The Advanced Learning Day (ALD) programme comprises of a comprehensive mix of activities aimed at enhancing the opportunities of students, whilst reflecting the fun and fundamentals of learning. Each year group participates in numerous activities that are systematically planned to extend learning, with seven full days scheduled throughout the academic year.
Advanced Learning Days aim to not only enrich the existing curriculum, but enhance students as learners and develop the crucial skills required for future life. The experiences the ALD programme provide take place through in-school activities and various trips and visits throughout the year.
Example ALD experiences range from visits to Warwick Castle and Kew Gardens, to in-school challenges such as ‘Understanding the Holocaust’ and ‘Rocket Project’. The experiences students embrace cover a range of curriculum areas to provide a substantial variety in advanced learning opportunities that incorporate building learning power, alongside other learning talents.
Problem solving and investigative skills are enhanced through experiences such as ‘CSI Murder Scene’, where students use their scientific understanding to identify the perpetrator of a fictional murder. Students are given numerous challenges and clues to make their final judgments that are presented towards the end of the day.
A further example offered to students is ‘Dragons Den’, which incorporates an entrepreneurship approach to Modern Foreign Languages. This is where students are provided with a brief to design a new children’s board game that incorporates a selected language. The application of this context allows students to enhance their linguistic skills whilst incorporating a strategic approach to learning through developing imagination, reasoning and collaboration.
ALDs provide a platform for students outside their usual learning environment which facilitates different curriculum areas collaborating on unique and enriching activities. As demonstrated through ‘Science of Drawing’, students enhance both their scientific knowledge and art skills. By using a range of different artistic styles to create their own impression of the organs, students develop their understanding of how the organs function in the bodies.