Music in the Primary School is a stimulating, practical subject giving a variety of opportunities for creativity, participation and skill development. The four key aspects are taught across all year groups.
- Listening –developing listening skills to identify high, low, loud, quiet, fast, slow, identifying different types of sounds and music from different ages and cultures.
- Singing – opportunities to sing and use their voices in different ways.
- Playing – using percussion instruments and keyboards/tuned percussion in a controlled way.
- Composing – creating their own music for a purpose, developing skills of discrimination and decision making and using musical notation,
The Primary School has a successful choir of over 50 members who perform throughout the year.The Y3 Training Choir develops the skills of listening, concentration and memory training.The Peripatetic Music Teachers also offer a valuable service providing individual teaching to pupils in piano, guitar, violin, drums and woodwind. Pupils may also have the chance to play in the Musical Morning at the end of the summer term or be part of the Primary Band.
Weekly class lessons in Drama help develop self-confidence, imagination, co-operation and concentration. Classes are fun with many different activities which not only enhance performance technique, but also teach students about social issues and conflicts from cultures, past and present. Through role-play, poems, stories, acting, public speaking and performing, Drama helps to improve expression of ideas. It also promotes voice projection, articulation, fluency, listening skills and with the use of movement in Drama activities, flexibility, co-ordination and balance.
All students at the Primary School are encouraged to participate in School Plays, Concerts and any form of Public Speaking. Our many talented pupils have been involved in productions such as; Aladdin, A Christmas Carol, The Wizard of Oz, Bugsy and many other performances.
The Lady Elizabeth School is proud to be associated with LAMDA (the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art). Pupils have the opportunity to take annual LAMDA examinations and the results are always excellent.
Weekly after School Performing Arts Classes take place and are enjoyed by children of all age groups.
ICT lessons in the Primary School are conducted in a fully equipped, purpose built Computer Suite with state of the art computers and large flat screen monitors. Basic ICT skills are taught from an early age. These skills are developed as the children advance in years and pupils are taught about the safe use of the internet websites and social networks.
At the Primary School we believe that Physical Education (PE), experienced in a safe and supportive environment, is a unique and vital contributor to a pupil’s physical development, well-being and long-term health. Much of our attention is paid to learning key fundamental movement skills (kicking, throwing, catching, running etc) through a play or movement exploration setting.
A broad and balanced PE curriculum is intended to provide pupils with increasing self-confidence in their ability to manage themselves and their bodies within a variety of movement situations.
We aim to provide all pupils with a minimum of 2 high quality PE/Swimming lessons a week. Games and Swimming are taught throughout the year while other core areas, such as Gymnastics, Athletics, and Dance are taught in half term blocks. In addition, we offer an array of after school activities (such as Karate, water-polo,ballet, football) for pupils to attend.
English as a Second Language
The ESOL classroom is always a hive of activity as it is such a rapidly growing department. The focus is on developing speaking and listening skills to enable students from such diverse cultural backgrounds to understand what is going on around them and give them the tools to achieve basic communication so they feel comfortable in their new school environment.
Drama activities such as role play and simulation constitute a major part of the ESOL lesson as well as games and songs which target specific language.
Our students undertake Cambridge Young Learners Exams which continually prove our tremendous success in English. These exams are a reliable consistent means of a child's progress in the four language skills. Tests are designed to make learning fun and children are encouraged by working towards certificates at three levels: Starters, Movers and Flyers.
In addition we also enter stronger pupils for KET (Level A2 in Common European Framework).
Primary School Spanish - MFL
“Learning a language enriches the curriculum. It provides excitement, enjoyment and challenge for children and teachers, helping to create enthusiastic learners and to develop positive attitudes to language learning throughout life”
At The Lady Elizabeth Primary School we believe that the learning of a second language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for pupils. It helps them to develop communication skills, including key skills of speaking and listening and extends their knowledge of how language works.
Learning another language gives children an additional perspective of the world, encouraging them to understand their own cultures and those others.
Aims and objectives of Spanish as a Modern Foreign Language at The Lady Elizabeth Primary School.
The aims of MFL Spanish Primary Language teaching at the Primary School are to:
• Foster an interest in language learning by introducing children to other languages in a way that is enjoyable and accessible to all pupils.
• Stimulate and encourage children’s curiosity about language and creativity in experimenting with it.
• Support numeracy and literacy, and, in particular, develop speaking and listening skills.
• Help children develop their awareness of cultural similarities and differences.
• Build students´ confidence through a wide range of speaking and listening contexts.
Academic Stages - Primary
What is the National Curriculum?
State Schools in England must teach a range of subjects according to targets set by the National Curriculum. This was established in 1989 to ensure the same standards of teaching and learning across the nation. Therefore, as a British School in Spain we follow the same guidelines and use the same guidance as the State Schools in England.
The National Curriculum covers learning for all children aged 5-16 in state schools, and sets out:
- Which subjects should be taught: Literacy, Mathematics, Science, ICT, MFL (Modern Foreign Language – Spanish), History, Geography, Art, Design Technology, Music and Physical Education. In addition we also offer Drama as a designated lesson and Spanish is also taught as a first language to native (and advanced) speakers. Where needed, English as a Foreign Language is also taught to our non-English students.
- The knowledge, skills and understanding your child should achieve in each subject (according to your child’s age).
- Targets - so teachers can measure how well your child is doing in each subject.
The Primary Curriculum is taught within 2 main Key stages:
- The first is Key Stage 1 – which relates to Years 1 and 2 (Ages 5-7)
- The second Is Key Stage 2 – which relates to Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 (Ages 7-11)
Our School also includes the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) - Pre-Nursery - Foundation 2 (Ages 2-5)
At The Lady Elizabeth Primary School we also work hard to enrich the curriculum in as many varied and creative ways as possible. We pride ourselves in giving our children the opportunities to experience and develop beyond the basic requirements set by The National Curriculum.
Many of our curriculum areas form the basis of the trips we take the children on – giving them opportunities to ‘see’ the subject in the real world; for example a trip to the L’Oceanografico supports the Science curriculum, whilst trips to the local farms and coastlines enrich the teaching of Geography. History trips include those to the chocolate factories whilst studying The Aztecs.
Our History curriculum is further supplemented by the inclusion of themed-based days: WWII, Greek Day (to allow Year 3 the chance to experience the Olympics) and a whole school History Day where the children experience History from eras different to those studied in the classroom.
The Music Department add to the enrichment of the curriculum by offering instrumental lessons and choir. Regular musical events are performed by the children which include, Musical Mornings and Choir performances. Musicians from the local area are invited to perform on a regular basis and the children truly enjoy listening to some first class entertainment.
Our curriculum also encourages the children to consider and support those less fortunate than themselves with many additional events taking place. Team spirit is developed by the House System and many charitable initiatives are organised to help to raise money for local charities and those further afield.
National Days, such as ‘El día de la Paz’, Constitution Day etc are acknowledged within the Spanish Department, encouraging the whole school body to embrace the country we live in.