Approaches to Learning
The British Primary Section (BPS) of the Taipei European School covers Nursery through to Year 6 in a child's education. These years are crucial to the foundation of a child’s academic and social development.
National Curriculum of England - with Enhancements
Our teaching and learning approaches are guided by the national curriculum for England with additional enhancements, particularly around the creation of specialist subjects. The overall aim of our approach to learning is to maximise each student’s talents and potential both in and out of the classroom in order that they may truly flourish. To ensure student success, additional support is offered through the English as an Additional Language (EAL) and the Additional Learning Needs departments. There is a focus on the wellbeing and pastoral care of all our students encapsulated in our Personal, Social, Health & Economic (PSHE) curriculum.
Within the British Primary Section we are developing a dual language pathway that will run alongside the English-only pathway. The foundation of both pathways are grounded in the National Curriculum. The dual language pathway will launch in Reception in the 2022-2023 academic year.
Early Years Foundation Stage
The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework reinforces the notion that 'play is children’s work' (Susan Isaac) and that young children learn most effectively through the medium of play. We aim to help children acquire vital life skills, which will increase their understanding of themselves, of others, and of their environment.
Key Stage 1 and 2
As a follow through into Key Stage 1 & 2, our BPS approach focuses on learning key concepts and understanding these at greater depth. It encompasses vital skills and knowledge and prioritises reasoning and application in all areas. Every attempt is made to integrate the application of skills and knowledge across all learning areas through our integrated curriculum approach.
Woven into the curriculum are our School Values and Learner Profile which stand at the very core of who we are and what we strive to achieve.
Chinese Enhanced Pathway (CEP)
CEP is teaching the English National Curriculum in both English and Chinese, with an equity and equality in the experience of each language being used. Reading and reading comprehension skills are reliant on a solid oral language base. Literacy develops through the interactions a child experiences with others. Therefore, we focus on developing students' communication skills.
Developing language (Chinese) literacy. Literacy is increasingly a collaborative activity, where negotiation, analysis, and awareness of the audience are as critical as understanding or creating a message.
For full details of how this pathway works in practice click here.