Our Routines in Lower Primary

Lower Primary children in class learning german

Lower Primary at ELA Basel

Drop off and pick up (collection) times

Morning Arrival     All children arrive between 07:30 and 08:25
Afternoon Collection  Children are collected at 15:30 Monday to Thursday and 14:00 on Friday
After School Programme   Children may be collected between 17:00 and 18:00 Monday to Friday

Children in both Lower Primary and Upper Primary may be dropped off at school from 07:30 where they can spend time socialising with their friends until the day starts at 08:25. Pupils are encouraged to enter the school independently, where they are welcomed by a staff member.

Each class follows a timetable whereby the children move between classes to receive their dedicated tuition, for example, German, French and Music with specialist teachers. Break is supervised by adults and spent either in the park, in the outdoor area at school, playing games or doing Zumba indoors. During the half-hour morning break children are provided with bread and fruit. Lunch times are staggered, with slots between 12:00 and 14:00, when children enjoy meals which are prepared daily by our on-site chef.

ELA Basel cultivates the values of respect, integrity, compassion and intellectual independence. There is a strong emphasis placed on high expectations of behaviour, good manners, kindness, respect for diversity and tolerance of others. Our philosophy permeates our school day; for example, at lunch time, children sit and eat in small groups, enjoying socialising and discussing the events of the day in a calm and respectful manner.

Lower Primary student working with the smart board

The Lower Primary School offers children transitioning from pre-school a caring, safe and secure 'home away from home' as they develop and become more independent. Children learn through a variety of play-related activities linked to the Early Years Foundation Stage in Primary 1. They then progress on to more structured learning activities in Primary 2 which is the start of the UK National Curriculum.