1. International Early Years Curriculum(IEYC)
The International Early Years Curriculum (IEYC) is an innovative research-based toolkit, recognizing international best practice and the developmental needs of 2-5+ year old. The IEYC is a perfect tool for the transition phase, forging a seamless link between early and formal education.
The IEYC differs in structure to the IPC, most notably in its rolling programme of units. Children from Nursery through to kindergarten will explore the same themes at the same time, through age and ability based activities within each grade level. The programme of IEYC units will change on a yearly basis across all IEYC classes, on a three year turn around.
The IEYC Learning Principles
The IEYC supports key areas of learning through holistic enquiry and play-based approaches that cover all curriculum areas including personal, social and emotional development. We’re developing a wide range of units with titles that will spark children’s imaginations, based on our eight guiding principles.
The IEYC Learning Strands
The IEYC has a set of four Learning Strands that underpin all learning and development. Each of the four Learning Strands describes what children will experience and learn about through contextualized activities woven into IEYC units of learning. Each IEYC unit of learning has been carefully designed around a central theme, holistically linking all four Learning Strands to relevant and engaging activities that can be adapted and extended to meet individual needs.
Process of learning
We focus on a process of learning rather than relying solely on learning outcomes to drive a child’s development. Our IEYC process of learning captures children’s natural curiosity as a starting point and balances child-initiated and teacher-scaffolded provision within an enabling environment.
2. STEAM curriculum
What is STEAM?
Simply put, STEAM means Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics. This educational approach integrates the arts and sciences throughout classroom areas, as well as in lessons and daily routines. It connects academic skills to practical application so learning becomes meaningful to children’s everyday lives and encourages children to think about what they’re learning in a more connected, holistic way.
Nurturing inquisitive minds and inspiring curiosity. Experiments and experiences with the natural world, with living and non-living things, enable children to develop important scientific process skills, such as observing, questioning, comparing, and predicting.
Learning to work with tools (both digital and otherwise). As 21st century learners, children will need to develop the technological skills necessary to navigate an ever-changing world. Age-appropriate smart devices and apps will be available to enhance daily learning.
Promoting problem-solving skills. By designing, building, and testing their own constructions and creations (including, in some cases, robots), children become makers, as well as thinkers.
Helping children to express ideas and communicate. Creative experiences in language arts, visual arts, dramatic arts, and musical arts foster positive forms of collaboration and communication, as children develop self-expression skills.
Guiding children to apply logic and understanding to systems. Tangible, engaging math experiences supported by a variety of resources (including natural materials) help children develop in mathematical process areas such as problem-solving, measuring, and reasoning.