Slotsvænget 1-3,

DK-5000 Odense, Denmark

What are Key Stages?



Key stages refer to the sets of skills and knowledge a student is aiming to develop at a certain stage in their education. We document the learning process by using portfolios. In these portfolios, students place samples of their work throughout the year. Parents thus have an idea of classroom work, standards of achievement and how their child’s skills are developing.

Key Stage 1 includes students at the age of 5 to 7 years of age. The core subjects are mathematics, English and science. Students are expected to be able to read when they leave this key stage as well as be able to do basic addition and subtractions. Socially students are expected to be able to listen to instructions and show some understanding for what a good buddy is in classroom work and in the playground.

Key stage 2 is designed for students aged 8 to 10. The core subjects remain English, mathematics and science. Literacy skills now move towards reading for meaning and teaching students how to produce reports, recounts, instructions and stories in writing. Students are expected to be able to do short spoken presentations and explanations of their work. French is introduced in the final year of key stage 2. In key stage 1 and 2 students are taught by a primary school specialist who also functions as the head of year/key stage.

In key stage 3 students aged 11-13 will now be taught by subject specialists. A head of each key stage will be in charge of the personal follow-up of our students. On the time table they will have English, mathematics, science, history, geography, French, Danish, physical education and art. Students develop greater independence and ability for critical thinking at this stage. They are expected to develop their language to comply with the spoken and written demands of their individual subjects.

Key stage 4 is the final stage of our secondary school programme. Students aged 14-16 choose ten subjects, from a range of subjects, which they then study for two years before sitting their IGCSE exams (International General Certificate of Secondary Education). Students should now be equipped with the skills, independence and confidence to do well in upper secondary education. IGCSE subjects are taught by subject specialists. Teachers will be mentoring groups of students in order to ensure the personal follow-up of each student.