Welcome from the Head of Primary

Dear Students, Parents, Teachers and Prospective Parents,

Primary Education sets the foundation for an individual’s learning throughout life. Children develop quickly in their early years as they actively reach out to interact with other people and in the world around them. Within the Early Years Stage (two to five years) the children are given many opportunities to interact in positive relationships and enabling environments which foster the characteristics of effective learning through playing and exploring, active learning, creating and thinking critically. On reaching Reception, the children are able to adjust to the needs of more formal schooling, while still having plenty of opportunity to discover how the world works through play.

The wonderful Early Years environment is replicated in Key Stage One where children from five to seven years make huge strides in the learning process within a structured, colourful and stimulating environment. They are encouraged to be questioners, thinkers and explorers, reaching out to a world full of information, creativity, imagination and discoveries. They follow the English National Curriculum (also at Key Stage 2) and learn about the world through a set of subjects and topics, interlinking where possible, so that children make connections across their education.

Key Stage 2 (seven to eleven years) covers four years and during this time the children will deepen and extend their learning and push boundaries in knowledge and experiences. They are provided with opportunities to grow through their discoveries while discussing clear goals and expectations as active participants in their own learning.

The UK optional Standard Attainment Tests (SATs) are used at the end of KS1 and KS2 alongside teacher assessment and allow comparison between the academic achievements of our students and those in the UK.

Field trips are organised to link with the subjects and topics being undertaken at that time and these give opportunities to explore the wonders of Kampala and Uganda, enriching the curriculum taught in the classrooms and connecting children’s learning to the world outside. The Outdoor Education Programme in Key Stage 2 takes the children further afield and they are able to stay overnight at locations outside of the city and even in another country (Year 6).

The extensive after- school clubs programme allows the children to explore their passions and interests beyond the classroom, offering a range of sporting, creative and community linked activities, that make use of the excellent facilities the school has to offer and promoting a well balanced lifestyle.

Throughout the Primary School, children are encouraged to be inquisitive and reflective. We want our students to be good communicators and risk-takers within a safe, engaging and inspiring environment where academic standards are challenging and strong emphasis is placed on developing principled and open-minded students who are concerned about and care about the world and our natural environment.  Working as a team we are confident that students educated in our international setting will gain the knowledge, skills and understanding to contribute positively to their future communities.

Jude Payne
Head of Primary