EtonHouse has developed its philosophy based on research and internationally accredited best practice in education that supports a child focused learning and teaching environment.
At EtonHouse, we aim to develop each child into a well-balanced individual through engaging environments that support children’s curiosity and wonder; that engage children, and that offer them a wide range of materials to work in purposefully designed learning areas.
Every child should acquire social skills and the confidence to communicate freely and easily with both adults and peers. EtonHouse has been established to provide a happy, relaxed and safe environment that contributes to the development of the whole person.
Our excellent staff- to-child ratio is a vital factor in the success of our programmes. We offer children a multi-dimensional programme with many diverse and spontaneous learning opportunities. We provide an environment in which children grow in independence and take responsibility for their own learning.
In Early Years at Foshan EtonHouse, we have a child-centred, inquiry-based, multi-disciplinary philosophy as our foundation for teaching and learning. As the school develops, both the Early Years and Primary Years will become part of the IB World Schools’ philosophy.
The IB PYP is a framework for international education designed to foster the development of the whole child as a global citizen. It supports the intellectual, aesthetic, physical, cultural and social needs of the student. This is achieved through learning that is identified to be engaging, relevant, challenging and significant. The framework of the PYP sets learning objectives, what we want our students to know, combined with the application of sound classroom practice, how best will they learn and effective, appropriate assessment how will we know what they have learnt. These three components, along with the attributes of the IB Learner Profile, form the basis for implementation of the IB programme.
At Early Years level the children learn through play, engagement, inquiry and practical, fun activities. These activities are initiated by the children themselves, by curiosity and wonder, by teaching staff and by the environment.
As FEIS grows, the school will be pursuing IB, PYP Accreditation. The Primary Years, along with our Early Years curriculum is based on the excellent model of the U.K. National Curriculum and we are working towards preparing for IB, PYP philosophy to enhance and support this.
The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme, for students aged 3 to 12, focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer. The curriculum is trans-disciplinary (integrated across the subject areas) for greater relevance and immediacy of students’ learning. This is in alignment with the teaching and learning philosophy of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme.
In the Primary Years Programme the curriculum is organised around six transdisciplinary units of inquiry integrating the learning areas of :
* Language (English)
* Physical Education
* Social Studies (history and geography)
* Additional Languages (Chinese)
Teachers provide parents with a curriculum overview which details the Units of Inquiry and the learning content at the beginning of each unit. Students explore traditional subject areas through integrated Units of Inquiry, organised around six transdiscipinary themes that provide the framework for the exploration of knowledge. Through the inquiry-based approach students develop an understanding of important concepts, acquire essential skills and knowledge, develop particular attitudes and learn to take socially responsible action.
By engaging in inquiry based units throughout the year, students become:
These attributes together are known as the ‘Learner Profile’.
Students explore integrated transdisciplinary Units of Inquiry. In Nursery1, 2 and Reception, children explore four Units of Inquiry per year, while from Year 1-6 children explore six Units of Inquiry per year.
* Who we are
* Where we are in place and time
* How we express ourselves
* How the world works
* How we organise ourselves
* Sharing the planet
As the school grows FEIS will offer the British National Curriculum in-depth coverage of English, maths, science (physics, chemistry and biology), IT, Chinese, art, P.E and music. These subjects, studied at Key Stage 3 level prepare the pupils for IGCSE exams in each subject at Key Stage 4 level. These British exams have been skillfully adapted for international schools and are recognized and accepted worldwide.
Our High School follows the renowned ‘A’ level programme across a range of specialist areas including English, Chinese, maths, advanced maths, physics and chemistry. The ‘A’ level programme is accredited through the world famous Cambridge (CIE) accreditation body. At ‘A’ level, it is expected that pupils will be weekly boarders at the school so their time can be used to achieve maximum potential and achievement.