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Advanced Learning Days

The Advanced Learning Day (ALD) programme comprises of a comprehensive mix of activities aimed at enhancing the opportunities of pupils, whilst reflecting the enjoyment 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 pupils 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 The Science Museum and Portsmouth Gymnastics Centre, to in-school challenges such as ‘Understanding the Holocaust’ and ‘Army Day’. The experiences pupils cover embrace 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 pupils use their scientific understanding to identify the perpetrator of a fictional murder. Pupils are given numerous challenges and clues to make their final judgments that are presented towards the end of the day.

ALDs provide a platform for pupils outside their usual learning environment which facilitates different curriculum areas collaborating on unique and enriching activities. As demonstrated through ‘Science of Drawing’, pupils enhance both their scientific knowledge and art skills. By using a range of different artistic styles to create their own impression of the organs, pupils develop their understanding of how the organs function in the bodies.