OUR PRIMARY CLASSES
From ages 6-11, our children continue their learning journey in primary.
In Years 1 and 2 (ages 5-7) we have a maximum of 14 children per class. We have one class per age group. Small is beautiful: we know our children extremely well and can guide them closely through each stage of growth and discovery.
We prize storymaking, song, creativity with numbers, a dynamic approach to science, and exciting project work led by the children’s own interest.
In our Years 3-6 (ages 7-11) we have a maximum of 18 children per class. In this age group pupils develop their excitement for learning in an integrated day, where they fuse understanding of literacy, mathematics, science, history and social sciences in high level project work. In addition, pupils learn music, art, drama, choir, PE, and Spanish and Catalan. We also value outdoor learning as essential and provide a wide variety of enrichment activities such as, day trips and residential trips.
In primary, we create a warm, caring learning environment, where children develop kindness and gentleness. Children develop self-confidence and self-esteem.
Hands on, engaging learning for 6-11 year olds.
A THINKING SCHOOL
Our children aim high.
They relish intellectual challenges and become resilient questioners and problem-solvers.
A DYNAMIC SCHOOL
Our children learn by doing; by experimenting; by debating; creating; by presenting; by applying all their senses to their learning.
A CARING SCHOOL
Our children’s voice is heard: they are valued as individuals.
They develop the skills of empathy and kindness.
NABSS Inspection Report, 14th March 2016
“Teachers demonstrate good subject knowledge and provide stimulating lessons that engage pupils. Teaching is highly personalised to be appropriate for each child and activities have clear purpose. This results in effective use of class time and high levels of student productivity.”
“We don’t sit and learn: we go out to discover and craft.”
Tasza, aged 10.
We follow the British Primary Curriculum at Key Stages 1 and 2 (between ages 5-11).
Our teaching is highly dynamic, and in small classes.
|A day in the life of Primary|
|8:30am||School gate opens, children play on patio (in hall if wet).|
|8:45 – 9:00am||Assembly/Choir/Wake Up Shake Up (activities change depending on day and week).|
|9:00 – 10:15am||Class time (topic/lesson varies)|
|10:15 – 10:35am||Morning Break|
|10:35 – 12:30pm||Class time (topic/lesson varies)|
|12:30 – 1:30pm||Lunch|
|1:30 – 2:30pm||Class time (topic/lesson varies)|
|2:30 – 2:45pm||Afternoon Break|
|2:45 – 3:45pm||Class time (topic/lesson varies)|
|3:45 – 4:00pm||Class Reader|
ENRICHMENTWe offer a numbers of after school clubs and lesson-time activities to enrich our pupils.
After School Clubs
Tennis, Football, Taekwon-do, Musical Theatre, Piano, and Mindful Meditation, Chess Club, Arduino Club, Kids’ Hack Club, Lego Robotics Club, Art Lessons and more.
Enrichment during the school day
- Forest School activities in the woodland beside school
- Cultural trips and workshops to Barcelona : Picasso Museum, Miró Foundation, Science Museum, the port.
- Annual residential to farm or Pyrenees (as age-appropriate)
- Science Week
- A performance of a play in our theatre once a year
Our older primary children to run clubs for younger children in the lunch hour. These include:
- Pokemon Club
- Art Club
- Harry Potter Club
- Breakdancing Club
- Gymnastics CLub
- Hand Knitting Club
- Dance Club
- Storytime Club
It is fair to say The Olive Tree has an ethos that I have not found anywhere else, the number one aim of the headteacher is to bring out the potential in her children. The teachers here have a vocation, going far beyond academics. I wish more children could enjoy this level of inspirational and holistic education.
– Margaret Davies
This school has been more welcoming than any other school we have come across; the teachers have been always been warm and extremely responsive; our child has been growing and learning quickly, and enjoyed school so much it has often been a struggle to get him to leave at the end of the school day! The small class sizes and the excellent teaching, have meant that our child has been able to truly learn at his own pace.
– Serene Olesetti
I think you know a school works when none of the kids want to come home at 4 o’clock.
– Susana Preston
We had a lovely holiday but the boys were really happy to be coming back. I don’t ever remember feeling that way about any of my schools. They are so happy and engaged.
– Juliet Ryder
It’s a school with a lot of guts. It’s creative, hands-on, proactive and nurturing but expects academic excellence. I thoroughly recommend the Olive Tree.
– Diego Fabra
This school is very much the heart of our community: my daughter thrives in such a supportive open atmosphere.
– Claire Davies