EtonHouse Broadrick has been an accredited ‘IB World School’ since 2007 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.
Our bespoke Primary Scope and Sequence is designed to ensure a smooth progression to IGCSE and International A-Levels in Secondary and High School. The learning objectives for English, Mathematics and Science are aligned to the Cambridge Primary Curriculum and enhanced by including aspects from other globally recognised curricula to ensure an academically rigorous curriculum.
Through the inquiry-based approach, students develop an understanding of key concepts, acquire essential skills and knowledge, develop attributes of the IB Learner Profile, learn to take socially responsible action and become independent learners.
A safe and nurturing environment
Designed to engage our young learners and spark their natural sense of curiosity, our EtonHouse Primary School Curriculum encourages our students to inquire, explore, learn and laugh in a safe and happy environment.
Through the IB PYP programme, we nurture our students 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 up to six units of inquiry that 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 that covers the disciplines of English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, the Arts, Personal, Social and Physical Education in an authentic and relevant context for our young learners.
In Nursery 2 and Year 1, students explore four units of inquiry, and from Year 2 to Year 6, they explore six units of inquiry per year around the following transdisciplinary themes:
- 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 a pioneer in bilingual education, we are one of the first international schools to offer a Bilingual Immersion Programme that is aligned to the IB PYP programme. Our award-winning Bilingual Immersion Programme and additional languages programmes (Mandarin, Hindi, Japanese and English as an Additional Language) provide a rich context for language learning as well as exploration of cultures through the lenses of the language, and provide our students a wonderful opportunity to develop a sense of international mindedness.
The exciting Specialists classes – Physical Education, Art, Music, Library and ICT – aim to support the classroom inquiries and ensure a well-rounded, holistic development for our students.
As students begin each year, their teachers will provide you with a Curriculum Overview that outlines the Units of Inquiry and subject content for the year. You will also see that each inquiry employs several of the PYP Key Concepts used to explore the Transdisciplinary Themes. These Key Concepts include; Form, Function, Causation, Change, Connection, Perspective, and Responsibility. In addition to the Key Concepts, each inquiry uses related concepts to further investigate and understand the world around us. By framing our learning through concepts, we support students to see patterns, make connections, view other perspectives and apply their new understandings across different topics, societal issues and Units of Inquiry. For more information about our Units of Inquiry, you can obtain a copy of the school’s ‘Programme of Inquiry’ from the PYP Coordinator.
Building character through a holistic curriculum
Students engage in learning experiences that hone their thinking, social, communication, self-management and research skills throughout their time in the PYP. 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 become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
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