Early Years & Elementary School

Uncovering Potential – Early Years 3 to Grade 5

Children are naturally curious about the world around them and love to question and inquire. Our children are supported through the early years in getting to understand themselves and their environment, and in learning essential skills and knowledge. We offer our children the opportunity to learn through a wide range of rich, meaningful and multisensory practical experiences, in both indoor and outdoor learning environments.

Our Early Years and Elementary School is a welcoming, safe and nurturing school that offers a sense of belonging. Using children’s strengths and talents, we provide a challenging, stimulating environment, and support in order to enable children to flourish in a collaborative international community. We aim to make learning creative, inclusive, meaningful and fun.

A normal day in Early Years and Elementary School runs weekly from 8:30 until 15:40 from Monday to Thursday and from 8:30 until 14:00 on Friday.

Personal Goals

The IPC Personal Goals underpin those individual qualities and learning dispositions we believe children will find essential in the 21st century. As global citizens with opportunities to explore an array of diverse occupations, there is an increased need for different and revised knowledge, skills and understandings. So therefore children need a classroom environment that encourages them to become lifelong learners and demonstrate:

  • Inquiry
  • Resilience
  • Adaptability
  • Thoughtfulness
  • Communication
  • Morality
  • Respect

Opportunities for children to experience, practice and develop these characteristics are embedded into the learning experiences.

The IPC is unique in defining International Learning Goals that help young children begin the move towards an increasingly sophisticated national, international, global and intercultural perspective and develop a sense of ‘international mindedness’. Here at the FIS we have adopted ‘International Mindedness’ as our ninth personal goal.

Each IPC unit has embedded within it, across the different subjects, learning-focused activities that help children start developing a global awareness and gain an increasing sense of themselves, their community and the world around them, as well as inspiring positive action and engagement with global issues. In addition to this, each thematic IPC unit of work includes specific tasks related to International as a subject in its own right.

International Primary Curriculum (IPC)

The curriculum for Early Years and Elementary students at the FIS is centred around the IPC: The International Primary Curriculum. The IPC is currently used in over 1000 schools in 65 countries around the world. The FIS implemented the IPC program in 2006, it has proved very successful and it is used effectively to deliver our curriculum being constantly updated through IPC courses and in house training.

International Mindedness

The goal of the IPC is for children to focus on a combination of academic, personal and international learning. We strive to have children enjoy their learning; develop enquiring minds, develop the personal qualities they need to be good citizens of the world, and develop a sense of their own nationality and culture, at the same time developing a profound respect for the nationalities and cultures of others. We also want children to develop all the skills they will need in order to confidently face the world of tomorrow.

IPC units of work

The students learn through a series of IPC units of work. Each unit of work has an interesting and relevant theme. Examples of these themes includes: Circus, Treasure, Rainforest, and Our Place in Space. Each unit of work lasts on average between five and eight weeks and children learn many of their subjects through this one common theme so that their learning has meaning to them. Linking subjects means that children make connections with their learning. Brain research shows that the more connections that the brain can make, the better a child can learn. The IPC has been designed for children of all abilities and all learning styles, and encourages learning in groups as well as individual learning.

Knowledge, Skills and Understanding

The IPC focuses children’s learning on a combination of knowledge, skills and understanding. As the world becomes more global the single career gives way to a lifelong portfolio of different occupations and there is an increased need for different and revised knowledge, skills and understandings. Here at the FIS it is our goal to make positive attempts to help our students to develop these skills and become lifelong learners, resilient, adaptable, thoughtful, and cooperative.

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