Alfred Street Junior
ALFRED STREET
Junior School

Telephone: 01933 353762

ART

Children are encouraged to communicate their ideas and feelings through art, working with a wide variety of materials, in two and three dimensions. They are taught specific art skills and are given the opportunity to study and appreciate styles and techniques used by artists from different periods, traditions and cultures.

HISTORY

Pupils learn about significant people, events and places from both the recent and more distant past. They learn about change and continuity in the local area, in Britain and other parts of the world. `Living History’ events and visits to historical sites are an important part of the curriculum.

GEOGRAPHY

Our children study the local area and the home region. They are taught about places in the UK and in other countries. They investigate aspects of physical, human and environmental geography and a range of map and fieldwork skills is developed. Fieldwork is an important part of the geography curriculum and includes visits to sites in and around Northamptonshire as well as investigations around the immediate vicinity of the school. During their time at Alfred Street, children have the opportunity to take part in residential visits. These include the Isle of Wight and the outdoor education centre at Everdon.

DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY

We aim to provide opportunities for our children to identify specific needs which they can meet through designing and making activities. These activities will enable the development of planning, making and evaluating skills. The school follows the QCA Schemes of Work. Safe working practices and skills will be taught to enable children to gain confidence in the use of tools and materials. P.E All children take part in physical education and games unless medical reasons prevent this. Swimming lessons take place at Splash Leisure Pool. All children require a swimming hat, which can be purchased from the school. All classes will have the opportunity to attend swimming lessons at sometime during the year. Country dancing lessons are incorporated into the PE curriculum. For safety reasons children's hair should be tied back securely and all items of jewellery, including earrings, must be removed. This is a County Council policy and earrings cannot be taped over so if you wish to have your child’s ears pierced, the best time is at the start of the Summer Holiday.

MUSIC

Music is provided throughout the school to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum, whilst at the same time promoting the love and knowledge of music from other cultures and backgrounds.

There is a choir for Years 4, 5 and 6. The recorder is offered to all ages in school. Violin, viola, cello, guitar, woodwind and brass lessons are available for a limited number of children. There is a charge for this instrumental tuition. Examinations may be undertaken. Parents whose children undertake these lessons are required to sign and adhere to our Music Tuition Contract. All Year 3 pupils have the opportunity to experience the Wider Opportunities Strings Programme.