A curriculum to provide multicultural, multilingual, European education with a specialism in Science
All Primary School pupils, from entry into the school, learn and are taught through two languages, with half the week spent in English and the other half in either French or German (or Spanish for Reception, Yr 1 and year 2 in 2017). Teachers and Teaching Assistants are generally bilingual themselves, but in class an immersion method is adopted favouring all communication in the language of the day.
The Europa School UK is an Accredited European School. This allows us to offer the European Baccalaureate as a school leaving qualification at the end of Secondary School and more generally to follow in the footsteps of the outstanding European School of Culham, which is being phased out between now and July 2017. Please read the document provided by the Department for Education for more information on the European Baccalaureate: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/information-on-the-european-baccalaureate
As a Free School we are subject to OFSTED inspection. As an Accredited European School we are also subject to European School inspection. Our curriculum offer is based on that of the European Schools, augmented to match statutory requirements within the UK state system.
When referring to European School Curriculum documents, please note that Primary 1 of the European Schools is targeted for pupils on average 8 months older than those in Year 1 of the Europa School. In general we align our Year 2 on the Primary 1 programme, but make allowances for the small age difference by bringing forward some topics. This is illustrated by the following comparison:
Out of respect for European School copyright, links are provided to the relevant documents on their site.
Reception, Years 1 to 6 Core requirements
To learn to read, all pupils follow the Letters and Sounds Scheme to meet the requirements of the DfE synthetic phonics programme. The compulsory Phonics screening test is conducted in Year 1 and followed up as required in Years 2 and 3.
Most pupils in their first year at the Europa School are developing communication skills in a new language and applying them to learning across the curriculum. This gives context and motivation for their language acquisition. Over time, the benefits of our multilingual approach will be felt in all areas of learning as pupils draw on the necessary cognitive skills.
The Letters and Sounds Scheme is supplemented by material from Phonics Bug, which is made available electronically to parents.
In common with all English state funded schools, we are required to follow the locally agreed syllabus for Religious Education. We will do so with respect to the many traditions and beliefs, religious or other, present in our community and we would like all pupils to participate. If you feel strongly that you cannot consent to your child following the programme please contact the school to make suitable arrangements.
Years 1 to 6 Primary
For some language work, the programme is simplified to that of Second Language programmes
For music, we make use of the county council’s music service. Our year 3 has violin lessons for a year, which can be continued on an individual basis the following years.
For ICT we start the basics of programming in Year 4, which we continue in Year 5 and 6. Some is taught with the help of scratch, and some with the online courses provided by code.org
The Oxfordshire County Music Service offer lessons on a range of instruments and ensembles. Follow this link to their website for more information and an online application: www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/musicinterest
Pupils normally enter the secondary school in the school year following their 11th birthday.
Europa School follows the contents of the European Schools, but at the request of the Department for Education that funds us, we provide all sciences and maths in English. The second language (German or French) is studied to attain near native level (at least C1 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages), and both history and geography are taught in this second language.
The seven years of secondary education are organised in the following way:
for the first three years, pupils follow a common curriculum, in what is known as the observation cycle.
some optional subjects
All pupils will begin to study a second foreign language (L3) from secondary year 1 onwards.
In secondary year 2, Latin is offered as an option. In secondary year 3, pupils who chose Latin in year 2 continue to study it. For the other pupils, continuing ICT is offered as an option.
In years 4 and 5, the pre-orientation cycle, science remains compulsory and is subdivided into physics, chemistry and biology, and pupils may choose between the advanced or the normal course in mathematics. Additional options include economics and a third foreign language.
Years 6 and 7 form the orientation cycle and is the course of the European Baccalaureate.
Although there is a core of compulsory subjects, including English L1, Language 2, mathematics, a science, philosophy, physical education, history and geography, students have a wide range of further options and may choose to short or long courses in various subjects or to take some at advanced level. Some options are only run with a minimum amount of pupils choosing them.
The curriculum offers pupils a wide range of subjects, giving them a broad education and more time to reflect on what they wish to do with their lives. In addition to the compulsory subjects, music and art are available at all levels, compulsory in the first three years.
The programmes of study of the European Schools are available in full at https://www.eursc.eu/en/European-Schools/studies/syllabuses