The curriculum at ISS is planned and taught in accordance with the
British Curriculum, albeit with an International theme. It is an extensive and stimulating curriculum covering a wide range of subjects and skills supported by our accreditation with the University of Cambridge as a Cambridge International Examinations Centre, and our status as a Pearson Edexcel Examinations Centre. Our curriculum is supported by outstanding teachers who are recruited from the United Kingdom, who typically have a minimum of 2 years teaching experience and a PGCE, B Ed, M Ed or equivalent specialist UK recognised teaching qualification.
Although we follow the British Curriculum throughout our school, we adapt it to meet the needs of our international setting and diverse student population. The curriculum is enriched by frequent local and residential educational visits, closely tied into the curriculum. We look beyond to the outside world, allowing our students to have an understanding of themselves and their responsibilities as global citizens.
We offer language options in Mandarin, Spanish and Thai and we have a number of private music teachers who offer peripatetic Music lessons covering the majority of musical instruments and disciplines.
To embrace our student's desire for learning, Years 7 and Year 8 follow a fast moving and inter-related curriculum based upon the British National Curriculum. There is a strong emphasis on providing a rich and diverse curriculum for the students. Subjects taught include Mathematics, English, Drama, Science, History, Geography, Art, Design & Technology, Computing & Robotics, Music, Wellbeing & PSHE, Thai, Mandarin and Spanish. Sport is an integral aspect of the curriculum and school Ethos with PE, Swimming and Team Sports taught on a weekly basis.
This diverse and enriching curriculum for Years 7 and Year 8 is then built upon in Year 9 through Year 11 with an expansive three year curriculum which prepares our students for the Cambridge IGCSE examinations.
Subjects taught in Year 9 through to Year 11 at IGCSE level are as follows:
Mathematics, Further Mathematics, English Literature, English Language, History, Geography, Computing, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Art, Business Studies, Thai, Mandarin & Spanish.
In both Key Stage 1 and 2, teaching and learning is guided by the Statutory Programmes of Study in the British National Curriculum and the Cambridge Primary Program. Children have opportunities to learn within discreet subjects and through thematic learning across the curriculum. Our curriculum is tailored to meet the needs of our International minded students. In Year 6, the process of transition to Key Stage 3 is carefully planned.
Subjects taught in the Primary School are as follows:
English (commonly referred to as Literacy), Mathematics (commonly referred to as Numeracy), Science, Computing, Topic (commonly referred to as Foundation Subjects - these are History, Geography, Art Design & Technology, Music and International Studies). PE, Team Sports, Swimming, Thai, Mandarin & Spanish.
In the Early Years, play is a central part of learning and teaching. Children are given opportunities to experience much of their learning through well planned and challenging play, both indoors and outdoors. There is a balance between child-initiated and adult-led learning activities. In Busy Bees and Lady Birds, teaching and learning is guided by the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage and the Practice Guidance for EYFS. In preparation for Reception, the process of transition to the Primary Curriculum is carefully planned.
There are seven areas of learning and development in The Foundation Stage curriculum. Three areas are particularly important in the early years of a child's life (1 - 3 year olds) and they have been developed to ignite children's curiosity and interest for learning and for building their capacity to learn and thrive. These three areas are known as the Prime areas which are:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Communication & Language
The Specific areas of learning are to include the Prime areas and are aimed at 3-5 year old children. These include:
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts and Design