The Curriculum at Ambrosoli

Empowering pupils to become confident, compassionate and internationally minded learners.

English: At Ambrosoli we believe in developing children’s listening, speaking, reading and writing for a wide range of purposes. Through a strong and cohesive curriculum we encourage children to express themselves creatively and imaginatively as they become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama, as well as of nonfiction and media texts. Children gain an understanding of how language works by looking at its patterns, structures and origins. We give our students opportunities to use their knowledge, skills and understanding in speaking and writing across a range of different situations.

The National Curriculum for England is used as the core of our English programme. To deliver this we use Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar alongside additional literacy and phonic resources throughout the school.  We use Big Writing sessions incorporating VCOP activities (vocabulary, connectives, openers and punctuation) and use guided reading to develop reading skills and promote a love of reading. Throughout the year there will be opportunities to find out more about English at Ambrosoli and how you can support your child at home.

Maths:  At Ambrosoli we follow the National Curriculum for England in Maths. This document outlines the key skills and objectives for each year group, increasing in depth and difficulty as children progress through the school. Maths is a creative and interconnected discipline and to successfully provide children with a deep understanding of the subject we must use a variety of teaching techniques to deliver the content. The majority of our learning will take place through practical hands-on activities. Children will be challenged through problem solving tasks, games and active lessons. We will also supplement these activities with the Abacus Evolve scheme and textbooks.

Throughout the year there will be opportunities to find out more about maths at Ambrosoli and how you can support your child at home, but the best source of information is your child! Talking about what they have done consolidates their learning and confirms whether they have understood, as well as allowing you as a parent to find out what is going on.  For more information on the Expectations for learning in Years 1-6, please see the document below.

IPC:  Across the primary school, IPC units are used to link learning together in different subject areas and to make it meaningful. The themed units engage the children using relevant activities that look at science, history and geography as well as exploring natural links with music, art, P.E. and ICT. The IPC also includes personal and international goals which help the child to flourish socially and emotionally as well as academically. Knowledge, skills and understanding are developed by stimulating the child’s natural curiosity and through teaching methods of enquiry children can discover their own answers through research and investigation. This curriculum helps children to become more aware of the world around them and how this world has changed through time. It gives pupils an appreciation of how places relate to each other and the wider world, and it enables pupils to learn about their location in relation to the rest of the world. Class discussion is highly encouraged and learners may share their opinions of events and propose solutions to challenges that confront the world.  The IPC encourages learners to build on their knowledge and take some responsibility for their own learning.  Units are chosen for their relevance in our setting and cover the objectives from the National Curriculum of England. Throughout the year there will be opportunities to find out more about the IPC at Ambrosoli and how you can support your child at home.

Value is given to all curriculum areas in order to prepare children for the world beyond Ambrosoli.

Art:  Art lessons at Ambrosoli are an exciting opportunity for children to discover a variety of creative possibilities such as painting, drawing, collage, creating three-dimensional art and much more.  The children learn about different art styles and history through hands-on projects.  The art lessons are often linked to the IPC units being studied.  The children are taught to express themselves freely knowing that their work will be valued for its individuality and creativity.  We have an art teacher that works in primary classes, inspiring the children on a weekly basis.  The class teacher leads all other sessions.

Music:  All children at Ambrosoli have weekly music lessons as a class and weekly singing sessions as a year group or key stage. Music is a fun session where they learn how to play instruments, sing a variety of songs and listen to music from different eras and countries. Children compose music, accompany songs and learn how music can affect us. The importance of music and the enjoyment music gives us is part of our everyday lives. Music sessions are at times, closely linked to the thematic learning of the IPC unit.

There are many special opportunities to celebrate music including class assemblies, key stage performances and the annual talent show.

Ambrosoli sends participants to join in the International Schools’ music festival each year.  This event celebrates music through workshops and a concert.

In addition to class music lessons, children have the opportunity to have individual and group instrument lessons.  These are arranged weekly with specialist peripatetic music teachers. Children are able to have lessons on a variety of instruments depending on the teachers available at Kampala Music School.  In the past we have offered lessons on the piano, trumpet, trombone, flute, violin and guitar. Lessons are an additional cost. Registration is through Kampala Music School and timetabling is handled by the music teacher. Any child interested in taking up a musical instrument should see the music teacher in the first instance.

Computing:  In the new National Curriculum (2014) there is a focus on computational thinking and creativity, as well as opportunities for creative work in programming and digital media. The introduction makes the three aspects of the computing curriculum clear: computer science (CS), information technology (IT) and digital literacy (DL).  The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content.

Our vision is for all teachers and learners in our school to become confident users of programming and ICT so that they can develop the skills, knowledge and understanding which enable them to use appropriate computing resources effectively as powerful tools for teaching & learning.

French: Bienvenuá Ambrosoli! French is taught in Ambrosoli as the chosen modern foreign language (MFL). It is taught from Kindergarten up to year 6 following a framework incorporating the scheme of work provided by the English National Curriculum and teaching methods from Alliance Francaise. The sessions are geared towards children learning French as an additional language, but French speakers are actively involved too. The main aim of teaching French is to develop children’s linguistic competence in a creative manner. A range of activities are planned to bring the language alive. These include games, songs, school trips, drama and art.  There is some recorded work and the gradual growth of vocabulary, but it is mostly a practical subject.  The school has an annual day to promote and celebrate French language.  During la journée de la langue Française, children use all their senses in a special day of planned creative activities. The school also takes part in annual Francophone celebrations held in Kampala. We aim for French to be an inclusive subject with all children attending lessons and playing an active part. However we appreciate that some children may benefit from additional English language support and some children may initially not attend French for extra English activities. Parents will always be fully involved in making this decision.  As soon as English is no longer seen as an obstacle to learning, children will be involved in French sessions.

PE:  PE aims to develop student’s knowledge, skills and understanding, so that they can perform with increasing competence and confidence in a range of physical activities. To ensure that this goal is realised each class attends two weekly PE lessons and one swimming lesson each week lead by specialist teachers.

Swimming lessons usually start in the second week of term with the child’s swimming time listed on their class timetable. Children should bring a swimming costume, a towel and sunscreen (if not already based in class).  In addition, all children must wear a swim hat to protect their hair and avoid hair being collected in the pool filters.  Swimming lessons are mainly offsite at Royal Suites but our youngest children have their lessons in our small saline pool in the school grounds. A swimming gala is held annually at Royal Suites. All children from Reception age upwards are involved and expected to attend.

The children’s timetable shows the day or days that they have PE lessons. Seedlings, Reception and Key Stage 1 children (year 1 and 2) should come dressed in their PE kit (green t-shirt and PE shorts) and suitable running/exercise shoes on their PE days.  Children in KS2 (Yr 3-6) are encouraged to come dressed in PE kit if they have PE lesson 1 or 2 and change out/in of PE kit during break and Lunch depending on when their lesson is, changing rooms are located by the field.

There are two sports days each year and all children should be actively involved.  In order to suit parental requests, one event is held within the school week and one is held on a Saturday. Parents are always warmly encouraged to come along and cheer the children on and join in the parent race at the end (optional!).

In addition to weekly lessons, the children have the opportunity to join after school sporting activities in our after school club programme. They may also be selected to represent the school in one of the squads – swimming, football, athletics or basketball.  Invitations are given to children to join squad alongside expectations for attending training sessions and the commitment required. Children invited to join swimming, basketball and football squads are expected to purchase and wear the appropriate school kit at all fixtures.

PSHE:  Ambrosoli seeks to educate young people in a broad-minded community of learning, and to make them aware both of their personal responsibilities and their duty to others.  All children have at least one timetabled session of PSHE each week covering relevant subjects which help to promote positive behaviour and effective learning. The PSHE sessions are often based on the personal learning goals from the IPC or from the SEAL programme from the UK. The personal goals refer to those individual qualities and dispositions we believe children will find essential in the 21st century. They help to develop those qualities that will enable children to be at ease with the continually changing context of their lives. There are personal goals for enquiry, resilience, morality, communication, thoughtfulness, cooperation, respect and adaptability.