The curriculum is constantly updated to keep abreast of current practice in International Schools following the British curriculum.
The British curriculum is followed closely in the core subjects (English, Mathematics, Science) while the other subjects have an international bias.
The curriculum is designed to achieve the perfect balance between an enquiry-based curriculum, which encourages enquiry, research, as well as creative and critical thinking, and a contents-based curriculum which provides a sound body of knowledge in all subject areas.
While the content of the curriculum is thorough, broad and varied, the methodologies used ensure that the children learn the skills of pertinent enquiry, critical thinking and creative thinking.
List of SubjectsEnglish
The oral language programme is designed to develop the children's competence, precision and confidence in speaking and listening and to enable them to express their ideas effectively in a variety of situations.
A strong emphasis is placed on reading, since good reading technique is essential for progress in all subject areas. We use a combination of sight reading and phonic methods, and individual reading assessment tests are administered on a yearly basis to ensure that each child is progressing at a satisfactory rate. The reading material covers a wide range of rich and stimulating texts, both fiction and non-fiction, so that the children will develop the ability to read, understand and respond to all types of writing and will learn information-retrieval skills for the purpose of study.
The children follow a structured programme of phonics and formal language (grammar, usage, spelling) and individual records are kept, ensuring that each child's progress is carefully monitored. Creative writing also forms an important part of the course and each child is encouraged to express himself freely and fluently in a wide variety of writing styles.Maths
The programme covers all basic mathematical skills required at Primary level i.e. addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, decimals, fractions, percentages, ratios, proportions, estimation, time, measurement, money, data handling, early algebra and geometry, and includes problem solving at all levels.
It is carefully structured and the children are regularly assessed to ensure that each child's progress is satisfactory and up to standard. The instruction aims at developing sound mathematical concepts by leading the child by means of concrete operational stages through to full understanding.
The aim of the program is to encourage the development of specific skills which will serve the children both in secondary level education and for the rest of their lives. These skills will allow them to explore and investigate the world around them, and to develop an understanding of scientific phenomena and of procedures of scientific investigation. They will learn to ask questions, predict and hypothesize, to observe, measure and manipulate variables, to interpret their results and to evaluate scientific evidence.
The content of the course covers life processes in humans, animals and plants; the properties of materials both natural and man-made; Earth and its atmosphere, including weather and the preservation of the environment; and energy and forces, such as electricity and magnetism.Integrated Studies
I.S. covers History, Geography and Technology and whenever possible, these subjects are linked to the Science theme being studied.
The History programme aims to develop a sense of chronology, to teach the children about changes in everyday life over long periods of time and to develop an awareness of the cultural heritage handed down to us from peoples of the past.
The Geography programme, in addition to knowledge of the earth and space covered by science, also covers mapwork skills in relation to Mauritius, Europe and the World.
The purpose of the Technology programme is to encourage the children's creative ability in the design of objects, structures, models or systems and to give them experience in generating their own ideas and solving their own problems either individually or in a group. This may be linked to work in Science, I.S., Art and Craft or Maths.
These subjects are often presented in project form. This gives the children the opportunity to practise their library and information-retrieval skills. It also encourages them to develop an enquiring mind and gives them confidence in their own ability to question, research, collect data and collate it into an organised and informative report.ICT
The aim of the ICT programme is to ensure that children will be thoroughly familiar with computers as users and will feel confident to continue developing their knowledge and ability in this field. As well as using the computer for research and educational games, pupils learn the basics of simple programming, as well as how to use a word processor, spreadsheet and database. French
We capitalise on the fact that our children have the opportunity of hearing and speaking French in Mauritius, and teach the language at a higher level than would normally be covered by an English school. French is introduced in Levels 1 and 2 on an oral basis only. It is taught more formally, as a second language, in Levels 3, 4, 5 and 6, where the children learn to read and write as well as speak in French.
Classes are divided into core and extended groups to differentiate between pupils who have little or no knowledge of French and those who are already familiar with the language. Study Skills
As an aid to the other academic subjects, Study Skills teaches pupils specific learning skills. As well as covering library skills, information retrieval and information presentation, the course also teaches study management and revision methods. These tools enable pupils to become effective and independent learners, ready to tackle the challenges of secondary school. Drama
Drama lessons offer the children an enjoyable way of acquiring body awareness and control, of developing fluency in speech, self-confidence and self-discipline, while giving free rein to their imagination. The activities include movement, mime and improvised plays, all of which are based on the children's own interpretation of a theme.
At Christmas each year there is also a school production, based on a script, which includes every child in the school. Music
Singing, rhythm, simple percussion and music and movement are taught in all classes. In addition, the children are introduced to a wide range of Western musical styles, including classical, folk, popular, jazz, blues and country and western as well as to music from non-Western cultures. This is designed to extend the pupils' musical experience and knowledge and to inculcate an appreciation of diverse musical genres.
The course also covers knowledge of the different musical instruments forming part of the orchestra and of the lives of several famous classical composers. Art & Craft
Art & Craft is taught in all classes as a subject in its own right, and the children are introduced to a wide range of techniques and materials (e.g. painting, drawing, collage, weaving, modelling). It is also included as an integral part of other subject areas, particularly Science and Integrated Studies.
The emphasis is on developing the children's own creative abilities through direct experience as well as on teaching them to appreciate art in a variety of genres and styles.
P.E. classes are held twice a week. The lessons cover athletic, dance, games and gymnastic activities and are designed to involve the whole body, maintain flexibility and develop strength and endurance.
As well as developing individual skills and coordination, the course aims to teach the children to observe the conventions of fair play, honest competition, and good sporting behaviour, to understand and cope with a variety of outcomes including both success and failure, to promote good team spirit and to develop leadership qualities. Sports Day, in which all children participate, is held in June or July.
The purpose of Personal, Social & Health Education is to build a sense of positive self-esteem that will help children thrive both in and out of school. This is based on the belief that a positive self-concept is the basic foundation on which to build trust, openness, co-operation and sharing, which are essential ingredients in the teaching/learning process.
Both in the teachers' attitude during all classes and in specific P.S.H.E. sessions, we aim to create an environment of mutual support and caring, where each individual feels valued and free to express his ideas openly, while showing the same respect to all other members of the school.
The health component of the course teaches the children the basics of hygiene and how to take care of their bodies.ExtrasMindfulness
Mindfulness meditation is taught to our senior pupils as a way of improving their wellbeing. This is presented as a secular course which was designed specifically for use in schools and is backed up by many years of research into its results.
Further information may be found on the mindfulschools.org website (US) or on .b which is the website for the Mindfulness in Schools Project based in the UK. Brain Gym ®
Brain Gym® is included as a daily activity in all classes. It comprises of simple, yet dynamic, physical movements which are used to integrate all parts of the brain to enhance learning. These movements are similar to movements that children naturally do during their first three years of life as they complete important developmental steps for coordination of eyes, ears, hands and the whole body. Research shows that doing these movements prior to any learning activity greatly improves the ability to assimilate and process information. Assembly and Religion
The whole school participates in a weekly assembly consisting of prayers, hymns and readings. All prayers and hymns are Christian, but readings are taken from many sources and aim to encourage a respect for all religions by teaching the children about different religious beliefs and festivals and the reasons behind them.
In addition, each day begins with a gathering of the whole school for a prayer and roll-call.