Early Years (Pre-school and Reception)
Our curriculum is based upon the EYFS of England and Wales. The Foundation Stage curriculum is for children aged three to the end of the Reception year. It is organised into six areas of learning, all of which are given equal status.
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication, language and literacy
- Mathematical development
- Knowledge and Understanding of the World
- Physical Development
- Creative Development
We work towards the Early Learning Goals, whilst recognising the needs of our international student population.
Young children learn best when they are actively involved in their learning, we carefully plan activities as:
Well planned play is a key way in which young children learn with enjoyment and challenge through the Foundation Stage.
Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2)
At IES we follow the National Curriculum of England and Wales. This curriculum begins in Key Stage 1, which includes Year 1 and Year 2. As Early Years and Key Stage 1 are both housed in our Infants building we provide a learning experience that seamlessly links the one key stage to the other.
From Year 1 children follow the National curriculum which is more formal and includes various specified subjects. At IES we work hard to make learning meaningful for all our learners and therefore modify and enhance our curriculum to meet all learners' needs. All subjects are assessed according to the National Curriculum levels that are determined by the prescribed level descriptors.
We cover the following subjects in both Year 1 and Year 2:
- Science / Topic
We base our primary education around the class teacher who takes his/ her group of children for the majority of the school day, covering all the main subjects areas like: Literacy, Numeracy, Science and Topic. For all the other specialist subjects we employ experience subject specific teachers, who are timetabled to work with each group during the week. This system ensures that teachers and children build meaningful relationships, which fosters healthy learning environments. Class and specialist teachers are responsible for monitoring pupils' progress closely and ensuring that pupils achieve according to their ability.
Literacy as a subject is divided up into Reading / Writing and Speaking and Listening. These are all different elements that are combined to help a learner acquire a new language. Each area is taught in a different way and teachers plan very carefully to ensure that learners reach the expected levels each year.
We teach pupils the Year 1 & 2 high frequency words and expect them to be able to read them on sight. We have a leveled reading scheme which pupils move through from reception to year 2. In Key stage 1 we expect pupils to read from Blue level upwards. We teach learning various reading skills such as decoding and encoding words, picture and contextual clues and text decoding. We teach reading in small groups and these are run by either the class teacher or trained teaching assistant or student support assistant.
Pupils are taught to use all their previously acquired knowledge in the previous key stage to start to write for meaning. In Key Stage 1, phonics is built on to include digraphs and phonemes and pupils are expected to use this knowledge when writing words. We link writing to real life experiences and encourage pupils to talk about their writing with meaning. Pupils will learn the format and orientation of writing and the importance of writing for a purpose. We focus on different writing tasks such as story writing, letters, non-chronological text, fairy tales etc. All these form part of the National Curriculum expectations.
Speaking and Listening:
At IES we believe that speaking and listening forms the basis for all language acquisition. Children are encouraged to explore the language in real meaningful ways. We focus on the elements of a good speaker and listener and we teach these skills during our Literacy lessons. We believe that when learners are confident in their own skills they will venture out and try new things. Children feel confident when they have a solid vocabulary and the skills to convey that knowledge in response to various tasks. These are the skills we focus on.
Numeracy is about number / shape / space and measure. In Key Stage 1 we build on the work done in Early years around number concept development and take it one step further. We broaden the child's knowledge of numbers and the properties thereof. We allow them time to explore what can be done with numbers when we add, subtract, double and half each number. Once pupils are secure in these operations we move onto the start of timetables and division but all through practical applications. Studies show that for true mathematical development to take place, learning needs to be fun and stimulating so we endeavour to make all lessons practical and concrete. We also focus on time, measurement, capacity and fractions to name a few in Key Stage 1.
Once again the National curriculum is followed in this area. Pupils discover more about themselves and the world around them through the subject of science. Lessons are real and experiments are exciting. Children learn about change and cause and effect. They discover why things work the way they do and what we do to contribute towards that change. Pupils are assessed according to the national curriculum levels.
PE, Music and Art are all taught by our onsite specialist subject teachers. Each lesson is planned with the National curriculum levels for that subject in mind but is delivered in a fun exciting way. In each subject children are encouraged to develop a love for the subject and often nurture a natural talent they did not know they had.