Primary school in Lusaka, Zambia
- Helps its primary school children to mature as individuals
- In reception children begin their outdoor education programme
- Follows the UK’s Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA)
Choosing the right school for your child is a big decision and one that Baobab College fully appreciates, that is why the school works hard to ensure you have made the right one.
Reception (4-5 years)
Children enter reception at 4+. For some this is a natural continuation from our ELC, for others they join Baobab College for the first time; this time of transition is recognised as an important one in a child’s life and staff work closely with parents to establish a strong home/school partnership for the benefit of the individual child.
The curriculum for Reception follows the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework, adding opportunity and experience to this as appropriate to individual children. Emphasis is placed on securing firm foundations in literacy and numeracy. Computing, Music, PE and Nyanja are taught by specialist teaching staff.
Baobab Primary School mixes the formal setting of the classroom with the wealth of opportunity provided by its physical surroundings. Children are given the freedom in which to grow, learn and play. Classrooms are bright and well decorated with children’s work reflecting the diversity of the curriculum. In Reception children begin their outdoor education programme where they experience camping and independence away from home. Each year group extends the time spent away from home.
Key Stage One
Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 follow the British National Curriculum with core subjects Literacy, Numeracy and Science. History, Geography, Religious Education, P.S.H.E., Art and Design and Technology are also taught at this level. Children have specialist teachers for Physical Education, Swimming, Music, Information Technology and French.
In Reception children begin their outdoor education programme where they experience camping and independence away from home. Each year the time spent away from home is extended.
Key Stage One – Year 1 and Year 2 (5-7 years)
A more formal approach to learning is adopted as the children progress into Year 1. The curriculum is broad and balanced and individual progress within this is continually monitored. The teaching staff, including the classroom assistants, work closely together drawing upon each other’s strengths and expertise to the benefit of the children.
Children in Year and Year 2 follow the British National Curriculum with the core subjects being Literacy, Numeracy and Science. History, Geography, Religious Education, Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE), Art and Design and Technology are also taught at this level.
Children have specialist teachers for Physical Education, Swimming, Music, Information Technology and our local language, Nyanja.
Baobab College have an active drama programme and one major production is produced each year. The children have weekly assemblies and classes take it in turns to perform a class play. Maximum participation is always encouraged.
The 5 to 7 year old stage at any school is crucial for any child’s development and at Baobab College pride themselves on a highly experienced and dedicated staff that always puts the child first and foremost and treats each child in a very individual way.
Key Stage One has a unique family atmosphere, which is felt by everyone who joins.
Key Stage Two – Year 3 to Year 6 (7-11 years)
As children move into Year 3 they move into Lower Key Stage Two. The curriculum is designed to enable children to become successful, independent learners and confident individuals. The final two years of a child’s time at Baobab College are seen as a period of preparation for the transition to senior school. The Year 6 children are ready to leave the primary school confident in the knowledge that they have been well prepared for the challenges that lay ahead.
Children from the age of 7 to 11 years are fully catered for at Baobab College. The programme offered is busy, enjoyable and rewarding. The College currently has 2 class intakes for each Year group from Year 3 to Year 6. They follow the British National Curriculum objectives for all subjects. Literacy, Numeracy and Science are core subjects whilst History, Geography, Art, Design and Technology, Religious Education and P.S.H.E. are covered at Foundation Level. Specialist teachers take Physical Education, Swimming, Information Technology, Music, Library Studies and French with Nyanja being taught until Year Four.
Assessments are taken yearly as are termly reading tests. Children are placed within classes according to age and all lessons are differentiated according to ability. Children with specific learning difficulties can be tested and are catered for by the school’s Learning Support Department.
Parents are kept informed of their child’s progress during termly consultations and end of term reports. Other appointments can be made as necessary. Homework assignments are set daily including Reading, Literacy and Numeracy tasks. Prep sessions are available during the week as are a variety of sports and afternoon activities.
All children are encouraged to take part in their bi-annual production and every class also experiences an educational camping trip each year to encourage appreciation of Zambia’s environment and for class team building.
Outdoor education and activities are an essential part of Baobab College programme. The sporting and cultural programme is well catered for in all areas of the programme this school strongly encourage the attributes of self-control, discipline and persistence. As the formal structure of the classroom strives to guide students “up the steep hill of knowledge”, so the extra-curricular activities bring together pupils with common objectives and fulfils the need to express unique personalities. Emphasis is always placed on integrity, good conduct and sportsmanship.
Baobab College provides excellent facilities for sporting activities, including an eight lane 25m swimming pool and an extensive playing field that caters for all sporting activities. Physical activity is a challenge to young minds and bodies. Healthy competition provides opportunities to learn new skills, nurture interests and gain confidence.
Participation in extra-curricular activities is expected of all students and in particular each Key Stage 1 child attends a minimum of 1 activity per week and Key Stage 2 children a minimum of 2 activities per week, one of which is a physical activity. House activities from Year 1-6 are compulsory and all children participate once a week in the House programme.
Children are grouped into 3 Houses, Eagle, Hawk and Falcon for sports and other competitions.