Welcome to Key Stage 2 at ICS
In the earliest years of each child’s life, every child has a candle of curiosity, which burns brightly and hungrily. Our aim throughout the school is to fan this flame and feed this curiosity, with an engaging, child-led and child-centred curriculum catering directly for the needs, strengths and interests of every child. In embracing the best early years practice globally, our environment has been designed to ensure our youngest children feel safe, secure and are able to learn in a variety of ways. We recognise that every child learns differently, and, just as the Reggio Emilia approach considers the ‘100 languages’ of learning, so do we aim to find the ‘learning language’ of each child, and speak and listen through that.
Our Early Years Stage is a two year journey, from the ages of three to five, and enables your child to transition into our Primary school.
In the Early Years, 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 fulfil their potential in a supportive and nurturing environment. Foundation subjects are taught through six half termly Topics that drive the focus of the curriculum. The class teacher teaches the majority of the curriculum. English and Mathematics are taught both as discrete entities and as linked units to the half termly Topic work.
Our Early Years curriculum provides your children with a range of skills to build the right foundation for their future progress. Throughout their journey, our practitioners focus on the seven areas of learning:
Communication and Language - how your child listens, understands, communicates and develops vocabulary and speech;
Physical Development - how your child moves and uses gross motor skills, develops fine motor skills and learns about healthy living;
Personal, Social and Emotional Development - how your child develops confidence, manages their feelings and behaviour, makes friends, shares and manages self care independently;
Literacy - how your child enjoys using books, learns to write and explores sounds;
Mathematics - how your child learns about numbers and counting, recognises the passing of time and explores measures, capacity, shape and space through play;
Understanding the World - how your child finds out about nature and the world around them and talks about people in their local community;
Expressive Arts and Design - how your child enjoys being creative, plays imaginatively, sings, dances and makes music and expresses themselves.