Primary School

Subjects


English/Language Arts


Our intention is to motivate students to study, use and enjoy English language and literatures written in English. Learning English includes learning the language, learning through the language, and learning about the language. Its study involves understanding the internal integration of the skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) and understanding language itself as a tool for learning. Language provides access to learning. When students understand language they automatically access the entire curriculum.



Mathematics


By studying Mathematics, students develop the ability to think creatively, critically and strategically. They learn to structure and to organize, to process and communicate information, and to enjoy intellectual challenge. In addition, students learn to create models and predict outcomes, to conjecture, to justify and verify, and to seek patterns and generalizations. They learn to both estimate and calculate with precision, and understand when both are appropriate. Mathematics has a broad range of practical applications in everyday life, in other learning areas, and in the workplace.



Social Studies


Social Studies is the systematic study of an integrated body of content drawn from core disciplines such as History, Geography, Anthropology, Economics and Political Science. It infuses experiences of each individual to form a body of knowledge that facilitates growth and development within a structured society. Social Studies emphasizes the skills and processes involved in social interactions, which, along with the prescribed settings and perspectives, will help students to become informed, confident, and effective citizens of Trinidad and Tobago.



Agricultural Science


Agricultural Science develops students’ understanding of the natural environment and the constantly changing cycles of nature. The development of a love of learning is one of the major purposes of primary education, and Agricultural Science is an ideal vehicle to facilitate the attainment of this goal. Students will learn to care for plants and animals associated with agriculture, and how and why these are important to us.



VCCE/HFLE


Values, Character and Citizenship Education (VCCE) is a sequenced set of learning experiences designed to help the student grow, develop and master values and concepts that are relevant for a 21st century caring, responsible citizen of our interdependent world. Values, Character, and Citizenship education inculcates in students, positive dispositions valued by society. These dispositions empower them to make informed moral decisions, to be responsible and caring citizens, and to practice socially helpful behavior. Values, Character, and Citizenship Education incorporates beliefs and attitudes which contribute positively to the enrichment of the culture in which an individual resides and extends to the global community.


The Health and Family Life Education Curriculum focuses on the development of Life Skills for psycho-social competence. Students are expected to acquire these skills through guided learning experiences both within and outside the classroom. The document targets issues related to four (4) thematic areas as mandated by UNICEF in conjunction with the CARICOM Secretariat. These thematic areas are:- Self and Interpersonal Relationships, Sexuality and Sexual Health, Eating and Fitness, and Managing the Environment. These four (4) themes will allow teachers to target the overarching theme which is Health and Wellness.



Science


Science is a distinct form of human activity, which involves a dynamic way of exploring ourselves, the world in which we live, and beyond. Scientific progress comes from rational, systematic work and from creative insights, built on a foundation of respect for evidence. Scientific knowledge is not fixed and it is this on-going quest that makes science a valuable knowledge system. The Science curriculum is driven by creative energies and a spirit of enquiry. Through problem-based approaches, students construct their understanding of science by taking an active role in learning and applying them to real world situations.



Spanish


Within any programme of language study, students learn about culture and the interrelationship between culture and language. They grow in confidence as they learn to recognize different elements of the belief systems of speakers of the target language. They become increasingly aware of the ways in which these systems are expressed through language and cultural practices. As they compare and contrast different beliefs and cultural practices, including their own, they understand more about themselves and become more understanding of others.



Music and Art (Visual and Performing Arts)


The arts are organized expressions of ideas, feeling, and experiences in images, sound, language, gesture and movement. Arts education comprises the four disciplines of visual arts, music, drama, and dance. These disciplines provide for the stimulation of the senses, emotion, intellect, and imagination. They contribute to the child’s growth by developing skills, sensitivities and positive attitudes. The arts reflect what is valued in society and celebrate our unique cultural mosaic.