Year Groups 5 to 7

Teaching per week:

Year Groups 5 to 7 have in total 24,5 hours per week. The school day is from 8.45 am to 2.30pm or 3.30pm. The pupils are offered homework help.

Practical organisation:

The pupils in Year Groups 5 to 7 share a classroom and a class teacher.

Every autumn and spring a theme plan is produced. Here the pupils and the parents/guardians receive information about what we are going to work with in the different periods. The theme plan is broken down into a weekly plan which is given to the pupils every Monday. These weekly plans have three different levels of difficulty; blue, yellow and red. Everyone has to finish all the blue exercises by Friday. The yellow and the red ones are more demanding and provide each pupil with more differentiated teaching. The red exercises are mainly problem solving ones and make the pupil use sources other than the textbooks.

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

How do we work?

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 have extended English teaching in Year Groups 5 to 7. The Year Groups have two teachers of English; one native Norwegian-speaker and one native English-speaker. This is to ensure that everyone benefits from the teaching. In addition to the lessons in the subject, the pupils have either KET, PET, FCE or CAE courses every week. This is a preparation for external exams prepared for foreign students by the University of Cambridge. These exams reflect the pupils’ ability to express themselves in daily life in their second language. The exam is voluntary. We also work with reading practice in the lessons. We use “the Oxford Reading Tree” which offers differentiated books for pupils at different levels. The pupils who have “grown out of” these will have help to find English-language books at their level in the School’s library. All the pupils in these Year Groups have weekly spelling tests where the aim is to improve spelling and increase their vocabulary in English. In addition, the pupils are taught arts and crafts in English. Sometimes English is used in other subjects and topics. In these subjects there will also be a native Norwegian-language teacher present to ensure that all the pupils benefit from the teaching.

Foreign languages

From the academic year 2011-2012 foreign languages have been introduced for all pupils in Year Groups 5 to 7. The pupils have two hours of teaching every week. A teaching plan has been developed and is available on the website of the Directorate for Education and Training. The School has offered French, Spanish and German depending on teachers available.

Excursions/Activities

We attach importance to 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.

Every autumn the pupils in Year Groups 5 to 7 go to PGL activity camp in the South of England. This is an important part of merging old and new students and to create sturdy bonds between them as early as possible. Here the pupils are challenged both physically and mentally and social activities in the evenings are emphasised.

In addition, every year the School organises activity days such as for example a skating day, nature day, Christmas workshop and carnival.