About the Primary School
The Primary school provides a rich education in English for children aged 4 to 11. The school follows the British Curriculum for Excellence, which provides a well balanced and holistic education for the International setting. The curriculum and teaching style puts the child at the heart of learning and develops the child physically, socially, mentally and emotionally. The acdemic age groups are divided according to ages and are as follows:
- Primary 1 – Pupils who are 4 to 5 years old. Pupils must be 4 before 1st September.
- Primary 2 – Pupils who are 5 to 6 years old. Pupils must be 5 before 1st September.
- Primary 3 - Pupils who are 6 to 7 years old. Pupils must be 6 before 1st September.
- Primary 4 - Pupils who are 7 to 8 years old. Pupils must be 7 before 1st September.
- Primary 5-7 - Pupils who are 8 to 11 years old. Pupils must be 8 before 1st September.
The school’s philosphy and beliefs are to work with each individual pupil at their own level. As a result of this pupils are grouped according to their age and do not move classes according to their ability or any other factors.
In Primary 1 once the pupils are settled they are introduced to our phonics program. During Literacy times the children are introduced to a fun and interactive program called ’Jolly Phonics’. Jolly Phonics is a fun and child centred approach to teaching literacy through synthetic phonics. With actions for each of the 42 letter sounds, the multi-sensory method is very motivating for children and teachers.
Throughout the school learning is planned in topics or themes which are both age appropriate to the pupils and interest the pupils. Where specific skills or knowledge does not come naturally from the topic, then individual lessons will be taught – particularly in Literacy and Numeracy. Regular assessment of the pupils – both formative and summative – is carried out and this is used to both record the pupils’ levels as well as inform future planning. Whenever possible school trips related to topics being will be planned as these help develop pupil understanding of what is being taught. For older pupils this includes an end of year trip which involved at least one night away from the city. From Primary 2 onwards pupils receive 2 lessons per week in a Modern Foreign Language (MFL) as part of their curriculum.. The languages currently being offered are French, Spanish, Romanian for native speakers and Romanian for non-native speakers.
The school has a number of specialist teachers who work at the school to further help the all-round development of the pupils. As well as a MFL specialist, P.E., Music and Dance teachers work with all the pupils in the primary school. Part of the P.E. curriculum includes swimming lessons for all pupils during the course of the year.