At Loreto we teach a broad and balanced curriculum, offering challenges appropriate to the age and ability of each individual child.
We provide a wide range of learning experiences covering all National Curriculum subjects.
The main school comprises the First School from Reception to Year 3 and the Middle School Years 4 – 7.
Reading and Language Development
Language development plays a crucial role in our school. We recognise that literacy skills are fundamental. Our aim is to help children become effective communicators. As well as acquiring a high standard of practical skills, we hope that our children will develop a confidence in using language so that they can articulate their feelings, join in a reasoned debate and are able to enjoy books and literature.
We have a wide range of carefully structured reading resources and parents are encouraged to share in their child’s reading programme from the very beginning of their school career. Our SENCO talks to parents of children in Reception and Year 1 in the Autumn Term to encourage inclusion in the development of their child’s reading.
Our aim is to help children develop an ability to think and converse in a way that reflects logical thought processes and flexibility of mind. We endeavour to help children learn mathematical skills and knowledge and make these relevant to their lives.
To help achieve these aims, we have a carefully structured core scheme that is a blend of traditional and modern approaches. Practical activity is seen as an integral part of learning mathematics. Experimentation with real materials enables each child to move towards an understanding of abstract concepts.
Children are involved in practical investigations, acquiring scientific knowledge and developing the skills of observing, formulating hypotheses and drawing conclusions.
Science is approached both through cross-curricular topic work and in specific self-contained projects.
Up-to-date resources enhance the learning of all students from Reception to Year 7.
Whilst learning valuable IT skills, a strong focus is also placed on learning, fun and ensuring that when in the IT suite they explore and learn at their own pace and understanding. Lessons are integrated across the curriculum and all students attend the IT suite at least once a week. The children follow the Computer Science curriculum which consists of ICT, Digital Literacy and Computer Science.
Middle school students have access to the IT suit for research, printing and project creation. With at least one complete computer system in each class and interactive whiteboards throughout the school, the IT experience is accessible to all students. Year 7 children have access to programs outside of school, this includes email through the Microsoft Office 365 platform.
History and Geography
We aim to encourage an awareness of geographical and historical aspects of the local environment and the wider world. We seek to develop each child’s understanding of time and place and help them to make sense of the world around them. Wherever possible visits and workshops are arranged to extend children’s knowledge and understanding within the framework of the National Curriculum.
Great importance is placed on developing a capacity for enjoyment of the various creative media. We encourage children to take a delight in drama, art, design and technology and music. We aim to give them the skills to succeed whilst offering new experience to all. The Music Department offers the opportunity to join the school choir and many children attend after school flute, piano, art and drama activities.
Knowledge of other languages plays an important part in modern European society. Spanish is taught from Reception and a communicative course in French is introduced in Years 6 and 7.
Religious Education is at the core of our teaching and goes beyond the formal Religious Education curriculum. We work closely with the Bishop and our school Chaplain to create an atmosphere where religion is relevant and Christ is present in our children’s lives.
The ethos of a Loreto school is explored through the core values espoused and encapsulated in Mary Ward’s life and mission: Freedom, Justice, Truth, Sincerity and Joy. This ethos is implicit in all our teaching.
The Vatican Council’s Declaration on Religious Education states that ‘Parents must be the first and foremost educators of children. Their role as educators is so decisive that scarcely anything else can compensate for the failure in it.’
Parents are particularly invited to participate in the preparation for the Sacraments of Reconciliation Eucharist and Confirmation.
The school aims to give the pupils as wide an experience as possible in a variety of physical activities.
The school also makes use of the excellent sporting facilities in Gibraltar such as the Victoria Stadium and GASA Swimming Pool.
Extra-curricular activities include lunchtime Gym Club for years 2-7 where children work towards British Amateur Gymnastics Awards. The school Gym Squad trains together twice a week and performs Gym Displays at the end of the summer term.