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. Read More
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!
Drama teachers can give lessons, at an additional cost, to children once a week. These teachers run the programmes from the London Academy of Music and Dramatical Arts (LAMDA) which are recognised the world over and can really help a child to grow in confidence. Some children opt to take the exams, but this is not compulsory. www.lamda.org.uk
After school clubs are partially designed by the school council. They run from Monday to Thursday for eleven weeks and typically include sports, arts and crafts, and activities that support the curriculum such as in the science club.
“ Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”