Curriculum Overview

The notion that learning a second language improves your first, or that playing the violin deepens your reasoning skills, or that a game of tennis might even boost your mathematical ability are not naturally intuitive. Yet it is these ideas that are at the very heart of our curriculum. As children, our learning capability is extremely heightened. It is during childhood that we can pick up a second language, learn to play an instrument, or develop our athletic ability with an ease that is difficult to match later in life. Our curriculum aims high and relies on exceptional teachers to motivate and inspire students to relish in their learning.

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Students who complete their elementary education at NYIS will attain a superior level of competency across all subjects, specially in the three core areas of Reading, Writing and Mathematics. In addition, and based on our belief in helping children develop a global perspective, they will acquire a good command of a second language, Spanish or Mandarin Chinese. Learning is largely question-based, with an emphasis on problem solving, aiming to build up a pupil’s ability to reason and think independently. Although each subject has its own key objectives, teachers will often deliver these as part of a more thematic and cross-curricular approach.

Our curriculum is the result of over a decade serving thousands of families around the world in search of exceptional education with a truly global perspective. Embedded within the curriculum is the sense that our world, our knowledge and our values have been shaped by many generations and numerous civilizations. Our view of the future is one in which the key to progress extends beyond national borders and extends across the world. Our emphasis on languages in the earlier years reflects young children’s natural disposition to acquire these languages. Furthermore, our established network of schools in America, Europe and Asia allows students to develop cross-cultural experiences between campuses in order to develop their own view of the world.  

Teaching and learning is aimed at making the most of children’s natural curiosity to learn and inquisitiveness. In Preschool, learning takes place principally through guided play. Children will typically find a range of activities from which to choose during their lessons. As work gradually becomes more structured in Lower School, lessons are planned with a view to making them interesting and engaging. Great emphasis is placed on creating a stimulating and caring environment in which students are happy and at ease and in which learning is fun and enjoyable.

Teachers plan lessons with differentiated outcomes, allowing for a range of achievements. This enables teachers to match each lesson as closely as possible to individual needs whilst providing scope for students to be stretched academically. Each child’s progress is recorded and tracked individually and forms the basis for the planning of all lessons, ensuring students learn at a pace that adjusts to their needs.