Curriculum

Acorns International School follows the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme. We are dedicated to making a student centred approach that creates independent students who love to learn.  We follow a constructivist approach that allows students to drive their own learning rather than being limited to what the teacher says in class.  Enquiry is a fundamental approach in all areas in order to develop higher order thinking skills that can prepare our students for every stage of their education.  Students will learn how to ask questions, provide action from what they have learned and reflect on the outcomes.  This cycle creates the ability for students to learn HOW to learn which will stay with them throughout their life.

 

Early Childhood Development Centre (ECDC) at AIS:

Creche (18 months) – Reception (5 years):

At AIS Early Childhood Department, we teach through a play-based approach wherein children gain knowledge through games, experiments, art and outside discovery. We strive to empower our students to be globally minded and independent learners who will be able to make a difference in the world. Each week, students will have opportunities to develop in all areas of their lives, as well as their academic knowledge.  Learning different ways to communicate is a vital tool that every internationally minded person must possess, so AIS places a great emphasis on developing these schools from a young age.

Students during each session will be engaged in:

 

·         Bonding during Circle Time

·         Enquiring units during Carpet Time

·         Strengthening gross motor skills while Writing

·         Trying to solve own problems by Counting

·         Becoming knowledgeable by learning French

·         Splashing water during Water Play

·         Growing physically strong during PE

·         Building confidence during Performing Arts

·         Messing but organising while Art and Craft

·         Being environmentally sustainable while caring for pets and plants at school

 

Acorns International School has a great community of parents, teachers and students.  We look forward to creating new relationships and helping every child reach their full potential.

 

Acorns International School follows the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme and Middle Years Programme.  We are dedicated to making a student centred approach that creates independent students who love to learn.  We follow a constructivist approach that allows students to drive their own learning rather than being limited to what the teacher says in class.  Enquiry is a fundamental approach in all areas in order to develop higher order thinking skills that can prepare our students for every stage of their education.  Students will learn how to ask questions, provide action from what they have learned and reflect on the outcomes.  This cycle creates the ability for students to learn HOW to learn which will stay with them throughout their life.

Primary Years Programme (PYP) at AIS:

Year 1 (5 years) – Year 6 (11 years):

 

The PYP curriculum focuses on students becoming internationally minded and productive global citizens.  Throughout the year, the students participate in six transdisciplinary units of inquiry following the themes: 

·         Who we are

·         Where we are in place and time

·         How we express ourselves

·         How the world works

·         How we organise ourselves and

·         Sharing the planet. 

 

All the concepts covered in numeracy, language arts, sciences, humanities and all individual disciplines will be covered under each of these transdisciplinary themes.This will create more real life situations where problems are not just simply “math problems,” but problems that need to use skills that are learned in all disciplines.

The PYP concludes with the PYP Exhibition, which has students use all of the skills they learned throughout the PYP to solve a problem within one of the transdisiciplinary themes. We focus on teaching students how to develop the skills necessary to utilise the information they gain in the later stages of their education.

 

Each unit creates opportunities for students to see a real-world application to the skills and concepts that are covered.Our teachers are constantly assessing each student to determine their areas of strength and areas that need improvement.  The teachers at AIS differentiate for each student depending on their individual needs so each student can continue to improve no matter what level they are at.

 

All the major core subjects like Language, Math Humanities and Sciences are covered throughout the units, as well as:

·         Performing Arts

o   Dance

o   Drama and

o   Music

·         Visual Arts

·         Physical, Social  and Personal Education

o   Physical Education (PE)

o   Swimming

o   Personal and Social Education

·         Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and

·         Modern Foreign Languages

o   French

o   Kiswahili and

o   Mother Tongue

 

Each week, students will have opportunities to develop in all areas of their lives, as well as their academic knowledge.  Learning different ways to communicate is a vital tool that every internationally minded person must possess, so AIS places a great emphasis on developing these schools from a young age.  Students have the opportunity to learn both French and Kiswahili as part of the curriculum.  Weekly mother tongue courses are offered every Friday in order to develop a strong sense of cultural identity.

 

Acorns International School has a great community of parents, teachers and students.  We look forward to creating new relationships and helping every child reach their full potential.