We deliver a broad and balanced curriculum catering for all our children. In our primary section, the curriculum is presented to them in an integrated manner, through cross-curricular themes. It aims to promote a healthy spiritual, moral, cultural, cognitive and physical development. The core curriculum subjects are based on the Cambridge International Primary Programme (CIPP): English, Mathematics, Science and ICT. Other subjects taught are: Information Communication Technology (I.C.T.), History, Geography, French, Religious Education, Citizenship, Design and Technology, Art, Music and Physical Education (P.E). Co-curricular activities include: swimming, taekwondo and clubs which include aerobics, drama, debating, and contemporary dance.
The Primary section comprises:
Numeracy has become much more than the learning of arithmetic skills and memorizing facts and so we aim not only to provide the basis of skills children will need for adult life and work, but also to instill in children an enjoyment of the subject and an awareness of the power and excitement it can create.
The school adopts a wide range of teaching techniques; these include direct teaching, discussion, practical work, practice, investigation and problem solving. The approach to the teaching of Numeracy in our school is based upon a child’s genuine understanding of what is being done and so all new mathematical processes are approached through practical experience....
Strong emphasis is placed on the development of speaking and listening skills across the curriculum. Children are given opportunities to speak to a range of audiences ranging from individuals, groups and to the whole school. They are encouraged to express themselves with confidence and fluency and to listen carefully to others as well as participate in role play and drama.
In Reading, the main aim is for children to derive pleasure and enjoyment from reading a wide range of texts and to read confidently and independently, with understanding. All children take books home each day so that parents may be involved and share in their child’s progress. These books are colour coded to suit the children’s interest and ability levels.
Writing is closely linked to reading in that reading and writing are viewed as being complementary activities. In shared writing, children explore what other writers have to say and how they use it and using known texts as a starting point, children and teacher create their own text. In guided writing the teacher supports each child as he or she writes for himself or herself.
Science stimulates and excites children’s curiosity about phenomena and events in the world around them. Through a structured, topic based approach; children are given opportunities for work that progressively develops their knowledge at the same time introducing them to the skills and processes of science that include observation, prediction and experimentation.
Information and Communication Technology
The use of computers in the Infant School is continuing to develop. We have a well equipped ICT suite and interactive white boards to facilitate children’s learning. We encourage children to use the computer as an integrated part of the curriculum, to enhance and develop classroom activities.
The past, and the study of the past, influences all our lives. Learning about the past helps children make sense of the world in which they live.
We study a range of historical topics, especially Nigerian, but also British and African history. Younger children begin with a consideration of their own and their family’s past, together with a study of local history. This helps to develop in children a sense of identity and a sense of chronology. Emphasis is placed upon the development of an understanding of how the past differs from the present.
Geography is studied at local, regional, national and international levels. Children use a wide range of enquiry skills to identify, analyse and solve problems concerning people and their environments. We aim to:
Design Technology is a curricular attempt to stimulate originality, enterprise and practical skills in designing and making, for planning, making and learning through doing. Design Technology is concerned with identifying real problems; examining possible solutions, making models, using suitable materials and tools and evaluating the final outcome.
In art, children are given the opportunity to use a wide range of materials and tools in order to acquire a good range of artistic skills and techniques. It is hoped that children will develop into sensitive observers and well-informed critics.
We aim to promote physical competence, helping every child to develop their physical potential with and through a variety of activities. P.E. provides opportunities for children to be creative, competitive and to face up to different challenges as individuals and in groups and teams. It also promotes positive attitudes towards active and healthy lifestyles.
Every week each class has some form of P.E. Games, gymnastics and dance form the core of the P.E. programme, along with swimming, athletics and outdoor and adventurous activities.
Children are also encouraged to participate in a wide range of extra-curricular activities organised by members of staff on a voluntary basis.
Music plays an important role in our school from Reception to Year 6. The teaching of music develops children’s ability to listen and appreciate a wide variety of music and to make judgments about musical quality. Children are involved in music making, on their own and in groups, and this develops a sense of group identity and togetherness.
Children listen to a wide range of music, play musical instruments, sing a variety of songs, develop their own compositions and listen to a variety of music from different times and cultures and explore their own thoughts and feelings about it.
Children are exposed to the French Language from age 2. The teaching of a French language enriches the curriculum, providing excitement, enjoyment and challenge for children as well as supporting and celebrating the international dimension.
Non denominational Religious Education is provided for all children as part of the curriculum. Children are exposed to different world religions as a way of making them a citizen of the world within a multicultural society.
Children are taught personal, social, health and Citizenship Education. They learn communication, interpersonal and social skills.
We place great importance on teaching Literacy and Numeracy, as these basic skills are essential to the rest of the curriculum. We will give homework as appropriate to the weekly curriculum and we ask parents to encourage their children with reading. We have a school diary to keep parents and teachers in touch about reading progress.
At the end of Key Stage 1, the children take the Standard Attainment Tests (SATs) where they are assessed in Literacy and Numeracy.
The pupils take the CIPP progression tests at the end of each year in Key Stage 2, and the final Cambridge Checkpoint tests at the very end of Key Stage 2, when the pupils are in Year 6.