"In your light we see light." Psalm 36:9
helping parents nurture children in excellence and truth for Christ
Our small classes, flexible courses, and biblically shaped school life enable us to fulfil our commitment to helping you nurture your children in excellence and truth for Christ.
Small, Nurturing Classes
Junior primary students are taught in a class with a 25 pupil maximum, and with small break-off groups as needed. For most lessons there are fewer than 20 children in the class.
Learning is adjusted to individual maturity and ability. With a multi-grade home class group, children are taught at their level for each subject ~ and at different levels for different subjects if appropriate.
Our attractive, modern, computer-equipped classrooms ensure children are taught in a supportive environment with ready access to everything needed. Children are seated at desks and in chairs matched to their size for ergonomic safety.
We use our own curriculum, shaped by over 20 years of experience in Christian schooling, and reviewed continuously to ensure it keeps pace with the rapidly changing world in which God has placed these children. To ensure we provide modern, world-class courses and meet the best possible standards we use the Cambridge Primary Curriculum as a benchmark and the Cambridge achievement and progression tests to monitor and report on children's learning.
A Curriculum that Works
We are committed to a structured, progressive, content-rich approach to teaching. We believe God has entrusted us with a heritage of knowledge and skill to pass on to children instead of, as in many modern approaches to teaching, leaving children to "discover" or "create" knowledge from their own inexperience. As a result children do learn! For example:
In Junior Primary we give children a head start in the basics that form a foundation for learning, while encouraging them to delight in the diversity of creation.
They learn to read, do real maths, and explore the wonder and diversity of the world in which God has placed them.
Using phonics, 5 year-olds normally learn to read to a tested 8 year reading level in their first year at school
Children succeed at the four rules of arithmetic (while their peers in some schools “explore number and shapes” but can’t add and subtract)
Children are taught how to write stories that tell a story because their ideas are given order and structure, and they learn how to spell accurately, use good grammar, and present work in attractive hand-writing
In Bible children at all levels learn how their daily work relates to what God tells us, how he sustains what he has created, and what he wants
In art children are given the skills and techniques to make good works of art: none are abandoned to undirected "exploration" that so often destroys children's confidence. They are shown how to shape their own aesthetic values by looking at the works of artist through the ages within the context of those artists' world-and-life views.
At the core of the Junior Primary Curriculum is the orderly teaching of Bible, Written English (encompassing composition, grammar and handwriting), Spelling, Oral English, Reading and Maths. This foundation is extended to include Computing (including Cambridge ICT Starters), Science, History, Geography, Physical Care, Art and Music for all children.
Working With Parents
We believe our role is to help parents, not take over from them. That means we keep parents fully informed about their children's schooling, and are open to parents' insights and advice. To ensure the best possible communication:
Children take home each day a log book (their "Course Record") which indicates what has happened during the day, lists home work requirements, and provides space for feedback between home and school
Regular tests (weekly in some subjects) are used to monitor children's learning: all marked tests are shown to parents
When Cambridge Achievement Tests are given, parents receive the same data teachers receive: an analytical report on their child's knowledge and skill
All class work is shared with parents, with a roster that ensures you see every exercise book at least once a term
Written reports based on objective evaluation of learning and progress are issued twice a year
Parents are always welcome in the school (by appointment please if you need to talk to a staff member), and we schedule two interviews with parents a year to ensure communication is clear and constructive
A Head Start in the Basics