International programme

International programme

At The British International School we adhere to the constructivist learning theory – that students (and teachers) construct knowledge and meaning from their experiences. Therefore, our unique inquiry based curriculum is delivered by employing complementary programmes: the National Curriculum for England, Cambridge IGCSE, IBDP

The Primary curriculum defines three stages:

  • EYFS (Nursery and Reception)
  • Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2)
  • Key Stage 2 (Years 3, 4, 5 and 6)

Primary phases

Nursery – 3-4 year olds
Reception – 4-5 year olds
Key Stage 1 – 5-7 year olds (Year 1 and Year 2)
Key Stage 2 – 8-11 year olds (Year 3 to Year 6)

The National Curriculum

In England there is a National Curriculum for all students. It sets out a clear, full and statutory entitlement to learning for all students. It determines the content of what will be taught, and sets attainment.

Early Years Foundation Stage

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the statutory framework that sets the standards that all Early Years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children are ready for school and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life. See BISU EYFS Guide for Parents.

EYFS Learning Goals:

  • Communication, Language & Literacy
  • Expressive Art & Design (Creative Development)
  • Mathematics (Problem Solving, Reasoning & Numeracy)
  • Knowledge & Understanding of the World
  • Personal, Social & Emotional Development
  • Physical Development

Key Stages 1 and 2 are the primary phase. There are three ‘core’ subjects, which are:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science

There are eight other ‘foundation’ subjects which are:

  • Design Technology
  • History
  • Geography
  • Music
  • Art and Design
  • Physical Education
  • Computing
  • A Modern Foreign Language from Year 5 onwards


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