At the International Community School in Amman, Jordan (ICS), we provide a broad and balanced curriculum based on the National Curriculum of England and Wales, modified for our local and international context. We strive to adapt the curriculum to meet the needs, strengths, interests and backgrounds of our students, and to ensure it is also a vehicle through which to pursue our Guiding Statements. We review our curriculum on a regular basis, and also aim to ensure it is articulated, vertically and horizontally, to ensure a contiguous learning journey, and a progression of skills, for each and every student.
Early Years Curriculum
In the Early Years Stage, our curriculum is based on the Early Years and Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework from the UK, modified for our local and international context, and drawing on the very best of global practice and pedagogy. We keep a close and caring eye on each child to ensure they fulfill their potential in a supportive and nurturing environment. Early Years subjects are taught through six half-termly topics, the majority of which are taught by the class teacher. English and Mathematics are taught both as discrete entities and as linked units to the half termly topic work, but there is also a pervasive focus on learning through play and discovery.
In the Primary school, we continue to exploit the full potential of our #earlyyearsup approach to pedagogy and practice, ensuring that learning remains child-focused, -centred and -led. The curriculum broadly follows the 2014 UK National Curriculum for Mathematics, English and Science, modified and adapted where necessary for our local and international context. Each class in the Primary School also receives specialist teaching in Music, PE and Languages (either Arabic or French).
In the Secondary school, students also follow a modified version of the National Curriculum of England and Wales, but we aim, wherever possible, to ensure that it remains engaging and relevant for our international student body, and that it is personalised, wherever possible, to the individual needs and strengths of each student. As students move up through the school, their curriculum offer becomes more and more specialised, whilst retaining some of the breadth which is the hallmark of a British curriculum.