The School seeks to strike a balance between formal language work, which includes knowledge of parts of speech, tenses, correct sentence construction and creative writing, all aimed at bringing out the child’s imaginative ideas and helping him or her to express them with fluency. Literary studies are important here to introduce children to examples of good poetry and prose which will stimulate and encourage writing.
Practical and theoretical work go hand in hand so that children can see the relevance of these studies. They must learn their tables and acquire good grounding in ‘sums’, but, treated purely academically, mathematics can be a barren subject to some children, so practical applications are very important.
The Science curriculum is based on the development of the knowledge of the world around us. We encourage pupils to develop the intellectual and practical skills necessary to explore and investigate a full understanding of environmental issues and mechanical application in simple physics. The children evaluate scientific data which they can question, observe and thereafter classify. Through this study, they begin to understand how science shapes and influences the quality of our lives.
It is essential that from an early age children become used to the sound of other languages which they will study. The knowledge of other languages is becoming more important in this ever shrinking world. At this age, studying other languages gives the children insight into alternative language construction and this assists their understanding of and the importance of grammar and construction generally. French is taught from the age of five. German is at present taught from the age of ten.
Social, Environmental and Religious Studies
Ample time is given to children to begin “their awakening to the world around them” near or far - and receive guidance as to the world's infinite variety of people and things both past and present. History, Geography, Nature Studies, Science, Religious Education, etc, have separate allocations in the class timetable but the School encourages teachers individually or in co-operation to feel free to blend the knowledge these subjects offer so that project and theme work may be pursued without undue subject restraints.
Our children study the past in a chronological framework. The topics are organised to cover the important episodes and developments in Britain’s past from Roman to modern times. Selective understanding of ancient civilisations in other parts of the world is an important part of the syllabus, leading children to understand how history has conditioned the world we live in.
Pupils are encouraged to develop their geographical skills through studying places and geographical themes using their own interests and abilities. They are taught how to acquire and use information which will develop their understanding of other cultures and environments in relation to their own. They are invited to make full use of the School’s resources, including Information Technology and technical equipment.
From the age of five throughout the School, the children receive specialist lessons which enable them to achieve their optimum level of competence and understanding. These lessons introduce and develop specific skills as well as providing support across other areas of the curriculum. Radio and television programmes as well as computers all add a valuable dimension to the classroom.
The children, when old enough, are encouraged to use books to strengthen their ability to search in them in pursuit of the answers to their general knowledge homework or simply to read for pleasure. In addition to the main school library each class has its own class library.
Additional tuition is given to children found to be experiencing learning difficulties and every effort is made to assist these children to achieve their true potential. With parental consent, a child with difficulties will be assessed and a programme of individual work designed to supplement class-work.
Homework is undertaken by all pupils over the age of six. It helps children to consolidate their work and to develop a capacity for study.