Subjects

All core subjects are taught by the classroom teacher.

To further enrich the curriculum and enhance the teaching, IPS offers a number of subjects within the school day that are taught by specialist teachers. Most involve the whole class but some only involve children who require individual attention.

  

Sciences:

  • Mathematics

Mathematics is an essential tool for everyday life and is taught in context or as a specific subject in all classes.

Our Mathematics Policy  should be read in conjunction with the Topic webs for each class. 

Additional link: The Progression in Calculations Booklet was developed to give you a small overview of how mathematics is taught at IPS and was used during a recent parent information evening.

  •   Science

Science will be taught through an investigative ‘hands on’ approach in order that pupils will understand concepts based on first hand experience, as far as possible.

Links: Science Policy

  • Design Technology

We believe that the study of Design and Technology prepares students to meet the needs of a rapidly changing society, stimulates originality and encourages a practical capability in design and making.

Links: Design Technology Policy

  • Computing

 Age appropriate ICT skills are taught explicitly in all classes. ICT is also used to support other subjects across the curriculum. Laptops and electronic whiteboards are used by all classes for this purpose and a specialist ICT assistant works alongside the classroom teachers to ensure high quality provision.

 Links: Computing Policye-safety Policye-safety tips for parentsonline safety for under fivesonline safety for primary school childrentips to help keep your child safe onlineIPS internet safety rules FS & KS1IPS internet safety rules for KS2

 

Languages:

  • English

The English language permeates all aspects of school life at IPS. Skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening will be promoted and taught in all classes.

Links: Writing Policy / Reading Policy / Spoken Language Policy /  Reading information for parents  Sara & Andre - English

  • Portuguese

Portuguese at IPS is best explained through our Guide for Parents and our Portuguese Policy. Please click on the links to understand more.  

Links: Guide for Parents / Portuguese Policy

  • English as an additional language (EAL)

Children do not have to speak English before they are accepted at IPS as many have a home language other than English. At IPS we value this linguistic diversity and provide opportunities for children to develop and use their home language in their play and learning. Children may spend a long time listening before they speak English and will often be able to understand much of what they hear and respond accordingly, long before they verbalise their ‘new’ language. In the Nursery class, children learn English through “full emersion” in an English environment. For Children in Reception to Year 6 who do not have sufficient English to fully access the curriculum, formal small group / individual lessons are offered with an EAL teacher.

Links: EAL Policy

A comprehensive Dutch programme is offered to all children who have at least one Dutch or Flemish speaking Parent. (NTC2) Supported but sadly as from 2014, not overseen, inspected and subsidised by the NOB, lessons are offered during the school day for a minimum of 3 hours per week. Children are grouped into equal ability groups but parents should understand that their children will miss some British curriculum lessons in order to accommodate these Dutch lessons.

The school can prepare children for the C.I.T.O. tests.

Link: SchoolplanSchoolgids

 

  • Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)

At IPS, Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Citizenship enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. Pupils’ personal, social and emotional development is encouraged by our supportive school ethos, where all are valued and encouraged, positive relationships are seen as important, and there is a safe and secure school environment which is conducive to teaching and learning.

Links: PSHE Policy /  Sex and Relationship Education

 

Humanities:

  • History

We believe that the study of history will provoke curiosity about the past and how it influences the present. Pupils will develop a chronological framework for their knowledge of significant events and people from the past. They see the diversity of human experience, find evidence, evaluate and reach their own conclusions.

Links: History Policy

  • Geography

We believe that the study of geography provokes questions and gives answers that help children make sense of their surroundings and the wider world. They develop knowledge of places and environments, locally and throughout the world. Geography inspires them to think about their own place in the world, their values, their rights and their responsibilities to other people and the environment.

Links: Geography Policy

 

Arts:

  • Music

The creative nature of music is explored through singing and instrumental work to develop a love and appreciation of this subject. A specialist music teacher works with all classes, Nursery to Year 6. Private lessons in a variety of instruments can be arranged through the school.

Links: Music Policy

  • Art and Design

There are currently two specialist Art teachers working with pupils in Reception to Year 6. Children are introduced to a wide variety of techniques and materials, and are encouraged to be creative and experimental with their work. They are also given the opportunity to study and appreciate the works of well-known artists. 

Very much a cross-curricular subject at IPS, Art is used to support other areas of learning.

As well as displaying work within the school, exhibitions are occasionally arranged so that children have the satisfaction of their artwork being admired by a wider audience. 

Links: Art Policy

 

Additional areas:

  • Physical Education (PE) 

Physical Education is taught to all children as an essential part of the curriculum. The PE programme consists of athletics, gymnastics and team games. Physical education also aims to promote a “healthy lifestyle” attitude for children.

IPS participates in inter-school matches and sports festivals both locally and further afield.

Links: Physical Education Policy.

  • Learning Support

IPS has high expectations for all its children and with the help of specialist teachers children are able to perform to the best of their ability, whether needing support or extension. Through a carefully considered timetable agreed upon by the classroom teacher and the Learning Support teacher, children receive small group or individual tuition to support their specific needs.

IPS has good contacts with educational psychologists and speech therapists who can be called upon to offer professional advice and help.

Links: Learning Support Policy