Learning at Ambrosoli International School
At Ambrosoli, the curriculum is based on a combination of the National Curriculum of England and the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). These two curricula have been chosen as it allows us to ensure our mission and vision are being met: by providing engagement and challenge using creative and inspiring methods in a global setting.
Whenever possible, English and Maths are linked to the IPC unit in meaningful ways which encourage the children to make connections in their learning. Those subjects taken by specialists- Art, Music, French, Computing, P.E. and Swimming – use IPC units when relevant. The specialist teachers also follow the National Curriculum of England to enable the constant building of skills and knowledge.
The IPC personal learning goals help to guide the school’s PSHE programme and this is reflected in the certificates given out to children at our weekly assemblies.
Across Primary, the teaching and learning reflects the many different learning styles of the children. Learners build on their knowledge, skills, and understanding through a range of activities. The children are taught about how we learn and are given time to reflect on their own work and that of others’. Tasks are differentiated to ensure that all the learners can develop and flourish.
Performance is an important part of Ambrosoli culture as it allows children to be expressive and develop their communication skills and confidence. Each class performs two assemblies over the school year and children are part of their annual key stage production.
There is a strong community feel at Ambrosoli, and parents are encouraged to become involved in school life. We have had parents lead after-school clubs, come to class to share their knowledge and experiences, take part in class activities, attend sports events, and perform on stage. Our ‘open door’ policy ensures that parents feel comfortable either popping into class or contacting the teacher if they have any issues to discuss. There are many optional fun events outside of school hours to help strengthen our community spirit and welcome new families to the school.
Sunflower Class is where the youngest children (3-4 year olds) in Ambrosoli grow, learn and develop. We share a large and well resourced free play space where the children have access to a wide range of exciting play opportunities. We are really lucky at Ambrosoli to be able to have specialist teachers too, and therefore our days are busy and fun filled at all times.
A normal day in Sunflowers will see the children exploring new spaces, cooking up something lovely for their snack, engaging in discussion in circle time, being outdoors, discovering new games, jumping into the splash pool, getting messy in the art room, creating new imaginative ideas in the role play or small world areas, engaging in computing and technology, building, problem solving and generally having lots of fun (and that’s just a normal day)!
The most important thing for us in Sunflowers is to ensure that all our children are treasured as unique, individual and above all special. As an internationally minded setting we try to ensure that we follow children’s learning through interest, hobbies and through exciting play opportunities. There is never a dull moment in Sunflower Class. We use the English national curriculum called the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) which celebrates 7 learning areas and development, these are;
- Personal, Social and Emotional development
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Expressive Art and Design
- Understanding the World
Alongside this we use the IPC goals as a way of ensuring our children get the best start in life. We want to create holistic children; children who can discover new things and grow in independence. We believe setting the right foundations for our youngest children will help them to love learning, love school and become well rounded and special individuals.
In Reception we also follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum from England that sets out 7 key learning areas that are achieved largely through play. However maths and literacy are facilitated through small group activities. We use Jolly Phonics to teach sounds and word recognition and the Oxford Reading Tree levelled books as our reading programme.
We are looking forward to watching your child learn and grow, developing their independence, open mindedness and social skills this year!
English: At Ambrosoli the children’s listening, speaking, reading and writing is developed for a wide range of purposes. Through a strong and cohesive curriculum children are encouraged to express themselves creatively and imaginatively as they become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama, as well as of nonfiction and media texts.
The National Curriculum for England is used as the core of our English programme. To deliver this we use Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar alongside additional literacy and phonic resources as well as Big Writing and guided reading sessions.
Maths: The National Curriculum for England outlines the key skills and objectives for each year group, increasing in depth and difficulty as children progress through the school. As a creative and interconnected discipline, maths and to provide children with a deep understanding of the subject we use a variety of teaching techniques, the majority being practical hands-on activities. Children are challenged through problem solving tasks, games and active lessons and activities are supplemented with the Abacus Evolve scheme and textbooks.
The International Primary Curriculum: The International Primary Curriculum is a comprehensive, thematic, creative curriculum with a clear process of learning and with specific learning goals for international mindedness and for personal learning based on the IPC personal goals of adaptability, enquiry, cooperation, communication, thoughtfulness, respect, resilience and morality.
The IPC has been designed to ensure rigorous learning but also to help teachers make all learning exciting, active and meaningful for children. Learning with the IPC takes a global approach; helping children to connect their learning to where they are living now as well as looking at the learning from the perspective of other people in other countries. The IPC is used by schools in more than 65 countries around the world.
At Ambrosoli International School, children from Year 1 to Year 6 follow IPC units of work. The units cover a range of themes which are relevant and appropriate for different age groups. For example, the younger children’s learning is based on topics such as ‘Holidays’ or ‘Toys’ which enable children to draw on their own direct experiences. Older children study more complex topics, which include learning about our solar system and finding out about global trade and migration. The IPC units used at Ambrosoli support the development of knowledge, skills and understanding in the following subjects: history, geography, science art, technology, music, ICT and social and international education.
The richness and breadth of the International Primary Curriculum is integrated with English National Curriculum Numeracy and Literacy Units of work. Our teachers are experienced in working with children from many national systems and the support they provide in class enables children with a variety of educational backgrounds to make exceptional progress with their learning.
Further information about the IPC can be found at: http://www.greatlearning.com/ipc/
Art: Art lessons at Ambrosoli are an exciting opportunity for children to discover a variety of creative possibilities such as painting, drawing, collage, creating three-dimensional art and much more. The art lessons are often linked to the IPC units being studied. The children are taught to express themselves freely knowing that their work will be valued for its individuality and creativity.
Music: Music is a fun session where the children learn how to play instruments, sing a variety of songs and listen to music from different eras and countries. Children compose music, accompany songs and learn how music can affect us.
There are many special opportunities to celebrate music including class assemblies, key stage performances, the annual talent show and the International Schools’ music festival each year.
In addition to class music lessons, children can have individual and group instrument lessons at an additional cost. Children are able to use a variety of instruments depending on the teachers available at Kampala Music School. In the past we have offered lessons on the piano, trumpet, trombone, flute, violin and guitar. Any child interested in taking up a musical instrument should see the music teacher.
Computing: There is a focus on computational thinking and creativity, as well as opportunities for creative work in programming and digital media. The introduction makes the three aspects of the computing curriculum clear: computer science (CS), information technology (IT) and digital literacy (DL). The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content.
French: Bienvenuá Ambrosoli! French is taught in Ambrosoli as the chosen modern foreign language (MFL). It follows a framework incorporating the scheme of work provided by the English National Curriculum and teaching methods from Alliance Francaise. The main aim of teaching French is to develop children’s linguistic competence in a creative manner. A range of activities are planned to bring the language alive. These include games, songs, school trips, drama and art. The school has an annual day to promote and celebrate French language.
PE: PE aims to develop student’s knowledge, skills and understanding, so that they can perform with increasing competence and confidence in a range of physical activities. To ensure that this goal is realised each class attends two weekly PE lessons and one swimming lesson each week lead by specialist teachers.
PSHE: All children have at least one timetabled session of PSHE each week covering relevant subjects which help to promote positive behaviour and effective learning.