The National Curriculum for Primary is organised on Key Stages One and Two. At the end of each key stage, children’s performance is formally assessed to measure their progress.
Key Stage 1 | Ages 5-6
The National Curriculum sets out the learning and expectations for Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2). Students in Key Stage 1 enter the first stage of Primary school.
KS1 tasks and tests cover:
- Speaking and listening
English, Maths and Science are considered core subjects in Primary education, and as such they take up a substantial part of the children’s learning week.
Other subjects of the National Curriculum include: Computing, History, Geography, Art, Music and Physical Education.
In addition to this, the pupil’s of The British School in Year 1 have two lessons of Spanish each week and they start Catalan lessons in Year 2.
All subjects are taught through a thematic and creative approach. At The British School of Barcelona we believe that learning should be meaningful and we give children the opportunity to learn in a way that is familiar and relevant to their every-day lives.
Key Stage 2 | Ages 7-10
The National Curriculum sets out the learning and expectations for Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6). Key Stage 2 fits the later stage of Primary school.
All subjects are taught through a thematic and creative approach, using many different teaching strategies with the children working individually, co-operatively in small or large groups, and at times as a whole class. At The British School of Barcelona we believe that learning should be meaningful and we provide opportunities to promote pupils’ moral, social and cultural development.
At this stage pupils are encouraged to learn, practise, combine, develop and refine a wide range of skills in their work. There are six key skills which enable pupils to improve their learning and performance in education, work and life:
- Application of number
- Information Technology
- Working with others
- Improving own learning and performance
- Problem solving
We promote The British School of Barcelona pupils’ moral, social and cultural development through the Enrichment Programme in our English school, and with a wide range of after-school activities which provide additional opportunities for children to express and enjoy themselves at Primary school, not only academically, but also in sports, art and music.