Slovenian children are also welcome to enrol on a "home schooling" basis. Please see the FAQs page for more detail.
Year 1 (5/6 years old): 1C class teacher: Mrs Tanya Charlesworth
Year 2 (6/7 years old): 2W class teacher: Mrs Veronica Westgate
Year 3 (7/8 years old): 3B class teacher: Mr Chris Bishop; 3S class teacher: Mrs Liz Sparks
Year 4 (8/9 years old): 4K class teacher: Mr Nino Kokalj; 4P class teacher: Mrs Stephanie Pojak
Year 5/6 (9-11 years old): 5B and 6B class teacher: Mr Robert Blease
The International Primary Curriculum(IPC) is the backbone of our Primary Section programme, along with the UK National Curriculum Literacy and Numeracy Strategies at Key Stages 1 and 2.
The International Primary Curriculum is structured in Units, each lasting five weeks, dealing with a series of learning topics which are both appealing to the youngsters and rigorous. The Units have been developed by teachers and are continuously updated. The IPC is "great learning, great teaching, great fun". Click here for a review of the IPC (with reference to the flagship Chocolate unit) from the March 2008 issue of the Junior Education Plus magazine.
As a fully subscribed IPC school, we have full access to the support of the central IPC organisation in London. The International Primary Curriculum has already been adopted by over 1500 schools in 80 countries, including over 600 public primary schools in the UK, and the results have been outstanding (including some of the UK's top-ranking primary schools). Although the approach is different, the rigour of the IPC ensures that all the requirements of the UK National Curriculum are fulfilled. The IPC online community allows children's work to be uploaded to a controlled area on the internet so they can compare their own work with that done on the same topic in other schools worldwide and make contact with other children to enhance each other's learning and international understanding.
Primary School classes have a home room and a class teacher, who covers almost all aspects of the day’s learning, with specialists for Music, Art, Slovene, Dance and Physical Education. French is introduced as an additional Modern Language at Year 3.
The school day is longer than in most Slovenian elementary schools, but there is an hour's break for lunch, during which the children go outside to play when the weather permits. We do not normally set homework in the Primary Section other than reading and maths practice (e.g. learning times tables). Wednesday afternoons are devoted to Clubs and Activities.
Good manners and carefully-defined and consistently-applied standards are an important aspect of our approach in the Primary Section.
The Primary Section wear a simple uniform, available online from a specialist supplier in the UK via a link on our website. We believe that uniforms (as worn in almost all UK schools) help us to get to know one another better, not just judging by clothing and outward appearance.
Horizontal and vertical planning and consistency is assured by a team of Coordinators for Numeracy, Literacy, IPC, ICT and PSHE across all Preschool and Primary classes, and by a Preschool Coordinator and Assistant Head (Primary) across all subjects.