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RWIS Curriculum Overview

The curriculum of Raoul Wallenberg International School (RWIS) in Palma is largely based on the National Curriculum for England and Wales through the Cambridge curriculum and also adheres to the requirements of the local Spanish education authorities. Spanish is mandatory throughout the school and Catalan for local students. Local history and culture is emphasized as well as that of the British Curriculum.

The Curriculum leads to IGCSE (at age 16) and AS and/or A Level examinations (at age 18), qualifications that are recognised and highly valued by universities around the world.

RWIS complements the core subjects and requirements of the National Curriculum with programmes in Sports, Music, Drama and outdoor education that go far beyond the standard requirements. The teaching of Spanish is emphasised as well as Catalan, Swedish, German or French as further languages.

The focus of the curriculum shifts as students progress through the years.

In the Lower Primary ( ages 5-7), learning is  largely play based. Children acquire their first notions of Numeracy and Literacy through active, playful activities and learning. By the end of Lower Primary, most children will have acquired basic reading and number skills and a grounding in a second language.

In the Upper  Primary school (ages 7 to 11) the focus is on learning good fundamental Maths and English language skills. Science, Technology, Humanities, Spanish ( and Catalan) and Art are covered as multidisciplinary topics and through projects.

The curriculum in Lower Secondary (ages 11 to 14) is more subject based and aims at building students ability to work independently and think critically. At this stage the emphasis is on exposing students to opportunities in a wide range of subjects so that they can begin to form ideas of where their interests lie.

Upper Secondary students follow IGCSE (ages 14 to 16) and  AS & A Level  (age 16 to 18) courses. At IGCSE, students study English, Maths, Science, Spanish and a further language plus an additional three or four subjects from a selection.


At AS & A Level students specialise further and chose three or four subjects from a range of options.

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