The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) for R1 and R2 classes has been designed to establish a firm foundation on which pupils can build to support their continuing education. Children’s learning is the central purpose of everything connected with the IPC. Helping children learn – academically, socially, emotionally and physically is the main purpose of schools. Children’s learning must respond to their current and future personal needs, their future career needs and the needs of the varied societies and cultural groups in which they will play a part. Learning needs to be active, in that children must engage with their own learning. For R1 and R2 children, this means that learning which is relevant to the future must be placed in a context that is meaningful to their present lives. Children need to share responsibility for their learning with their teachers, parents and carers. The proportion of responsibility will depend on the age and characteristics of the children. Learning is constructed in such a way that, by the end of Primary years, children begin to see and experience the potential for taking responsibility for their own learning.
Communication with parents is vital to students’ wellbeing and progress. Every child is given a ‘Communication Book’ which is sent home to parents daily; alternatively, families will receive a daily email by the teacher. The book provides parents with the opportunity to voice any special requests or questions they may wish answered. It also assists the Early Years team in keeping families briefly informed of class activities/food eaten, and general observations. A class newsletter is published on Fridays on your child’s Google site by the teacher, outlining tasks completed during the week and information regarding any forthcoming special events. This weekly letter also includes information regarding work planned for the following week.
The language of instruction is English and children are encouraged to communicate in this language at all times. At the beginning of the school year, faculty members and/or older students speaking languages other than English may be used to communicate with your child if they are not English speakers.
Below you can find an example of the Early Years daily schedule:
|8:40 – 9:00||Registration and free play|
|9:00 – 9:15||Morning snack|
|9:15 – 9:45||Outside play|
|9:45 – 10:30||Lesson|
|11:35 – 12:05||Lunch|
|12:05 – 12:45||Garden play|
|12:45 to 14:15||Lesson|
|14:15 to 14:45||Lesson|
|14:45 to 15:00||Afternoon snack|
|15:00 to 15:15||Homeroom and Dismissal|