We adopted the IPC Early Years programme in 2010 after using the British National Curriculum since our foundation. The reason for this shift was primarily due to the differing nationalities of our children and the rigidness of the British Curriculum. The IPC is specifically designed and engineered towards international schools and children not learning in their home countries including names, currencies and places of an international nature rather than purely British. It is primarily designed for children between the ages of 3 and 6.
Our curriculum includes a range of units that include the following:
Food, House and Home, Let’s Get Moving, The Olympics, Let’s Pretend, Patterns, Plants and Flowers, Sand and Water, Treasure, Up and Away, Animals, All About Me, Shopping, Changes and Bears.
Using the IPC modular approach we have also designed our own specific units that we have tried and tested and know work well with our children. They include the following:
Solar System, Recycling, The Environment (The ocean, space, cities, countries, continents), Life Cycles, Parts of the Body (the 5 senses and healthy living), Dinosaurs, Transport, Food and Drink.
By teacher led classes your child will become familiar with counting, sorting, matching, ordering and sequencing activities which are necessary for early mathematical learning. They will learn to identify objects by shape, position, size and volume. Basic adding and subtracting will become part of the learning objectives tuition at 4 years old.
By using group work children are encouraged to extend their vocal fluency by talking, listening and responding to stories, songs and rhymes. Children will be taught to recognise the alphabet and learn the phonic sound each letter makes in preparation for reading. ABC possesses a well stocked book corner and all children are encouraged to take advantage of this.
Children are taught to observe the environment in which we live. Substances, patterns and similarities, technology, plants, animals, culture, countries and biology are just some of the areas that your child will be exposed to.
ABC has a range of equipment and experiences both inside and outside the nursery that will enable your child to develop physically as well as mentally. There is a high level of adult supervision at all times. Friday Sports day is aimed at ensuring physical exertion coupled with the art of team work. Fine motor skills are acquired by teaching the use of pencil handling, gluing and scissor use, painting and creating collages.