Rainbow International School follows the National Curriculum for England and uses teaching methods which enable children to become active and creative learners.
- The national curriculum content is delivered through three main vehicles:
- International Primary Curriculum (IPC),
- Cambridge International Primary Programme (CIPP), and
- Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS)
|Stage||Age Groups||Class Name||Curriculum Delivery|
|Early Years||2-3 years||Nursery||EYFS curriculum & IPC|
|Key Stage 1||5-6 years||Year 1||Cambridge Primary Programme & IPC|
|6-7 years||Year 2|
|Key Stage 2||7-8 years||Year 3||Cambridge Primary Programme & IPC|
|8-9 years||Year 4|
|9-10 years||Year 5|
|10-11 years||Year 6|
Early Years Foundation Stage
The first chapter of a child’s education at Rainbow International School begins at the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), which covers the ages 2 to 5 years.
The new EYFS curriculum (2013) is based on the three prime and four specific areas of learning, and the three characteristics of effective learning, set out below:
- Prime areas of learning:
- Communication and language
- Physical development
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Specific areas of learning:
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
- Characteristics of effective learning:
- Playing and exploring
- Active learning
- Creating and thinking critically
In the Early Years unit, children learn through a combination of play and ‘mat time’ sessions in which the topics are introduced and new concept s are taught.
Key Stage 1 & Key Stage 2
This stage consists of three core subjects mathematics, English and science together with information communication technology (ICT) and the foundation subjects of geography, history, design technology, art, music, physical education (PE) and swimming . In addition to these subjects, we also teach French from Year 2.
Maths and English are taught each day through numeracy and literacy lessons and the foundation subjects are taught through IPC which arranges subject content into topics.
Specialist teachers deliver French, Music, PE, Swimming and ICT lessons.
Maths and English
We believe that a firm understanding of how the English language works and a solid understanding of the number system provide a strong foundation for all other areas of learning. We place great store on the clear teaching of reading strategies, enabling children to become fluent and enthusiastic readers.
In Numeracy there is emphasis on identifying patterns and relationships which underpin mathematical understanding. Children often work in groups as well as individually.
International Primary Curriculum
The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) is firmly based on the national curriculum for England. It provides a cross-curricular, thematic and rigorous teaching structure which is designed to engage children of all abilities.
Topics are introduced through stimulating entry points and children take part in a knowledge harvest to gather the collective previous knowledge that the children already hold. Subject content is taught in chunks of time and there is great emphasis on independent learning, investigation and on application of knowledge.
Being internationally minded and environmental aware are also very important, as are the personal goals included in the unit of study.
The IPC supports the school’s aims by promoting independence, creativity and holistic development.
For further information on the topics covered in each year group, please visit Year Groups page.