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ENGLISH

Ardvreck has English at the heart of its curriculum. The ability to communicate effectively, both in the spoken and written word is vital to a child’s education and his or her contribution to society.

Our English specialists aim to enthuse children about language and literature and much emphasis is placed on creating a balance using a variety of linguistic, creative, technical, literary, oral and written skills.

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MATHEMATICS

Mathematics is fundamental to our understanding of the world, as it is used across the globe to communicate and analyse information essential to everyday life. Far more than being just about numbers, it is a creative subject; it allows us to explore new ideas, either in finding solutions to pre-existing problems, or in discovering, investigating, reasoning, justifying and proving new concepts.

At Ardvreck, we strive to ensure your child not only secures essential numerical skills, but also gains an appreciation for the beauty and power of mathematics.

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SCIENCE

Ardvreck School is rightly proud of its Science department, with a recently refurbished, fully equipped Science lab and specialist Science teachers in every Science lesson. Many of the world’s current issues will need to be addressed by well educated scientists in the very near future.

With that in mind, it is fitting that Science plays a central part in the curriculum at Ardvreck School. Students receive up to 4 hours of Science lessons each week from specialist Science teachers. This in depth and high quality teaching and learning leads every student to explore and understand core scientific principals.

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FRENCH

French is taught in a lively and fun environment at Ardvreck. We aim to foster a love and enjoyment of language learning and a different culture, using a variety of teaching techniques. Enjoyment is an important part of the learning process whilst aiming for excellent results as our pupils move on from Ardvreck, whatever the level.

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GEOGRAPHY

‘Geography explains the past, illuminates the present and prepares us for the future.  What could be more important than that?’ 
Michael Palin 2007

At Ardvreck, the study of Geography aims to help children understand more about the World around them, to foster a curiosity for the pursuit of knowledge and to know more about the impact humans have on our precious planet. In lessons, we aim to draw on the knowledge and experiences of both the teachers and the children and to develop the children’s thinking and reflective skills. From this, they should be able to draw their own informed decisions on a variety of topical and challenging issues affecting us all today.

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HISTORY

The History syllabus aims to capture the interest of children and to develop vital intellectual skills which can be applied in a wider context. We focus mainly on British History. However, we look closely at the American and French Revolutions. Pupils are encouraged to understand that history is not an exact science. The success of individual leaders is open to interpretation. Children from an early age are encouraged to evaluate a wide variety of source materials. Crucially the study of history allows children to question and to draw their own well-qualified conclusions.

History is the study of human nature, and children learn that history repeats itself to varying degrees. Pupils are encouraged to identify why revolutions and wars occur. Pupils are given the opportunity to look at historical documents, newspaper articles and propaganda posters. We do not rely on textbooks. However, pupils are encouraged to evaluate information and write structured essays. They should be proficient at this by the time they go on to senior school.

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LATIN

From legal and scientific terminology, to Harry Potter and our very own school motto, “Honor praemium virtutis” (“Honour is the reward of virtue”), we are surrounded by Latin. It forms the basis of over 60% of the English we use every day, and underpins French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese.

Studying Latin not only makes learning other languages easier, but also helps children to improve their mental discipline and precision – transferrable skills for every subject.

The study of Roman culture, history, literature and myths enriches the pupils’ acquisition of the language, and gives them a well-rounded understanding of the origin of much of our own cultural heritage. Visits to local Roman sites, plays, games, model-making and other creative activities complement the rigorous academic work.

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RELIGIOUS STUDIES

The aim of the department is to give every pupil a solid grounding in Religious Studies, to develop their ability to think empathetically towards people of different cultures and beliefs and to foster in the pupils an enjoyment and positive attitude towards Religious Studies. Pupils learn about the three principal world faiths which are Christianity, Judaism and Islam, with some references to Hinduism, Buddhism, and Sikhism. However, further up the school we follow the ISEB syllabus and focus mainly on the Christian Old and New Testaments.

By the time a pupil reaches 13 years of age they should have an understanding of Social Justice, Environmental issues, Prejudice and Discrimination, Racism, Crime and Punishment, Scientific belief and Religion. This will enable pupils to understand the world around them. They will be ready to participate fully in philosophical discussions about whether science disproves God. They will be able to form well qualified and balanced opinions about the world around them.

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MUSIC

Studying music is far more than learning how to sing or play an instrument; it teaches children about other cultures, develops analytical and evaluative listening skills and will help foster a lifelong love of an art form that surrounds us all, on a daily basis.

The aim of the music department at Ardvreck is to develop a culture of musical excellence, with inclusion at its core. All children have the capacity to develop their musical skills, whether that be playing an instrument to a very high standard or developing their ensemble skills in class performances. Participation in music at Ardvreck is actively encouraged!

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ARTS

Art and Design at Ardvreck aims to stimulate creativity and fire up the imagination in pupils from Form 1 through to Form 6.

It must not be forgotten that the basic law of children’s creativity is that its value lies not in its result, not in the product of creation, but in the process itself.

While strong observational skills are absolutely paramount, developing an understanding of the visual elements and exploring and experiencing a range of materials, processes and techniques are also vitally important to the skills each child will acquire and build on whilst here.

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DIGITAL SCIENCE

At Ardvreck ICT supports all areas of the curriculum in terms of research and the output of work. It will also be used to develop new skills ranging from commonplace applications to more specialised software such as programming and coding.

In the sixth form the children learn high-end word processing skills to produce a professional looking document such as a Curriculum Vitae or Fieldwork Enquiry. They learn to type with the aim of being able to touch type by the time they leave to go to their senior schools.

FOREST SCHOOL

Our qualified Forest School leader enables extensive use to be made of our beautiful grounds, encouraging learning through a variety of interesting and challenging activities for Forms 1 and 2 based on problem solving skills, working together, creative thinking and discovering more about the local environment.

Wellies, gloves, hats and waterproof trousers continue to be an essential part of the Ardvreck uniform as the Forest School sessions take place whatever the weather! Activities including nature walks, campfires and gardening as well as learning to make a Tippy Tap, knot tying, lashing skills, wildflower identification and safe use of Laplander saws.

ENGLISH

Ardvreck has English at the heart of its curriculum. The ability to communicate effectively, both in the spoken and written word is vital to a child’s education and his or her contribution to society.

Our English specialists aim to enthuse children about language and literature and much emphasis is placed on creating a balance using a variety of linguistic, creative, technical, literary, oral and written skills.

CURRICULUM

MATHS

Mathematics is fundamental to our understanding of the world, as it is used across the globe to communicate and analyse information essential to everyday life.

Far more than being just about numbers, it is a creative subject; it allows us to explore new ideas, either in finding solutions to pre-existing problems, or in discovering, investigating, reasoning, justifying and proving new concepts. At Ardvreck, we strive to ensure your child not only secures essential numerical skills, but also gains an appreciation for the beauty and power of mathematics.

CURRICULUM

SCIENCE

Ardvreck School is rightly proud of its Science department, with a recently refurbished, fully equipped Science lab and specialist Science teachers in every Science lesson. Many of the world’s current issues will need to be addressed by well educated scientists in the very near future.

With that in mind, it is fitting that Science plays a central part in the curriculum at Ardvreck School. Students receive up to 4 hours of Science lessons each week from specialist Science teachers. This in depth and high quality teaching and learning leads every student to explore and understand core scientific principals.

CURRICULUM

FRENCH

French is taught in a lively and fun environment at Ardvreck. We aim to foster a love and enjoyment of language learning and a different culture, using a variety of teaching techniques. Enjoyment is an important part of the learning process whilst aiming for excellent results as our pupils move on from Ardvreck, whatever the level.

CURRICULUM

GEOGRAPHY

‘Geography explains the past, illuminates the present and prepares us for the future. What could be more important than that?’
Michael Palin 2007

At Ardvreck, the study of Geography aims to help children understand more about the World around them, to foster a curiosity for the pursuit of knowledge and to know more about the impact humans have on our precious planet. In lessons, we aim to draw on the knowledge and experiences of both the teachers and the children and to develop the children’s thinking and reflective skills. From this, they should be able to draw their own informed decisions on a variety of topical and challenging issues affecting us all today.

CURRICULUM

HISTORY

The History syllabus aims to capture the interest of children and to develop vital intellectual skills which can be applied in a wider context. We focus mainly on British History. However, we look closely at the American and French Revolutions. Pupils are encouraged to understand that history is not an exact science. The success of individual leaders is open to interpretation. Children from an early age are encouraged to evaluate a wide variety of source materials. Crucially the study of history allows children to question and to draw their own well-qualified conclusions.

History is the study of human nature, and children learn that history repeats itself to varying degrees. Pupils are encouraged to identify why revolutions and wars occur. Pupils are given the opportunity to look at historical documents, newspaper articles and propaganda posters. We do not rely on textbooks. However, pupils are encouraged to evaluate information and write structured essays. They should be proficient at this by the time they go on to senior school.

CURRICULUM

LATIN

From legal and scientific terminology, to Harry Potter and our very own school motto, “Honor praemium virtutis” (“Honour is the reward of virtue”), we are surrounded by Latin. It forms the basis of over 60% of the English we use every day, and underpins French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese. Studying Latin not only makes learning other languages easier, but also helps children to improve their mental discipline and precision – transferrable skills for every subject. 

The study of Roman culture, history, literature and myths enriches the pupils’ acquisition of the language, and gives them a well-rounded understanding of the origin of much of our own cultural heritage. Visits to local Roman sites, plays, games, model-making and other creative activities complement the rigorous academic work.

CURRICULUM

RELIGIOUS STUDIES

The aim of the department is to give every pupil a solid grounding in Religious Studies, to develop their ability to think empathetically towards people of different cultures and beliefs and to foster in the pupils an enjoyment and positive attitude towards Religious Studies. Pupils learn about the three principal world faiths which are Christianity, Judaism and Islam, with some references to Hinduism, Buddhism, and Sikhism. However, further up the school we follow the ISEB syllabus and focus mainly on the Christian Old and New Testaments.

By the time a pupil reaches 13 years of age they should have an understanding of Social Justice, Environmental issues, Prejudice and Discrimination, Racism, Crime and Punishment, Scientific belief and Religion. This will enable pupils to understand the world around them. They will be ready to participate fully in philosophical discussions about whether science disproves God. They will be able to form well qualified and balanced opinions about the world around them.

CURRICULUM

MUSIC

Studying music is far more than learning how to sing or play an instrument; it teaches children about other cultures, develops analytical and evaluative listening skills and will help foster a lifelong love of an art form that surrounds us all, on a daily basis.

The aim of the music department at Ardvreck is to develop a culture of musical excellence, with inclusion at its core. All children have the capacity to develop their musical skills, whether that be playing an instrument to a very high standard or developing their ensemble skills in class performances. Participation in music at Ardvreck is actively encouraged!

CURRICULUM

ARTS

Art and Design at Ardvreck aims to stimulate creativity and fire up the imagination in pupils from Form 1 through to Form 6.

It must not be forgotten that the basic law of children’s creativity is that its value lies not in its result, not in the product of creation, but in the process itself.

While strong observational skills are absolutely paramount, developing an understanding of the visual elements and exploring and experiencing a range of materials, processes and techniques are also vitally important to the skills each child will acquire and build on whilst here.

CURRICULUM

DIGITAL SCIENCE

At Ardvreck ICT supports all areas of the curriculum in terms of research and the output of work. It will also be used to develop new skills ranging from commonplace applications to more specialised software such as programming and coding.

In the sixth form the children learn high-end word processing skills to produce a professional looking document such as a Curriculum Vitae or Fieldwork Enquiry. They learn to type with the aim of being able to touch type by the time they leave to go to their senior schools.

FOREST SCHOOL

Our qualified Forest School leader enables extensive use to be made of our beautiful grounds, encouraging learning through a variety of interesting and challenging activities for Forms 1 and 2 based on problem solving skills, working together, creative thinking and discovering more about the local environment.

Wellies, gloves, hats and waterproof trousers continue to be an essential part of the Ardvreck uniform as the Forest School sessions take place whatever the weather! Activities including nature walks, campfires and gardening as well as learning to make a Tippy Tap, knot tying, lashing skills, wildflower identification and safe use of Laplander saws.

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