Pupils enter primary aged 6 and remain until they join secondary aged 11. They are immersed in English and become competent communicators operating with ease in English and Spanish.
Pupils study the National Curriculum for England in English. The subjects taught in Primary are: English, Mathematics, French (from Year 5) Geography, History and Science, Physical Education, PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education), Art, Music, Computing. Pupils also study subjects from the Spanish curriculum: Spanish Language and Social Sciences. During the teaching of the English curriculum subjects, the students speak exclusively in English and they are also encouraged to use these skills outside of the classroom. Our aim is for our students to use English naturally, confidently and accurately.
The curriculum allows cross-curricular teaching enabling students to study topics in more depth. We give our students the opportunity to learn in a way that is relevant to their everyday lives. Many concepts are taught through a rich tapestry of subjects and skill sets, which consolidate learning through drama, the use of modern technology, art and design as well as collaborative project-based initiatives, often involving offsite learning in the local community. Students learn best when they actively participate, and teachers ensure that there is an excellent balance between active and more traditional methods. As a direct result the students soon develop competencies such as being creative and analytical in their approach to learning.
All our teachers and support staff are fully qualified and receive regular continuing professional development enabling them to keep up to date with the latest educational developments. They have high expectations of all the pupils, identifying the pupils’ talents and encouraging them to be the best that they can be, flourishing as individuals both inside and outside of school.
Our teaching approach is child centred. The curriculum focuses on the individual and accordingly activities are planned which respond to pupils’ varied learning needs. Pupil progress is constantly monitored continuously. As this assessment is an ongoing process and intrinsic to each lesson it enables the class teachers to plan the next steps required in the pupils’ learning so that they make excellent progress and achieve the highest standards.
Children learn to communicate with ease in English and Spanish. Students are given many opportunities to develop their speaking abilities, not only in class, but also through participating in class assemblies and school shows. They learn to have confidence in public speaking. Assemblies provide an opportunity to celebrate and strengthen our school and to develop social and cultural values, as well as critical thinking in a global society.
Our children, from a very young age, learn to apply their knowledge-based learning, which will serve them for the future. We also give a high priority to developing the core skills that they will use throughout their lives: team work; problem solving; independence; and the value of shared success through collaborative projects.
Our children develop a sense of community, empathy, respect, tolerance and a sense of fairness. A philosophy of praise, discipline and positive reinforcement lies at the heart of all our teaching. There are well-established systems and rules in place to reward effort, academic achievement and considerate behaviour, as well as addressing inappropriate behaviour. We have a zero-tolerance approach to bullying. Our children learn how to care for the environment.
Ready for the future
By learning through different activities, individually, in pairs or in groups, our children learn to be flexible, adaptable and collaborative. Children receive regular feedback on their learning so that they develop skills and attitudes that they will use across the curriculum and in life: resilience, learning how to learn and openness to new ideas.
An enrichment programme runs alongside the mainstream curriculum, providing students with many opportunities to participate and acquire different skills as integral part of the timetable. Each year trips take place to enhance learning within a practical context. Distinctive occasions throughout the year including celebrations such as Christmas, Easter and local festivals provide further opportunity to get involved in in special events.