About Our Curriculum
At GIA we follow the National Curriculum in all subjects but also make use of the flexibility we have as an academy to offer a greater range of choice than in many schools. We believe that children should receive a broad and balanced curriculum in order to achieve success.
Our curriculum encompasses the following subjects: English; Maths; Science; Computing; French, ; Design Technology; Art and Design; Textiles; History; Geography; Religious Education; Music; Physical Education; Personal, Social and Health Education and Citizenship.
These are taught both as separate subjects and in more cross-curricular approaches. We firmly believe that you may learn English in one room but you apply it everywhere. It is the same for maths, computing etc.
We believe in tapping into as many learning opportunities and styles as possible, therefore Gilbert Inglefield Academy embraces ideas like ‘Maths Out Loud’ where a maths theme is explored through a speaking and listening task; or the use of physical theatre in science to explore the differences between solids, liquids and gases. Practical ideas are explored through design and technology then applied in English lessons when they design staging and sets for a Shakespearian play. We also believe in nurturing independent learners able to sustain focus for longer periods of time.
We are not all about classrooms. We believe in challenging pupils’ learning through educational visits to places such as a Science Festival and St Albans Cathedral. We also invite motivational speakers and speakers who talk about important historical events, e.g. a Holocaust survivor, into school to explore issues via a wide range of means. This enhances our curriculum and furthers the understanding of our pupils at a deeper level.
Our curriculum is both broad and balanced and provides pupils with a huge range of activities. In Year 5, focused and dedicated class teachers take approximately 50% of lessons; specialist teachers teach the other curriculum areas. In Years 6, 7 & 8 the curriculum is nearly all delivered by specialist teachers who are passionate about their subjects and dedicated to supporting pupils to achieve their full potential.
Year 8 also have the opportunity to choose 2 subjects to study in greater depth: Young Sports Leaders; Computing; Cuisine; Art &Textiles; Product Design & Electronics, Dance, Drama or Music. We call this our "Pathways" programme and the choices available may vary from year to year depending on pupil choices and the viability of groups.
Our curriculum is not just 5 lessons a day, 5 days a week. By the time the pupils leave us 95% of them will have been involved in extra-curricular activities: Rugby; Netball; Art Club; Steel Pan and Samba Bands; Lingo Singers; ‘Wet and Wild’ Water Sports' and Drama Productions such as ‘Bugsy Malone’’ - to name but a few! Our dedicated staff offer a range of opportunities to attend residential visits to a variety of venues in the United Kingdom and Europe, where they can improve football and netball skills, learn to abseil, canoe and develop personal skills, or learn how to ski.
We see Gilbert Inglefield Academy as a milestone on the road to a successful future career. In Years 7 and 8, we offer opportunities for the entrepreneurs of the future with dedicated enterprise days where the activities are diverse, but include designing, making and promoting new products.