Key stage 1 (Years 1 - 2)
During Key Stage 1, students in Years 1 and 2 transition from a play-based learning style to a more formal classroom enviroment. This phase emphasizes core literacy and numeracy skills to create a foundation for future education. Through a combination of cross-curricular themes and projects, students learn introductory topics in science, computing, geography, history, design technology, art, physical education and music.
Even as early as Key Stage 1, we encourage students to develop transferable creative and problem-solving skills in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) subjects. For Slovak nationals, Slovak lessons start in Year 2.
Key stage 2 (Year 3 - 6)
Key Stage 2 is divided into two stages — an upper and a lower level. Throughout these primary school years, our students start cultivating an independent and self-reliant approach to education with the goal of becoming lifelong learners.
Years 3 and 4 (lower key stage)
Students in Years 3 and 4 continue to strengthen the vital learning skills and attitudes they developed during their early education. Throughout Key Stage 2, we follow the English National Curriculum and guide students toward a deeper understanding of math, English, science and computer technology. No matter the topic at hand, we emphasize a global mindset that reflects the international nature of our school community.
Through interactive projects, hands-on problem solving and visits from real-world experts, our students sharpen the critical thinking and collaboration skills needed to thrive in a multicultural 21st-century world.
Years 5 and 6 (upper key stage)
In Upper Key Stage 2, students in Year 5 and 6 continue to develop a deeper understanding of the world through thematic learning.
During these years, students have fantastic opportunities to learn outside of the classroom. In addition to core classes, students build new skills through participation in theater productions, enrichment opportunities, community service projects, residential trips and educational visits. Our students can also begin taking specialized lessons in the subject of their choice — such as music, drama, sports or a foreign language.
Throughout Years 5 and 6, we expect a greater degree of independence from our students. Time and again, we see the vast majority of our students rise to the challenge and demonstrate new levels of leadership and responsibility.
English as an Additional Language (EAL)
Many students join our international community with limited knowledge of English. Our team of English as an Additional Language (EAL) teachers lead intensive English courses as well as extra lessons designed to help students learn the language at a quicker pace. We've found that immersion in an English-speaking community helps many students develop fluency with speed and confidence.
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