Curriculum
Primary Years Programme | Middle Years Programme | High School Programme

Programme Overview
The main objective of our programme is to provide a high quality, bilingual (Polish-English) holistic education for children from Poland and around the world in order to help them become lifelong learners and active members of the modern democratic society of the XXI century.
Creating an atmosphere within the school in which every student can feel respected and valued gives everyone an opportunity to develop talents and skills.

We promote an awareness of the rights and needs of others and our school community's obligations to the disadvantaged in our society and the unprivileged around the world in our School's community. We believe that such an awareness will contribute to our students' character formation and the promotion of human rights around the world.



The Primary Years 1-6 Programme
The school currently offers a curriculum based on the Polish National programme (developed by Ministerstwo Edukacji Narodowej i Sportu) and the British National curriculum (developed by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority of the UK). By providing both the Polish National programme, and a British-based curriculum, the school meets the broad educational needs of our global student body. The program provides continuity and progression from one year to the next within the school, as well as enables students to move from one school to another. Thus discontinuity in the child's education is minimised. Our students whose mother tongue is Polish, prepare and sit standardised tests for PY6 students.
The language of instruction is English. Students, for whom English is not their mother tongue, are provided with EFL (English as a Foreign Language) support.

We endeavour to be a reflective school which means that we are constantly striving to improve education for children. We adapt in a creative and innovative manner both the Polish and British National curricula to the needs of a multicultural community.
English is a tool of communicating in school and internationally. Here at IES, we aim to promote English as a rich and varied language, reflecting the experience of people from many countries and nationalities. When studying English at IES, pupils develop skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. It enables them to express themselves creatively and imaginatively and to communicate with others effectively. Pupils learn to become enthusiastic and critical readers of novels or fiction stories, poetry and drama as well as non-fiction and media texts.
The English language programme is based on the English National Curriculum and is divided into 7 levels relating to the age and the linguistic skills and knowledge of pupils in a given class.
Our students of PY4 and PY5 sit KET (Key English Test) and PET (Preliminary English Test) examinations, respectively, offered by the University of Cambridge as a part of the Cambridge ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) examinations. You can learn more about these examinations by checking http://www.cambridgeesol.org
Foreign Languages
Most of our primary students begin to learn French or German, their third language, in Year 2. We also offer additional French for beginners, and additional 'mother tongue' lessons such as: German, Portuguese, Spanish, Hungarian, Slovenian, Chinese, Russian and Arabic for children who are native speakers of these languages. All our international students have the opportunity to learn Polish during PFL (Polish as a Foreign Language) classes. We believe that learning languages is important because it enables students to gain multicultural understanding.



The Middle Years Programme
Our Curriculum is based on the Polish National Programme and is supplemented by the English language and World History taught according to the English National Curriculum. We use the following programmes in teaching specific subjects:
The Polish language, Literature and History: "Do Itaki" programme approved and recognised by Ministerstwo Edukacji Narodowej i Sportu
Mathematics: "Matematyka z plusem" Programme approved and recognised by Ministerstwo Edukacji Narodowej i Sportu
Science: "Nelson Science"
Students can choose French or Spanish as their third language.
All our students of MY3 sit First Certificate in English or Certificate in Advanced English, examinations by the University of Cambridge, as well as the Standardised Polish Tests for MY3 students organised by the Regional Office for Examinations (OKE).
During the final year of Middle School, we also start to prepare our students for IGCSE Examinations.



The High School Programme
During the first year of High School, our students prepare for 6-8 IGCSE Examinations.

In the next two years they embark on the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.

Find out more about High School programmes.
Throughout MY and HS students are assisted and guided in their academic choices by a Career Adviser.