A curriculum to provide multicultural, multilingual, European education with a specialism in Science
All Primary School pupils, from entry into the school, learn and are taught through two languages, with half the week spent in English and the other half in either French or German. Teachers and Teaching Assistants are generally bilingual themselves, but in class an immersion method is adopted favouring all communication in the language of the day.
The Europa School UK has embarked on the process to be an Accredited European School. This will allow us to offer the European Baccalaureate as a school leaving qualification at the end of Secondary School and more generally to follow in the footsteps of the outstanding European School of Culham, which is being phased out between now and July 2017.
As a Free School we are subject to OFSTED inspection. As an Accredited European School we will also be subject to European School inspection. Our curriculum offer is based on that of the European Schools, augmented to match statutory requirements within the UK state system.
When referring to European School Curriculum documents, please note that Primary 1 of the European Schools is targeted for pupils on average 8 months older than those in Year 1 of the Europa School. In general we align our Year 2 on the Primary 1 programme, but make allowances for the small age difference by bringing forward some topics. This is illustrated by the following comparison:
Once the accreditation process is complete we will post here a breakdown of how the programme is applied in our school. In the interim, out of respect for European School copyright, links are provided to the relevant documents on their site.
Reception, Year 1 and Year 2
All pupils follow the Letters and Sounds Scheme to meet the requirements of the DfE synthetic phonics programme. The compulsory Phonics screening test is conducted in Year 1 and followed up as required in Year 2.
Most pupils in their first year at the Europa School are developing communication skills in a new language. It is anticipated that there will be some delay in progress in English while they acquire the skills. After the initial delay, the benefits of a bilingual approach will be felt in English and progress will be recovered. The delay will vary according to the individual pupil.
The Letters and Sounds Scheme is supplemented by material from Phonics Bug, which is made available electronically to parents
In common with all English state funded schools, we are required to follow the locally agreed syllabus for Religious Education. We will do so with respect to the many traditions and beliefs, religious or other, present in our community and we would like all pupils to participate. If you feel strongly that you cannot consent to your child following the programme please contact the school to make suitable arrangements.
Years 1 and 2
European School Programme
English Language Programme
Richtlinien für das Fach Deutsch
Programme pour l'enseignement du français
For some work, the programme is simplified to that of Second Language programmes to assist new learners