Our aim is for children to enjoy their time at school and to develop knowledge, skills, understanding and values in order to reach their full potential in all academic and social areas of school life. The learning of each year group is guided by the appropriate level of the British National Curriculum and International Primary Curriculum (IPC) ensuring that it is broad, balanced and meets the needs of all learners. Core subject areas from the British National Curriculum include literacy, numeracy and science. The foundation subjects are learnt through the International Primary Curriculum (IPC), which is a comprehensive curriculum with a clear process of learning and with specific learning goals for every subject, for personal learning and for international mindedness. Music and Physical Education are taught by subject specialists, allowing children to develop creative imagination and self-confidence. Children studying in the Primary School have the opportunity to learn either Arabic 2nd Language, French or Hindi which they can change during their Primary learning journey.
In literacy, we aim to provide a rich and stimulating environment in which children find interest and pleasure in communicating in English. Where appropriate, experienced teachers map learning objectives across to the IPC units so that students can make links in their learning. Students are offered many experiences to develop their interests in reading with fluency, accuracy, understanding and enjoyment. The development of handwriting skills forms an important part of literacy learning.
In numeracy 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 mathematical and science skills to other areas of the curriculum for further consolidation. Science is delivered through the Cambridge curriculum from Year 1, preparing students for their Checkpoint examination at the end of Year 6.
This year has seen the implementation of the new ‘Jigsaw’ PSHE scheme which all students access. Jigsaw is a mindful approach to PSHE which integrates personal, social, health and economic education with emphasis on emotional literacy.
Assessment across the Primary School is rigorous. In line with schools from across England, as well as our Nord Anglia global family, all students in Years 1-6 are assessed in Reading, Writing, Numeracy, Science and IPC (if taken) against a set of age-expected Fundamental Learning Objectives (FLOs). In each subject, students are assessed against carefully selected statements that we have identified as being fundamental to students’ continued accessibility and progress within the given subject area. Through both formative and summative assessment methods, students’ progress is tracked against the age related FLOs and judgements are made to whether the child is Beginning, Developing, Meeting or Exceeding in each subject area at the end of each term.