First Class is our entry class where new students settle in, and assessments are done to move up. Younger students or anyone with repair work to do stays here until they are ready to move up..
This page gives information on all the subjects which are studied at First Class (basics) level.
Subjects provided at First Class level are:
English, Maths, Sciences, History, Geography, French and Spanish,
*Storytelling, *Philosophy and Society. (*No homework.)
First Class also has a weekly HELP session when new students are welcomed, and we look at practical study skills, or any special problems most of the class are having in their work. We discuss just why homework is so all -important, and why doing it during the week makes it easier to do. There is also help with software if necessary.
All students in all classes attend our Monday morning Philosophy and Society seminar. This acts as a school gathering, and we look at all kinds of topics. Requests for topics are welcome.
The next stage of study is Seniors class, then finally Scholars (IGCSE).
We cannot stress enough that you cannot move up just because you are older. You must show you can get your homework in on time, and do good work with mostly A and B grades.
RESTRICTED PROGRAMME This is an agreement that a student will take on less homework. Normally this is a minimum of 3 subjects homework, and attendance at class for the others, but in rare cases it might be only one or two.
The programme can be flexible and vary week by week just as a health condition does. Other reasons for a Restricted Programme are badly damaged confidence, and entrenched resistance (often the same thing). Or a crisis might make a temporary restriction helpful.
For a general overview of subjects taught, and extra issues like private tutorials, religion, go HERE.
ENGLISH 2 class hours a week, with homework 45 mins a week.
At this level the English requirements are basic - but vital.
We want to see correct use of capital letters and full stops. The student is strictly taught to use much shorter, simpler sentences to avoid rambling muddle and grammar complications. A basic but strong use of paragraphs is trained. All slang and all short forms, including instances such as 'I'm,' 'didn't,' are banned from homework.
Answers to questions must be written in fully formed sentences.
Formal quoting is taught which prepares for more advanced work, but also clarifies what exactly is the difference between research and plagiarism.
We train a thorough preparation for essays which breaks them down into a step by step technique. This deals with the frequent 'essay panic' many experience by feeling lost, without a structure to follow. But with clear steps to follow each task is small and manageable. The aim is 250 words of clearly organised English.
The greatest study barrier at this stage is learning to check work over to thoroughly check all the above are covered. We give exercises in doing this checking in its own right.
In addition to the above 'nuts and bolts' students do some lively work in comprehension on news articles, poems and stories. Literature teaching includes poems, short stories, films, and gaming. We look at how language is used, and how these kinds of literature are structured.Items chosen are carefully selected to appeal through dramatic situations, or popular themes like animals, gaming, outer space and technology.
Parents can help a great deal by encouraging whatever young people are willing to read, from gaming handbooks and comics to Shakespeare! It is all words and logic, and it all trains the brain.
In addition to the two English classes we also have a Storytelling hour which focuses on how stories are constructed, in films, games,and books. This is a lively, very much liked session.
You can also look at English and how it develops through the progressive class levels HERE. This page includes our friendly and effective approach to spelling. Literature is HERE.
Some students have learned to hate Maths, some love it. This is an easy and fun level course for an introduction to Maths. It may frustrate those who love Maths - they will need to make sure they get work in on time and god grades so they can move up.
One hour class, and 45 mins homework a week.
Arithmetic, including Tables. Applied geometry. Money.
Intense emphasis on showing working in the answer.
Addition. Subtraction. Positive and Negative numbers. Multiplication. Tables. Division.
Simple fractions (addition and subtraction). Decimals. Rounding. Percentages. Conversion between fraction, decimal, percentage. Money units. Prices and Budgets. Practical Measurements. Imperial and Metric units.
Shapes. Parts of the circle. Areas of rectangles, triangles, circles. Perimeters.
You can also look at Maths and how it develops through the progressive class levels HERE.
At this level science units are one week only, and mainly focus on the exciting and the dramatic. Or else the ever popular field of animals or health is explored. Topics are wide ranging and unpredictable to stimulate reaction and involvement.
One 1 hour class, and 45 mins homework.
TOPICS: Fire! Energy. States of Matter. Nutrition.Pandas. DNA. Eggs. Colours. Insects. Newton and his Forces. Sleep. Oils. Food Chains. Blood. Cells. Muscles. Dodos. Measurement in Science. What is Science? What is Chemistry? What is Biology? What is Physics? Nuclear Energy. Mouth and Teeth. Exercise. Electricity. Trees. Seasons. Scientific Predictions.
You can also look at Sciences and how it develops through the progressive class levels HERE.
At this level history is best taught in a colourful way, with emphasis on oddities and personalities.
Our course has been designed by a young teacher who is graduate of First College itself.
Course I looks at the tribal peoples of Britain before and during the Roman occupation, and the mediaeval period. The Tudors are explored as a dramatic British dynaty which founded the shape of Britain to come.
Course II looks at a selection of striking historical persons of vrey different types.
Course III (in preparation) looks at a child's life in widely different historical cultures.
One hour class per week with 45 mins homework.
You can also look at History and how it develops through the progressive class levels HERE.
For younger and less skilled students the approach is strictly one topic per week. We concentrate on the exciting and dramatic aspects of Geography and interpret the subject widely. One hour per week with 45 mins. homework.
TOPICS: Our Holiday / Our World/ Maps/ Solar System/ Lightning and Thunder/ Storms/ The International Space Station/ Deserts/ Farming/ Cities/ Coasts/ Comets/ Earthquakes and Tsunamis/ Age Of The Earth/ Fantastic Geography Facts/ Coral Reefs/ Water Cycle/ Caves/ Volcanoes/ Asia / North America/ South America/ Europe/ Africa/ World Map.
One hour class per week with 45 mins homework.
You can also look at Geography and how it develops through the progressive class levels HERE.
LANGUAGES (Options French, Spanish)
We offer both FRENCH and SPANISH to IGCSE level.
Students can begin a language with no prior knowledge of it. They attend either a basic group or an advanced group in one or both languages. There is no requirement to take study to exam level. It is though important to have a 'taster' of at least one language at school age.
TOPICS cover a wide range of everyday situations, and include both written and pronunciation work.
You can also look at French and Spanish and how they develop to exam level HERE.
Seniors class as the next level up, is for selected students who during their stay in First Class, have shown ability to
1) Complete all homework on time before the following week;
2) Achieve high quality work with almost all A and B grades.
3) Attend classes showing attention and courtesy.
Older and more advanced students can take special assessment tests to move up faster.
For a general overview of subjects taught, and extra issues like private tutorials, religion, the Restricted Programme for students with health or other difficulties go HERE.