The students follow the Early Years Foundation Stage, adapted to meet the requirements of all children at TBSC and to incorporate local learning opportunities. Specialist teachers teach Music, PE, and ICT, as well as Spanish in Kinder.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (Preschool and Kinder) consists of a two year programme during the first years of school life (ages 3 to 5). In the EYFS we provide a safe and stimulating environment, both indoors and outdoors, in which children can develop socially, emotionally, creatively, physically and academically and provide a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum.
Our goal is that children leaving the EYFS Milepost will be developing as independent learners, confident in their abilities, increasingly able to communicate their needs and ideas in English and Spanish, willing to make choices and take risks to further their learning. They will show respect for themselves, for others and for their environment. They will demonstrate an ability to cooperate with each other in work and play, showing an awareness of the rights and needs of others, and be sensitive to individual differences.
For more information about the EYFS framework, see the UK Statutory framework for the early years foundation stage.
International Primary Curriculum (IPC)
All other subjects including Science, Geography, History, Art and Design, ICT, Design and Technology, Music and International studies, are taught using the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). These topics cover the learning outcomes for each subject from the English National Curriculum but allow more flexibility to make teaching and learning appropriate in an international setting.
All IPC topics begin with an exciting ‘Entry Point’ to engage the children and a ‘Knowledge Harvest’ to discover what pupils already know. Teaching is then tailored to ensure the necessary learning outcomes are covered and time is allocated for pupils to investigate areas of interest and to answer questions surrounding the topic.
Each topic ends with an ‘Exit Point’ whereby the pupils showcase their learning. Exit Points range from yeargroup performances to the creation of blogs and webpages. In each case, the school community, including pupils, teachers and parents, is involved.
Activities and Trips
Throughout Milepost 1 the curriculum is enhanced with visits to a nearby theatre, a religious symbol (e.g. temple) and various other destinations. During International week the students have a passport to the world and have the opportunity of ‘visiting’ different countries that have been created by each class. We welcome visitors into school to share their expertise and to enrich our curriculum. Finally, enrichment week provides a week of activities exploring a new theme, buddying students with new classmates and teachers from Milepost 1.