Overview of Curriculum
Curriculum Overview in the Primary Section
The PYP is a programme of international education designed to foster the development of the whole child. It provides a curriculum framework for primary schools around the globe. The most significant and distinctive feature of the IB Primary Years Programme are the six transdisciplinary themes. The illustration of the IB PYP Curriculum model below encapsulates student learning at KICS.
The six transdisciplinary themes
These themes provide the opportunity to incorporate local and global issues into the curriculum and effectively allow students to “step up” beyond the confines of learning within subject areas.
• Who we are
• Where we are in place and time
• How we express ourselves
• How the world works
• How we organize ourselves
• Sharing the planet
Units of Inquiry are developed around these transdisciplinary themes. These inquiries are substantial, in-depth and usually last for several weeks.
Since these ideas relate to the world beyond the school, students see their relevance and connect with it in an engaging and challenging way. Students who learn in this way begin to reflect on their roles and responsibilities as learners and become actively involved with their education.
At KICS, we have developed key learning outcomes for each year level set in continuums that reflect the different ways that children develop. We aim to create a learning environment where young students understand the interconnectedness of big ideas while grasping the essential elements (concepts, knowledge, skills, attitudes, action) that will form the foundation for future learning.
The KICS Programme of Inquiry and Subject Specific Scope and Sequence Documents are available from the Primary Curriculum Download Page.
The Learner Profile
The School’s mission focuses on the vision for learning shared by the whole school community:
"Khartoum International Community School provides an academically challenging, globally relevant and well-balanced educational programme. In the pursuit of excellence, students will be inspired to be productive and principled world citizens with the skills and commitment to think creatively, reason critically, communicate effectively and understand the value of lifelong learning".
Aligned to our school’s vision for learning is the IB Learner Profile. These attributes are the driving force behind each and every classroom interaction.
The aim is to develop internationally minded people who recognise their place in the world and their need to make it a better place.
At KICS we encourage students to become:
Inquirers - We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.
Thinkers - We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyse and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions
Communicators - We express ourselves ¬confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.
Risk-takers - We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.
Knowledgeable - We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global signifi-cance.
Principled - We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.
Caring - We show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us.
Open-minded - We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.
Well-balanced - We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our livesintellectual, physical, and emotionalto achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.
Reflective - We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.
Curriculum Overview in the Seniors
KICS prides itself on its truly international curriculum and context. Students, teachers and support staff come from all over the world and are all actively engaged in ensuring KICS students are immersed in a curriculum designed to meet the needs of this international community. The KICS mission and particularly the qualities of Inspiration, Challenge and Responsibility, all underpin the curriculum. Additionally, we are committed to an education that supports inquiry and is personalized so as to be able to have all students achieve all they are capable of.
At KICS, students are engaged in a KICS designed curriculum in Years 7-11, with the inclusion of International Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) in Years 10 and 11. All students in Years 12 and 13 undertake the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP).
The model below, demonstrates the KICS approach in Years 7-11. All subjects are compulsory in Years 7-9 and in Years 10 and 11 core subjects are undertaken by students along with electives from Sciences, Humanities and The Arts. Students generally sit approximately 9 subjects for the IGCSE. Additionally students study Leadership and Physical Education as compulsory subjects; while academic pursuits are very important, physical, emotional and social development is seen as crucial in supporting students.
Assessment in Years 7-9 is based and reported against whole school standards and year level benchmarks. In Years 10 and 11 school assessment is modified to incorporate assessment objectives set out by Cambridge International Examinations.
Years 12 and 13 follow the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. This model is represented below.
The subjects and way in which we offer these subjects are outlined in the table below:
|Group 1 – Language A||English Language and Literature
Group 2 – Language B
Arabic ab initio
Spanish ab initio
|Group 3 - Humanities||Business and Management
Information Technology in a Global Society (ITGS)
|Group 4 – Experimental Sciences||Biology
|Group 5 - Mathematics||Mathematics
|Group 6 – The Arts and Electives||Theatre
|Core subjects (all compulsory)||Theory of Knowledge (ToK)
Creativity, Action and Service (CAS)
Extended Essay (EE)
Assessment in the Diploma Programme makes use of the KICS and IB DP assessment tools. Students are also issued a monthly grade sheet reporting their progress for each of their subjects. This is used as a tool for target setting, reinforcement and motivation as students navigate, with guidance, their way through the challenging programme.