The dynamic staff in the Art department are dedicated to raising student achievements within the framework of the great opportunities provided by EIC within National Curriculum guidelines for Key Stage 3 and GCSE, Advanced level Edexcel at Key Stage 4 and 5. We aim to provide an environment brimming with stimuli and creativity based on discipline, independence, experience and a firm grounding of artistic knowledge.
The department acknowledges that it is essential to recognise and develop the individual talents and aspirations of the pupils. At EIC, students will have the opportunity to express themselves freely using a range of materials, based on a sound knowledge of the visual language and good technical skills.
We aim to ensure that pupils are able to make considered, informed and sensible decisions and assessments. It is vital that they have a sound body of knowledge and an awareness and understanding of the criteria and processes involved in artistic ‘decision making’.
Key Stage 3
Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 will be involved with developing their visual skills. They will be provided with the opportunity for individual creative experiment and the cultivation of a keener observation and an enquiring mind.
Teaching of the effective rendering of the main elements of Art is all important i.e. tone/form, line, shape, texture and colour.
Key Stage 4
Years 10 and 11 will follow the GCSE course which entails the completion of two units of coursework and one unit of controlled test over the 2 year period.
Students must stick rigidly to the four assessment objectives set by Edexcel.
Key Stage 5
Years 12 and 13 will follow the Advanced level course which entails the completion of six units overall plus controlled tests.
Visits to Art galleries in Spain and/or abroad are a vital component of the course.
Drama should facilitate learning about literature, content and form, performance and presentation skills, personal growth, social development, and the acquisition of theatre knowledge, techniques and craft.
Drama at EIC is taught throughout the curriculum. In Years 7, 8 and 9 (Key Stage 3); all students have two periods of Drama every week. In Year 10 and 11 Drama is offered as a GCSE examination subject and then in Years 12 and 13, students can take Drama and Theatre Arts at Advanced level. It is a linear curriculum, with each stage naturally progressing to the next.
Drama at Key Stage 3 starts with improvisation and theme based drama as its teaching base in Year 7 and slowly builds to a more devised performance-based course in Year 9.
GCSE Drama (Edexcel) is a very varied course. Throughout the two years, students work with text, learn to improvise and make their own theatre, developing their communication skills and increasing their confidence. They develop team building skills and learn how to evaluate their work effectively. The course is largely practical, although there is a written examination in Year 11, where they answer questions about plays studied during the course from the perspective of a performer, director and designer, in addition to questions about theatre productions that they have seen.
Advanced Level Drama and Theatre Studies (Edexcel) encourages lifelong learning and a range of important work skills as well as providing access to drama and theatre-related careers. The course broadens experience, develops imagination, fosters creativity and promotes personal levels of confidence and social development. It encourages an understanding and appreciation of a wide range of theatre practitioners as well as of the significance of social, cultural and historical influences on theatre practice, both past and present. All students on this course take part in regular visits to the local theatre as well as an exciting and stimulating annual theatre trip to London.
Extra curricular activities
In the Autumn Term students in the Sixth Form spend time working on the annual Sixth Form Show. At various times in the year, individuals have the opportunity to attend workshops after school to prepare for a variety of LAMDA examinations. The examination groups perform a variety of devised pieces and scripts throughout the year to invited audiences. Students are also given the opportunity to show their work in assembly. Students are encouraged to take part in the annual school production.
English is a vital way of communicating in school, in public life and internationally. Literature in English is rich and influential, reflecting the experience of people from many countries and times. In studying English, students develop skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. It enables them to express themselves creatively and imaginatively and to communicate with others effectively. Students learn to become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama as well as non-fiction and media texts. The study of English helps students understand how language works by looking at its patterns, structures and origins. Using this knowledge students can choose and adapt what they say and write in different situations. (The National Curriculum)
English is compulsory for all students throughout Key Stages 3 and 4. We follow the English National Curriculum throughout the Key Stages. This involves developing the students’ skills in Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing. The Key Stage 3 curriculum is organised into half termly units and incorporates a major assignment at the end of each unit. Each student is awarded an attainment level at the end of the year (included on the end of year report). Two Shakespeare plays are studied at Key Stage 3 (in Years 8 and 9).
At Key Stage 4, all students follow the IGCSE First Language English course. They particularly concentrate on summary work, inferential reading, responding to a range of texts, and writing in different genres for a variety of audiences. IGCSE Literature is also a compulsory strand of English curriculum for all students commencing the Key Stage 4 course. They study six texts from a range of poetry, plays and prose. Latin is also offered at Key Stage 4, following the CIE (Cambridge) syllabus.
In the Sixth Form we also offer Advanced Level courses in English Literature (Cambridge) and English Language (Cambridge). The full English Literature Advanced Level Course is divided into four units and includes a detailed study of a range of texts including novels, plays, poetry and Shakespeare. The English Language Advanced Level Course is also divided into four units, involving analysing a wide range of texts, including both fiction and non-fiction, and using this knowledge to create their own. Classical Civilization is also offered at A-level following the OCR syllabus.
The Humanities Department consists of History, Geography, Business Studies and Economics. From Year 7 to 9, it is compulsory for all students to study Geography and History. However, in Years 10 and 11 students may opt to choose Business Studies, as well as Geography and History. Students are encouraged to study at least one of these subjects and may choose to study more than one - all are popular options at EIC. All courses follow the IGCSE syllabuses of the Cambridge International Examinations Board or Edexcel. At Advanced level, students may again choose to study Business Studies, Geography or History; Economics is also offered at this level. These courses follow the specifications of the Edexcel Examinations Board. Students will have the opportunity to take part in field trips, including residential and international trips.
Studying one or more of the Humanities subjects at Key Stage 5 can provide a pathway for students to a wide range of potential degrees and careers. In the recent past, students have gone on to study subjects at prestigious universities that range from PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) to Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies. Field trips and residential trips are a fundamental part of the department’s ethos and regularly trips are organised to Krakow, Russia and Iceland. These trips complement curriculum material covered in school but also allow students to experience and explore stunning landscapes and different cultures. For the next academic year (2017-18) the Humanities Department will also be offering an AS qualification in Politics, this will focus on the UK electoral system and role of media in the election process.
The Horizons course which is offered to all students in Year 12 originated from the idea of inspiring students to explore broader themes that perhaps are not covered in traditional subjects. Themes such as Philosophy and Cultural Studies give students the chance to discover their passions with opportunities given to them to debate and discuss their findings and opinions. This year the department launched the Horizon Diploma which gives students a further qualification to complement their other A level courses.
Debating has become a major part of the department with teams being entered for different events throughout the academic year. In 2016 EIC were crowned COBIS World Championships and in 2017 we successfully defended that title.
At EIC students study Computing in its basic form from Early Years through to Key Stage Three and many choose to continue to IGCSE level, although the emphasis is on the computing elements.
In the Primary School and throughout Key Stage 3 we expand upon the guidance as laid out by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority in the UK. At Key Stage 4, the Edexcel IGCSE is followed. The theory work covers a broad range including hardware, software, databases, spreadsheets, desktop publishing, word processing, modelling, networks, the internet and e-commerce. Students may also opt for a Computing GCSE in Key Stage Four which involves a high element of computer programming.
At Advanced level students prepare for the Cambridge Computing examination. At each level, students take three units: two theoretical and one practical. All units have an equal weighting. The coursework covers the analysis and design of a project, and further into the course the same project is implemented using a programming language. Theory units include computer systems and their design, followed by information systems and their development.
Three dedicated laboratories in Primary and Secondary as well as interactive whiteboards in all classrooms provide an IT-rich environment.
Mathematics lies at the intersection of the arts and the sciences.
We believe the students should enjoy the subject, be encouraged to ask questions, to move outside their comfort zone and take pride in their work. We believe it to be important that common myths about the subject are dispelled: "It is not creative" ; "There is only one way to do problems" ; "Answers have to be exact” to cite just a selection. There are strong links between KS2 Primary and KS3 Secondary, and strong emphasis is placed on rigour, algebra and pictorial representation. As a consequence, there is a strong uptake at Advanced Level of both Mathematics and Further Mathematics, resulting in frequent entry to Oxbridge, Imperial College, UCL, Bristol and Bath to name just a few. Secondary students at all ages groups also have the opportunity to participate in the prestigious UK Maths Challenge, with Gold certificates a frequent occurrence.
Work from Year 7 right through to Year 13 is delivered using our own unique Spiral Curriculum, designed around the Cambridge IGCSE and Edexcel A level courses, with bespoke textbooks produced in-house and delivered via iTunesU, along with deep integration with the Mathletics online resource. Ultimately, our belief is that the students should view the subject not as work, but as play.
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Music is an important part of the curriculum at EIC from Early Years through to IGCSE. Special emphasis is placed on the practical side of the subject to allow development of social, communication, team-work and presentation skills. Students regularly perform in assemblies, to other year groups and in festivals. It is currently taught by two members of staff - one at Primary level and one at Secondary, with visiting peripatetic teachers. Also offered are extra-curricular activities such as choir and singing groups, the school orchestra and musical productions. Additional instrument tuition is available at all levels and students may choose to take ABRSM theory and practical examinations here.
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The department of eleven specialist teachers offers three modern languages: Spanish from Early Years class to International Advanced Level, French from Year 4 to International Advanced Level and German from Year 7 to International Advanced Level. Native Russian speakers also have the opportunity to sit GCSE Russian externally.
As a British school we follow the English National Curriculum, but as a base, not a target. Spanish from Early Years is a compulsory language for all students until the end of Year 11. A large percentage of our students take their IGCSE Spanish examination early, achieving excellent results and then look to International Advanced level in Year 11 and Year 12. In Year 7 students choose to study either French or German. In Year 10 they may continue with this language in the IGCSE options and then on to International Advanced level.
Mandarin is also offered in the Primary school.
The Spanish ESO programme is offered throughout the Primary and Secondary schools. The Primary language staff also organise a wide range of excursions to local venues to help children understand different aspects of the culture and society in which they are living.
All KS3 pupils take part in a residential trip to Cuenca (Year 7), and France or Germany (Years 8 and 9).
Our aim is to encourage students to learn at least one foreign language, if not two, in an enjoyable and relevant way and so help to prepare them for a multilingual future.
Science: the gateway to ‘more careers than you can shake a test tube at’. At EIC the Science Department makes sure that all those wonderful options - Aeronautical Engineering, Astrophysics, Genetic Research, Medicine and many more - are open to our students.
Our students follow the English National Curriculum for Science until the end of Year 8. Physics, Chemistry and Biology are offered as single subjects at IGCSE and we offer a 3 year IGCSE program instead of the usual 2 year program to prepare students thoroughly for recently-expanded IGCSE syllabi. At least one Science subject is taken by each student at IGCSE although many take two or even all three.
We offer the Edexcel International Advanced Level in each of the Sciences and are very proud of the successes of our students, many of whom have gone on to study Science at prestigious institutions including Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial and Yale.
Even before they enter the Secondary School, the budding scientists in Primary will have been following their own Science courses and given the opportunity to visit the senior laboratories on a regular basis to use our equipment and to be inspired by the experience. In addition an active STEM program offers our young students an opportunity to engage in numerous Science-related projects.
Upon their arrival in Year 7, their curiosity is at fever pitch and they explore the wonders of Physics, Chemistry and Biology in a coordinated Science course until the end of Year 8. The three Sciences are then studied separately under the guidance of specialists who achieve outstanding results at IGCSE and Advanced level.
The focus is always on practical work and investigations which brings a lively, dynamic atmosphere to the department. The Science laboratories are open to all students at most times, creating opportunities to stimulate interest and generate involvement. This continues for those who choose to study Advanced Level Science.
An average Advanced Level Physics lesson sees a myriad of different experiments set up in Lab 3 with students bent over meters, springs, circuits, pendulums or Geiger counters. In Biology, the most diverse of modern sciences is taught by two subject specialists and we are fortunate to have expertise in all the major disciplines from Biochemistry to the study of Ecology. In Chemistry, we return to those test tubes. This paper, the ink and virtually everything man made on the planet has been produced with the help of chemists whose training begins at Advanced Level.
With the support offered by our specialist Science teachers, our laboratory technician, an accommodating Mathematics department, our interactive white boards and our resources, our young scientists leave with top grades and a world of options.
Students of all years spend one lesson a week studying PSHE. This incorporates subjects such as drug education, sex and relationship education, revision skills, health topics and issues such as bullying and racism. Many of these themes are also further explored across the curriculum in other subjects such as Drama, English and Biology.
At EIC the new subject of Citizenship is also included, having been modified to suit our international status. Hence, students discover the workings of the European Parliament and United Nations as well as discuss issues such as globalisation and human rights. Current affairs play a big part in this area of the course and flexibility is built into the upper school curriculum to allow for in-depth discussion of important issues. To encourage our students to form their own educated opinions, aspects of philosophy are also addressed.
Overall, the aim of this aspect of the subject is to encourage students to be aware not only of their own rights and responsibilities, but also of their wider rights and responsibilities as citizens of our global community.
At certain key points of the year, time is spent on study, revision and examination skills which aim to enhance our students’ performance in their academic life. Careers is an important component of the course and allows pupils to investigate option choices and their future ambitions. Students investigate a variety of careers and also develop skills, such as presentations and CV writing, in order to prepare for their working life. In addition, all Year 10 students are required to undergo at least one week of work experience in the Summer before returning to Year 11. n (futurewise) scheme. This includes a detailed psychometric test aimed at highlighting a student’s personal skills and determining suitable career paths.
In summary, PSHE is a comprehensive course that provides the students with the information and skills to enable them to lead a healthy and productive adult life.
Sport is very important at EIC with nearly every student involved in teams and individual fixtures at all levels of ability. Through strong links with both surrounding schools and European schools in general, students have the opportunity to participate in competitions in swimming, athletics, volleyball, basketball and football. In addition the triathlon, cross country running, cricket, hockey and netball are part of sport exposure.
The department consists of a team of fully qualified teachers and two full-time support staff. Sporting opportunities are enhanced by visiting coaches in other disciplines such as fencing and martial arts.
PE is compulsory throughout the school, with students studying IGCSE PE in Years 10 and 11.