Year Groups 1 – 4

Teaching hours per week:

Year Groups 1 - 4 have a total of 22,5 hours per week. A normal school day is therefore Monday to Friday from 8.45am to 2.30pm.

Organisational structure:

For the academic year 2013-14, the pupils in Year Groups 1 and 2 are organised into two mixed age groups with a class teacher each.

Year Groups 3 and 4 share a classroom and a class teacher. The pupils in Year Groups 1 to 4 are given a weekly plan and homework plan every Monday. These contain information for pupils and parents/guardians about what the pupils are working on in School, as well as their homework for the week. This information will also be uploaded onto the School web portal, Fronter.

Once every six months the pupils have a review with their class teacher. The review works as a conversation in which the pupil and the teacher together discuss the pupil’s work and well-being. In this way the pupil is monitored closely which again allows for individual adjustments. Twice a year we also invite parents/guardians to a development talk in which pupil, teacher and parents/guardians are present.

How do we work in Year Groups 1 and 2?

Year Groups 1 and 2 work closely together in the majority of subjects and activities. The pupils are taught in their year groups for Norwegian and mathematics. The pupils are also outside quite a bit, including a day once a week which is set aside for an outing. The programme is then either free play, physical education (PE) or practical tasks relating to for example, science. The group is divided for Norwegian and mathematics. Most of the time there are two teachers present, which allows for more differentiated teaching.

How do we work in Year Groups 3 and 4?

The pupils in Year Groups 3 and 4 are each week given a work programme with tasks they have to do both at School and at home. This involves a large degree of responsibility and freedom of choice for the pupils when they have periods for individual work, and helps them to structure their own choices and their own time.

How do we work independently and across the year groups?

From time to time the work will be an interdisciplinary thematic programme of study. We then want to develop the pupils’ creativity, wonder and curiosity through culture, literature, engagement and practical work. Some of these themes are explored in the individual classes, whilst others are explored across the year groups – and include the whole or part of the School.

The teaching of English

The pupils in Year Groups 1 to 4 have a total of 2,5 hours of English per week. A native English speaker teaches, but there will always be a Norwegian-speaking support teacher present to ensure that everybody benefits from the teaching.

The main aim for Year Group 1 is to introduce the pupils to the English language. Oral activities such as rhymes, jingles, games, song and music are therefore central.

From Year Group 2 we start with more regular reading practice in English. We use the “Oxford Reading Tree” which offer differentiated reading for pupils at all levels.

From Year Group 3 we gradually work more with reading practice and also here use “the Oxford Reading Tree”. The aim is that during Year Groups 5 to 7 most of the pupils will have “grown out of” this and gradually start reading normal English books.

We also introduce written English for the pupils in Year Groups 3 and 4. The aim is that the pupils will be able to write simple texts.

From Year Group 4 we also challenge the pupils more about the content they write. All the pupils in Year Groups 3 and 4 have weekly spelling tests. The aim with these is to practise spelling and vocabulary in English. The pupils in Year Group 4 may sit the PET/KET exams if they should so wish.

In addition, the pupils are also taught arts and crafts in English, and from time to time external instructors are brought in to teach physical education (PE), amongst other things. Also in these subjects there will be a Norwegian-speaking support teacher present to ensure that all pupils benefit from the teaching.

Excursions/Activities

We emphasise making use of the great variety that exists in London. Therefore, we visit amongst other things historic buildings, museums, art galleries, theatres and different religious communities as part of the education. We also hire instructors for different activities in physical education (PE), for instance climbing, swimming, street dance and fencing. Previously there have also been activities such as tennis, cricket, rugby and football. In addition, the School organises every year activity days such as for example a skating day, nature trail day, Christmas workshop and carnival.