The school is organised into 3 key phases:
Primary: P1, P2, P3
Junior: P+, P4, P5, P6
Seniors: S1, GCSE 1, GCSE 2, A’Level
The Adult class runs independently of the above phases.
Age: 5 year olds (in Year 1 at mainstream school)
Students start with becoming familiar with the sounds of the Gurmukhi letters and simple vowels. The emphasis in the class is to converse in Punjabi focusing on introductions, likes, dislikes, colours and high frequency words. Children are encouraged to read simple words progressing to simple sentences. They are able to recognise their name and are encouraged to write it in Punjabi whenever the opportunity arises.
Age: 6 years old
Students are exposed to more complex Gurmukhi letters and their sounds, and begin to use more of the Punjabi vowels. Children are challenged with more words that incorporate use of new letter and vowel combinations. There is more focus on learning the correct letter formation and using the correct grammar/high frequency words throughout written work and conversation. Children will begin to write longer sentences and have more opportunity to read Punjabi.
Age: 7 years old
By the third year of KPSS children should have sound knowledge of all Gurmukhi letters and their formations. They should be able to apply the most common vowels to the Gurmukhi letters and understand how they change the sound. More emphasis is placed on extending vocabulary, grammar and sentence structure which will be incorporated into more complex conversations. Children are expected to read Punjabi comprehension and deduce relevant information to answer questions on the text.
Age: 7 – 8 years old
P+ is a class designated to 7 – 8 year olds who are learning Punjabi for the first time. They will be introduced to most Gurmukhi letters and common vowels. They will also be focused on learning basic grammar rules and using what they have learnt to converse in Punjabi. Students will become familiar with learning how to recognise and write their name in Punjabi. Due to the age of the students in this class, they can move much faster with their learning than P1. The aim of all students in this class is to move into the other mainstream classes after one academic year, and follow through to P6.
P4 & P5
Age: 8 – 9 years old
The students in these classes will have already grasped the Gurmukhi letters, vowels and letter formations. They will now be using more complex grammar to extend their writing and oral conversations. The emphasis in these classes is to extend the vocabulary in preparation for P6 and begin to read and understand longer more complex Punjabi comprehension incorporating wider vocabulary.
Age: 9 – 11 years old
This is the last class in Juniors, and is the feeder class into GCSE 1. The syllabus for this class mirrors that of GCSE and begins to introduce the GCSE topics and vocabulary in a gradual manner. At this point students are expected to have solid grammar base and they are expected to use it in more complex conversations. There is a heavy emphasis on Punjabi orals and use of extended vocabulary across all topics.
Age: 10 – 17 years old
Children aged 10 upwards are placed into S1 if they have little or no previous Punjabi knowledge. They are fast-tracked through the sounds of the Gurmukhi letters, vowels and grammar rules. The children are taught a wide range of vocabulary from of the offset and are expected to spend 1-2 years in this class before moving into GCSE 1. There is a heavy emphasis on conversing in Punjabi using the extended vocabulary that has been taught.
Age: 10 – 17 years old
Students from P6, S1 and from external schools will enter GCSE 1 if they pass the entrance exam for this class. The entrance exam is generally held towards the end of each academic year and students are informed prior to the Summer holidays if they have done well enough to progress onto GCSE 1. Summer homework is set and students are expected to have completed the work before starting the GCSE course in September. This class follows the AQA GCSE Punjabi syllabus in more depth than P6. Children will read, write and converse in Punjabi with the aim of moving into the final GCSE class the following year.
Age: 10 – 17 years old
Students from GCSE 1 or external schools will enter GCSE 2 if they pass the entrance exam for this class. The entrance exam is generally held towards the end of each academic year and students are informed prior to the Summer holidays if they have done well enough to progress onto GCSE 2. Summer homework is set and students are expected to have completed the work before completing the GCSE course in September. There is more emphasis on written Punjabi with students expected to write essays using the correct grammar and vocabulary and, on spoken Punjabi in readiness for the final exams which are held from April (oral) through to June (written, reading and listening).
Age: 12 – 17 years old
Those students who have successfully completed their Punjabi GCSE with KPSS or external schools are invited to study for an AS or A’Level in Punjabi. The class has 2 teachers.
Click here to view the A’Level Panjabi syllabus.