Primary School at Southlands
During the Primary phase, children begin to develop a sense of independence and refine their communication and cooperative skills.
During these years students make swift progress in oral comprehension and expression, literacy, numeracy and social skills. The core curriculum consisting of daily Maths and English is supplemented by science, topic (which covers history, geography, world faiths, myths and legends) art, music, sport and languages. Personal Social Health Education (PSHE ) is taught both within and separately from the main curriculum, and incorporates a focus on wellbeing, healthy living and thriving at school.
The Primary curriculum
The primary education phase of the English National Curriculum is divided into two stages:
Full English immersion and dedicated support
All subjects are taught in English aside from Italian and French classes. Our teachers, who come from all over the world, are committed to providing engaging learning that ensures students acquire the essential foundations of a great education. Lessons will often include practical elements, with children working in pairs or groups, moving around and collaborating then presenting their learning to peers and the teacher. Teachers take an active role in classes, supporting and challenging students to think carefully and try their hardest.
Key stage testing
Along with a system of continuous assessment throughout the year, all students sit tests at the end of Key Stage 1 and again at the end of Key Stage 2. These tests cover reading in English, simple grammar and punctuation, and mathematics.
In today’s world, a competent grasp of technology is an essential skill for success in many walks of life. We are committed to making sure that our students leave school with the tools they need to succeed in an increasingly digital world.
Students are regularly provided with iPads to support their digital learning, which includes beginning to explore simple programming and coding techniques and using educational games.
We teach students how to use technology responsibly, and find that as students develop greater technological confidence, they take more initiative in their learning and research, and become more intellectually curious, interested and creative.
Throughout the primary school we consolidate personal and social skills.