OUR CURRICULUM

MASTERY
WORKSHOPS

BIG
STUDIES

WILD
FRIDAYS

THE SCHOOL
BUSINESS

SELF-DIRECTED
LEARNING

MASTERY
WORKSHOPS

BIG
STUDIES

WILD
FRIDAYS

THE SCHOOL
BUSINESS

SELF-DIRECTED
LEARNING

MASTERY
WORKSHOPS

BIG
STUDIES

WILD
FRIDAYS

THE SCHOOL
BUSINESS

SELF-DIRECTED
LEARNING

Mastery Workshops

A twist on traditional lessons, our mastery workshops are a blend of direct teaching of new concepts, with time set aside for self-selection of carefully prepared resources and challenges for pupils to self-manage their progress in the fields of learning below.

The fields of learning contain information on how pupils learn knowledge in each subject, both discreetly and through project-based learning.

REAL LIFE MATHEMATICS

Learning happens both in and out of the Maths Lab, in Big Studies, STEAM workshops and WILD Fridays, in a cross curricular fashion linked to other projects students are working on.

During Maths Workshops the class are split into two halves; whilst one half spends time with their Teacher who explains and demonstrates new mathematical concepts and sets the group challenges to test their application, the other group will be choosing from a selection of intentional resources in the Maths Lab to practise a concept of maths mastery that the class is working on that particular half term.

The class Teaching Partner supports students to work in a self-directed way, selecting challenges at an appropriate level for them and tracking their progress before they move on to something harder. Students and teachers can use the Evidence Me (LINK) App on their class ipad to record their work and write an observation about their learning and achievement that is recorded in their digital profile, assessed against the National Curriculum and is shared with parents if the student decides they want it to be.

COMMUNICATION, LANGUAGE AND LITERACY

Learning literacy crosses through all parts of our curriculum as there is always a need to read for research and to speak and write to share your knowledge.

So it happens explicitly and organically throughout the day across the school. Our dedicated English Lab and Library is a space to be seduced by language, stories, books, poems and creative writing, and to develop skills in literacy and oracy.

Classes work as a whole or in half groups supported by the Teacher and Teaching Partner. One half may use our school Library to read or write stories collaboratively, linked to other project work from WILD Fridays, STEAM or Big Studies projects, whilst the other half learns some knew knowledge about complex adverbs, for example because it could be useful in their next piece of writing.

Literacy 5 is a 15 minute practise all students take part in where they spend 15 minutes after morning mindfulness exercises to choose to read alone or to a partner, write for a purpose, do word games or listen to someone read. Reading at home is actively encouraged and our youngest learners begin their journey into developing a love of reading and writing by exploring stories and using Montessori materials for sound blending and segmenting, along with the Read Write Inc phonics system.

MUSIC

Children have the chance to learn instruments through peripatetic lessons and gain grades if they want to.

All children are encouraged to sign up to our school Rock Choir, and class music takes place in our Music and Drama Studio with Laura, an experienced Music teacher.

Music has its own place within the morning workshop timetable, but music is also an area of students and will naturally become part of their self-directed studies, Big Studies projects, Steam and Wild Friday activities. Music plays in our school somewhere all day and you can usually hear someone singing somewhere!

STEAM

Science – Technology – Engineering – Art – Maths.

Our STEAM Lab is a place for examining the world through the lens of biology, chemistry and physics as well as integrating design, invention, aesthetic and technology.

Our cross-curricular teaching of science and technology enables students to make links about how the world works both naturally and synthetically, without teaching subject matter in silos, which can foster disengagement as children don’t always understand how what they are being asked to learn actually applies to them.

Our STEAM workshops are supported by an expert science teacher who help devise a curriculum based on investigation that applies an enquiry-based approach to challenge students to think for themselves and develop a researcher’s mindset. Inspiring speakers such as local designers, engineers, coders and medics are invited into school regularly to introduce students to real life problem solving and explore future career pathways.

ART

Our Atelierista (Resident Artist) Dillon, is a professional sculptor, graphic designer, animator, illustrator and book maker. He is also a music engineering specialist and has worked with Hayley for several years enabling children’s creative talents in mixed media art and design.

Our Ateliers (Creative Studios) are furnished with the highest grade painting, drawing, sculpture, textiles, woodwork and digital creativity equipment, as well as music production software, video and animation software, and podcasting and vlogging tools for students to create and express themselves in infinite ways.

Dillon is based at Atelier 21 every afternoon to work with students on projects of their own design as well as teach discreet skills through specific workshops which students can sign up to attend. He is also involved in the development of class projects in STEAM, Big Studies and WILD Fridays to offer materials and creative challenge to bring students ideas alive through a multitude of mediums.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE

Our chosen foreign language is Spanish for 2020-2021, and it is taught by a specialist teacher who visits the school once a week. Students learn through fun and engaging games and songs, as well as role playing everyday scenarios to understand foreign language in a context.

Exposing students to different languages and cultures also happens through themed culinary weeks, world music and dance workshops or exploring world politics.

The whole school community might tuck into homemade Chinese food made by the primary classes to celebrate Chinese New Year, for example. For GCSE courses we aim to offer other languages as options as well as Spanish, such as French, Japanese and Italian or a language of student’s own choosing provided we can source a teacher.

SPORTS AND GAMES

As well as a large outdoor area and the rolling green spaces of Broadfield Park at our disposal, just a minute’s walk away the students access the K2 Sports Centre for indoor climbing, swimming, diving, hockey, football, squash, badminton, trampolining, athletics and gymnastics (plus many more options).

As one of the largest sporting facilities in the South East, the K2 is a real gem in the offering of Atelier 21, as it means we have competition grade sports facilities on our doorstep along with trained teachers to access teaching specialist sports.

Sports and games for the upcoming terms is decided by vote at our school circles meetings and being a small school we can be flexible to incorporate specialist sports from time to time as the students request, such as fencing, horse riding or judo. Our school is small, however we do compete in competitive sports locally and have transport to facilitate this.

PERFORMANCE ARTS

Drama is led by our Lead Teacher, Becci, who has twenty years experience as a drama specialist teacher.  Drama is taught around the school wherever the pupils and teachers feel is the most appropriate setting.

As well as a dedicated drama studio they could often be seen reading through a play in the school Piazza, in the park grounds under a tree, or devising a scene on WILD Fridays on the beach or in the forest. Our outdoor plays are a real treat as we invite our community of parents and teachers to join us for a summer evening production from the pupils in Broadfield Park where we are based.

Drama workshops are planned emergently, and like all workshops, are linked to the fields of research that the student’s have chosen to pursue in Big Studies. If we were looking at ‘Events That Changed The Way We Live’, for example, we may well be introducing Anne Frank for the students to explore.

REAL LIFE MATHEMATICS

Learning happens both in and out of the Maths Lab, in Big Studies, STEAM workshops and WILD Fridays, in a cross curricular fashion linked to other projects students are working on.

During Maths Workshops the class are split into two halves; whilst one half spends time with their Teacher who explains and demonstrates new mathematical concepts and sets the group challenges to test their application, the other group will be choosing from a selection of intentional resources in the Maths Lab to practise a concept of maths mastery that the class is working on that particular half term.

The class Teaching Partner supports students to work in a self-directed way, selecting challenges at an appropriate level for them and tracking their progress before they move on to something harder. Students and teachers can use the Evidence Me (LINK) App on their class ipad to record their work and write an observation about their learning and achievement that is recorded in their digital profile, assessed against the National Curriculum and is shared with parents if the student decides they want it to be.

COMMUNICATION, LANGUAGE AND LITERACY

Learning literacy crosses through all parts of our curriculum as there is always a need to read for research and to speak and write to share your knowledge.

So it happens explicitly and organically throughout the day across the school. Our dedicated English Lab and Library is a space to be seduced by language, stories, books, poems and creative writing, and to develop skills in literacy and oracy.

Classes work as a whole or in half groups supported by the Teacher and Teaching Partner. One half may use our school Library to read or write stories collaboratively, linked to other project work from WILD Fridays, STEAM or Big Studies projects, whilst the other half learns some knew knowledge about complex adverbs, for example because it could be useful in their next piece of writing.

Literacy 5 is a 15 minute practise all students take part in where they spend 15 minutes after morning mindfulness exercises to choose to read alone or to a partner, write for a purpose, do word games or listen to someone read. Reading at home is actively encouraged and our youngest learners begin their journey into developing a love of reading and writing by exploring stories and using Montessori materials for sound blending and segmenting, along with the Read Write Inc phonics system.

STEAM

Science – Technology – Engineering – Art – Maths.

Our STEAM Lab is a place for examining the world through the lens of biology, chemistry and physics as well as integrating design, invention, aesthetic and technology.

Our cross-curricular teaching of science and technology enables students to make links about how the world works both naturally and synthetically, without teaching subject matter in silos, which can foster disengagement as children don’t always understand how what they are being asked to learn actually applies to them.

Our STEAM workshops are supported by an expert science teacher who help devise a curriculum based on investigation that applies an enquiry-based approach to challenge students to think for themselves and develop a researcher’s mindset. Inspiring speakers such as local designers, engineers, coders and medics are invited into school regularly to introduce students to real life problem solving and explore future career pathways.

MUSIC

Children have the chance to learn instruments through peripatetic lessons and gain grades if they want to. All children are encouraged to sign up to our school Rock Choir, and class music takes place in our Music and Drama Studio with Laura, an experienced Music teacher.

Music has its own place within the morning workshop timetable, but music is also an area of students and will naturally become part of their self-directed studies, Big Studies projects, Steam and Wild Friday activities. Music plays in our school somewhere all day and you can usually hear someone singing somewhere!

FOREIGN LANGUAGE

Our chosen foreign language is Spanish for 2020-2021, and it is taught by a specialist teacher who visits the school once a week. Students learn through fun and engaging games and songs, as well as role playing everyday scenarios to understand foreign language in a context.

Exposing students to different languages and cultures also happens through themed culinary weeks, world music and dance workshops or exploring world politics.

The whole school community might tuck into homemade Chinese food made by the primary classes to celebrate Chinese New Year, for example. For GCSE courses we aim to offer other languages as options as well as Spanish, such as French, Japanese and Italian or a language of student’s own choosing provided we can source a teacher.

ART

Our Atelierista (Resident Artist) Dillon, is a professional sculptor, graphic designer, animator, illustrator and book maker. He is also a music engineering specialist and has worked with Hayley for several years enabling children’s creative talents in mixed media art and design.

Our Ateliers (Creative Studios) are furnished with the highest grade painting, drawing, sculpture, textiles, woodwork and digital creativity equipment, as well as music production software, video and animation software, and podcasting and vlogging tools for students to create and express themselves in infinite ways.

Dillon is based at Atelier 21 every afternoon to work with students on projects of their own design as well as teach discreet skills through specific workshops which students can sign up to attend. He is also involved in the development of class projects in STEAM, Big Studies and WILD Fridays to offer materials and creative challenge to bring students ideas alive through a multitude of mediums.

PERFORMANCE ARTS

Drama is led by our Lead Teacher, Becci, who has twenty years experience as a drama specialist teacher.  Drama is taught around the school wherever the pupils and teachers feel is the most appropriate setting.

As well as a dedicated drama studio they could often be seen reading through a play in the school Piazza, in the park grounds under a tree, or devising a scene on WILD Fridays on the beach or in the forest. Our outdoor plays are a real treat as we invite our community of parents and teachers to join us for a summer evening production from the pupils in Broadfield Park where we are based.

Drama workshops are planned emergently, and like all workshops, are linked to the fields of research that the student’s have chosen to pursue in Big Studies. If we were looking at ‘Events That Changed The Way We Live’, for example, we may well be introducing Anne Frank for the students to explore.

SPORTS AND GAMES

As well as a large outdoor area and the rolling green spaces of Broadfield Park at our disposal, just a minute’s walk away the students access the K2 Sports Centre for indoor climbing, swimming, diving, hockey, football, squash, badminton, trampolining, athletics and gymnastics (plus many more options).

As one of the largest sporting facilities in the South East, the K2 is a real gem in the offering of Atelier 21, as it means we have competition grade sports facilities on our doorstep along with trained teachers to access teaching specialist sports.

Sports and games for the upcoming terms is decided by vote at our school circles meetings and being a small school we can be flexible to incorporate specialist sports from time to time as the students request, such as fencing, horse riding or judo. Our school is small, however we do compete in competitive sports locally and have transport to facilitate this.

BIG STUDIES

Big Studies are cross-curricular projects carried out in class groups linking to an overarching theme for the whole school to respond to for a half a term.

This is the way our students learn about history, geography, religious studies, politics, and current affairs (and other things) through relevant contexts that are meaningful to them as they are about worldwide challenges affecting our earth, society past, present and future.

Project based learning allows for students to develop agency and autonomy and to build a body of research which has links and connections to lots of other types of learning about the world around them.

Big studies change every half term and the deep dive learning that each class take through their research is entirely made up from class discussions and collective questioning, which leads to small group thinking, questioning, researching, making and information sharing.

Big Studies is brought together at the end of each half term through the Big Share, where all participants of the class project present their learning in various forms to the school community of pupils, parents and teachers.

This could be in the form of a play, a piece of creative writing, a presentation or an exhibition. Most often pupils will choose several of those languages of expression to share their knowledge.

Big Studies are cross-curricular projects carried out in class groups linking to an overarching theme for the whole school to respond to for a half a term.

This is the way our students learn about history, geography, religious studies, politics, and current affairs (and other things) through relevant contexts that are meaningful to them as they are about worldwide challenges affecting our earth, society past, present and future.

Project based learning allows for students to develop agency and autonomy and to build a body of research which has links and connections to lots of other types of learning about the world around them.

Big studies change every half term and the deep dive learning that each class take through their research is entirely made up from class discussions and collective questioning, which leads to small group thinking, questioning, researching, making and information sharing.

Big Studies is brought together at the end of each half term through the Big Share, where all participants of the class project present their learning in various forms to the school community of pupils, parents and teachers.

This could be in the form of a play, a piece of creative writing, a presentation or an exhibition. Most often pupils will choose several of those languages of expression to share their knowledge.

Big Studies Topics for 2020-2021

Big Studies Topics for 2020-2021

Big Studies Topics for 2020-2021

Trips and Visits

Getting out into the community is a really important part of contextualising learning, and it happens a lot at Atelier 21.  You have to see scientists, ecologists, zoo keepers, doctors, business women and men at work to understand what they do and the effects they have on our world and industry.

Children learn about money by visiting shops (and running their own business) and they learn about species preservation by visiting the Millenium Seed Bank at Wakehurst Place, for example.

The wonderful thing about being a small school is we can work in an emergent way around the students enquiries and if a trip to a local museum, farm, hospital or town centre is going to expand the research the students are working on that week, then we can jump in our buses and go somewhere relevent to broaden our knowledge and ideas – without it having to be pre-planned far in advance. We think that’s responsive teaching at it’s best.

Trips and Visits

Getting out into the community is a really important part of contextualising learning, and it happens a lot at Atelier 21.  You have to see scientists, ecologists, zoo keepers, doctors, business women and men at work to understand what they do and the effects they have on our world and industry.

Children learn about money by visiting shops (and running their own business) and they learn about species preservation by visiting the Millenium Seed Bank at Wakehurst Place, for example.

The wonderful thing about being a small school is we can work in an emergent way around the students enquiries and if a trip to a local museum, farm, hospital or town centre is going to expand the research the students are working on that week, then we can jump in our buses and go somewhere relevent to broaden our knowledge and ideas – without it having to be pre-planned far in advance. We think that’s responsive teaching at it’s best.

OUTDOOR LEARNING – WILD FRIDAYS

The most popular of the school days at Atelier 21 is WILD Friday! The one day a week where the whole learning community of children and adults go out into wild spaces for most of the day for outdoor learning and exploration.

As well as contextualising maths, English, geography, history, drama, music and science in the forest or on the beach we also have purposeful ‘Adventure Days’ – from rock climbing to Forest School, crabbing to wild swimming, raft building, kayaking, surfing and lots more.  These days are about pushing ourselves, working as a team and having new experiences together.

Another motivator for WILD Fridays is the need to ensure the next generation cares enough about the natural world to protect it. We must ensure children develop an ongoing fascination with the natural world to ensure this happens.

Greta Thunberg can only do so much!

OUTDOOR LEARNING – WILD FRIDAYS

The most popular of the school days at Atelier 21 is WILD Friday! The one day a week where the whole learning community of children and adults go out into wild spaces for most of the day for outdoor learning and exploration.

As well as contextualising maths, English, geography, history, drama, music and science in the forest or on the beach we also have purposeful ‘Adventure Days’ – from rock climbing to Forest School, crabbing to wild swimming, raft building, kayaking, surfing and lots more. These days are about pushing ourselves, working as a team and having new experiences together.

Another motivator for WILD Fridays is the need to ensure the next generation cares enough about the natural world to protect it. We must ensure children develop an ongoing fascination with the natural world to ensure this happens.

Greta Thunberg can only do so much!

THE SCHOOL BUSINESS

We think that in today’s world young people need to develop financial literacy and an entrepreneurial spirit to thrive. Entrepreneurs know how to navigate challenges through an ever-changing environment, they are resourceful, adaptable and they are not afraid to take measured risks in life.

It has never been more important to ensure our children understand how to develop multiple revenue streams (even if they don’t want to run a business), and how they can build wealth for themselves and do good things with it as adults.

Our whole school community operates a school business that the children run and all have some involvement in.

Atelier 21 Trees
outdoor learning
outdoor learning

They will be responsible for designing products and services, building a website, marketing, and managing the finances of their business.

These sorts of experiences will be built into everyday life at the school, rather than token themed days, offering children the chance to get involved with relevant, meaningful, applicable learning of their own design.

For older children we teach them about wealth accumulation strategies, from looking at freelancing your skills to getting on the property market, or understanding cryptocurrency and stock market trading. We have successful entrepreneurs and experts come and talk to our older classes and we read books like ‘Rich Dad, Poor Dad’ together as part of this learning.

Atelier 21 Trees

THE SCHOOL BUSINESS

We think that in today’s world young people need to develop financial literacy and an entrepreneurial spirit to thrive. Entrepreneurs know how to navigate challenges through an ever-changing environment, they are resourceful, adaptable and they are not afraid to take measured risks in life.

It has never been more important to ensure our children understand how to develop multiple revenue streams (even if they don’t want to run a business), and how they can build wealth for themselves and do good things with it as adults.

Our whole school community operates a school business that the children run and all have some involvement in.

outdoor learning
outdoor learning

They will be responsible for designing products and services, building a website, marketing, and managing the finances of their business.

These sorts of experiences will be built into everyday life at the school, rather than token themed days, offering children the chance to get involved with relevant, meaningful, applicable learning of their own design.

For older children we teach them about wealth accumulation strategies, from looking at freelancing your skills to getting on the property market, or understanding cryptocurrency and stock market trading. We have successful entrepreneurs and experts come and talk to our older classes and we read books like ‘Rich Dad, Poor Dad’ together as part of this learning.

THE SCHOOL BUSINESS

We think that in today’s world young people need to develop financial literacy and an entrepreneurial spirit to thrive. Entrepreneurs know how to navigate challenges through an ever-changing environment, they are resourceful, adaptable and they are not afraid to take measured risks in life.

It has never been more important to ensure our children understand how to develop multiple revenue streams (even if they don’t want to run a business), and how they can build wealth for themselves and do good things with it as adults.

Our whole school community operates a school business that the children run and all have some involvement in.

outdoor learning

They will be responsible for designing products and services, building a website, marketing, and managing the finances of their business.

These sorts of experiences will be built into everyday life at the school, rather than token themed days, offering children the chance to get involved with relevant, meaningful, applicable learning of their own design.

For older children we teach them about wealth accumulation strategies, from looking at freelancing your skills to getting on the property market, or understanding cryptocurrency and stock market trading. We have successful entrepreneurs and experts come and talk to our older classes and we read books like ‘Rich Dad, Poor Dad’ together as part of this learning.

SELF DIRECTED LEARNING

To develop your passions in life you have to have time to tinker and think, time to invent, create, research, read, write, play and be with others in dialogue in hundreds of different ways.

With timetabled academic workshops and project-based learning in the mornings, children have most of the afternoons available for self-directed learning: time dedicated to carrying out research projects of their own design around the things that most interest them.

Teachers are also close by to challenge them and help frame learning when it’s needed. Sometimes pupils work alone, sometimes in small or large groups and very often with children much older or younger than them – it’s completely up to them as trusted, autonomous members of our learning community.

There is also a number of other seminars and workshops in the afternoon pupils can sign up to attend when they are not working on something specific or of it would be useful to their own research.

outdoor learning
outdoor learning

SELF DIRECTED LEARNING

To develop your passions in life you have to have time to tinker and think, time to invent, create, research, read, write, play and be with others in dialogue in hundreds of different ways.

With timetabled academic workshops and project-based learning in the mornings, children have most of the afternoons available for self-directed learning: time dedicated to carrying out research projects of their own design around the things that most interest them.

Teachers are also close by to challenge them and help frame learning when it’s needed. Sometimes pupils work alone, sometimes in small or large groups and very often with children much older or younger than them – it’s completely up to them as trusted, autonomous members of our learning community.

There is also a number of other seminars and workshops in the afternoon pupils can sign up to attend when they are not working on something specific or if it would be useful to their own research.

outdoor learning