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The Primary Curriculum

General Outline: In the Primary School at InSPE we follow the British Curriculum for Excellence. It provides a coherent, flexible and relevant curriculum which ensures that all children develop the attributes, knowledge and skills they will need to flourish in life, learning and work, now and in the future. There are 8 different areas of the curriculum and in the primary classes active or ‘hands on’ learning is practiced. This is often seen through the various topics which are taught and these allow for cross-curricular teaching and learning to take place. The 8 different curricular areas are:

  • Expressive Art
  • Health and Well Being
  • Languages
  • Mathematics
  • Religious and Social Education
  • Sciences
  • Social Studies
  • Technologies

The purpose of the curriculum is encapsulated in the four capacities and these aims are to enable each pupil to be:

  • a successful learner
  • a confident individual
  • a responsible citizen
  • an effective contributor.

At InSPE we believe that the four capacities listed above are vitally important to our goal of creating pupils who are life long learners. The curriculum is structured to allow pupils to work at their specific level – something that we feel is important. Teachers will look at a mixture of written tests, artworks, projects, performances nd presentations to help them assess the level that the pupils are working at. These assessments are checked against specfic experiences and outcomes and this information both used to inform future lessons and also passed on to parents. Traditionally this is done through the twice yearly reports which are given in Novemeber and June, and also discussed during parent/teacher meetings.

The Curriculum for Excellence - Levels and structure

Pupils’ progress through the school is based on what class they are in. This can be mapped out as shown below.

How the levels look in nurseries, primary and secondary schools

This is a simplified guide as pupils will move through the levels (and different subjects) at their own pace. For example, a pupil can be in Primary 4 but progressing quickly, so would perhaps move on to a higher level ahead of other classmates. The same is true of a pupil in Primary 2 who may need extra help and support and therefore is working at a lower level.

The transient nature of many of our families and subsequently our pupils requires them to be able to adapt to changes in their schooling and life. Therefore it is extremely important that that have the skills and knowledge to be able to successfully embrace these changes and continue their learning successfully. The curriculum and its design is ideally suited to pupils who may be at the school for a relatively brief time period, as well as those who will spend the majority of their education in the primary classes. Pupils who have completed their primary education at InSPE have successfully and smoothly made the transition to secondary schools both within and outwith Romania.

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