Europa School UK – Primary Curriculum
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, German, or Spanish. We call these languages our Stream languages.
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 has the International Baccalaureate as an end-qualification, not A-levels.
As a Free School we are subject to OFSTED inspections. Our curriculum offer covers all statutory requirements within the UK state system but is augmented by the immersion teaching in the stream languages and the teaching of the curriculum though them.
Primary Curriculum Plans
Reception, Years 1 to 6 Core requirements
In Reception, our children learn the to adjust to the primary routine of spending half the week in English and the other half in their stream language. Learning to be part of the school and a curriculum based on the Early years Foundation Framework EYFS
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.
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.
The Letters and Sounds Scheme is supplemented by material from Phonics Bug, which is made available electronically to parents.
The English Language I syllabus sets high expectations of what children at Europa School UK should achieve. Full account is taken of the spectrum of needs across classes. Flexibility is built in to enable teachers to scroll forward and back across strands to ensure that planning takes full account of the differing starting points involved in learning for groups of pupils, including EAL students. By the end of Primary, children are fully equipped to meet the demands of the Language and Literature subject group of the middle years programme of the secondary Europa School curriculum.
Please see the curriculum here
The UK national curriculum for all Primary aged pupils is delivered across the week across the two languages taught in each class. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-primary-curriculum
This curriculum is enhanced by the advanced language learning and use of other national curricula.
Our mathematics teaching is enhanced by stream language textbooks and workbooks. Click here for more information
In most classes we teach mathematics, science humanities and practical subject through English and Stream language. In P6 we teach science through English and the humanities (History and Geography) through the stream languages in preparation for transition to the secondary school.
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.
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 5, which we continue in Year 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