The primary formative years are set to achieve a secure level of functionality and effectiveness in the core skills which includes: reading, oral and written communication, enquiry and research, and dexterity with numbers. These are the important prime factors, without which further progress in the students learning can be inhibited. In addition, through topics, themes, projects and standardized internationally acceptable best practice of teaching and learning, the pupils also acquire knowledge, skills and understanding about their world. They are taught to inquire, use and apply skills learned and develop international mindedness as they explore the global perspectives of various aspect of their learning.
The Elementary Section of the Greensprings School runs the International Primary Curriculum. (IPC) The curriculum is a child centred and teacher friendly curriculum. It enable students to take responsibility for their learning by being involved in activities such as planning, researching, recording, interacting with teachers and other students, and assessing learning.
The IPC focuses on developing children’s learning through a structure based on learning goals which is made up of subject, personal and international goals. These goals are specific statements of what children should know, be able to do or develop an understanding of. The goals are attained as the students explore the IPC units of learning.
During the early years of elementary education, we seek to:
1. ensure that pupils receive optimum tuition in order to maximize attainment and enhance their general development.
2. emphasize the importance of developing the core skills in Literacy and Numeracy.
3. offer further specialist tuition, if needed, to pupils experiencing difficulties in achieving satisfactory performance levels.
4. provide a stimulating and enjoyable learning environment in which happiness and application flourish side by side.
5. advise, guide and train the child to develop appropriate behavioural skills at individual and group levels.
6. introduce another modern language, offering the challenge of learning a different form of communication.
7. offer the right challenges within a well-supervised and caring environment to enhance self-esteem and self confidence.
Senior Elementary (Y4-Y6)
Without losing sight of the initial objectives, the senior elementary stage extends the challenges offered. The curriculum becomes more specialized, with the addition of new knowledge and skill training as detailed below:
1. The emphasis on the core skills continues, but increasingly, these skills are used to seek out information and solve problems.
2. Specialist help also continues for those who have not yet achieved acceptable levels of skill.
3. The use of new technologies in science and Information and Communication Technology and development of practical skills through Arts and Craft, initiate the child into the modern world.
4. The levels of demand in terms of self-discipline and personal organization are raised and responsibilities are increased at both individual and group level.
5. Cultural and environmental studies advance knowledge of the world with various projects reinforcing the set learning goals.
6. A solid foundation is created at this level to ensure a smooth transition into the secondary school.