List of Subjects
The oral language programme is designed to develop the children's competence, precision and confidence in speaking and listening and to enable them to express their ideas effectively in a variety of situations.
A strong emphasis is placed on reading, since good reading technique is essential for progress in all subject areas. We use a combination of sight reading and phonic methods, and individual reading assessment tests are administered on a yearly basis to ensure that each child is progressing at a satisfactory rate. The reading material covers a wide range of rich and stimulating texts, both fiction and non-fiction, so that the children will develop the ability to read, understand and respond to all types of writing and will learn information-retrieval skills for the purpose of study.
The children follow a structured programme of phonics and formal language (grammar, usage, spelling) and individual records are kept, ensuring that each child's progress is carefully monitored. Creative writing also forms an important part of the course and each child is encouraged to express himself freely and fluently in a wide variety of writing styles.
The programme covers all basic mathematical skills required at Primary
level i.e. addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, decimals,
fractions, percentages, ratios, proportions, estimation, time,
measurement, money, data handling, early algebra and geometry, and
includes problem solving at all levels.
It is carefully
structured and the children are regularly assessed to ensure that each
child's progress is satisfactory and up to standard. The instruction
aims at developing sound mathematical concepts by leading the child by
means of concrete operational stages through to full understanding.
The aim of the program is to encourage the development of specific
skills which will serve the children both in secondary level education
and for the rest of their lives. These skills will allow them to explore
and investigate the world around them, and to develop an understanding
of scientific phenomena and of procedures of scientific investigation.
They will learn to ask questions, predict and hypothesize, to observe,
measure and manipulate variables, to interpret their results and to
evaluate scientific evidence.
The content of the course covers life processes in humans, animals and
plants; the properties of materials both natural and man-made; Earth and
its atmosphere, including weather and the preservation of the
environment; and energy and forces, such as electricity and magnetism.
I.S. covers History, Geography and Technology and whenever possible, these subjects are linked to the Science theme being studied.
The History programme aims to develop a sense of chronology, to teach the children about changes in everyday life over long periods of time and to develop an awareness of the cultural heritage handed down to us from peoples of the past.
The Geography programme, in addition to knowledge of the earth and space covered by science, also covers mapwork skills in relation to Mauritius, Europe and the World.
The purpose of the Technology programme is to encourage the children's creative ability in the design of objects, structures, models or systems and to give them experience in generating their own ideas and solving their own problems either individually or in a group. This may be linked to work in Science, I.S., Art and Craft or Maths.
These subjects are often presented in project form. This gives the children the opportunity to practise their library and information-retrieval skills. It also encourages them to develop an enquiring mind and gives them confidence in their own ability to question, research, collect data and collate it into an organised and informative report.
The aim of the ICT programme is to ensure that children will be
thoroughly familiar with computers as users and will feel confident to
continue developing their knowledge and ability in this field. As well
as using the computer for research and educational games, pupils learn
the basics of simple programming, as well as how to use a word
processor, spreadsheet and database.
We capitalise on the fact that our children have the opportunity of
hearing and speaking French in Mauritius, and teach the language at a
higher level than would normally be covered by an English school. French is introduced in Levels 1 and 2 on an oral basis only. It is
taught more formally, as a second language, in Levels 3, 4, 5 and 6,
where the children learn to read and write as well as speak in French.
Classes are divided into core and extended groups to differentiate
between pupils who have little or no knowledge of French and those who
are already familiar with the language.
As an aid to the other academic subjects, Study Skills teaches pupils specific learning skills.
As well as covering library skills, information retrieval and
information presentation, the course also teaches study management and
revision methods. These tools enable pupils to become effective and
independent learners, ready to tackle the challenges of secondary
Drama lessons offer the children an enjoyable way of acquiring body
awareness and control, of developing fluency in speech, self-confidence
and self-discipline, while giving free rein to their imagination. The
activities include movement, mime and improvised plays, all of which are
based on the children's own interpretation of a theme.
At Christmas each year there is also a school production, based on a script, which includes every child in the school.
Singing, rhythm, simple percussion and music and movement are taught in
all classes. In addition, the children are introduced to a wide range of
Western musical styles, including classical, folk, popular, jazz, blues
and country and western as well as to music from non-Western cultures.
This is designed to extend the pupils' musical experience and knowledge
and to inculcate an appreciation of diverse musical genres.
The course also covers knowledge of the different musical instruments
forming part of the orchestra and of the lives of several famous
Art & Craft
Art & Craft is taught in all classes as a subject in its own right, and the children are introduced to a wide range of techniques and materials (e.g. painting, drawing, collage, weaving, modelling). It is also included as an integral part of other subject areas, particularly Science and Integrated Studies.
The emphasis is on developing the children’s own creative abilities through direct experience as well as on teaching them to appreciate art in a variety of genres and styles.
P.E. classes are held twice a week. The lessons cover athletic, dance,
games and gymnastic activities and are designed to involve the whole
body, maintain flexibility and develop strength and endurance.
As well as developing individual skills and coordination, the course
aims to teach the children to observe the conventions of fair play,
honest competition, and good sporting behaviour, to understand and cope
with a variety of outcomes including both success and failure, to
promote good team spirit and to develop leadership qualities. Sports
Day, in which all children participate, is held in June or July.
The purpose of Personal, Social & Health Education is to build a
sense of positive self-esteem that will help children thrive both in and
out of school. This is based on the belief that a positive self-concept
is the basic foundation on which to build trust, openness, co-operation
and sharing, which are essential ingredients in the teaching/learning
Both in the teachers' attitude during all classes and
in specific P.S.H.E. sessions, we aim to create an environment of mutual
support and caring, where each individual feels valued and free to
express his ideas openly, while showing the same respect to all other
members of the school.
The health component of the course teaches the children the basics of hygiene and how to take care of their bodies.