British Curriculum for Primary Schools: Key Stage 1 & 2
At the British School of Bucharest, we teach a British Curriculum for Primary Schools.
Our Primary School is for children aged 5 to 11, and the National Curriculum for England for Primary children is taught as
- Key Stage 1 (Years 1 & 2, for children aged 5-6) *
- Key Stage 2 (Years 3, 4, 5 & 6, for children aged 7-10) *
* the age of the child on 31st August for a September start
The Primary programme we teach offers a broad and balanced curriculum that provides children with many opportunities to develop positive attitudes to learning at the beginning of their schooling.
We teach the British Curriculum for Primary Schools entirely in English, with native English-speaking teachers and place a strong emphasis on Literacy and Numeracy throughout Key Stages 1 and 2.
Our thematic approach to teaching integrates the subjects with a half-termly topic that includes a ‘wow’ event – this helps to engage children and brings the subject to life for them.
Key Stage Assemblies provide opportunities to share our successes and promote our school values.
Key Stage 1
- Years 1 & 2
- For children aged 5-6 (the pupil’s age on 31st August for a September start)
Key Stage 1 provides pupils with a varied and stimulating curriculum. Our classrooms are full of activity within an atmosphere that is calm, caring and conducive to learning. We focus on creating a respectful and close rapport between pupils and staff.
English and Mathematics have priority in terms of teaching time and are taught daily within the British Curriculum for Primary Schools. In Science, History, Geography, Art, Design Technology, ICT, Digital Literacy and Music, children learn about the world in which they live, as well as developing their creativity and physical expression. All subjects are taught by Class Teachers, except Physical Education and Music, which are taught by Specialist Teachers.
Pastoral care is given high priority, and pupils are looked after and supported by teachers in all aspects of school life. There is always time to listen, talk and help.
Key Stage 2
- Years 3, 4, 5 & 6
- For children aged 7-10 (the pupil’s age on 31st August for a September start)
As pupils move on to Key Stage 2, they are developing increased independence as learners, and their strengths are supported by teachers who ensure a dynamic and rigorous delivery of the curriculum while creating a positive and nurturing environment.
The development of high self-esteem and respect for others are important aspects of the curriculum, and we encourage the children to take more responsibility, both for themselves and for others.
English and Mathematics are the core subjects within the British Curriculum for Primary Schools. They receive priority and are taught daily. Students are also taught Science, Computing, History, Geography, Art, Design Technology, and Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education by the Class Teacher. Music, Physical Education, Modern Foreign Languages and Drama are taught by Specialist Teachers. The Modern Foreign Languages on offer are Spanish, French, German and Mandarin.
We enhance the Key Stage 2 curriculum with an extensive extra-curricular programme, including the BSB University courses which help pupils develop key skills, and with co-curricular activities, school field trips and many inter-school events and activities.
We assess Primary School pupils’ progress continuously through Teacher Assessment. Alongside this, Assessment for Learning ensures the provision of differentiated learning opportunities in line with next-step targets identified by the Class Teachers. Children are assessed against National Curriculum age-related expectations.
Twice a year, we invite parents to meet their child’s Class Teachers to discuss their education and development. Our Class Teachers and Specialist Teachers write a mid-year and end-of-year report to describe the child’s progress in all subjects.
Weekly homework is at the discretion of the Class Teacher and includes work on spelling, Mathematics and a language activity, as well as an expectation of daily reading. In addition, children may be required to complete other activities more suited to the home environment, such as collecting information to support project work and further optional homework extension tasks are made available
A general guideline for homework expectations per day is:
Years 2 & 3 (20 minutes)
Year 4 (30 minutes)
Year 5 (35 minutes)
Year 6 (45 minutes).
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