The International Early Years Curriculum is an up to date research-based curriculum. The IEYC recognises international best practice and the developmental needs of 2-5 year olds. It was launched in the summer of 2016. We are proud to have been a pilot school for this new curriculum and the first International School to adopt it in our part of Europe.
Learning is organised throughout four Learning Strands:
- Independence and interdependence
- Healthy living and physical well-being
Each IEYC unit of learning has been carefully designed around a central theme, holistically linking all four Learning Strands to relevant and engaging activities that meet individual needs.
IEYC Personal Goals and International Mindedness
Through the IEYC children will engage in learning experiences that help them to develop the personal qualities of:
The IEYC learning activities engage children in experiences that enable them to develop knowledge and an increasing understanding beyond that related to their own nationality and identity as well as knowledge and an increasing understanding of the independence and interdependence of people, countries and cultures
Literacy is taught using the National Curriculum strategy from England.
BEPS recognises that language is fundamental to learning, underpinning and permeating the whole curriculum.
The language strands are interdependent, with listening, speaking, reading and writing (transcription, composition, vocabulary, grammar and punctuation) being taught and learned simultaneously.
Language is the major connecting element across the curriculum, with students focusing not only on language for its own sake, but also on the language of science, of history, of mathematics and other disciplines.
Numeracy is taught using the National Curriculum strategy from England.
Creative teaching is always important to generate enthusiasm. At BEPS we want to ensure that this is the case when Mathematics is being taught.
A systematic structure is used which enables us to teach a large number of different topics and objectives in the best order, allowing for the appropriate amount of repetition and ensuring that the whole curriculum is covered. Activities will be differentiated to match the needs of children with different abilities. Mathematical talk will be encouraged as through discussion children will relate ideas to their own experiences, embed their knowledge into real-life contexts and relate it to the rest of the curriculum.
Being numerate means being able to reason with numbers and other mathematical concepts and to apply these in a range of contexts and to solve a variety of problems, it is as much about thinking and reasoning logically as about 'doing sums'. Children will be encouraged to solve problems, which may involve more than pure Mathematics.
Numeracy complements literacy and is sometimes called ‘mathematical literacy’. Both skills are needed in order to function fully in modern life.
It means being able to:
- Interpret data, charts and diagrams
- Process information
- Solve problems
- Check answers
- Understand and explain solutions
- Make decisions based on logical thinking and reasoning.
BEPS offers the International Primary Curriculum (IPC), which is recognised internationally as a programme that challenges children to reach their individual potential by offering “Great learning, great teaching, great fun”
The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) is a 21st Century curriculum which extends children’s knowledge, skills and understanding in subjects by developing personal attributes and supporting an international perspective in a way that responds to the changing world around us. IPC is an internationally-minded curriculum which is used in over 60 countries.
By using the IPC we are able to nurture a love of learning and encourage the necessary key skills and personal qualities such as adaptability, communication, cooperation, enquiry, morality, resilience, respect and thoughtfulness, which will help children to become able and inspired learners. In addition to this, children will extend their knowledge and understanding of communities beyond that of their own country by exploring many aspects of other societies and ways of living.
The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) is for students aged 11-16.
The Middle Years Programme (MYP) is a challenging framework that encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world.
The MYP helps students develop both subject-specific and interdisciplinary understanding. The MYP curriculum framework includes:
- Approaches to learning, helping students learn how to learn by developing skills for research, critical and creative thinking, communication, collaboration and self-management.
- Key and related concepts, helping students explore big ideas that matter
- Global contexts, helping students understand the relevance and importance of their study for understanding their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet.
The MYP culminates in an independent learning project. Students complete a significant piece of work over an extended period of time, encouraging them to consolidate their learning and reflect on the outcomes of their work.
The MYP organizes teaching and learning through eight subject groups:
- Learning acquisition
- Language and literature
- Individuals and societies
- Arts (Visual Arts, Drama, Music)
- Physical and health education