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Our Curriculum

The UWC Maastricht Primary Curriculum is made up of the following subjects areas with access to some dependent on English fluency levels. Units of work and the curriculum we use are under constant review to ensure they are appropriate for our students, fit the UWC Maastricht model of education and ensure that students are adequately prepared for the
Middle Years Programme or equivalent.
Subject Aligned to Programme(s) used Assessment
Early Years Early Years Framework Continuous play and provocations On-going in-class observation
Literacy and Literature    UK National Curriculum N/A

In-class assessment Standardised UK tests:
Progress in English
New Group Reading Test
Single Word Spelling Test

English Language Learners Common European Framework (CERF) In-house designed ELL Foundation Programme> Push-in support for intermediate students. Accommodations made for curriculum access in other subjects. Against the CERF criteria in speaking, listening, reading and writing
Maths UK National Curriculum

Teacher designed IPC integration

In-class assessment 
Abacus unit tests
Progress in Maths (UK standardised test)

Humanities and Sciences UK National Curriculum International Primary Curriculum Milepost assessment criteria demonstrated through in-class assessment
Dutch Common European Framework (CERF) Foundation, Intermediate and advanced groups Against the CERF criteria in speaking, listening, reading and writing
Digital Literacy International Society for Technology in Education and Training standards
Health and Wellness National Dutch Primary Curriculum and UWCSEA H&W Curriculum Health and Wellness Education Curriculum Lesson observations of practical skills demonstrated
Music U.S. National Core Arts Standards

(Orff Schulwerk Approach)

In-class observation & assessment

  • Standard Testing
    Students in Upper Primary (years 4-6) take the Cognitive Abilities Tests at the start of each year. This is a non-curricular computer based test. Students whose level of English is not yet proficient to access will have a second opportunity to take these tests in February. Students from years 1-6 take the New Group Reading Test, Progress in Maths, Progress in English and Single Word Spelling Test in May each year. All are aligned to the UK National Curriculum.
  • English Language Learning
    85% of students at UWC Maastricht speak English as an additional language and, because English is our language of instruction, considerable focus and support is given to students to help develop their English. On entry, students are assessed in their language proficiency and support is offered as appropriate both through pull-out lessons and additional in-class support. Your class teacher and ELL teacher will be in regular contact to update you on progress.
    Download the ELL Information for Parents here.
  • Mother Tongue Language Development
    The UWC Maastricht Language Philosophy recognises the importance of maintaining and developing one’s Mother Tongue language. We run several Mother Tongue classes for students as part of the Community Clubs programme and all teachers welcome the use of Mother Tongue in class to help students access the curriculum.
  • Digital Literacy and ICT
    We are currently developing our Digital Literacy and ICT curriculum so we use and integrate technology to promote confident, independent and motivated learners who can use a range of ICT based tools to work collaboratively, research, create, and communicate effectively. Our programme aims to provide students with the necessary skills to adapt to a rapidly changing technological environment, while also recognizing that technology is only one of many tools that can be used to enhance student learning. Students from Year 3 upwards have a discrete ICT lesson per week and all students have the opportunity to use laptops and iPads within other curriculum areas.
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