Teaching per week:
Year Groups 5 to 7 have in total 23,5 hours per week. The school day is from 8.45 am to 1.30 pm on Mondays, 8.45 am to 3.30pm Tuesday to Thursday and 8.45 am to 2.30 pm on Friday. The pupils are offered Homework Club (Leksehjelp) and an extra hour of physical activity a week.
The pupils in Year Groups 5 to 7 share a classroom and a class teacher.
Every autumn and spring a theme plan is produced. Here the pupils and the parents/guardians receive information about what we are going to work with in the different periods. The theme plan is broken down into a weekly plan.
Every term the pupils have a review with their class teacher. The review works as a pupil conversation where the pupil and the teacher together discuss the pupil’s work and well being. In this way the pupil is monitored closely which again provides for individual adjustments. Twice a year we also invite parents/guardians to a development talk where pupil, teacher and parents/guardians are present.
How do we work?
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 have extended English teaching in Year Groups 5 to 7. The Year Groups have two teachers of English; one native Norwegian-speaker and one native English-speaker. In addition, pupils have a lesson of Cambridge ESOL English (KET, PET or FCE) every week. This is in preparation for external exams offered by the University of Cambridge. These exams reflect the pupils’ ability to express themselves in daily life in their second language. The exam is voluntary.
We also work with reading practice in the lessons. We use “the Oxford Reading Tree” which offers differentiated reading books for pupils at different levels, leading to free-reading. All the pupils in these Year Groups have weekly spelling tests. Sometimes English is used in other subjects and topics. In these subjects there will also be a native Norwegian-language teacher present.
From the academic year 2016-2017 foreign languages have been introduced for all pupils in Year Groups 5 to 7. The pupils have one hour of teaching every week. A teaching plan has been developed and is available on the website of the Directorate for Education and Training. The School offers Spanish and German.
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.
Every autumn the pupils in Year Groups 5 to 7 go to PGL activity camp in the South of England. This is an important part of mixing old and new students and to create sturdy bonds between them as early as possible in the school year. Here the pupils are challenged both physically and mentally and social activities in the evenings are emphasised.