Why do we at Coruña British International School teach our pupils to think critically and why should you continue to do so at home?
Curriculum at Coruña British International School
Coruña British International School is the foremost British school in the city of A Coruña.Our students follow the prestigious English National Curriculum, not only because of its excellent academic reputation, but also because it provides a dynamic, innovative and constantly evolving educational model, with numerous opportunities for academic and personal development.
A multilingual education
Lessons are taught in English at all stages. Additionally our students also follow courses in Spanish from Reception class onwards and begin to learn Galician from Year 2. From Year 5, French is added, so that by the end of primary school, students are able to communicate in four different languages.
The English National Curriculum outlines a series of key academic and cognitive objectives for every stage of your child’s educational journey. The overall framework is divided into blocks known as Key Stages and student achievement at each Key Stage is evaluated through a mixture of classroom assessment and standardised tests, depending on the stage.
At secondary level our students will study for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) examinations at aged 16, and A-Level at aged 18. These are high-regarded, internationally-recognised qualifications, accepted at the best universities in the world.
Student assessment is ongoing and includes regular evaluations in reading, writing and comprehension, teacher evaluation and reporting, and SATs (Standard Assessment Tests). Using these assessment tools, we build an overall picture of each child’s progress. Structured, continuous assessment allows our teachers to adapt teaching and learning processes to suit the needs of each of our students and to maximise their academic potential.
English National Curriculum Key Stages explained
The British education system is divided into Key Stages with learning assessments at the end of each stage. These are:
- Early Years Foundation Stage (ages three to five)
- Key Stage 1: Primary Education Years 1 & 2 (ages five to seven)
- Key Stage 2: Primary Education Years 3 & 6 (ages seven to 11)
- Key Stage 3: Secondary Education Years 7 & 9 (ages 11 to 14)
- Key Stage 4: Secondary Education Years 10-11 (age 15 to 16), culminating in IGCSEs
- Sixth Form: Years 12-13 (ages 16 to 18), culminating in A-Level examinations
We are dedicated to ensuring that every student feels confident, positive and enthusiastic about learning.
Why do children and adults need boredom in their daily lives? Like any other emotion, yes, it is necessary, and we should learn to be bored much more. And we should also teach children to be bored.
To teach a foreign language you have to create an environment in which the linguistic immersion is similar to that of the native language. This is possible even if parents are not fluent in English by choosing a British school.