Primary

Introduction

In the Primary section we build on the skills that the children have developed in the Early Years Foundation Stage.  Our student:teacher ratios are maintained so that our highly qualified and enthusiastic teachers can develop the curriculum to ensure that the children’s learning is exciting, interesting and relevant.  With our all-inclusive teaching approach, we ensure that all children have full access to the curriculum.  Where children need additional support, this is provided to them through our personalized learning programme.

Emphasis is placed in ensuring core basic skills in English, Mathematics and Science are achieved such that they are also woven into our topical subjects – History and Geography.  At Braeburn Nanyuki we have a strong focus on the Creative Arts - Music, Drama, Art and Design Technology - developing the children’s natural artistic abilities and talents.  Modern language skills are another important part of our children’s learning process, and so consequently we teach the children French and Kiswahili as part of the curriculum. 

With our unique location at the foot of Mt Kenya, Braeburn Nanyuki is able to offer a broad Physical Education, inclusive of Outdoor Education, Dance and Gymnastics, as well as the more traditional team sports which are taught throughout the academic year.

In keeping with the Braeburn group ethos of internationalism, empathy, tolerance and diversity, our Religious Education and PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) programmes play a pivotal role, ensuring that our children become successful learners and responsible citizens of the world.

Curriculum

In Key Stage One (Year 1 and 2), phonics sessions continue. The child-led approach to lessons, gradually shifts over the course of Year 1 to become more teacher-led and children start to follow a timetable that includes an hour of English and Mathematics a day. Other subjects taught include Science, Computing, Topic (mainly covering History and Geography skills and knowledge), Physical Education, Music, Swimming, Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) and Art & Design Technology.

In Year 2 an introduction to French is added. Time is also allocated to Handwriting, Spelling, Guided and Independent Reading and Writing. Children continue through the reading scheme using Oxford Reading Tree resources supplemented with a banded book scheme and books from other reading schemes. Library sessions are once a week. Children begin to be set in English and Mathematics from Year 2. There are three groups, split between four teacher: Accelerated, Core (x 2) and Foundation.

In Key Stage Two (Year 3, 4, 5 and 6): In addition to Key Stage One subjects, a specialist teacher, teaches Drama. French classes are set from Year 4; there are three groups (two classes taught at a time): Accelerated, Core and Foundation.