The curriculum


At the British School of Amsterdam we follow the UK National Curriculum taught in England. In the Junior School we teach a topic based curriculum with an emphasis on cross curricular links.

English and mathematics are taught every day for one lesson each. There are key objectives that are taught through the lessons and each lesson is differentiated to include all the different levels of learning ability within a class. Children who are new to English receive additional support from our EAL teachers, who work with small groups of children either as a withdrawn group or in class. All children work towards learning targets which are set by the teachers each term.

Science, History, Geography, Art, Design and Technology and Computing are all taught through a topic based approach. Topics are taught in short or long units and each one has a different topic focus.We aim to make our curriculum exciting, relevant and challenging.

SEAL (Social and Emotional Learning) is taught through our Assembly themes and through lessons in class using the JIGSAW scheme. JIGSAW is a comprehensive, whole-school approach to promoting the social and emotional skills that underpin effective learning, positive behaviour, regular attendance, staff effectiveness and the emotional health and well-being of all who learn and work in schools.

At the Junior School, the children learn Dutch and French as Modern Foreign Languages. Children who are Native Dutch and Native French follow a specialised programme in their own language.

All children have two Physical Education (PE) lessons per week. For half of the year the children have swimming lessons at the Mirandabad in Amsterdam and the children work through the Dutch ZwemDiploma programme.

Throughout the year children are assessed by the criteria in the Key skills for each year group. These key skills are used to report progress at the end of each year and can be found in the curriculum handbook which is published each year to parents via our secure site.

We use the UK National Standard Attainment Tests (SATS) to test children formally at the end of each year in English and Mathematics, and these tests are externally marked at the end of Key Stage 2 (end of Year 6). We get very good results from our students, typically performing well above national averages.