KEY STAGE 1

The broad and balanced UK curriculum provides the basis for our curriculum at Key Stage 1 and ensures progression and continuity. We adopt a creative approach to curriculum delivery and believe that our cross-curricular approach helps children to make connections in their learning and makes their learning more relevant to their world. We recognise the technological world that our students are growing up in, so we are always building opportunities for ICT to be used and exploited across the curriculum. Even our youngest students are involved in researching, word-processing, making presentations, recording and filming.

Children at this age need to be active and so we adopt a “Hands-On and Practical” approach to learning. We learn using the indoor and outdoor environments within our school and, wherever possible, we use the wider local environment in activities such as the following: shopping trips to the local supermarket, landscape drawing, mapping or measuring in the surrounding area. Our children sing, paint, build, investigate, print, talk, role-play, dance, play games, explore and much much more!

Through this stimulating KS 1 curriculum, all children develop their knowledge and understanding and key skills across a broad curriculum that includes English, Maths, Science, ICT, History, Geography, Music, Drama, Art, Physical Education, Swimming and Mandarin. All children have lessons in Music and Physical Education taught by specialist teachers. After all this fun, challenge and great learning our children are now well prepared and motivated to move into the next phase of their education: Key Stage 2.

International Primary Curriculum (IPC)

Renaissance Primary delivers a quality learning and teaching programme using the National Curriculum for England and the International Primary Curriculum (IPC).

The IPC complements the core subjects of English and Mathematics which are taught in a discrete and cross-curricular manner. The IPC is a thematic-based programme that focuses on a combination of academic, personal, and international learning, with ‘innovative, exciting, engaging and real ways to learn’. Teaching and learning take place through cross-curricular themes, each one lasting approximately two to six weeks. The IPC seeks to meet our children’s different learning styles, engage multiple intelligences and to develop the important life-skills that will enable them to work independently or as part of a team.

The IPC provides clear learning goals to allow children to develop academically, socially, spiritually, emotionally and physically. The learning goals are divided into three areas:

Subject Goals: Science, Art, History, Geography, Society, Design Technology. Enhanced by Music, Physical Education, Vietnamese Language Culture, Mandarin and Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

Personal Goals: Enquiry, Adaptability, Resilience, Morality, Communication, Thoughtfulness, Cooperation, Respect.

International Goals: Knowledge and understanding of the host country, their own country and other countries. Understanding of the independence and interdependence of people, cultures and countries. The curriculum ensures all of our children enjoy success and provides them with the opportunity to develop the self-awareness, skills, knowledge and attitudes that can help them contribute to their community, both globally and locally, enabling them to make a positive difference in the world in which they live.

For further information on the IPC: http://www.internationalprimarycurriculum.com/