Primary Education

Northlands Primary

NORTHLANDS offers an all-embracing curriculum based on inquiry and research as the ideal vehicles for learning. We provide a caring and stimulating environment where children enjoy doing their work and develop positive academic and inter-personal attitudes, self-confidence and self-discipline. Students take the lead by making the learning process their own: they are encouraged to make choices, take decisions and ask questions, thus broadening their range of interests and knowledge.


Personal and Social Education Programme
We educate by setting the daily example of our own adherence to the School’s values (commitment, justice, solidarity, honesty, respect, perseverance, responsibility and integrity) and to a programme that specifies the axes on which the personal and social development of our students is based: Awareness of Oneself, Responsibility for Oneself, Awareness of Others, Capacity for Reflection, Capacity to Deal with Change, Attitude of a “Life Long Learner”, Capacity to Communicate, Sense of Moral Justice and Sense of Social Responsibility.

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International Programme
IBO Primary Years Programme (PYP)*
An international education programme in which teachers and students explore in a transdisciplinary way the road to knowledge. Having a central axis based on the development of the child as a whole, this programme proposes an educational framework that is interesting, stimulating, relevant and committed to a structured inquiry that encourages students to act according to new perspectives and knowledge.

The IB programmes help develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world. The IB learners share a common profile.



http://www.ibo.org/programmes/profile/

*Compulsory programme for all NORTHLANDS students.

Learning - Support Unit
Northlands has a team of professional educational psychologists who assist the students in their academic, social and personal development.

Physical Education
We believe the practice of physical and sports activities to be an essential part of our students’ education. Sports are introduced at an early stage with the objective of developing a sporting attitude in students, instilling fair play, respect, effort and commitment. We take part in national and international interschool events that promote team spirit and healthy competition, as a way of encouraging and celebrating the skills in each sport.

ICT
The driving spirit of ICT Primary is to make the use of computers and other Information & Communications Technology (ICT) become second-nature at the early stages of education. With the rapid changes in the ICT world, we know very little about what will be required in 15 or 20 years' time, when our students begin their professional lives. For this reason, ICT Primary is constantly striving to expose the students to all the possible building blocks of today's available ICT resources and to the principles on which we believe the future will be based.

To do this, one of the most appreciated activities in ICT Primary is to emphasise use of cross-curricular techniques. This tool both enhances learning in other areas and introduces the students to many uses of technology. Most of the ICT lessons are planned jointly with the corresponding form teachers, in order to bring together the different areas of the curriculum.

 

Musical Education
Music is taught at NORTHLANDS as part of the curriculum and is appreciated as a tool that contributes to form the personality of our students.

The acquisition of technical skill, auditory sensitivity, rhythmic precision, creative development and, above all, an incipient critical analysis, are the points on which music teaching at Northlands focuses its attention. Fine psycho-motor skill, concentration, encouragement of original ideas and the capacity to reflect are the factors we believe contribute to the formation of our students and enable them to make the best possible use of the knowledge acquired in any other activity they take up. We hope to form people who love music and enjoy the multiple advantages obtained from making music in a creative, thoughtful and communicative manner.

Musical Instruments
Through the Suzuki method – also called the "mother tongue approach" – our students begin to develop the road to instrumental execution. They continue the study of violin through the three years of EP I and once they get to Year 4 in EP II the children can choose to take up the study of another instrument.

The Library
The Primary students have two weekly periods in the library (one in English and the other in Spanish). The librarian works with them to achieve the following general objectives:

  • To create a warm and friendly environment in which the students have contact with books o To stimulate reading, be it for pleasure (fiction) or for information
  • To organise the library so that both teachers and students have easy access to the different resources
  • To stimulate responsibility, love and care for the books that are borrowed from the library

Drama
As modern times increasingly invade children’s space with technology, at Northlands we have come to believe that theatre continues to be one of the most effective means of awakening a spirit of play in children and adolescents through working in groups and using their own bodies and voices. This is a subject that consists absolutely of body expression and is therefore indispensable for healthy growth.

Art
The Department's aim is to promote the students' initiative and original approach. This means that students are free to develop their own ideas on any given subject or technique, with a close follow-up by the teacher, who will back up the development of the skills required to handle the chosen media.
The Art Department considers that one of the most important aspects is to make students feel great pleasure during the art lessons, and while enjoying what they are doing, they learn the skills that enable them to produce meaningful pieces of art.
Primary students learn about the most important Art Movements from different artists and they make a tribute to the 20th Century. Students start developing their observational skills, by copying from life but without losing their fresh creativeness. Children are also able to experience and enjoy themselves while they learn the art concepts of texture, colour, line, tone, shape and pattern.

Houses
Upon entering Primary, each student is assigned to a House to which he or she will belong throughout his or her entire school life. Houses are inherited (children of Old Northlanders keep the House of their family member) o assigned by even distribution of the number of members. Students from the different levels at School interact within each House, a fact that allows them a growing range of friends as well as the possibility to develop and take on leadership roles.

Interhouse competitions include general knowledge, departmental events, community service, sports and drama, all of which, in addition to academic performance, add points for each House. Points are added at the end of the year and the House with the most points wins and has its name engraved on a shield.

Activities after school hours