The broad and balanced UK curriculum provides the basis for our formal curriculum at Key Stage 2 and ensures progression and continuity. We adopt a creative approach to curriculum delivery, combining subject teaching and cross-curricular approaches, ensuring relevance but also academic rigour. 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. students research, record and edit, build their own websites, make short films and animation, and create dynamic interactive displays and presentations.
Personal and social skills continue to be a focus, so we give students the chance to lead and manage groups, run class meetings, give presentations, plan investigations and use their initiative.
Students at this stage are challenged to become more actively involved in their own learning and will experience a wide range of teaching styles and activities. They may spend “a day in the life of a famous person in history” or design, build and explore the properties of a parachute. Science investigations use specialist equipment and may take place in specialist science labs, while our budding poets and authors may enter local and international competitions or publish their writing on international websites. We also exploit the local area, arranging educational visits and workshops and inviting guest speakers and artists form all disciplines to work with our students.
Through this stimulating KS 2 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 and Physical Education, Mandarin or French and Vietnamese. All children have lessons in Music and Physical Education taught by specialist teachers.
Our students make excellent academic progress but also have the chance to develop their personal, emotional, creative and physical skills through our extensive sports, arts, music, student councils, educational visits and residential programmes. By the end of Key Stage 2, our students are well prepared, both academically and emotionally.
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 or French 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/