In order to contribute to the development of a bilingual profile of our students, the English Language assumes an extremely relevant role in Junior School, presenting the subject with an extensive and rigorous curriculum that is organically articulated with the learning established in the national curriculum.

Taught by a cohesive teaching team, equipped with the necessary skills for a coherent and effective pedagogical approach, Junior School ensures a more demanding and complex curricular structure in terms of the specific contents of the English Language subject, characterized by the widening of the course syllabus, with specific work sessions for the development of oral skills and English Literature and preparation for the certification of our students by the University of Cambridge.

The school integrates in its ideology the purpose of integrating its students into the events and traditions of Anglo-Saxon culture. Our teachers are native or bilingual, which allows a closer approach to the details of the language as well as to the cultural idiosyncrasies that occur inside and outside the classroom.

English Literature and Performance is seen as a fundamental area of study, not only in the linguistic sense, but also as a means of experiencing Anglo-Saxon culture. For this purpose students study the great classics of English Literature while enjoying the work of contemporary writers. They analyse characters, carry out discussions, stage representations and reinvent work leading to artistic expression of a humanitarian nature. 

New students in Junior School

The new students who join the school in the 5th or 6th grade take a diagnostic test that assesses the level of proficiency in the English language in the various skills that compose it: Reading Comprehension, Use of English, Listening, Writing and Speaking. This diagnostic evaluation aims to facilitate a more effective integration of new students if their level of proficiency is not equivalent to the level taught in their school grade. The analysis of the results allows the pedagogical team to define strategies to help and support the development of language skills, some which include individualized work in small groups, increased pedagogical support sessions, as well as the implementation of differentiated teaching methodologies in the classroom. 

Scenario 1:

New Student, 5th grade Diagnostic Test Global Results:
level A.2.2 Regular Integration

Scenario 2:

New student, 6th grade Diagnostic Test Global Results:
level A.2.1 Integration with learning support measures  

  • Tutorial Support
  • Increased pedagogical support sessions
  • Pedagogic differentiation
  • Curriculum Accommodations

Cambridge University Examinations

Involved in a bilingual educational context, St. Peter’s International School works to provide its students with the tools they need to successfully achieve their personal goals in what is an increasingly demanding and competitive world, where teaching English is absolutely decisive for both their academic and professional future. St. Peter’s International School prepares its students for all levels of the University of Cambridge ESOL: English for Speakers of Other Languages Exams, from the Young Learners Examinations to the most advanced levels (Certificate of Proficiency in English Examination).