British School Madrid
British School Madrid. The Primary department follows the British National Curriculum and all teachers are fully qualified and trained in the United Kingdom and have relevant experience. The curriculum is taught in English and the obligatory Spanish Studies are taught in the Spanish language each day. In addition, we follow all key principles of British education, while taking into account the richness of the environment and culture in Spain.
We believe that educating the child involves helping them to become independent learners who will learn in many contexts and not just at school. The partnership between home and school is fundamental to this belief.
Children learn best when they are active in their learning and where the activities suit their individual needs. Also, the children must want to learn and to do their best. We encourage them in many ways, including a system of rewards in the form of certificates, points and prizes.
In the British system, we differentiate the curriculum to cater for the different levels within any class. Specialist teachers and assistants give children support where they may have difficulty with some aspects of the curriculum. This may take place in the class or a group may be withdrawn to another room. Children who are exceeding their expected level are given extension work in class and sometimes groups are taken out of class to meet their needs for work at a higher level.
The three core subjects are mathematics, English language and science and, as we are a bicultural school, Spanish.
Pupils in Years 1-6 have literacy, numeracy and Spanish lessons every day, whilst science and the other subjects, art, physical education, music, citizenship and humanities, are taught at least once a week. Much of the curriculum is taught through themes, so that, where possible, links are made between the subjects. Each year group has a different theme each term, which ensures a broad and balanced curriculum with skills progression throughout the primary years. ICT is taught formally in Primary in an ICT suite where all the children have access to computers.
The effective assessment, recording and reporting of pupils´ progress and achievement is necessary for the continuity and progression of learning. Its success depends upon the use that is made of the information gathered. Assessment provides information, which is then used to plan future learning effectively.