Teaching hours per week:
Year Groups 1 – 4 have a total of 21 hours per week. A normal school day is therefore Monday to Thursday 8.45am to 14.30pm and Fridays 8.45am to 14.30pm.
For the academic year 2017-18, the pupils in Year Groups 1 and 2 are organised into two mixed age groups with a class teacher each.
Year Groups 3 and 4 share a classroom and a class teacher. The pupils in Year Groups 1 to 4 are given a weekly plan and homework plan every Monday. These contain information for pupils and parents/guardians about what the pupils are working on in School, as well as their homework for the week. Currently we are establishing Office 365 as our School Web portal and this information will also be uploaded onto this website when it is ready.
Once every term the pupils have a review with their class teacher. The review works as a conversation in which the pupil and the teacher together discuss the pupil’s work and well-being. In this way the pupil is monitored closely which again allows for individual adjustments. Twice a year we also invite parents/guardians to a development talk in which pupil, teacher and parents/guardians are present.
How do we work in Year Groups 1 and 2?
Year Groups 1 and 2 work closely together in the majority of subjects and activities. Most of the time there are two teachers present, which allows for more differentiated teaching.
How do we work in Year Groups 3 and 4?
The pupils in Year Groups 3 and 4 are each week given a work programme with tasks they have to do both at School and at home. This involves a large degree of responsibility and freedom of choice for the pupils when they have periods for individual work, and helps them to structure their own choices and their own time. The pupils are divided by year group in Norwegian and Mathematics.
How do we work independently and across the year groups?
From time to time the work will be an interdisciplinary thematic programme of study. We then want to develop the pupils’ creativity, wonder and curiosity through culture, literature, engagement and practical work. Some of these themes are explored in the individual classes, whilst others are explored across the year groups – and include the whole or part of the School.
The Teaching of English
The pupils in Year Groups 1 to 4 have a total of 2,5 hours of English per week. A native English speaker is the main teacher, but there will always be a Norwegian speaking teacher present to support the lessons.
The main aim for Year Group 1 is to introduce the pupils to the English language. Oral activities such as rhymes, jingles, games, songs and music are therefore central.
From Year Group 2 we start with more regular reading practice in English. We use the “Oxford Reading Tree” which offer differentiated reading for pupils at all levels.
From Year Group 3 we gradually work more with reading practice and also use “The Oxford Reading Tree”. The goal is that pupils will progress to free-reading further up the school.
We also introduce written English for the pupils in Year Groups 3 and 4. The aim is that the pupils will be able to write simple texts.
From Year Group 4 we also challenge the pupils more about the content that they write. All pupils in Year Groups 3 and 4 have weekly spelling tests. Pupils in Year Groups 3 and 4 are given the choice to sit the Cambridge ESOL KET examination if they are ready.
We emphasise making use of the great variety that exists in London. Therefore, we visit historic buildings, museums, art galleries, theatres and different religious communities as part of our education programme. We also hire instructors for different activities in physical education (PE), for instance tennis, cricket, rugby, football, climbing, swimming, street dance and fencing. In addition, the School organises activity days such as sports day, skating day, nature trail day and a Christmas workshop.