Teaching & Learning

Early Years Programme

Our Early Childhood Programme is for children aged between two and five years. The school follows the English National Curriculum for England and Wales.

At IIES we recognise how distinctive and vital the early years of schooling are in relation to the rapid rate of development in a child's physical, social, emotional, intellectual and communication abilities. Beginning with the youngest child in our school, students are encouraged and supported to follow their interests. We want them to be active learners and to be fully involved in making choices and decisions about their learning. Our students will be asked to use their initiative at the start of the lifelong journey to become independent and creative thinkers. Central to Early Years programmes is the critical role of 'play'. It is the 'work' of a child. Play is the most effective way to engage children in the process of learning. In so doing, this allows our children to explore their own ideas and senses within the world they are a part of. The IIES approach includes a combination of free play which is child initiated or chosen, in conjunction with guided play. This adds the necessary structure to the learning and being planned by the teacher with appropriate learning goals. Both methods encourage active involvement and participation because all our children learn by 'doing'.

The heartbeat of any school is the teachers. Our teachers are highly qualified and trained in the field of Early Childhood Education. They are appointed because of their valued experience and success at providing quality instruction. In addition they are our human architects, using their ability to create a supportive and healthy social environment for our children. Our standards are high and we encourage not just our students, but our teachers to see themselves as 'lifelong learners'; continually reflecting on their practice and their effectiveness, sharing their ideas, learning from each other and working as a team to meet the needs and improve our children, so they can give off their best.

Key Stage 1 and 2

Our school follows the English National Curriculum for England and Wales.

At IIES, in KS 1 ( Y1 and Y2) and KS 2 ( Y3, Y4, Y5 and Y6 ) we develop our students’ academic, social and emotional wellbeing, focusing on international-mindedness and strong personal values. Our curriculum nurtures independent learning skills, encouraging and guiding each student to take responsibility for their learning. Our children are the future and this cannot be a harmonious one without them learning their role in promoting and understanding sustainability in an ever changing world.

The programme of learning offered incorporates local and global issues within the curriculum, asking students to look at six related, transdisciplinary themes and to consider the links between them. The themes include ‘who we are’, ‘where we are in place and time’ ,‘how the world works’ and how technology affects our lives.

This curriculum framework contains; knowledge, concepts, skills, attitudes, and action. Our teachers work with these five elements to construct a rigorous and challenging primary curriculum for international education that allows the students to equip themselves for a successful life, both now and in the future.
Our guiding light and motto is Learn from the past in the present to prepare for the future.

Our curriculum is engaging, relevant, challenging and significant for our students. The curriculum is also transdisciplinary, meaning that it focuses on issues that connect the different subject areas.