Curriculum and High Expectations
At NIS, we are a learning-focused international school which aims to provide the skills, knowledge and understanding our children need to become successful life-long learners. In order to do this, we define what good learning is, how we achieve it and for what purpose. We set high expectations and provide the support and challenge to enable each child to achieve their best.
(Nursery, Foundation 1, Foundation 2)
We adopt an inquiry and play based approach to learning influenced by the Reggio Emilia Philosophy. Children have the opportunity to work towards Early Learning Goals in the seven key areas of learning whilst being closely supported and challenged along the way. We provide a safe, nurturing environment which allows all children to develop at their own pace and gives them a solid foundation from which they can confidently enter primary school as strong, capable and resilient students.
Transition from Early Years to Primary
In Year 1-2, we provide a smooth transition from Early Years into the primary phase of schooling. We adopt an inquiry based approach that stimulates curiosity and embraces active learning. Children have a staged introduction to the more formal teaching of literacy and numeracy skills with teaching differentiated to meet the needs of each child.
(Years 1- 7)
We have a dedicated team of primary teachers whose aim is to ensure your child develops a lifelong love of learning. Through engaging topics, a variety of teaching and learning styles, and a supportive environment in which students can be challenged in their thinking, there is no limit to what your child can achieve. Our students follow the English National Curriculum for English and Maths and the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) for all other subjects. This combination provides the essential rigour and challenge for the core subjects, while recognising the diverse cultural backgrounds of our students and nurturing them to develop as global citizens.
As much as possible we deliver our teaching and learning within an over-arching topic taken from the International Primary Curriculum. This enables our students to see how connections can be made across different subjects and helps them apply their skills across many areas of learning. Teaching is differentiated to meet the needs of each child, ensuring the right levels of support or challenge. With language support being provided where needed by our specialist teachers and Learning Assistants. As well as developing academic skills, we recognise the importance of both personal and international learning which we ensure are also reflected throughout the curriculum and through our students' experiences both inside and outside the classroom. To that end, we ensure coverage of the personal learning goals which underpin those qualities and learning dispositions we believe children will find essential in their future life.