Primary Section classes
Slovenian children are welcome to enrol on a "home schooling" basis. Please see the FAQs page for more detail.
Year 1 (5/6 years old): Mrs Sue Williams
Year 2 (6/7 years old): Miss Leanne Evans
Year 3 (7/8 years old): Mrs Tanya Charlesworth
Year 4 (8/9 years old): Mr Nino Kokalj
Year 5 (9/10 years old): Mr Robert Blease
Year 6 (10/11 years old): Mr Chris Bishop
The UK National Curriculum Literacy and Numeracy Strategies at Key Stages 1 and 2 and the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) provides the framework of our Primary Section programme.
The International Primary Curriculum is structured in Units, each lasting five to six 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".
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 1800 schools in over 90 countries, including over 600 public primary schools in the UK, and the results have been outstanding (including the UK's top-ranking primary school). 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, 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 lunch break during which the children go outside to play when the weather permits and we do not normally set homework in the Primary Section. The last lesson of each day is set aside for Activities to offer enrichment beyond the curriculum.
Good manners and carefully-defined and consistently-applied standards are an important aspect of our approach in the Primary Section.
The Primary Section uniform consists of grey trousers, white shirt and the school's dark blue V-neck sweater or a hoodie. These are 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 is assured by a team of Coordinators for Numeracy, Literacy, IPC, ICT and PSHE across all Pre-School and Primary classes, and across all subjects by the Pre-School Coordinator and Head of Primary.