- Primary Matters
During primary school, made up of Years 1 to 6, pupils begin to make great strides in their literacy and numeracy skills while continuing to develop social awareness.Our curriculum is based upon the English National Curriculum and we expertly combine this with an international awareness to provide wonderful, enquiry-based experiences to enhance the learning throughout the Primary school. Learning comes alive when wisdom is shared not only by motivated staff but also by peers with life experiences and cultures that illuminate whole new worlds.
The primary education phase of the English National Curriculum is divided into two stages:
All subjects are taught in English and the practical methodology synonymous with the English National curriculum means that different types of learners can progress at different rates. Interactive whiteboards in all primary classes support and complement our teaching. They are always under the supervision of teachers as a learning aid.
We are a truly multicultural school with all the benefits that it brings. Staff work hard to integrate children into a British style school with a global perspective so that they can access the broader world. This also allows the teachers to comfortably assess the children based on the global standards to aid with transitions to other international establishments. We celebrate all cultures, modelling a celebration of different backgrounds and learning about the world.
Each year in school builds on the previous year to provide a continuous learning journey. We assess progress and achievement on an ongoing basis and communicate regularly with parents about how their children are doing.
Key Stage 1 is made up of Years 1 and 2 (ages 5 to 7). Throughout this stage, lessons explore several different subject areas, including:
Our aim is for children to enjoy their time at school and to develop the knowledge, understanding and values they need to reach their full potential in all academic and social areas of school life. We encourage children to be keen, enthusiastic, independent learners and we give them lots of opportunities to develop their interpersonal skills by working and cooperating with others. Through the curriculum, we build their self-esteem and self-confidence.
In English language and literacy, we aim to provide rich and stimulating lessons in which children find an interest and pleasure in communicating in English. They are offered many experiences to develop a passion for reading with fluency, accuracy, understanding and enjoyment. The development of handwriting skills also forms an important part of language and literacy.
In mathematics and science, we aim to develop a knowledge and understanding of the role of these subjects in everyday life. Children are encouraged to relate their maths and science work to other areas of the curriculum and the skills and attitudes acquired are used regularly in cross-curricular topic work.
Key Stage 2 is made up of Years 3 to 6 (ages 7 to 11). Teachers use the English National Curriculum as a basis to provide stimulating activities to build up pupil confidence and harness natural curiosity. In this way, pupils achieve high levels of knowledge, skills and understanding while enjoying the learning process.
Our approach promotes a variety of skills and offers scope for the development of many different concepts. We encourage pupils to take an active role in their learning, using investigative methods to bring learning to life and to encourage independent thought, while at the same time ensuring that the main requirements of the National Curriculum are covered.
In addition to English and maths, children also study:
In general, during Key Stage 2 children spend the day with one class teacher, except for music, P.E. and French, which are studied with specialist teachers. We organise regular excursions and visits to museums and other places of interest to enhance classroom lessons. From the age of 4, children can choose to complement their music skills with private lessons for specific instruments.
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