The Arts 

An integral part of a broad British education. The creative arts are celebrated in many areas of school life at King’s College. The technical challenges of learning a musical instrument, the courage and confidence needed to perform in Drama and Dance, the intellectual and linguistic expertise used to write poetry and the creative process of painting; all of these activities have an important role to play in your child’s education.

As they get older, the children take a more structured approach to creativity. For example, Drama helps build their confidence in speaking English and supports their skills in public speaking. In Applied Art, the children experiment with different media including painting, photography and graphic design. This focus on process helps give them a strong foundation upon which to build other creative projects.Younger children are encouraged to be creative, no matter how messy and noisy it gets. They learn about colour and shapes by mixing paints and cutting up paper. We encourage them to sing, dance and use role-play in their games. Creativity is fun and helps them to socialise with others.

Pupils who choose IGCSEs and A Levels in the Arts benefit from a demanding programme, that focuses both on the creative and the technical aspects of art. For example, Music A Level covers performance, music theory and composition. Pupils who enjoy participating in the arts, but do not want to commit to academic study, can join in the many groups and clubs available outside the school day.

Employers increasingly value creativity. Creative thinking is valued in careers in Science and Engineering as much as Journalism, Design or Architecture.

 

 

 

Mathematics

We believe that anyone can learn even the most complex mathematical concepts when they are taught in an exciting and engaging way. We know that parents want their children to be numerate and we take our role in this very seriously, to give children the tools to approach Maths in ways that inspire and encourage them.

For the young children in Infant school, we design lessons that introduce mathematical concepts and number relationships that encourage pupils to use numbers with confidence. This is combined with a diligent approach to learning the basics, for example, the times tables.

In Junior school, the children begin to use geometry and algebra to solve everyday problems. By using Maths in the context of an overall story, for example, historic changes in population or the geometry of a bridge, we inspire children to be involved with the world around them through Maths.

Children continue with Mathematics as part of the curriculum through to age 16 when every pupil takes at least one IGCSE in Maths; universities require Maths at this level as a basic entry requirement. Children who want to study subjects such as Engineering, Medicine, Economics and Physics usually take A Level Maths; children with a particular passion for Mathematics can also take Further Maths at A Level.

 

 

 

 

Sciences

Children in Infant school start Science by simply looking at and then drawing and writing about the things that they find. As they move into Secondary school, sophisticated laboratories provide the older children with the equipment they need to investigate the world around them in a more rigorous, scientific way. From investigating atomic structures and the periodic table in Chemistry to designing an experiment to compare the viscosities of two liquids in Physics.

We know that studying Science requires discipline – but the rewards are not only fun, they can be life-changing and set future agendas. The best discoveries come from people who are inspired by great teachers, to become passionate about Science, innovation and discovery. By nurturing curiosity, we encourage a love of Science that often results in doing a degree in Science or Engineering at university.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Languages

All lessons in our school are taught in English. Right from the start in Pre-Nursery and Nursery school, teachers communicate with children in English. Even if your child does not speak English at home, they will quickly start to use the language with increasing confidence.

By the time children move into Junior school they are all reading and writing in English. In Secondary school, those children who speak English as a second language have become fluent, and the exams they sit in Years 11, 12 and 13 are the same exams that British children take in the UK. Spanish is also taught and pupils can choose to go to university in the UK or Spain.

For children that join King’s College with a lower level of English we offer an ‘Induction English’ programme, that allows them to catch up with their classmates. Similarly, we provide Spanish classes for those pupils who arrive at the school with little or no Spanish. All pupils take the IGCSE exam in Spanish at age 15, a year earlier than their counterparts in British schools.

From age 10 in Junior school, we also offer tuition in other languages. Experience tells us that children who can use two or more languages show improved cognitive abilities that help them make progress in all the subjects that they study