At the Primary Department we follow the English National Curriculum adapted to our geographical location, with project-based learning and language immersion in English.

Welcome to the Primary Department

I feel truly privileged to lead the Primary Department at Canterbury School and to be part of a dedicated, caring team who ensure that each child receives the best possible education in their formative years.

We have an aspiration for all our children that through their school journey they will fulfil their academic potential and become successful lifelong learners. In addition, we endeavour that our children will possess high levels of both social and emotional intelligence so that they are well placed to succeed and thrive in the future, becoming active and productive members of society. Every child is special and has their own contribution to make.

We are proud to foster a family atmosphere, in which our teachers develop a relationship of trust with pupils and their families, while we encourage the older pupils to take care of the younger pupils through the Prefect and the Playground Friends schemes. Our House system also encourages integration and a feeling of the “whole school”.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to visit our fantastic school, or would like to know more, please do contact us.

Lindsay Gale, Head of Primary

Primary Department (San Lorenzo)

From 6 to 10 years old

In the Primary Department we follow the English National Curriculum which consists of 2 cycles: Key Stage 1 (Year 1 and Year 2) and Key Stage 2 (Year 3 to Year 6).

Year 1 is taught at Milton House and the pupils move up to the Primary Department in Year 2.

The Primary years are lively, fun and challenging and provide pupils with many opportunities to think critically and independently, with an atmosphere that fosters enthusiasm for learning and promotes personal development.

As pupils learn the value of academic achievement, we also encourage them to take a broader view, hoping that each will contribute to the well-being of the school community by encouraging perseverance, initiative, and self-confidence.

The subjects taught are divided into Core and Foundation. The Core Subjects are English, mathematics and science while the Foundation Subjects are geography, history, computing, art and design technology, music, Physical Education and PSHE (Personal, Social, Health Education). Additionally, Spanish language is incorporated from Y2 following the curriculum stipulated in the LOGSE.

Bilingual Education

All classes are taught in English except the Spanish Language, and English is, therefore, both a subject and the medium of instruction, whereby the development of spoken language, reading, writing, and vocabulary is an integral aspect of learning, as well as language comprehension and fluency, are essential foundations for success in all subjects.