Pupils enter Primary aged 4-5 and remain until they join Secondary at the age of 11 (covering Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 in the English national curriculum). They are immersed in English and become competent communicators in both English and Spanish.
Pupils study the national curriculum for England. The subjects taught in Primary are: English; Mathematics; Science; Geography; History; Science; Art and Design; Music; Physical Education; Personal, Social and Health Education; German (from age 9-10). Pupils also study subjects from the Spanish curriculum: Spanish Language; Social Sciences; and Valenciano (from Year 2). Students speak exclusively in English during all lessons, except those of the Spanish subjects. We also encourage them to use their multilingual skills outside the classroom. Our aim is for our students to use English naturally, confidently and accurately.
Cross-curricular teaching enables students to study topics in more depth. We pride ourselves in giving them opportunities to learn in ways that are relevant to their everyday lives. We seek to consolidate learning through the use of drama; modern technology; art and design; and collaborative project-based initiatives. Where possible, we like to encourage off-site learning in the local community. Students learn best when they actively participate in the process: their teachers ensure there is a well-judged balance between this approach and more traditional educational methods. The combination of creative and analytical skills, which students develop as a result of this mix, gives them an essential toolkit for lifelong learning. All our teachers and support staff are fully qualified and receive continuing professional development to keep abreast of the latest educational thinking. They have high expectations of all their students, identifying each individual's talents and encouraging them to be the best they can be, both inside and outside school.
Our teaching approach is child-centred. The curriculum focuses on the individual and for that reason, activities are planned which respond to each child's specific learning needs. We monitor pupil progress in an ongoing assessment process, which is an intrinsic part of their lessons. This enables class teachers to plan the next steps for each student's learning, so they all make excellent progress and achieve the highest standards.
Children learn to communicate with ease in English and Spanish. We give students many opportunities to develop their speaking abilities, not only in class, but also through participating in class assemblies and school shows. Assemblies provide an opportunity to build children's confidence in public speaking, encourage their critical thinking and develop social and cultural values within a global society. The assemblies are also great platforms to celebrate our achievements as a school community.
We give a high priority to children developing the core skills they will use throughout their lives: skills like teamwork; problem solving; independence; and the value of shared success through collaborative projects.
We encourage our children to appreciate their community and value their environment. We inspire them to develop empathy, respect, tolerance and a sense of fairness. At the heart of our teaching is the philosophy of praise, discipline and positive reinforcement. We have well-established systems in place to reward effort, academic achievement and considerate behaviour. Likewise, there are systems to address and deter wrong-doing. We have a zero-tolerance approach to bullying.
Ready for the future
By building their knowledge through a range of activities, either individually, in pairs or in groups, our children learn to be flexible, adaptable and collaborative. They receive regular feedback on their learning. This, in turn, helps them develop skills and attitudes to use, not only across the curriculum, but also in life: knowing how to learn; having an openness to new ideas; and building the resilience to keep going in the face of adversity.
An enrichment programme runs alongside the mainstream curriculum, allowing students to acquire additional skills as an integral part of the timetable. Each year, trips take place to enhance learning within a practical context. Likewise, Christmas, Easter, local festivals, and other celebrations give us a wealth of opportunities to get involved in cultural events.