Upper School

In GES Upper School we encourage children to become inquisitive, confident individuals with the necessary skills to become lifelong learners.

We follow a wide-ranging curriculum, which includes English, Mathematics, Science, Computing, History, Geography, Environmental Studies, Lifeskills, Music, Art & Design and Physical Education. We follow the English National Curriculum in English, Mathematics and Science and we teach the necessary skills for other curriculum areas, adapting the content to suit our needs.

There is emphasis on cross-curricular teaching, creativity in all curriculum areas and the development of higher order thinking skills.

Every child is an individual and the way they learn best differs from one child to another. Because of the size of the school and the GES ethos, we prioritise this individuality. We cater for a wide range of learning styles and abilities by designing the depth and pace of the teaching and learning to meet the needs of the each child.

Learning in the classroom is enhanced by extracurricular activities, visits to local museums and theatres, participation in musical productions, sporting events and inviting external visitors to the school.

Year 3

In Year 3 there are two parallel classes taught by Miss Scott (3S) and Mr Fowle (3F). The curriculum for English, Mathematics and Science closely follows the National Curriculum in England.

Other curriculum areas are adapted to suit our needs. French is also considered to be a core subject.


There is an emphasis on cross-curricular teaching and during the year topics such as rocks and fossils, ancient Egyptians, and ancient Mayans are studied. A summer residential trip to Kandersteg in the Swiss Alps is the culmination of our study of plants and rainforests.

All children perform in the annual Upper School musical production and have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of sporting activities.


Year 4

In Year 4 there are two parallel classes taught by Mrs Crucerey (4C) and Mr Stimpson (4S). The curriculum for English, Mathematics and Science closely follows the

National Curriculum in England. Other curriculum areas are adapted to suit our needs. French is also considered to be a core subject.

There is an emphasis on cross-curricular teaching and during the year the children study such topics as The Romans, China, and mountains and glaciers. A highlight of the year is the summer residential trip to La Tzoumaz in the Swiss Alps.

All children perform in the annual Upper School musical production and have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of sporting activities.

Year 5

In Year 5 there are two parallel classes taught by Mrs Power (5P) and Mr Vavrecka (5V). The curriculum for English, Mathematics and Science closely follows the National Curriculum in England.

Other curriculum areas are adapted to suit our needs. French is also considered to be a core subject.

There is an emphasis on teaching creatively in all areas of the curriculum and during the year topics such as the ancient Greeks, rivers and coasts, and world weather are studied.

The year begins with a team building residential camp in Les Gets in the French Alps and culminates with a summer residential trip to Gstaad in the Swiss Alps.

All children perform in the annual Upper School musical production and have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of sporting activities.

Year 6

In Year 6 there are two parallel classes taught by Mrs Wright (6W) and Miss Gill (6G). The curriculum for English, Mathematics and Science closely follows the National Curriculum in England.

Other curriculum areas are adapted to suit our needs. French is also considered to be a core subject.

The curriculum is both creative and challenging and there is great emphasis on cross-curricular teaching.

The children in Year 6 are in a unique position as they are approaching secondary school age. There are increased opportunities for demonstrating leadership and autonomy as we continue to encourage the development of independence and responsibility in every child.

The year begins with an overnight team building trip to St Luc in the Swiss Alps and culminates with a summer residential trip to Torgon, also in the Swiss Alps.

All children perform in the annual Upper School musical production and have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of sporting activities.

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