P4 Programme

Entry age:   9 years old by 31 August

Class Timetable:   8:20 to 15:30

Breaks:   30 minutes in the morning, 1 hour at lunch time

We structure the curriculum to inspire, motivate and challenge students by linking learning to the world around them. The curriculum is structured around major areas of knowledge.

All subjects are taught through holistic themes that allow students to explore various aspects of a topic just as they would in normal life. Please see below for examples of themes that might be used in P4 classes.

Subjects taught discretely are physical education, maths, and the more technical aspects of the English and French language programmes.

When the school day is over, children may stay at school to participate in a host of extra-curricular activities with their friends, or to do their homework. After club pick-up time is 17:00.

Children availing of the twilight service should be picked up by 18:00 at the latest.

Examples of themes used in P4

“That’s Life Episode 1” is modelled on the idea of creating a TV mini-series, similar to the BBC’s Wildlife programmes (á la David Attenborough). It looks at the human body by exploring aging, healthy bodies, the human circulatory system, and the need for water and nutrients, and culminates in the production of a short documentary.

“Abracadabra!” weaves a magical web around a scientific focus on materials, their properties and their behaviours. Pupils use their magic skills to investigate and demonstrate reversible and irreversible changes such as heating, cooling, making solutions, filtering, sieving, and evaporating.

“Spaced Out!” is a short theme that looks at the Earth, Sun and Moon in relation to each other, focusing on orbit and rotation.