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The Curriculum
The School caters for a range of nationalities and offers a Primary curriculum which facilitates mobility for those families moving internationally. Some of our students will stay with us throughout their school career. Others will join us for a short period and need a curriculum which will facilitate their move to another country. The UK National Numeracy and Literacy Strategies form the basis of the Mathematics and English programmes, modified to meet the needs of our international students. Both of these programmes include the systematic and progressive teaching of literacy and numeracy skills found in the majority of international teaching programmes. Indeed, the original UK programmes were designed following extensive studies of a range of successful international programmes.

The Curriculum
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Other subjects are delivered through the International Primary Curriculum, a cross-curricular, thematic curriculum validated by the University of Bath, England and taught in international schools across the world. Children learn best when they are highly motivated and interested, so topics are chosen which fire the imagination but which also enable teachers to develop a wide range of progressive skills across several subject areas.
The curriculum helps develop a growing understanding of the unique features of each subject (the independence of a subject), whilst also developing an understanding of how it links with understanding about other subjects (the inter-dependence of subjects within a curriculum). The IPC subjects for Primary are:

  • Art
  • Geography
  • History
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Science
  • Technology
At Junior level, we teach UK National Curriculum Science as a separate subject to prepare children for the Middle School Science programme. At Infant level, the skills are very similar in both programmes, and the integrated programme of the International Primary Curriculum best matches our topic-based approach.

In addition to teaching specific subject skills, the International Primary Curriculum teaches personal skills and emphasises the need for developing international understanding. As children progress through the school they begin to develop an understanding and appreciation of the similarities and differences between countries. Activities help them to focus on an understanding of their host country and their home country - a feature which introduces them to the range of experiences in any group of "international" children. A key feature of such developing internationalism is the need for children to have an understanding of his or her own culture (the "national") before they can fully develop an understanding of inter-nationalism.

Music is an important part of the school curriculum. In addition to specialist teaching for class Music, children can also participate in a range of specialist instrumental lessons. A charge is made for instrumental lessons.

French is taught in ability groupings from Y2 upwards. Reception and Year Classes are taught as a homogenous group, more appropriate to the specific needs of this age group. A beginner's group enables children new to France to learn about the language and culture of their new "host" country. The Intermediate group works at a faster pace with a greater emphasis on developing reading and writing skills. The advanced group shadows the French national programme, modified to the specific needs of an international school.

Physical Education is taught in French, where appropriate. From Year 1 upwards, use of the local swimming pool in Colomiers provides an opportunity for students to learn how to swim or to improve their swimming style. Other activities take place on the school site, with use of a school gym, hard courts and playing fields.

For students requiring additional English language support, the International Department provides support for students of English as a Second Language. For students requiring additional classroom support in leaning skills, the Learning Support Department provides assistance in diagnosing and supporting specific educational needs.