The Curriculum
What is most important in a school is how well children learn – academically, physically, emotionally and socially. The curriculum is every single planned experience that a child is given at school, which helps them learn. The curriculum encompasses much more than can ever be written down. From the behavioural expectations we have for our children, to the way we take our breaks, to how relationships are built and maintained, to the quality of our after school activity programme.

Curricula documents provide a structure or framework for that learning. They help guide a school and its teachers to ensure that a balanced and rich programme of study is pursued.

English is the language of instruction at the school. Reading, writing and oral language are taught following the learning goals identified in the Literacy Strategy from the England and Wales. A variety of teacher and pupil resources are used to support the teaching of language. These include selected Oxford Reading Tree materials. Supplementary reading scheme and readers are also provided. In the early stages, children also use 'Letters and Sounds' and a variety of other resources to help them to learn to read.

The school is guided in its Mathematics programme by the learning goals identified in the Numeracy Strategy from the United Kingdom. It clearly states the knowledge, skills and concepts that should be taught to pupils at each stage. The Ginn Abacus Evolve Mathematics Scheme is used throughout the whole school as a core resource to support learning in mathematics. This is supplemented by a number of other mathematics resources.

The International Primary Curriculum is used for all other subjects. This curriculum, designed for primary age pupils, integrates the best school curricula from around the world.

There are four sets of learning targets for pupils at 'milepost' ages of Early Years, 7, 9 and 12. There are Subject Goals, Personal Goals and International Goals. The subject goals are: History, Geography, Art, Information Communication Technology, Music, Physical Education, Science, Society, Technology, Personal Development and International Development. Each subject has clearly defined Learning Targets that set out what children should know, be able to do and understand by the end of each stage of their education.

The International Primary Curriculum is taught in a thematic way in which subject areas are combined into a unit. Each unit has a title and a number of activities designed to appeal to children. Learning targets for each subject are clearly identified within each unit.

The curriculum offered introduces pupils to a broad range of concepts, knowledge, skills and experiences. It is also relevant as it offers a broad general education and wherever possible it is related to the real world experiences of your child. The curriculum is unique in that it has clearly defined learning targets for both international as well as personal development.

For further details you can visit: greatlearning.com/ipc/

With any class there will be children of a differing range of abilities. The needs of the children are met by matching the level of work offered to groups or individuals. Through this differentiation all children will be challenged to develop their levels of attainment.In addition to the major curricula subjects, pupils will also be involved in learning another language. Some children whose first language is not English will receive extra English lessons.Computers, Information Technology and monitored access to the Internet are an essential part of the educational programme at our school. Students use computers to support their learning in many subjects and especially in the International Primary Curriculum, which requires research and the ability to access information from multiple sources.
Homework
We believe that homework serves three purposes. Firstly, it provides the pupils with additional challenges outside the classroom to utilise skills that have been mastered. Secondly, it provides parents with information and an opportunity to become involved in the learning process. Thirdly, it trains pupils in planning and organising time and encourages ownership and responsibility for learning.

The time devoted to homework will depend on the age and level of the student. Nursery children will not receive any homework. Reception children will have reading daily once they have fully grasped their initial sounds. Older children will receive different types of homework. Pupils may not have homework assigned every night but it is the expectation of the teaching staff that parents and pupils will participate in different types of homework on a regular basis. Generally homework will not be set for weekends and holiday periods.

The following guidelines might help you and your child with their homework.

Teachers will:
  • Set and explain the work appropriate to the class, group or individual. It should always be clear to the children what is expected and should last usually no more than 45 minutes for older pupils in the school.
  • Check returned work with the children
  • Encourage work to be done well and praise when it is

Children are expected to:
  • Take work home and return it at the appropriate time
  • Complete work to an acceptable standard
  • Take good care of school books and equipment

Parents should:
  • Take an interest in homework
  • Where appropriate discuss the work and help
  • support pupils by providing time and a reasonable working environment
  • Encourage work to be done well and praise when it is
  • Contact the class teacher if any problems arise completing homework
  • Sign reading records daily
Further information about homework is available from the class teachers and Head Teacher.

Homework Guidelines
The school aims to provide a comprehensive and challenging curriculum that enables children to continue learning with the knowledge, abilities and understanding gained from their experience of living abroad.

The school works in partnership with parents to achieve this aim. One example of this partnership is the use of homework to reinforce and extend what children learn in school.

Homework takes different forms:
1. Shared activities
The school encourages parents to share a wide variety of activities with their children. It provides advice on the sort of activity that will aid children's learning.

2. Shared reading
The school provides children with books to take home to read. Parents are encouraged to read these books with their children, to listen to their children read and to talk with them about what they have been reading.
A specific information meeting for parents about reading will be held annually to help parents with their child's daily reading.

3. Specific learning tasks
The school expects children to learn and memorise specific things at home. These may include spelling lists, multiplication tables and other number facts. The school encourages parents to help children with these tasks.

4. Homework tasks
At other times certain tasks may be given for IPC units of work. Guidelines and explanation will always be given to the child and will have sufficient time for completion.

The school encourages parents to provide suitable conditions for children to complete these exercises and to talk with them about what they are doing. Homework expectations will be discussed at the first class teacher information meeting.
After School Activities
We recognise the importance of providing opportunities for students to engage in sports and other activities that encourage and support their special interests and hobbies. Therefore we will be offering an after school activity programme beginning in the first term for all children from Year 1. Children attend the activities of their choice each week and should inform activity organisers if they cannot attend.

Of course volunteer help for these activities is always welcome. Anyone interested in starting a new activity or assisting an established one should contact the school.

The school will also seek to provide additional information about clubs held locally which children may want to attend.

Extra Curricular Activities

The school celebrates a number of events during the year, many of which are common to schools like ours worldwide. Parents are encouraged to participate in these school events. The teachers will arrange field trips in and around Tyumen for pupils to connect the school to outside experiences and bring learning to life. These trips are well planned and involve teachers visiting sites prior to the outing. Parents are required to fill out, sign, and return a field trip form before any child leaves the school site for a field trip or school visit.

If you have any suggestions about possible trips or events please contact the Director of Education.
Pupil Assessment and Recording Procedures
Pupil evaluation and assessment is an on-going process at school. Teachers will be doing both formal and informal assessments to keep a check on a child's learning progress.

  • Informal assessment: This involves the professional judgement on the children's daily performance of tasks, projects, etc. in the classroom and is dependent on learning outcomes having been clearly identified in units of work.
  • Formal assessment: Children throughout the school are assessed soon after entry. This assessment is reviewed regularly to measure progress.
It is the combination of these tools that give the most complete and most accurate picture of a child's growth and assist a teacher in planning for the next steps in a pupil's learning.
The work of the children is marked and discussed daily with the child so they have a clear understanding of how they are performing and targets are set to ensure improvement.

Reports and Parent Evenings

At CET International Primary School, reports are provided twice a year: in December and June. Reports are also provided when children leave the school. These reports indicate how well your child is learning in each area of the curriculum. The report comments on learning in each of these areas and records attendance. After receiving the report you will be invited to discuss the progress of your child during a Parents' Evening. You will also receive information regarding the outcomes of any assessments that may have taken place.
Throughout the school year you will have several opportunities to meet with your child's teacher but you can of course, at any time, make appointments to see her/him outside of the formal Parents' Evening sessions. If teachers have a concern they will also contact you to arrange an appointment.