National Curriculum 

‘Primary School’ covers the In our Foundation Stage, children work in a happy and stimulating environment. They learn through play and develop key skills.

Our dedicated team of Teachers and Teaching Assistants work hard to ensure that children grow happy and confident and that they have a smooth transition into Lower School.

Key Stage 1, Year 1 (ages 5-6) and Year 2 (ages 6-7)

  • Our aim is for children to enjoy their time at school and to develop knowledge, understanding and values in order to reach their full potential in all academic and social areas of school life.
  • The work of each year group is guided by the appropriate level of the English National Curriculum, Key Stage 1, which is by nature broad and balanced. Subject areas include English Language, Mathematics, Science, Geography, History, Design and Technology, Art and Craft, Music, Physical Education, Health Education, Religious Education and Information Technology.
  • In Language and Literacy we aim to provide a rich and stimulating environment in which children find interest and pleasure in communicating in English. They are offered many experiences to develop their interest in reading with fluency, accuracy, understanding and enjoyment. The development of handwriting skills forms an important part of Language and Literacy.
  • In Mathematics and Science we aim to develop a knowledge and understanding of the role of these subjects in everyday life. Children are encouraged to relate their Mathematics and Science work to other areas of the curriculum and the skills and attitudes acquired are important components of cross-curricular topic work.
  • Spanish Curriculum is taught from Year 1 as stipulated by the Spanish Ministry of Education. The sessions are planned using a practical approach as King’s do with the National Curriculum. This allows children to be creative, have fun and learn through practice instead of traditional approaches.

Key Stage 2, Years 3 to 6 (age 7-11)

  • Our aim during these years is to build up each child’s own confidence, at the same time as awakening their natural curiosity, placing special emphasis on investigative methods to facilitate learning and encourage independence.
  • Towards the end of Year 6, the children take Standard Attainment Tests (SATs) in two subjects: English Language and Maths. These formal examinations are marked externally and sent to the UK for this purpose.
  • Subjects like Science, Art, Humanities, Design and Technology and Information Technology are taught thematically within the framework of the Creative Curriculum. That is to say, that each term, the children cover a different Theme. Relevant aspects of the National Curriculum are taught in reference to the Theme being discussed at the time. For example, in the Year 4 Theme ´Settlements`, the children will learn about maps (Geography), Saxon settlers (History), building materials (Science) and so on. The Themes have been determined in such a way as to cover the entire National Curriculum for England and Wales for Key Stage 2 by the end of Year 6.
  • English (or Literacy) and Maths are taught separately from the Creative Curriculum, although, particularly in English, there may often be some cross-curricular links. The children follow the British National Curriculum in both, with the courses organized so as to prepare the children for the SATs examinations at the end of Year 6.
  • In addition to the National Curriculum, the children receive Spanish lessons everyday following the Lengua Castellana and Conocimiento curricular.
  • The Secondary department covers children from age 11 onwards, and builds on the achievements of the Primary department.