The Junior School covers the National Curriculum Key Stage 2, Years 3 to 6 (age 7-11).
Our aim during these years is to build up each child’s own confidence, at the same time as awakening their natural curiosity, placing special emphasis on investigative methods to facilitate learning and encourage independence.
Towards the end of Year 6, the children take Standard Attainment Tests (SATs) in two subjects: English Language and Maths. These formal examinations are marked externally and sent to the UK for this purpose.
Subjects like Science, Art, Humanities, Design and Technology and Information Technology are taught thematically within the framework of the Creative Curriculum. That is to say, that each term, the children cover a different Theme. Relevant aspects of the National Curriculum are taught in reference to the Theme being discussed at the time. For example, in the Year 4 Theme ´Settlements`, the children will learn about maps (Geography), Saxon settlers (History), building materials (Science) and so on. The Themes have been determined in such a way as to cover the entire National Curriculum for England and Wales for Key Stage 2 by the end of Year 6.
English (or Literacy) and Maths are taught separately from the Creative Curriculum, although, particularly in English, there may often be some cross-curricular links. The children follow the British National Curriculum in both, with the courses organized so as to prepare the children for the SATs examinations at the end of Year 6.
In addition to the National Curriculum, the children receive Spanish lessons everyday following the Lengua Castellana and Conocimiento curricula.