Primary Curriculum

Primary Curriculum, Y1-Y6 (5-11 years of age, KS1&2)

Royal School Primary curriculum encompasses Years 1 to 6 and is a combination of the National Curriculum for England and Cambridge Primary.  At Royal School we use the ‘core’ elements of English, Mathematics and Science as well as ‘foundation’ elements of Art & Design, Computing, Foreign Languages (KS 2 onwards), Geography, History, Music, Drama and Physical Education.

Primary Assessment

All students from Year 1 to Year 6 are continuously assessed.  The scores should show progression across a whole range of areas.  Where there are dips in performance, this is addressed immediately with steps taken to redress the balance.  Scores achieved in assessment form the basis for reporting and feedback to parents.

Primary Progression

At the end of every term, each child from Year 3 to Year 5 will be administered with a series of Cambridge Progression Tests in English, Mathematics and Science.  These tests are administered and marked internally.  However, the results are analysed through the Cambridge Primary website and results published to both Teachers and Parents.  This set of tests provide very insightful information on areas of strength and weakness and allow the school to formulate specific teaching plans to ensure the child is either extended in areas of excellence, or supported in areas of weakness.

Between Years 1-6 students will not be prevented from progressing to the following academic year, however, if there are grave or significant causes for concern then parents will be invited in to discuss possible reasons for lack of progression in respective subjects and to hopefully formulate a positive strategy for improvement.

It is important to note that everything, in terms of assessment, which is undertaken at Royal School, is intended to ensure each child progresses according to her or his own abilities.  Where a child is deemed to be ‘failing’ and not showing signs of progression, the question will need to be asked as to whether the Cambridge Primary and National Curriculum of England is appropriate to the needs and abilities of the child.  In such an extreme instance Royal School reserves the right to ask for the removal of the child at the end of the academic year.  Royal School will endeavour to ensure there are no surprises at any stage of a child’s Primary education and where there are concerns, these will be communicated in as short a time as possible.

Grading and Progression

Students at Primary level are graded using the following markers:

  Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6 % Range
Highest 3.6 4.6 5.6 6.6 90-100%
  3.5 4.5 5.5 6.5 80-89%
  3.4 4.4 5.4 6.4 70-79%
  3.3 4.3 5.3 6.3 60-69%
  3.2 4.2 5.2 6.2 50-59%
Lowest 3.1 4.1 5.1 6.1 0-49%

Progression through the Year groups is fairly simple – if a child is focused and completes her or his work to an acceptable standard, in accordance with her or his ability, then they will hit their markers on a yearly basis.

For example, a child scoring 3.4 is expected to reach 4.4, 5.4 and finally 6.4 by then of Year 6.  If the child does not reach the marker than there are causes for concern immediately noted.  Conversely, if a child exceeds her or his marker then they have performed beyond expectation.

Finally, baseline assessment allows us, with the National Curriculum and Cambridge Primary, to generate fairly accurate predictors for future performance, at IGCSE.  For example, a student gaining 3.3 (60-69%) would be expected to gain a minimum of a grade ‘C’ at IGCSE level; 3.4 (70-79%) a grade ‘B’ and so on.

Cambridge International Examinations – Primary Checkpoint

Towards the end of Year 6 all students, regardless of ability noted throughout the academic year, will sit a series of examinations in English (2 papers), Mathematics (2 papers) and Science (2 papers).  Checkpoint examinations are designed as a diagnostic tool for each individual student.  The examinations are sent from Cambridge Assessment International Examinations (CAIE); they are sat across a series of five afternoons and all completed papers are returned to CAIE for marking and moderation.  Results from the tests are normally received within two months, post-sitting. Please note that there are fees attached to the mandatory examinations.