Whole School Learning

GIS Learning Journey

Garden International School is a through school, educating students from 3 to 18 years old. Enabling a seamless transition between key stages, our curriculum is carefully designed to enable students to build upon their blocks of learning each year within a nurturing environment where a genuine love for learning is cultivated.

Our whole school curriculum has been carefully designed with the end in mind, to ensure that our students are equipped with the knowledge, skills and understandings to be ‘future ready’ as they leave us ready to embark upon the next stage of their educational university.

From the ‘taught curriculum’ in the classroom to wider learning opportunities beyond the classroom, including our unique GIS Elective Programme for our upper Secondary students, we aim to nurture interests, develop passions and cultivate talents, ensuring that our students are equipped with all that they need to thrive in the future.

Whole School Learning

GIS Learning Journey

Garden International School is a through school, educating students from 3 to 18 years old. Enabling a seamless transition between key stages, our curriculum is carefully designed to enable students to build upon their blocks of learning each year within a nurturing environment where a genuine love for learning is cultivated.

Our whole school curriculum has been carefully designed with the end in mind, to ensure that our students are equipped with the knowledge, skills and understandings to be ‘future ready’ as they leave us ready to embark upon the next stage of their educational university.

From the ‘taught curriculum’ in the classroom to wider learning opportunities beyond the classroom, including our unique GIS Elective Programme for our upper Secondary students, we aim to nurture interests, develop passions and cultivate talents, ensuring that our students are equipped with all that they need to thrive in the future.

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Teaching and Learning

Whole School Curriculum

At GIS, the breadth and depth of our curriculum ensure a comprehensive learning experience for every child.

Explore our Whole Curriculum, from Early Years to Year 13 below.

Early Years Foundation Stage

Nursery & Reception (3 - 5 years)

Our skilled practioners support our youngest learners to develop in key areas like communication and language, gross and fine motor skills and mark making while at the same time encouraging them to become independent learners who remain curious about the world around them. 

Key Stage 1

Year 1 & 2 (5 - 7 years)

Our Key Stage 1 (Years 1 & 2) programme helps encourage a love of learning both within and outside the classroom. With a strong understanding that every child is different, we seek to ensure that our students are given ample opportunities to explore new knowledge and skills, enabling them to discover their strengths and passions.

Key Stage 2

Year 3 - 6 (7 - 11 years)

Our Key Stage 2 (Years 3 – 6) programme offers an innovative international British curriculum, which aim to ensure that solid foundations are laid for the future success of our children, whilst allowing them plenty of space to explore and develop their passions and interests.

Key Stage 3

Year 7 - 9 (11 - 14 years)

Our Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9) programme provides students with a well balanced curriculum of study that builds the foundations for future success by ensuring they are well acquainted with subject knowledge, problem solving, critical thinking and the ability to convey their ideas in an articulate and persuasive way.

Key Stage 4

Year 10 & 11 (14 - 16 years)

Our Key Stage 4 (Year 10-11) programme centres around the International GCSE qualifications, supported in addition to our bespoke GIS electives and the study of Social and Emotional Learning. This programme is the ideal preparation for our outstanding Sixth Form Diploma (GCE A level) programme in Key Stage 5 (Years 12-13) or study beyond GIS.

Key Stage 5

Year 12 & 13 (16 - 18 years)

Our Sixth Form curriculum aims to allow students the choice to specialise in their area of interests, or maintain breadth in their subjects by choosing a range of A Levels. In-keeping with our ethos of holistic education, all students complete the GIS Diploma, comprising their choice of A Level subjects, Social and Emotional Learning, the opportunity to complete an internship through our THRIVE Programme and an elective of their choice.

Early Years Foundation Stage

Nursery & Reception (3 - 4 years)

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Key Stage 1

Year 1 & 2 (5 - 7 years)

Our Key Stage 1 (Years 1 & 2) programme helps encourage a love of learning both within and outside the classroom. With a strong understanding that every child is different, we seek to ensure that our students are given ample opportunities to explore new knowledge and skills, enabling them to discover their strengths and passions.

Key Stage 2

Year 3 - 6 (8 - 11 years)

Our Key Stage 2 (Years 3 – 6) programme offers an innovative international British curriculum, which aim to ensure that solid foundations are laid for the future success of our children, whilst allowing them plenty of space to explore and develop their passions and interests.

Key Stage 3

Year 7 - 9 (12 - 14 years)

Our Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9) programme provides students with a well balanced curriculum of study that builds the foundations for future success by ensuring they are well acquainted with subject knowledge, problem solving, critical thinking and the ability to convey their ideas in an articulate and persuasive way.

Key Stage 4

Year 10 & 11 (15 - 16 years)

Our Key Stage 4 (Year 10-11) programme centres around the International GCSE qualifications, supported in addition to our bespoke GIS electives and the study of Social and Emotional Learning. This programme is the ideal preparation for our outstanding Sixth Form Diploma (GCE A level) programme in Key Stage 5 (Years 12-13) or study beyond GIS.

Key Stage 5

Year 12 & 13 (17 - 18 years)

We offer a curriculum with a British foundation, yet an international approach. Our Sixth Form curriculum aims to allow students the choice to specialise in their area of interests, or maintain breadth in their subjects by choosing a range of A Levels. In-keeping with our ethos of holistic education, all students complete the GIS Diploma, comprising their choice of A Level subjects, Social and Emotional Learning, the opportunity to complete an internship through our THRIVE Programme and an elective of their choice. Our elective programme consists of bespoke courses aimed to develop skills and understandings beyond the scope of the traditional curriculum, allowing students to explore big ideas and direct their own learning.

Early Years Foundation Stage

Nursery & Reception (3 - 4 years)

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Key Stage 1

Year 1 & 2 (5 - 7 years)

Our Key Stage 1 (Years 1 & 2) programme helps encourage a love of learning both within and outside the classroom. With a strong understanding that every child is different, we seek to ensure that our students are given ample opportunities to explore new knowledge and skills, enabling them to discover their strengths and passions.

Key Stage 2

Year 3 - 6 (8 - 11 years)

Our Key Stage 2 (Years 3 – 6) programme offers an innovative international British curriculum, which aim to ensure that solid foundations are laid for the future success of our children, whilst allowing them plenty of space to explore and develop their passions and interests.

Key Stage 3

Year 7 - 9 (12 - 14 years)

Our Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9) programme provides students with a well balanced curriculum of study that builds the foundations for future success by ensuring they are well acquainted with subject knowledge, problem solving, critical thinking and the ability to convey their ideas in an articulate and persuasive way.

Key Stage 4

Year 10 & 11 (15 - 16 years)

Our Key Stage 4 (Year 10-11) programme centres around the International GCSE qualifications, supported in addition to our bespoke GIS electives and the study of Social and Emotional Learning. This programme is the ideal preparation for our outstanding Sixth Form Diploma (GCE A level) programme in Key Stage 5 (Years 12-13) or study beyond GIS.

Key Stage 5

Year 12 & 13 (17 - 18 years)

We offer a curriculum with a British foundation, yet an international approach. Our Sixth Form curriculum aims to allow students the choice to specialise in their area of interests, or maintain breadth in their subjects by choosing a range of A Levels. In-keeping with our ethos of holistic education, all students complete the GIS Diploma, comprising their choice of A Level subjects, Social and Emotional Learning, the opportunity to complete an internship through our THRIVE Programme and an elective of their choice. Our elective programme consists of bespoke courses aimed to develop skills and understandings beyond the scope of the traditional curriculum, allowing students to explore big ideas and direct their own learning.

Student's School Journey

Transitions

We understand that supporting a child as they transition between different stages of their school life is a crucial part of their wellbeing. Our New Student Induction Programme and GIS Buddy System ensure a smooth transiton for all new students.

In addition, comprehensive transition programmes between EYC and Primary, Primary and Secondary, as well as other crucial stages, support our students as they progress to the next stage in their educational journey.

Our support for students leaving GIS is also a key part of our transition work, with our pastoral and counselling teams working together to ensure that everyone is well equipped to say ‘a good goodbye.’

Learning culture and support network

Learning for Life

Learning Culture

At GIS, our curriculum is supported by the strong foundation of our unique learning culture. Find out more about how we ensure our students are truly future-ready.

Supporting our Students

We have a strong support network within school, to ensure that every child is able to thrive. Our EAL, Learning Support, Counselling and Medical teams are all on hand to ensure that each child has exactly what they need to be happy and successful during their time with us in Primary.

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Learning Culture

At GIS, our curriculum is supported by the strong foundation of our unique learning culture. Find out more about how we ensure our students are truly future-ready.

Learning Culture

At GIS, our curriculum is supported by the strong foundation of our unique learning culture. Find out more about how we ensure our students are truly future ready.