There is a palpable buzz right across the Infant and Junior Schools – it is wonderful to see what these young minds and bodies can achieve in such a stimulating and enriching environment. Our young learners bounce into school and have wonderful days.
The benefits of being part of a whole school campus are clear with access to stunning facilities, including our 25 metre pool, full size AstroTurf and two theatres.
Our Infant and Junior School pupils follow the Primary Years Programme (PYP) which encourages children to ask questions, explore, inquire and communicate. In combination with the rich variety of sport, activity and creativity at Rossall, it is a compelling mix – our young learners are always busy and abuzz!
The PYP is an international curriculum framework designed for young learners aged 3 – 11 years old. Over 450 schools world wide are currently authorised to teach this programme, which is developed and regulated by the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO).
The PYP is an education-for-life programme designed to foster the development of the whole child, not just in the classroom but also through all means of learning. The programme focuses not only on academic development but also on social, physical, emotional and cultural needs.
Your son or daughter is taught through an inquiry based curriculum, carefully planned in accordance with the IBO’s guidelines. The PYP requires teachers to collaboratively plan units of inquiry for each age group around six important themes.
These transdisciplinary themes are: -
i. Who we are.
ii. Where we are in place and time
iii. How we express ourselves.
iv. How the world works
v. How we organise ourselves.
vi. Sharing the planet.
The role of subject based skills and knowledge is recognised as being an important part of the curriculum. Science, History, Geography, Religious Studies (RS) and Personal, Social(+ Health) Education PSHE work is carefully integrated into units of inquiry.
In addition, whenever there is an authentic and purposeful reason for including other subject areas such as English, Maths, Art or Music into the units of inquiry, this will be carefully divided between the different aspects of the curriculum. If there is no authentic connection between the subject areas and the unit of inquiry, then those subjects will be taught as “stand alone” subjects. Specialist teaching areas are available for Art and Technology, Music and ICT and the well stocked libraries are a treasure trove of inspiration for readers at all ages and stages.
Mandarin is taught from Reception class through to Year 6 as the continuous foreign language provision.