The Lower Primary is one of three departments that comprise Saltus Grammar School. Most of our students come to us from our own Foundation Year and leave us to enter our Upper Primary Department. This continuity is of tremendous benefit as it gives the staff and students alike a strong sense of belonging to a large family unit. We are, however, very happy to welcome students from other schools and countries.
We believe Saltus provides its students with a well-rounded curriculum delivered by teachers who have a sincere commitment to encouraging the students to strive to achieve their potential.
The Lower Primary Years uphold principles based on an educational philosophy designed for young children and focus on those first entering the academic environment. These years offer a Foundation programme and the first two years of primary education (Saltus S1 and S2) for students between the ages of four and six.
The curriculum for the Foundation Year reflects internationally identified areas of Early Years Learning. Each learning area has Early Learning Goals. These set out the skills, understanding, knowledge and attitudes, which it is anticipated children will reach or exceed by the end of their Foundation Year. The Early Years education is based on the following principles:
- It builds on what our children already know and can do
- It ensures that no child is disadvantaged
- It offers a structure for learning that has a range of starting points, content that matches the needs of young children, and activity that provides opportunities for learning both indoors and outdoors
- It provides a rich and stimulating environment
The curriculum for Saltus S1 and S2 consists of core academic subjects: Numeracy, Literacy, including Reading, Spelling, Verbal Skills and Writing. Music, Physical Education, Art, ICT, Citizenship, Science and Thematic Work supplement it. There is also an emphasis on learning through play. Extra learning support is provided in small groups by a Centre for Learning teacher dedicated to this section of the school. School work is individualised to cater to the differing needs of each student wherever possible and appropriate. Parental involvement is encouraged during the school day, both in and out of classrooms, and many parents assist the teaching staff, turning the educational ideal of cooperation between the home and school into a dynamic reality.
During the school year, students are encouraged to participate in as many events outside of school as possible. These include, but are not limited to, such things as colouring competitions and Island-wide sporting events. Also, students go on a variety of field trips and are made aware of those less fortunate than themselves. The latter is highlighted by encouraging student participation in activities to raise funds for various charities. An annual sports afternoon involves every child in a variety of events, including novelty and team races and those in which parents and younger siblings participate. Highlights of the year also include the Christmas concerts to which parents are invited, Easter egg-rolling, class assemblies and finally, at year’s end, a ‘Moving Up’ Concert marking the children’s final week in Lower Primary and their move to the Upper Primary Years.
We are fortunate to be supported by an energetic and enthusiastic parent body who are involved in all aspects of the life of our school. Together, parents and staff can make learning a positive experience for the students. We look forward to working with you in the growth and development of your child.
Director of Lower Primary