English and Maths follow the objectives of the National Curriculum for England (NCE), while most other subjects (Geography, History, Science, Art, Technology, Physical Education, and Computing) follow the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). These curricula help our students grow a global mindset from a young age.
The NCE provides children with a learning framework that promotes the development of their knowledge, understanding, and skills. It gives teachers great flexibility. For example, they can plan higher-level work for children whose attainment is significantly above the expected standard; at the same time, they can prepare lessons for children who need extra support and guidance.
Meanwhile, the IPC curriculum, which was designed to complement and enhance the NCE, challenges children’s assumptions; nurtures their natural curiosity; and hones the traits they need for a successful school career. The children also learn to respect and understand the global community.
Daily learning focuses on a central theme (called “units”) like animals, electricity, dinosaurs, transport—and even chocolate! This approach enables children to make connections across subjects, giving them an interdisciplinary approach to learning from a young age. The design of our units gives children a clear structure, and it encourages them to become fully engaged with the curriculum as a whole.
The IPC’s Personal Learning Goals underpin each unit. They represent the attributes that we believe children will find essential in the 21st century. They help children to develop those qualities that will enable them to be at ease with the continually changing context of their lives. The goals are:
- International Mindedness
ASSESSMENTS AND ACADEMIC REPORTS
We understand that success looks different for every child and children are encouraged to learn in ways that challenge them to continually grow. Our teachers use a wide range of assessments to set targets which are ambitious by design, to encourage their students to push themselves, and to achieve the best results they can.
Primary School students receive two academic reports each year: mid-year and end-of-year reports. Teachers use these reports to communicate students' academic and social development to parents, and to set personalized targets for each subject.
We believe that parents and teachers are partners in a child’s education and personal growth. Our teachers additionally hold three learning review days during the school year by appointment, and they also encourage ongoing communication through email and apps like SeeSaw, which provide insight to your child’s daily life in the classroom.