This stage consists of three core subjects mathematics, English and science together with information communication technology (ICT) and the foundation subjects of geography, history, design technology, art, music, physical education (PE) and swimming .
In addition to these subjects, we also teach French from Year 2. Maths and English are taught each day through numeracy and literacy lessons and the foundation subjects are taught through IPC which arranges subject content into topics. Specialist teachers deliver French, Music, PE, Swimming and ICT lessons.
Maths and English
We believe that a firm understanding of how the English language works and a solid understanding of the number system provide a strong foundation for all other areas of learning. We place great store on the clear teaching of reading strategies, enabling children to become fluent and enthusiastic readers.
In Numeracy there is emphasis on identifying patterns and relationships which underpin mathematical understanding. Children often work in groups as well as individually.
International Primary Curriculum
The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) is firmly based on the national curriculum for England. It provides a cross-curricular, thematic and rigorous teaching structure which is designed to engage children of all abilities.
Topics are introduced through stimulating entry points and children take part in a knowledge harvest to gather the collective previous knowledge that the children already hold. Subject content is taught in chunks of time and there is great emphasis on independent learning, investigation and on application of knowledge.
Being internationally minded and environmental aware are also very important, as are the personal goals included in the unit of study.
The IPC supports the school’s aims by promoting independence, creativity and holistic development. For further information on the topics covered in each year group, please visit Year Groups page.