The pupils continue to build on the excellent English language skills acquired in Early Years. The school places great emphasis on pupils gaining outstanding spoken English levels. From Year 2 their proficiency is accredited externally by Trinity College London. Pupils are expected to use their English throughout the day, and they are provided with a wide range of opportunities to do so across the curriculum.
We give our students the opportunity to learn in a way that is relevant to their everyday lives. Many concepts are taught through a rich tapestry of subjects and skill sets, which consolidate learning especially through Science and Music. Use of modern technology, Art and Design are used incorporated into collaborative project-based initiatives. Students learn best when they actively participate, and teachers ensure that there is an excellent balance between active and more traditional methods. As a direct result the students soon develop competencies such as being creative and analytical in their approach to learning.
Teachers have high expectations of all the pupils, identifying the pupils’ talents and encouraging them to be the best that they can be, flourishing as individuals both inside and outside of school.
Communications between families and the teacher is a strength of the school. Parents are regularly kept up to date with their child’s social and academic development.
Our teaching approach is child centred. The curriculum focuses on the individual and accordingly activities are planned which respond to pupils’ varied learning needs. Pupil progress is monitored continuously. As this assessment is an ongoing process and intrinsic to each lesson, it enables the class teachers to plan the next steps required in the pupils’ learning so that they make excellent progress and achieve the highest standards.
Children learn to communicate with ease in English and Spanish. Students are given many opportunities to develop their speaking abilities, not only in class, but also through participating in class assemblies and school shows. They learn to have confidence in public speaking. Assemblies provide an opportunity to celebrate and strengthen our school and to develop social and cultural values, as well as critical thinking in a global society.
Our children, from a very young age, learn to apply their knowledge-based learning, which will serve them for the future. We also give a high priority to developing the core skills that they will use throughout their lives: team work; problem solving; independence; and the value of shared success through collaborative projects.
Our children develop a sense of community, empathy, respect, tolerance and a sense of fairness. A philosophy of praise, discipline and positive reinforcement lies at the heart of all our teaching. There are well-established systems and rules in place to reward effort, academic achievement and considerate behaviour, as well as addressing inappropriate behaviour. We have a zero-tolerance approach to bullying. Our children learn how to care for the environment.
Ready for the future
By learning through different activities, individually, in pairs or in groups, our children learn to be flexible, adaptable and collaborative. Children receive regular feedback on their learning so that they develop skills and attitudes that they will use across the curriculum and in life: resilience, learning how to learn and openness to new ideas.
An enrichment programme runs alongside the mainstream curriculum, providing students with many opportunities to participate and acquire different skills as integral part of the timetable. Each year trips take place to enhance learning within a practical context. Distinctive occasions throughout the year including celebrations such as Christmas, Easter and local festivals provide further opportunity to get involved in in special events.