As children leave the Early Years and join Year 1, they progress through and beyond the National Curriculum, towards the attainment targets of Key Stage 1 and 2 of the English National Curriculum, including Arabic, Islamic and Social Studies.
Class teachers teach their own classes for most subjects and our pupils benefit from the expertise of specialist teachers in a wide range of subjects, from Mandarin and French to PE, Art and Music. Special visitors, trips to museums, exhibitions and events during the year vary and enrich their education.
The curriculum in Years 1, 2 and 3 encompasses all of the elements of the English National Curriculum. Children will build on and consolidate their learning through practical work, practice and the opportunity to use their learning. Teachers provide opportunities where children can apply and develop their learning. Our cross-curricular approach, links to out-of-school experiences and to other daily activities, helps children appreciate the role that these aspects of learning play in their everyday lives.
In Year 1, children move from the Early Years Foundation Stage into Key Stage 1. The end of Foundation Stage assessment (the Foundation Stage Profile) provides a clear benchmark of children's attainment. The assessment profile, together with ongoing teacher assessment, informs planning and teaching across the broader Year 1 curriculum. The profile enables teachers to identify children's performance and progress, and helps them plan how to address any gaps in learning. Helping children to recognise their progress maintains their enthusiasm and motivation.
Year 2 takes children through to the end of Key Stage 1 and is the time when most secure many of their early key skills as learners. Assessments made throughout Year 1 inform planning and teaching across the broader curriculum. This assessment profile enables teachers to identify any gaps in understanding that need to be addressed in order to secure progression in learning.Helping children to recognise their progress maintains their enthusiasm and motivation, supported by strong home-school links with clear lines of communication.
Year 3 is the beginning of Key Stage 2 and is seen as a transition year, where the children are developing their learning and independence towards the next stage of their education. Assessments made during Year 2, and continual assessment throughout Year 3, inform planning and teaching across the broader Year 3 curriculum. Children are increasingly encouraged to recognise their progress and to begin to develop more independent ways of working. Motivation and enthusiasm are therefore maintained, as are the strong home-school links and clear lines of communication.
From Year 4, pupils follow a broad and balanced curriculum, preparing them for entry to the Senior School at age 11. There is plenty of Sport, Music, Art, Drama, DT and Extra-curricular activities to complement academic subjects, using IT and working in the College’s Creative Learning Centre, exploring innovative new ways of learning. Each child's progress is carefully monitored, tracked and assessed throughout the year. Leading up to each half term and at the end of the spring and summer terms, pupils receive an Interim where a level and a grade are given to reflect both effort and achievement in all subjects. A comment on progress is also included within the Interim received at the end of the autumn term. These results are sent home to parents.
At the end of the summer term, all pupils receive a full end-of-year report. Pupils in Years 4 to 6 sit school examinations in the summer term. Subject tests throughout the autumn and spring terms help to monitor, track and assess each pupil.
During the first half of the autumn term, parents are invited to meet their child's teacher, with further parents' evenings taking place at the end of the autumn term and in the summer term.
In Years 4 to 6, core lessons are taught by the class teacher and pupils are placed in sets for Mathematics from Year 4 and English from Year 5. Specialist teachers teach the three Sciences, Art, Music, French, Mandarin, Drama, Design Technology, Computing and PE.
A close system of academic tracking operates throughout the Prep School, with internal standardised assessments in Reasoning, English, Mathematics, Reading and Spelling. These standardised tests complement our own traditional teacher assessments and give an accurate picture of the progress of each child.
Homework tasks are an essential part of the day's learning process and will often give children the chance to consolidate and reflect on the day's events.