Our curriculum is based on the English National Curriculum which is highly regarded around the world for its rigour and quality.
Understanding the English National Curriculum
The National Curriculum of England is not designed to be a rigid plan for learning. On the contrary, there is a great deal of flexibility and freedom which will enable our teachers to organise teaching and learning we in ways which suit our international students: we will work with their strengths and support any learning difficulties. This flexibility is especially important for those of our students who will be learning English as an additional language. So, our curriculum in an enhanced and challenging one which is strongly based on the English National Curriculum, in which year groups are separated into different “key stages”, in which pupils learn the skills and knowledge which they need to take them to the next stage of their learning. We will adapt the curriculum to reflect our European context and the varied international culture which our pupils enjoy. The curriculum gives pupils the freedom to learn at the pace which is right for them, and one that gives them a solid foundation for learning, which will serve them well throughout their lives. Our curriculum focuses on helping pupils to become inspired and able learners, who are able to think independently and yet respect the views of others. We intend to give our pupils the confidence in their individual abilities and an appreciation of their place in a diverse, changing and exhilarating world. We aim to help our students to discover answers, uncover new perspectives and maintain the curiosity to find out more. The English National Curriculum supports these aims perfectly.
Here in Budapest, we value the language and culture of Hungary, so we will ensure that those students, whether Hungarian or not, who wish to study these subjects can do so.
We also wanted a curriculum which would be appropriate for international pupils who might only be in the school for a relatively short period of time. The subjects covered match those of virtually every other national curriculum. This ensures a smooth transition either into, or out of, the school. Our school currently offers Key Stages 1 and 2.
Key Stage Ages Years
Early Years 3 – 5 Nursery and Reception
Key Stage 1 6 – 7 1, 2
Key stage 2 7 – 11 3, 4, 5, 6
Key Stage 1.
Our aim is for children to enjoy their time at school and to develop knowledge, understanding and values in order to reach their full potential in all academic and social areas of school life. The work of each year group is guided by the appropriate level of the curriculum. Key Stage 1, which is broad and balanced. Subject areas include English Language, Mathematics, Science, Geography, History, Art, Music, Physical Education, a modern foreign language and Information technology.
In Language and Literacy we will provide a rich and stimulating environment in which children find interest and pleasure in communicating in English. They will be offered many opportunities and experiences to develop their ability to read with fluency, accuracy, understanding and enjoyment. The developing of handwriting skills forms an important part of this work.
In Mathematics and Science we will develop a knowledge and understanding of the role of these subjects in everyday life. Our pupils will be encouraged to relate their Mathematics and Science work to other areas of the curriculum and the skills and attitudes acquired are important components of cross curricular work.
Key Stage 2.
In Key Stage 2 we will encourage pupils to be academically inquisitive and to take responsibility and initiative. They will study the same subjects as at Key Stage 1. For some of the week they will be studied as separate subjects, and for other parts of the week, they will be incorporated into cross-curricular based investigations. This approach encourages children to use a variety of skills. We will place an emphasis on active investigative methods which encourages independent learning, whilst ensuring that the important requirements of the National Curriculum are covered.
What we study with our pupils is aimed at supporting the following four areas of achievement:
1. That our pupils can express themselves in both the spoken and written word and understand and remember facts accurately.
2. That our pupils can apply their knowledge when carrying out practical or problem solving activities
3. That our pupils develop personal and social skills, such as being able to work with other children and, when appropriate, take on leadership roles.
4. That our pupils develop self-confidence and self-discipline and the commitment to learn and persevere with a task even when the task seems to be extremely difficult.
Our extra-curricular programme will offer a wide range of opportunities in which our pupils can develop other skills and interests, whilst increasing their self-esteem and confidence. We aim to provide a wide variety of activities which will stimulate interest and provide a balance to a pupil’s everyday life. We particularly want to provide a programme for the individual and collective development of the creative and performing arts, encouraging participation and involvement at all levels of ability as well as absolute excellence at the higher end of the ability range. To support this we will establish partnerships with talented, creative people from Budapest which will further help to bring the arts into the school.