Curriculum for Primary
Our broad and creative curriculum is planned around specific learning objectives for every subject area within each year group and, in many cases, taught by subject specialists. The subjects taught in the Primary Section are:
• Humanities (includes History, Geography and Religious Education)
• Information Technology and Computing
• Sport and Exercise, and team games
• Personal, Social and Health Education
We promote high levels of achievement and effort as children acquire the academic skills they need. However, we push the boundaries beyond a mere acquisition of knowledge: we want children to develop the confidence to investigate and enquire, to solve problems and to take responsibility for their own learning. We aim to enrich their learning experiences, broadening their social horizons and their cultural interests.
So that parents know what the children are learning, there are curriculum information seminars at the start of the academic year and termly ‘curriculum overviews’ are made available.
We see homework as an important aspect of children’s learning and development. We aim to give children opportunities to work and think independently of the teacher. This may be to extend the skills and knowledge they have gained during a previous lesson or to investigate something in preparation for a future lesson. Homework helps parents have direct knowledge of and input into their child’s learning. However, we do not seek to overburden children with homework at the expense of quality family time.
Teachers use a variety of methods to assess children’s progress. A primary assessment tool is, of course, the regular, everyday marking of work and giving of feedback which indicates how well children have understood the learning objective that was specified during the lesson, providing them with guidance about what has been done well and how things could be improved. Alongside this informal assessment, parents of Graders III, IV and V will undertake three formal assessments during the year- 1st Quarterly, 2nd Quarterly and 3rd Quarterly. There are no formal assessments for Grades I and II. We aim to balance the need to obtain formal data to assess the effectiveness of children’s learning alongside our reluctance to interrupt the flow of teaching and learning with too many formal tests.
The well-being of our pupils is of primary importance to us and lies at the heart of all we do. The way we organise our pastoral care ensures that teachers get to know pupils and pupils get to know teachers and each other. All Primary Section children belong to a class; their sense of belonging is fostered by daily contact with a trusted teacher who will help the children in his or her care as they grow in understanding of themselves, each other and the world. We want our pupils to be tolerant of each other, respectful of adults, but above all, safe and secure.
SHARING ACADEMIC PROGRESS
It is essential that parents are provided with objective, constructive and regular feedback on the academic progress of their children. Therefore, we provide parent teacher consultation sessions thrice a year and full academic reports and assessment grades in attainment and effort at the end of each term Teachers are available outside these times to discuss any issue parents may have. We see children, teachers and parents co-existing in a virtuous triangle, whereby each side is fully involved with, and supportive of, the others.
As part of our commitment to broadening children’s experience at school and nurturing personal development, we offer a full and dynamic programme of co-curricular activities. We aim to meet the cultural, physical, aesthetic and intellectual needs and interests of the children outside as well as inside the classroom.
All children are encouraged to join this programme which runs during school and during lunch breaks. By way of example, the following activities have regularly been offered during the course of our academic years: art, cricket, crossword, dance, debating, design technology, drama, fencing, fives, sports, history, ICT, newspaper, outdoor field activities, philosophy, rounders, singing, young entrepreneurs and general knowledge activities.