As in most Dutch International Primary Schools (DIPS), the ID combines the
British National Curriculum with the International Primary Curriculum. The
National Curriculum provides the framework for Literacy and Numeracy.
The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) is the framework through which
science, geography, history and art are taught.
The educational programme is divided into stages:
• The Foundation Stage, covering Pre-school, F1 & F2
• Key Stage 1, covering Years 1 & 2
• Key stage 2, covering Years 3, 4, 5 & 6
This stage follows on from the pre-school programme and offers a carefully
integrated two year programme of learning. The progress of each child is closely
monitored across the six key areas which make up this stage:
• Personal, Social & Emotional Development.
• Communication, Language and Literacy.
• Mathematical Development.
• Knowledge and Understanding of the World.
• Physical Development.
• Creative Development.
During these formative years, particular emphasis is put on personal, social and
emotional development. As the children move through the Foundation Stage,
they are guided in building on their understanding of the world around them.
Their curiosity for learning increases and they build up layers of knowledge on
which to base their further education.
Key stage 1 & 2:
This stage consists of literacy and numeracy, together with Science, ICT,
Geography, History, Art, Music, Dutch and Physical Education. As the children
move through these stages, they are offered a range of learning experiences in
order to constantly build on previous learning and consolidate their knowledge
and understanding. The children are encouraged to take pride in their
achievements and to develop their skills as independent learners.
In the upper part of the school, an increasing amount of autonomy is expected of
the children, and they are gradually prepared for their further education through
planning their work independently.
Development through the curriculum
In the section below, we have set out the learning goals which most children
will have achieved in Key Stages 1 & 2. Due to the diverse nature of the
international department’s pupil population, as well as the natural diversity in
children’s abilities, your child may be achieving above or below the ‘norms’ set out
below. Your child’s teacher will have discussed this with you and made clear how
your own child’s learning needs are being met.
For children joining the school in the pre-school group or Foundation classes,
there is a separate handbook which outlines literacy and numeracy learning in
these early years.
In each class, the timetable provides the children with a balanced curriculum.
Your child’s teacher will provide you with a copy of the timetable, as well as
information about homework.