The Primary School at Traill International School follows the National Curriculum Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.
Literacy and Numeracy lessons are planned using the new Frameworks. The foundation subjects are taught in a cross curricular way wherever possible following the National Curriculum schemes of work. The children are taught in single age classes.
Attainment has a high priority and is achieved through highly qualified staff trained to teach the National Curriculum, whilst maintaining a child-centred approach. We plan lessons rigorously and each includes learning objectives which may be skills or knowledge based. We plan lessons to accommodate different learning abilities and prior learning. We work with the children individually to set targets. Your children will always be aware of the next steps in his or her learning. We teach independent learning skills to prepare them for life-long learning.
ICT is a vital area of the curriculum. All children have access to the ICT suites and interactive whiteboards. We use these tools to enhance teaching and learning, to motivate and develop children’s ICT skills.
The progress your children make is monitored carefully by the teacher through ongoing teacher assessments and end-of-term assessments. We expect all children to attain a certain level by the end of each year. Progress is tracked carefully to ensure this will be maintained. Key Stage 1 children take SATS at the end of Year 2. All children take optional SATS at the end of the academic year to give a standardised indicator of progress. Key stage 2 SATS are taken at the end of Year 6.
We offer specialist teaching wherever possible, including in PE, Mandarin, Japanese, French and Thai Language and Culture. We also offer an extensive program of extra-curricular activities. These include: taekwondo, muay thai, hip hop and jazz dance, football, badminton, table tennis, golf, mosaic, origami and swimming.
Successful children are happy confident children. Fundamental to this is the partnership between parent and school. You are warmly welcomed to participate in celebration assemblies, sports days, the parent and teacher association, open days and workshops. You are welcome to speak to staff about any issues.
The skills children acquire during Early Years lay the foundations for future learning. It is vital for children to have a wide range of experiences, enjoy their learning and feel confident and happy in their relationships with others. In the Kindergarten and Foundation Stages we follow the Early Learning goals, as implemented by schools in the UK. Learning is divided into six key areas:
- Personal, social and emotional development – to nurture self confidence, self esteem, and self discipline, encouraging personal qualities and helpfulness
- Mathematical development
- Knowledge and understanding of the world – to encourage cognitive development, skills and concepts in all areas of the curriculum
- Physical development – to develop body control and manipulative skills
- Creative development – to encourage creativity and self expression through art, music and drama
- Communication – nurturing social development, participation, sharing and considering the needs of others
Key Stages 1 and 2
Key Stage 1 builds upon the experiences of the Foundation Stage. Learning continues to be meaningful, stimulating and fun. There is a gradual move from learning through play to the more formal methods of teaching and learning throughout years one and two. Your children will develop their skills in Literacy and Numeracy and gain a more detailed understanding of the world around them. In year 2, children take the Key Stage 1 SATS tests.
In Key Stage 2 we plan our curriculum following the Literacy and Numeracy frameworks and the National Curriculum schemes of work.
Numeracy Lessons include: mental calculations, written methods, practical applications, investigations and problem solving activities.
Literacy Lessons include: speaking and listening, reading, writing, spelling and handwriting.