Our Curriculum

“Learning and teaching should not stand on opposite banks and just watch the river flow by; instead, they should embark together on a journey down the water.” (Loris Malaguzzi)

At the IEYC we are committed to developing and providing education of the highest quality to prepare students for their future.

The curriculum has been designed by Origins Education and incorporates the requirements of the Chinese National Curriculum, the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IBPYP) and is benchmarked against international standards. It also has a strong emphasis on supporting students to develop the future work skills, that will be needed in a world where the nature of work is rapidly changing, due to the impact of technology. These are identi ed as high level thinking and problem solving skills, creativity and innovation, and a wide range of ‘people skills’ including collaboration, cooperation, communication, emotional and intercultural intelligence.

Our approach to teaching and learning is inspired by the Reggio Emilia practices and by the philosophy of the International Baccalaureate which has a strong emphasis on inquiry, a holistic approach to learning and on developing international-mindedness and a commitment to contributing and taking care of the world and those around us.

The teaching at IEYC has a strong focus on using an inquiry approach, fostering creativity and innovation, based upon a solid foundation of character education.

Learning is child-centred and designed to foster a love of learning, develop con dence and independence.

The teaching and learning experiences are designed to provide a solid foundation for the student’s future

schooling and academic success.

Our curriculum outlines the following areas of learning – Language, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Arts and Personal, Social and Physical Education.

International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme

The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IBPYP) is an educational programme managed by the International Baccalaureate (IB) for students aged 3 to 12 years.

Because of its philosophy and pedagogy, the IBPYP is an excellent vehicle for putting our vision into practice.

Like IEYC, the IBPYP places learning at the center. Our emphasis is on helping students develop physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially. Preparing students for success in school as well as in the world beyond school empowers them to become independent, life-long learners.

At the heart of the IBPYP philosophy, is a commitment to structured inquiry as the leading pedagogy for learning.

Units of Inquiry are in-depth investigations into important ideas, identi ed by teachers, which generally last between 5 and 6 weeks. The school identi es the core knowledge, skills, concepts and attitudes that will be developed throughout the unit, as well as anticipating action that the students may take. Although the learning goals for each unit do not vary from class to class, the teachers connect to students’ interests to guide them in how best to reach these goals with their group of students. Students truly are partners in the learning and this is what makes the units relevant and engaging.

Also, central to the three IB programmes is the IB Learner Pro le. The IB Learner Pro le is the IB mission statement translated into a set of learning attributes suitable for the 21st Century. Using the IB Learner Pro le at IEYC supports us in developing internationally- minded students. As IB learners we seek to develop students who are: inquirers, caring, knowledgeable, thinkers, open-minded, risk-takers, balanced, communicators, re ective and principled.

The IEYC is currently seeking ‘candidacy’ for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme and will be pursuing authorization as an IB World School.