Curriculum

The Primary School

The Primary school includes Nursery, Reception and Kindergarten.



 

Reception
Reception- Age 3  - 4
We recognize the importance of developing our children's skills and talents by providing a balanced, student – centered curriculum that accommodates the needs of each individual child. The learning process of infants is designed mostly on the 'learning- through- play' method.

We endeavor to provide a secure, happy environment conducive to the development of their confidence and self-esteem, whilst slowly introducing them to discipline and the joy of learning. 

Reading to the children is done on a daily basis and Art, Singing, Clay work and Play, cover a major part of the programme for the day.
Kindergarten
Kindergarten- Age 4 - 5
Students leaving the Reception should be competent enough to read and write simple sentences and their writing tasks lay emphasis on correct formulation of letters. Apart from Mathematics, Reading and writing, which are taught on an individual basis, they learn about their surroundings, Environment, Computing, Art and Craft. Each class is assigned two qualified teachers and a helper. We ensure that the number of students per class does not exceed twenty. The school commences at 8 am and closes at 12 noon. 
Year 1 to Year 5
Year 1 – Age 5 - 6
Year 2 – Age 6 - 7
Year 3 – Age 7 -8
Year 4 – Age 8 - 9
Year 5 – Age 9 - 10

The curriculum for these classes is designed to provide a well balanced, holistic education, closely conforming to the British curriculum. British text books (Key stage 2 and 3) are followed for English, Mathematics and Science. Teachers specializing in specific subjects areas like languages (Sinhala, Tamil, and French), Speech and Drama, Music, Computing, Art and Craft are assigned to these classes to teach these respective subjects. 
Outstanding Features of the Curriculum
We uphold the importance of inculcating ethical values in the early formative stages of the growth of a child. Therefore Religion is a compulsory subject up to Year Six, and human values are unobtrusively imparted through religious teaching. One period is allotted on every Wednesday, for this purpose. 

Development of the literacy level of the student is given precedence and one hour per day is devoted to improve the literacy of children in the age group of Year 1- Year 3. A variety of methodologies and instructions strategies are utilized by teachers specialized in developing reading, writing and oral skills of these children. 

This section is endowed with a fully equipped Computer Laboratory and a qualified teacher who would help to develop the computer literacy of children in Year 4, 5 and 6. This section has also been provided with a mobile science laboratory. 

Reading is encouraged and rendered most enjoyable by the spacious, colourful library this section is furnished with, wherein students can read freely and leisurely and also borrow books on a weekly basis.



Middle School

The Middle School comprises two components-


Form I to Form III
Form IV and V- O/L

Form I-Form III

This is considered as a significant period in the intellectual and emotional growth of a child in proportion to the child's physical development, and we structure and programme our curriculum with this in view. Teachers give precedence to development of social and intellectual skills of students and encourage and guide them to work independently and creatively. It is also at these levels that a firm grounding for the preparation for the IGCSE is laid. The syllabi of all subjects are designed with this objective, although more emphasis is laid on Mathematics and English. The curriculum is based on the UK's National Curriculum. 

In addition to the above mentioned subjects, students learn Science, Geography, History, ICT, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Art, English Literature, French and either Tamil or Sinhala as their language option. 

To ensure a balanced curriculum and enhance the reflective process of learning, all students, in these levels, attend PT, Singing, Speech and Drama classes. 

Reading is encouraged by celebrating The Library Day, and Spelling Bees held annually, inspire our students to master their spelling. 

Students are encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities, at every stage, to ensure their development as full'-fledged individuals.


Form IV and V
In Form IV and V, students follow a two- year course at the end of which they sit the Cambridge G.C.E. ‘O’ Level  Examination, after completing Forms IV, V course of studies.
Students select a minimum of eight subjects in Form IV from a wide selection of subjects, inclusive of Mathematics and English, which are compulsory subjects.

The students are encouraged to offer a combination of subjects that would ensure a conducive academic profile for university entry or careers. 

The students who sit the ‘O’ Level would be sufficiently mature, and well versed in skills to plan, evaluate and think seriously about possible degree courses and future career paths. 

The school goes all out to assist students in the selection of subjects for O/L and A/L Levels. Parents as well as students personally consult subject teachers, class teachers and the Deputy Principal / Exam Coordinator to seek advice for the selection of O/L and A/L subjects. Special days are assigned in addition to the Parents' Days scheduled in the school calendar, for this purpose. 




Advanced Subsidiary and Advanced Levels

In planning the curricula for A/s and A/L, Stafford International School has always been responsive to the new needs posed by rapid globalization, the world –wide technological revolution and open-market economic trends. Stafford aims to give the students a strong educational foundation at these levels, not only to enable them to seek entry into good universities, but also to help them to emerge as fully developed individuals, equipped to handle any kind of challenge they may encounter in the wider world. 

Three main streams of studies, namely, Science, Commerce and Arts are available at A/S and A/Levels, which cover a wide range of subjects like Economics, Accounts Business Studies, Statistics, Psychology, English Literature, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, ICT, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, under the Cambridge curriculum, while Law is offered under the Edexcel curriculum. Students are required to offer 4 subjects for the A/S Level, while a minimum of three subjects must be studied for the A/Level Examination. 

Cambridge O/L and A/L results are important as they give an independent measure of the standard achieved by our students. The high standard reached by Stafford International School students at these exams, manifests the fine effort and commitment of our students as well as our teachers. 

Stafford International School is an international centre for Cambridge International Examinations. 

Students are encouraged to gain work experience in the relevant fields they wish to pursue their future career- Hospitals, Banks, and Firms etc. The school gives full support and co-oporation to students in this regard, and arranges placements for them whenever the need arises. 


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