EtonHouse Broadrick is an accredited ‘IB World School’ for the International Baccalaureate ‘Primary Years Programme’ (IBPYP). This programme, designed for students between the ages of 3 to 11 years, is an integrated, transdisciplinary curriculum that focuses on the development of the whole child, encompassing social, physical, emotional and cultural needs in addition to academic welfare.
By adopting an inquiry-based approach, your child will develop an understanding of important concepts, acquire essential skills and knowledge, develop particular attitudes, and learn to take socially responsible action.
A safe and nurturing environment
Designed to engage our young learners and spark their natural sense of curiosity, our EtonHouse Broadrick Primary curriculum encourages our students to inquire, explore, learn and laugh in a safe and happy environment.
Through the IB PYP programme, we nurture our children’s natural curiosity to explore and inquire. Our learners engage in individual as well as group research using books, interviews, online research through iPads and computers, excursions, tinkering, creating and a myriad other ways that make learning enjoyable and deep.
Exploring through six units of inquiry
Over the year, children engage in six units of inquiry that cover the disciplines of English, Maths, Science, Social Studies, Arts, Personal, Social and Physical Education in an authentic and relevant context for our young learners. These are considered essential, globally significant, and common to all human experience. They contribute to the common ground that unifies the curriculums of all PYP schools worldwide and create a transdisciplinary framework within subject areas.
The six units of inquiry are:
- Who We Are
- Where We Are in Place and Time
- How We Express Ourselves
- How the World Works
- How We Organise Ourselves
- How We Share the Planet
A rich and varied curriculum
Our balanced curriculum offers a range of experiences and myriad opportunities to read, write, count, measure, experiment, express and create.
As one of the first international school to offer bilingual programmes, it’s little wonder that our language lessons – Mandarin, Hindi, Japanese and English as an Additional Language – are our strength. These provide a rich context for language learning as well as exploration of cultures through the lenses of the language, and provide our children a wonderful opportunity to develop a sense of international mindedness. Our additional language classes are conducted for 45 minutes, four times a week.
The exciting Specialists lessons – Physical Education, Art, Music, Library and ICT – aim to support the classroom inquiries and ensure a well-rounded, holistic development for our children.
As your child begins each year, their teacher will provide you with a detailed curriculum overview that outlines the eight broad concepts (Form, Function, Causation, Change, Connection, Perspective, Responsibility and Reflection) and other conceptual understanding we will cover in the year. You can also obtain a copy of the school’s ‘Programme of Inquiry’ from the Vice Principal/PYP Coordinator.
Students engage in activities that hone their thinking, social, communication, self-management and research skills throughout their time in the PYP. We encourage our children to adopt recognised PYP attitudes including appreciation, commitment, confidence, co-operation, creativity, curiosity, empathy, enthusiasm, independence, integrity, respect and tolerance. With such attitudes, they become better learners and truly global citizens.
Building character through a holistic curriculum
Our holistic curriculum is aimed towards honing learners to be inquirers, risk-takers, thinkers, communicators, open-minded, knowledgeable, reflective, caring, principled and balanced individuals, who engage actively in the community as responsible citizens in line with the IB Mission statement – The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the IBO works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to be become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.