In Lower Primary, we promote a warm and friendly environment for our diverse school community of students and teachers from a variety of backgrounds. The Lower Primary programme is comprised of six stimulating classrooms each with its own projector and use of Wi-Fi. We also have large playgrounds with a sand area, swings, slide and other climbing equipment.
Lower Primary consists of:
- Early Years (age 3-5 combined programme, Nursery and Reception)
- Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2, separate classes)
Lower Primary classes are available at both of our beautiful campuses. Town Campus students attend PE and computer science lessons at the Main Campus each week in order to access the facilities there and interact with teachers and peers in the other classes, which facilitates a smooth transition when they join Year 3 at the Main Campus.
The EY classes follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework published by the British government, drawing heavily from the Birth to 5 Matters Curriculum, published by the Early Years Coalition, with input from the Development Matters Curriculum, published by the British government. This includes seven subject areas. The combined programme is structured for individualised learning and flexible grouping, and it allows for children to learn from each other. Older students reinforce their social and academic learning by supporting the younger ones, and younger students benefit from the modelling of the older students.
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED/PSHE)
- Communication and Language
- Understanding the World (Inquiry)
- Expressive Art and Design (Art and Music)
- Physical Development
The EYFS programme links up well with the high standards of the Cambridge Curriculum, which begins with Year 1. Year 1 and 2 are separate classes, but continue with the individualisation of learning and flexible grouping, challenging and supporting students appropriately. The school timetable includes the following subjects:
- Inquiry (Science, History and Geography)
- Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)
- Physical Education and Swimming
- If needed, English and learning support are available (EAL/SEN)
Children are assessed both formatively and summatively to identify next steps throughout the year. We track progress of each individual student and provide full school reports biannually outlining the students’ achievements and areas of need.
We aim to develop the whole child, and inspire them to be curious and creative thinkers, and collaborative, compassionate and responsible citizens of the local community and the World.
The Upper Primary provides a culturally rich and intellectually stimulating environment for our diverse body of students. Our students learn through exploration, discussion and presentation, through research and investigation. In the Upper Primary, we currently have three classes for every year group. Each class consists of approximately 20 students: each child’s needs are catered for. Curricular subjects studied are English, Maths, Social Studies, Science, French, Kiswahili (with separate classes for speakers and non-speakers), Art, Music, Physical Education and PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education).
In Years 3 and 4 students enjoy the pastoral care of a home class teacher who teaches the English, Maths, Social Studies and PSHE, whilst specialist teachers cover all other subjects. In Years 5 and 6 the students benefit from the expertise of specialist teachers in all subjects. This set-up also works towards preparing our senior students for life in Secondary School. Three times a week, the students take part in clubs where they have the opportunity to choose from a wide variety of arts and crafts, musical activities including private musical instrument lessons, and sports, both competitive and non-competitive.
The students very much have a voice in the school and are able to share their opinions and shape the daily life of the school through the representative School Council. Our Year 6 Prefects learn the importance of responsibility taking on several duties during throughout the school day. In the Upper Primary all students are encouraged and supported to become responsible, independent and motivated citizens.
At each year level our students explore different aspects of leadership and learn to apply those lessons in everyday situations building on new leadership characteristics that will set students up for life.