The Stalford preschool curriculum is based on the internationally recognized IB curriculum and the Reggio Emilia international preschool education system. It is also deeply influenced by educators and psychologists such as John Dewey, levy Vickersky and Howard Gardner.
We believe that the main way for children to approach and explore the environment is through “play”. Playing naturally encourages children to learn about themselves and their surroundings. Therefore, our preschool curriculum provides a variety of “play” activities, using exploratory-oriented and game-based educational methods. The goal is to stimulate children’s love and love of learning, cultivate their doubt and curiosity about the real world, and encourage them to be independent and adventurous.
At NTSIS, the PYP curriculum emphasizes on inquiry-based teaching and learning to develop students’ academic, social and emotional wellbeing, focusing on international-mindedness and strong personal values. The PYP nurtures independent learning skills, encouraging every student to take responsibility for their learning. Local and global issues are incorporated into the curriculum and across subjects through 6 transdisciplinary themes:
Ⅰ： Who we are
Inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; person, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities, and cultures; rights and responsibilities; what it means to be human
Ⅱ： Where we are in place and time
Inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; the relationship between and the interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives
Ⅲ： How we express ourselves
Inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic
Ⅳ： How the world works
Inquiry into the natural world and its laws, the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies; how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment.
Ⅴ： How we organize ourselves
Inquiry into the interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities; the structure and function of organizations; societal decision-making; economic activities and their impact on humankind and the environment
Ⅵ： Sharing the planet
Inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and other living things; communities and the relationship within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.
Middle School / High School:
The International Department Middle school prepares students for Cambridge IGCSE. The curriculum is designed with inquiry-based learning and Cambridge curriculum in mind. Subjects being taught includes English, Chinese, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Humanities, Art, Dance and Physical Education. Students will also be exposed to leadership skills and self-learning techniques via our programmes such as the the Duke of Edinburgh programme, and other Co-curriculum activities.
The curriculum besides Chinese Language is delivered in English by our professional international teachers coming from all around the world. After the students complete IGCSE at Gr 10, they’ll have the options to continue with Cambridge A-Level curriculum or IB DP.