International Early Years Curriculum

For students aged 2-5, we follow the International Early Years Curriculum, enhanced by daily Montessori classes.

Learning Principles

The IEYC is designed around eight learning principles, that we consider essential to children’s learning and development. The earliest years of life are important in their own right. Children should be supported to learn and develop at their own unique pace. Play is an essential aspect of all children’s learning and development. Learning happens when developmentally-appropriate, teacher-scaffolded and child initiated experiences harness children’s natural curiosity in an enabling environment. Independent and interdependent learning experiences create a context for personal development and are the foundation of international mindedness. Knowledge and skills development lead to an increasing sense of understanding when children are provided with opportunities to explore and express their ideas in multiple ways. Ongoing assessment, in the form of evaluation and reflection, is effective when it involves a learning-link with the home. Learning should be motivating, engaging and fun, opening up a world of wonder for children where personal interests can flourish.

Our programme also provides a wide range of opportunities for children to develop their communicative and cooperative skills as well as promoting other essential skills and encompassing literacy, mathematics, understanding the world and expressive arts.

International Primary Curriculum

For students aged 5-11, Saigon Star delivers the International Primary Curriculum. The school adopted this curriculum in 2013 and became the first IPC-accredited school in Vietnam in July 2018..

Learning Goals

The learning goals are the foundation on which the International Primary Curriculum is built. The IPC provides children with subject goals, personal learning goals, and uniquely, international learning goals, and these are defined for each age phase:.

Subject Goals

Subject goals cover the knowledge, skills and understanding of children relating to the subjects they are learning. There are subject learning goals for Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, ICT & Computing, Technology, History, Geography, Music, Physical Education, Art and Society.

Personal Goals

Personal goals underpin the individual qualities and dispositions we believe children will find essential in the 21st century. There are 8 IPC Personal Goals - enquiry, resilience, morality, communication, thoughtfulness, cooperation, respect and adaptability. Opportunities to experience and practice these are built into the learning tasks within each unit of work.

International Learning Goals

International learning goals are unique to our curriculum and help young children begin the move towards an increasingly sophisticated national, international and intercultural perspective. Each thematic IPC unit includes an international aspect, to help develop a sense of ‘international mindedness’.

Units of Learning

We know that children learn best when they want to learn. That's why IPC has over 130 different thematic units of learning, designed to appeal to children’s interests and help them to learn more about the world around them. Themes include: Who Am I?, The Magic Toymaker, Buildings, Chocolate, Active Planet, Young Entrepreneurs, Mission to Mars,and What Price Progress. Themed units help children to see how subjects are both independent and interdependent. This enables them to see the big picture of their learning, make connections across different subjects, and talk about a topic from multiple perspectives.

 

Our programme also provides a wide range of opportunities for children to develop their communicative and cooperative skills as well as promoting other essential skills and encompassing literacy, mathematics, understanding the world and expressive arts.

International Middle Year Curriculum

 

For students aged 11-14, students develop their knowledge, skills and understanding in Art, Geography, History, Science and Technology through the International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC). Students learn through five units during the course of each academic year. Each of these units is centered around a 'Big Idea', takes approximately six weeks to complete and culminates in a media presentation where children have the opportunity to showcase their learning to their family, peers and even the local community. The IMYC is a challenging, engaging, internationally-minded, and concept-focused curriculum. It is unique in that it addresses the question: What kind of people do we want our students to develop into? It is purposefully designed for the adolescent brain to help students make the transition from primary to secondary without becoming disengaged from their learning, to make meaning of their learning, to make connections with prior knowledge and to learn to take risks in an organised, safe and structured environment. “The IMYC is more than just a set of subject activities. It is a transformative and broad curriculum; it builds a culture and community focused on inspiring and engaging students, and supporting their learning needs. Learning happens everywhere, in school, at home and even on vacation as students take responsibility for their own learning.”