children leave St. Alban's they will have had the opportunity to experience:
playing an instrument
participating in a choir and orchestra
performing in a production
compose a piece of music
create the backdrop and props for productions
using a passport and travelling to another country
experience boating, mountain and forest activities
visit museums and national monuments
play competitive sport
experience the world of work
be a leader
meet a professional athlete
visit the seaside
compose and deliver a speech as an ambassador for change in the world
to know that they have a unique voice in this world
Our curriculum is accessible for children with disabilities or SEND and is in compliance with the Equality Act 2010 and the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014.
We follow the most current National Curriculum which was revised and updated in 2014.
The curriculum at St Alban’s CE Primary School has been designed to ensure that children receive their curricular entitlement in a way which is meaningful to their:
· stage of learning;
· capabilities; and
We have an agreed pedagogy for curriculum construction and design.
Each half term we have a whole school topic. In the Autumn term children learn about 'My Identity' and 'My Heritage', in the Spring term children learn about 'Our Community- Past' and 'Our Community Present' and in the Summer Term they learn about 'Our World- Global' and 'Our World - Environmental'.
EYFS and KS1 use the Read, Write Inc. phonics scheme of work. We teach phonics and early reading in a highly organised way in small groups. The children are regularly assessed and the programme ensures that children make consistent progress and enjoy reading confidently. Interventions are readily put in place for those children that need extra support.
Additional information on the curriculum can be found on your child's class page in annual curriculum maps, termly curriculum letters and half termly curriculum overviews and outside your child's classroom. Or please contact the school office to speak with Jayne Andrews (DHT).
Clubs and Enrichment Activities
We are very proud of our extended school provision (after school) which we are able to offer four days a week.
The clubs we offer vary from term to term and are a response very often to the children’s requests.
Clubs are open to children from Reception to Year 6 and we aim to ensure every child can attend at least one club a week.
Clubs run from 3.30pm-4.30pm and childcare runs from 4.30pm-5.15pm and is available to all pupils from Reception to Year 6.
At St. Alban's we offer the following clubs and extra curricular activities:
BREAKFAST CLUB - 8:00-8:45 in the den, Monday - Friday, for children in Reception - Year 6.
AFTERSCHOOL CLUBS - Offered to children in Reception - Year 6 from Monday - Thursday from 3:30 - 4:30. These include sports clubs, computing, arts and crafts, creative clubs, drama, cooking, chess and many more.
Youth Club - Children in year 6 and 7 and encouraged to join youth club which meets every Friday from 3:30 - 5:15 pm at the St. Alban's Centre, children have the opportunity to play air hockey, table tennis, listen to music and have fun together.
TRIPS - At least every half term, each class goes on a trip related to topics they are learning in school. We also encourage visitors in school to support delivery of our broad and balanced curriculum.
MORNING CLUBS - We offer free morning clubs to all children from Year 2 to Year 6 from 8:00-8:45 taught by a specialist sports coach.
Monday - football
Tuesday - tennis
Wednesday - cricket
Thursday - football
Friday - basketball
CHOIR - Our choir meets on Thursday's from 12:00 - 12:30. We learn a variety of songs and will be performing at the Camden Music Festival at the Royal Albert Hall in March. We also perform Christmas carols in Leather Lane to raise money for our school charity 'Street Child' and will be performing in other local community venues.
MUSIC EVENTS - We offer cello, recorder, violin and piano lessons at St. Alban's as well as orchestra. We perform in many concerts and events in Camden, including performing biannually at the Royal Albert Hall.
RESIDENTIALS - St Alban's values the unique life experiences that children gain from residential trips. At St. Alban's we offer the following:
Year 5 - A 5 day residential to Outward Bound in the Lake District.
Year 6 - A 5 day residential run by PGL to Paris, France.