The Primary School is both the longest period of a child’s education and the time when the most connections and discoveries take place. Our Primary School provides a rich and dynamic learning environment for children from the age of 3 to 11 years. To support the children in navigating this learning journey our Primary School is structured into four distinct phases as follows:
Phase 1 (ages 3 to 5) Nursery and Kindergarten
Phase 2 (ages 5 to 7) Years 1 and 2
Phase 3 (ages 7 to 9) Years 3 and 4
Phase 4 (ages 9 to 11) Years 5 and 6
During this critical time, children learn to read, write and build the foundations of numerical and scientific understandings.
To achieve this strong foundation, young learners need to be nurtured in a safe and happy environment, one where they can lead their learning - take risks and make mistakes and learn from every new experience. This is particularly true of learners in the early years (Phases 1 and 2) of Primary School.
The curriculum in our early years (Phases 1 and 2) is based on the globally recognised International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP)
. Our PYP is an educational curriculum and philosophy that is authorised and evaluated by the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO).
The PYP areas of learning are language, mathematics, social studies, science and technology, arts, and personal, social and physical education. In addition, all of our learners will experience learning in a second language during the programme. This is taught through intensive and immersive daily language tuition from specialist teachers. Families have the option of French or Mandarin. We also celebrate the varied and rich first languages that our learners bring to Nexus – offering a truly international experience to even our youngest learners.
In the early years, the teacher’s role is to mentor the child, providing them opportunities to explore and discover, and to guide them in creation of new knowledge and greater understandings.
Combined with the PYP, our teachers consider elements of the Reggio Emilia Approach, which puts
the natural development of children
as well as the close relationships that they share with their peers and their environment at the center of its philosophy. This
educational philosophy is based upon the following set of powerful principles: