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Curriculum

Core subjects

English

Our English language programme follow the Cambridge International Primary English (Collins). The multi-component course will allow students to develop English language skills at an appropriate level: speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

In addition, students spend time each week developing their knowledge and understanding of English through more real-life simulated activities. For example, researching and writing a book for a younger student; writing to the Headteacher to request an out-of-school visit; submitting an article to the school’s newsletter, and so on.

 

French

The way French is taught is through a myriad of activities, giving the student the pleasure of reading, of speaking, of writing, while at the same time developing proficiency in the language.  The student will follow this ‘linguistic path’ - through story-telling, through literature both contemporary and classical, through comics and graphic novels, through theatre dialogue, poetry, documentary text, through art commentary - permitting her or him to develop their competencies in French.

Workshops developing oral expression are designed to allow the child to master the language.  This allows the child to create natural links and to evolve in a calm and happy atmosphere; to express themselves freely to the delight of all.

This then leads to written expression so that all benefit from mastering the French language naturally.

Children will have some homework to do whether it be a book to read or written work to be completed or a poem to learn.

 

Mathematics

The curriculum covers five content areas: Number, Geometry, Measure, Handling data and Problem solving.

Students do not merely learn equations to reach an answer; they learn how the equation works.  This knowledge can be then applied to real life through exciting practical and problem-solving activities.

The mathematics curriculum follow both the Singapore method (in French) and the Cambridge Primary programmes (in English) and both reflect the English/French national curriculum objectives.  The staff co-ordinate on a regular basis to ensure that not only are the French and British national curriculums being followed, but that the programmes dovetail perfectly.

We ensure that MATHS is not an acronym for Mental Abuse to Humans but that it is something fun and pleasurable.  We try to ensure that mathematics is in its way - as Einstein once stated - the poetry of logical ideas.

 

Sciences

Practical work is the heart of our Sciences curriculum. Students are encouraged to observe a wide range of living things, materials and phenomena to understand the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry, and physics.  The garden, the park, the environment around, are sources of observation and practice.

Lessons are delivered in a highly practical way allowing children to experiment and experience science first hand.  Students learn essential aspects of the knowledge, methodologies, processes and uses of science.

 

Foundation subjects

 

The Foundation subjects of History, Geography, Art and Design & Technology, and Information & Communication Technology (ICT) are taught through a cross-curricular, project-based approach. This allows students to understand and make direct links to all subjects through one theme.

History

Why history?  An education in history will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of the past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Through project work we look at the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies; achievements and follies of mankind. We try to integrate the children’s countries’ history, exchanging, discussing and learning.

 

Geography

A high-quality geography education inspires a curiosity and fascination about the world, the environment, humanity - in all its shapes, shades and colours. We look at diverse places, peoples, resources and natural and human environments.  Marine and terrestrial, physical and human; maps, collecting and interpreting data, the weather, are some of the elements of the subject matter.

 

Art and Design & Technology

 Many lessons are held in our specialist Art and Science room, the Leonardo Da Vinci room on the ground floor.  If art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity, then pupils should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They will produce creative work, explore ideas and record their experiences; they will practise and develop skills while beginning to become proficient in the knowledge of great artists, craft makers and designers.

 

Information & Communication Technology (ICT)

With our specialised and dedicated ICT room, we are integrating ICT learning into every subject when appropriate. Students develop the key skills of understanding, organising, and analysing information through the use of digital technology. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. They will learn about fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, about analysis, and learn to become responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.

 

Specialist subjects

Music

Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and to engage their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. Our specialist music teacher from the Passy Campus will deliver a course in which they learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, as well as learning how to understand and explore music.

 

Theatre

Theatre teaches us to stretch and improve our creative side.  Our theatre specialist gives students opportunities to develop this in order to perform with self-confidence,  to participate collaboratively, to improve focus and maintain concentration; to enrich communication skills and social interaction and promote cultural understanding.  It is played out through games, vocal exercises, physicality and teamwork.  It is fun, it is something that all children love and it nurtures respect and cooperation.

 

Physical Education (PE)

A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel at physically-demanding activities. It should provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness, to  build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.  

We have an agreement with the Town Hall of Paris and are able to use their facilities which are close to the Hippodrome d’Auteuil.  A coach takes them there and brings them back.  Sport is run by our English-speaking specialist sports teacher from the Passy Campus and backed up by French-speaking assistants, so it is truly bi-lingual. P.E. is there as an integral part of our curriculum and, like Theatre and Music, complements character traits such as teamwork and respect.  It also ensures that all pupils are physically active for sustained periods of time and that they are encouraged to lead healthy, active lives.

 

Modern Foreign Language: Chinese (Mandarin)

Learning another language is yet one more move to fostering pupils’ curiosity and deepening their understanding of the world. It should enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing.

This takes place on Wednesday afternoons, within the framework of Kingsworth’s language boost programme.    Some children will be participating in support English or support French until they get their French-English bilingualism to a level where it will be appropriate and comfortable for them to take on a third language under the umbrella of our bilingual programme plus.