upper primary Curriculum
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Our Upper Primary students follow the Ghana Education Service curriculum appropriately modified to provide an international dimension. English and mathematics are regarded as the foundation subjects and receive the largest time allocation from the class teacher, with daily lessons.
In the classroom our teachers use dynamic marking which happens live and provides students with instant feedback on areas of work to focus on. Our teachers are continuously assessing and tracking individual progress, ensuring that learning in personalized and opportunities are not missed.
Mathematics at CPA is a vibrant subject, taught by a highly specialized team of teachers. We combine traditional methods of learning mathematics with new approaches, striking the right balance in order to find what works best for our individual children.
As important as it is to learn methodology we also want our pupils to explore, discover, be inquisitive and creative in their learning. This is encouraged from the moment they join the upper primary department, where learning through play and discovery help to build confidence and ability with numbers.
As pupils move through the school we continue to deliver interactive, problem solving, practical, investigative and teamwork lessons enriching and bringing the subject to life. We promote the important link between home and school, working with parents to help their children develop their mathematical ability. Although we are independent to make our own choices of what the pupils need, we incorporate the National Curriculum and Attainment Targets for Mathematics, preparing children for their JHS Mathematics education.
information communication & Technology
ICT is a key part of CPA life for staff and pupils alike. We have a site-wide network with over 60 PCs, including two ICT rooms used by pupils across the age-range.
Our youngest pupils gain confidence in using computers from the Reception classes upwards, and each pupil has at least one ICT lesson a week. Computers are widely used in all subject areas to support and enhance pupil learning, and each child in our junior year is introduced to the important skill of touch-typing.
As well as core skills taught in lessons, keen pupils have the opportunity to further their interest and skills in activities, with an emphasis on creative use of ICT, such as digital music or digital photography.
E-Safety is a most important part of modern life, and educating children and their parents to be e-Safe in an ever-changing modern world is vitally important. Our counselling programme includes regular sessions addressing e-Safety and these lessons are underlined and reinforced practically when pupils are using technology in class and in free time for themselves.
The purpose of English as an academic subject is two-fold: to equip pupils with the literacy skills so fundamental in life, and to foster a relationship with language and literature that empowers pupils to understand both themselves and the world around them.
Enjoyment is paramount. Our work in the classroom is complemented by a wide variety of enrichment activities such as workshops, projects and the study of English literature. This helps to build the vocabulary acquisition of CPA students as well as their speaking skills.
ghanaian language & culture
At CPA, students at the upper primary level are immersed into the acquisition of at least one Ghanaian Language. The acquisition and learning of a Ghanaian language facilitates that learning and communication skills needed for promoting the study of the English language. The cultural component of this course enables students to create a good sense of cultural tolerance and identity.
At CPA, children begin enjoying French lessons from their first weeks in lower primary. Once the foundations are established and the children move to the upper primary department, they embark on mainstream GES syllabus which enables them to study at greater depth a wide range of topics in preparation for their Junior High School education.
Children gain scientific understanding from the moment they begin to interact with their surroundings. We aim to allow the pupils to grow their investigative and analytical skills as they move through the school using our wonderful labs and our beautiful grounds.
In the early stages of development, hearing, watching, and playing, children begin to establish rules about how things in their environment react and behave. From this they improve their judgements about safety and risk, about their ability to explore, to create, to invent and to enjoy. They discover and use their senses of hearing, seeing, touching, smelling and tasting, which can be sources of pleasure or otherwise, as their powers of observation develop.
Scientific learning in the early years extends and enhances this natural curiosity by providing children with the opportunity to apply and further develop the skills that they have already mastered. When pupils learn Science they are obtaining a set of skills and a body of knowledge that will be required for the essential routines of life; for work, for pleasure and for creativity in the future. Science really is an integral and essential component of the whole CPA learning curriculum.
our world our people
Throughout the school, OWOP is taught in a multi-faceted way. Teachers use role-play to introduce children to the characters of the past and discussions and debates are encouraged. The use of ICT is embedded in the syllabus – for research, presentations and for pupils’ collaborative projects and essays. The children visit historical sites which will enhance their understanding of the subject. Specialist groups are also invited into the school so that the children can experience a whole day immersed in the topic.
Non Examination Subjects
Students are taught the various forms of art and art vocabulary. They are also taught to scrutinise and analyse objects and solve basic problems in drawing, painting, design and craft.
They learn various techniques and explore traditional methods as well as computer art.
The emphasis is on fitness and learning of the skills to play various games such as hockey, basketball, soccer, handball, etc. as well as prepare for track and field events at our annual Sports Day held at the end of term two.
Only those with a written medical excuse are exempted from PE.
The course is currently focusing on generating student interest. It seeks to teach students some music theory and how to play an instrument.
It incorporates the Three Strands of listening, performing and composing.