Welcome to St. Ignatius. We follow a British Curriculum here and adapt it as necessary given the fact we are an international school situated in the Caribbean to ensure that all children’s needs are being met. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) which is broken into 6 areas of learning. There are early learning goals that children are expected to reach by the end of Foundation Stage. The Foundation Stage starts at the age of 3 and ends when children are 5. It is a 2 year programme.
Religious Education: Spirituality is very much at the core of everything we do at St. Ignatius and is evident throughout the day. We always start with morning prayers; we have prayers before lunch and a going home prayer.
There are six areas of learning and these areas are taught throughout the week. Children are continually assessed on all these areas in the week by teachers observing them and their interactions.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development: An example of an early learning goal is, “Continue to be interested, excited and motivated to learn.”
Communication, Language and Literacy: An example of an early learning goal is, “Enjoy listening to and using spoken and written language and readily turn it into their play.”
Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy: An example of an early learning goal is, “In practical activities and discussion, begin to use the vocabulary involved in adding and subtracting.”
Knowledge and Understanding of the World: An example of an early learning goal is, “Select the tools and techniques they need to join materials they are using.”
Physical development: An example of an early learning goal is, “Move with control and coordination.”
Creative Development: This area of learning includes art, music, dance, role play and imaginative play.An example of an early learning goal is “Express and communicate their ideas, thoughts and feelings by using a widening range of materials, suitable tools, imaginative and role-play, movement, designing and making, and a variety of songs and musical instruments.”
We learn in topics. Our planning is flexible which allows us to change direction as and when is needed. Children are naturally inquisitive (as you know!) and if something takes the children’s curiosity we allow ourselves to plan around their needs and interests. There are the general topics for the year but we may branch off from topics to ensure we are delivering a curriculum that matches the needs of every single child.
We have lots of opportunities for children to choose activities inside and outside. Many of these choosing activities are organized/planned deliberately by the teacher for the purpose of encouraging particular learning or developing a specific skill. Throughout the day we have short carpet sessions. Some example of these sessions are, phonics, counting, story, celebrating good work, singing songs, guessing games, calendar, mental maths, circle time.
Music and Spanish are taught by specialised teachers.