NURSERY & RECEPTION (Ages 3-5)
The curriculum at the Early Years Programme is influenced by Montessori
Practical Life enhances the development of task organization and cognitive order through care of self, care of the environment, exercises of grace and courtesy, and coordination of physical movement.
The Sensorial area enables the child to order, classify, and describe sensory impressions in relation to length, width, temperature, mass, colour, pitch, etc.
Mathematics makes use of manipulative materials to enable the child to internalize concepts of number, symbol, sequence, operations, and memorization of basic facts.
Language Arts includes oral language development, written expression, reading, the study of grammar, creative dramatics, and children's literature. Basic skills in writing and reading are developed through
the use of sandpaper letters, alphabet cut-outs, and various presentations allowing children to link sounds and letter symbols effortlessly and to express their thoughts through writing.
Cultural Activities expose the child to basics in geography, history, and life sciences. Music, art, and movement education are part of the integrated cultural curriculum.
The school environment unifies the psychosocial, physical, and academic functioning of the child. Its important task is to provide students with an early and general foundation that includes a positive attitude toward school, inner security and a sense of order, pride in the physical environment, abiding curiosity, a habit of concentration, habits of initiative and persistence, the ability to make decisions, self-discipline, and a sense of responsibility to other members of the class, school, and community.
This foundation will enable the children to acquire more specialized knowledge and skills throughout their school career.
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PRIMARY SCHOOL (Ages 5-11)
The British Primary Years Programme is a curriculum designed for students aged 5-11.
The curricula aim is to help children become successful learners in the contexts of the 21st Century; to become adults who are able to work successfully in a rapidly changing world, and to have the determination, flexibility and character to succeed in their lives.
Students are encouraged to become: inquirers, thinkers, communicators, risk-takers, and to be knowledgeable, principled, caring, open-minded, balanced and reflective. They develop these attributes within the classroom, during Town Meetings (assemblies), on the playground, and while participating in Richmond’s many after-school activities.
We encourage our whole community to develop these attributes, so students should also be showing these characteristics at home.
The Primary Programme is all about inquiry: the process through which a learner moves from his or her current level of understanding to a new and deeper level. Our students will be:
• Exploring, wondering and questioning
• Collecting data and reporting findings
• Taking and defending a position
• Using critical thinking skills to understand a concept
• Making and testing theories
• Experimenting and playing with possibilities
• Solving problems in a variety of ways
Using inquiry-based learning we are able to engage and challenge students who have many diverse perspectives, values, cultural backgrounds, and languages.
We study art, geography, history, literacy, music, mathematics, PSHE, RE, Catalan, Spanish and science.
In addition to the Primary Years Programme , children from the age of five are all taught to play piano, guitar and trumpet.
SECONDARY & 6th FORM (Ages 11-18)
The British Secondary Curriculum covers Years 7 to 13.
This is divided into three ‘cycles’ or stages.
Key Stage 3, Year 7 to 9
Maths, English, Science, History, Geography, Debate, Spanish, Catalan, Art, Computing, Music, Drama, PE and Games, Religion and Citizenship. From Year 9 Law and Business Studies.
Key Stage 4, Years 10 and 11
Pupils are prepared for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE)
Compulsory subjects : Maths, Co-ordinated Sciences (double award), English, English Literature, Spanish, Catalan, Physical Education and Sports.
Optional Subjects. Pupils choose three: History,Computer Studies, Art, Business Studies and Geography.
Citizenship (or Ethics in Year 13) is studied one lesson per week.
Spanish pupils need to obtain a minimum of four IGCSE passes (C or higher) to validate Year 11 (4º de E.S.O) and one more for Y12 validation. At least two passes must be in Spanish, Sciences, English or Mathematics. Minimum requirements for entry into Year 12 are five IGCSE passes, which do not include Spanish.
At this stage pupils aged between 16 and 18 years old follow 3 or 4 Advanced Level subjects.
Entrance to university depends largely upon attaining good grades at A Level together with results already achieved at IGCSEs.
External examinations are taken at the end of Year 12 and 13. Pass grades are awarded from 1-9.
For university entrance, good results in at least three subjects are required.
Subjects include: Spanish, French, History, Geography, Art, English Literature, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Business Studies, Law, Music and Information Technology.
Students can also study Catalan to Level C which combined with Spanish Studies plus two A Level passes, enables them to qualify for the Spanish Bachillerato.
Students in Years 12 & 13 are also offered the opportunity to study some subjects such as Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Business Studies and others within the Spanish system, as well as Driving Theory.
All students at RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL are encouraged to participate in art forms in which they use their body or voice to convey artistic expression. Dance, music, opera, theatre, spoken word, recitation and musical theatre.
During the Primary and Secondary years we will also offer visual art courses. (2016)
Ceramics, drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, design, crafts, photography, video, filmmaking and architecture among others.
"I want to make good citizens. If a child hears fine music from the day of his birth and learns to play it himself, he develops sensitivity, discipline and endurance" —Shin'ichi Suzuki