Bilingual Play Group

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Our Little Shoots playgroup, led by Miss Na, provides a fun, safe, and stimulating environment for children aged 18 months to three years old. Children enrolled in this programme are exposed to both English and Vietnamese on a daily basis, as our teaching staff are bilingual. Activities are planned to meet the needs of the group within a play-based framework that encourages collaboration, problem solving, communication, creativity and a lifelong love of learning.

 

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Early Years

teaching-earlyyearsOur Early Years programme is guided by the UK’s Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework to provide quality educational experiences for learners from 18 months to four years old. The EYFS sets standards for the learning, development and care of children. It supports an integrated approach to early learning and care and gives all professionals a set of common principles and commitments to deliver quality early education and childcare experiences to all children. Our programme promotes teaching and learning in a supportive environment where our learners are prepared to take risks. They develop knowledge, skills and understanding which provide a solid foundation and readiness to enter our primary programme.

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In Nursery, our youngest learners who are led by Miss Kate, immerse themselves in play each day and take their ‘work’ of play very seriously. Play is a natural, self-motivated and highly complex activity. Children possess a natural curiosity to explore and play acts as a medium to do so. When children have fun doing and experiencing, their learning becomes more meaningful.

Miss Elissa takes the learners in her Reception class further on this learning journey by beginning to include a more formalised range of experiences that build upon those developed in Nursery while still recognising the importance and value of play.

Children are offered a range of opportunities for playing and exploring, creating and thinking critically, and are involved in active learning within the EYFS framework. All of this takes place in an environment that encourages collaboration, problem solving, communication, and creativity, and a lifelong love of learning.

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Primary Years

Our Primary programme follows the UK’s Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 and educates children from five to ten years old.

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Key Stage 1 (KS1) educates children from five to seven years old through Year 1 and Year 2 of their primary education. Green Shoots aims to deliver the UK National Curriculum by providing its students with the necessary knowledge, skills and understanding required to become lifelong learners.

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At Green Shoots, KS1 is taught by Miss Cloda and Ms Lindsay, who build upon the EYFS framework while introducing learners to primary curriculum objectives. Our curriculum in Years 1 and 2 exposes children to formalised lessons in the three core areas of learning – literacy, numeracy and science – while also covering a range of non-core foundation subjects with the aim in providing a holistic learning journey.

In KS1, our students continue to learn through inquiry and discovery, and further explore their creative abilities. They develop their social-emotional skills through guided play, develop a greater sense of independence, and continue on their journey of personal and academic growth.

Our programme also holds the Green Shoots core values and personal learning goals at the forefront of our curriculum in order to foster compassion, empathy, growth mindset, and problem-solving skills. With these aims, we provide our KS1 learners with a range of experiences to prepare them for upper primary in Key Stage 2.

KS1 subjects include:

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  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Art & Design
  • Computing
  • Design & Technology
  • Health & Physical Education (HPE)
  • Humanities: Geography and History
  • Music
  • PSHE (Personal, Social, Health & Economic Education) & Mindfulness
  • Vietnamese Language and Culture
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Key Stage Two (KS2) is the second half of the UK’s primary schooling, catering to children from seven to ten years old. Green Shoots aims to deliver the UK National Curriculum by providing its students with the necessary knowledge, skills and understanding required to become lifelong learners.

At Green Shoots, Lower Key Stage Two (LKS2) is taught by Ms Alli and Ms Jane and Ms Julia, who build upon the KS1 framework and prepare their learners for Upper Key Stage Two (UKS2) with Ms Tali. Our primary curriculum exposes our learners to formalised lessons in the three core areas of learning – English, maths and science – while covering a range of non-core foundation subjects with the aim of providing a holistic learning journey.

Our programme also holds the Green Shoots core values and personal learning goals at the forefront of our curriculum in order to foster compassion, empathy, growth-mindset, and problem-solving skills. With this programme, our learners develop a greater understanding and the importance of respect, cooperation, thoughtfulness, integrity, adaptability, sustainability, tenacity and independence.

In KS2, our students continue to build their inquiry skills as they learn how to set out more formal investigations, develop their research skills, produce writing in paragraphs with adequate detail, and learn the value of taking pride in one’s learning. They develop their creative abilities and social-emotional skills through respectful class discussions and role play, and with their developing sense of responsibility they learn how to reflect on personal and academic growth. Celebrating successes, accepting errors as part of the learning process, and setting goals are all life skills our KS2 learners become equipped with as they prepare for their secondary education.

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  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Art & Design
  • Computing
  • Design & Technology
  • Health & Physical Education (HPE)
  • Humanities: Geography and History
  • Music & Drama
  • PSHE (Personal, Social, Health & Economic Education) & Mindfulness
  • Vietnamese Language and Culture

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Secondary Years

The Green Shoots Secondary programme is split into two phases. The first phase, which educates students from 11 to 14 years old, combines Cambridge International Exams’ Cambridge Secondary 1 (CS1) programme with the UK’s Key Stage Three. The second part of our secondary programme, which caters to students from 15 to 16 years old, follows the Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) curriculum; a two-year programme of study culminating in a series of exams that lead to internationally recognised qualifications. At this stage, students may begin to elect subjects of personal interest in preparation for completion of their secondary education and possible preparation for pre-university studies.

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secondaryOur CS1/KS3 students develop their core English, maths and science knowledge, skills and understanding through the Cambridge International curriculum. This three-year programme is completed in Year 9 with the international Checkpoint exams and provides a strong foundation for students to continue further Cambridge secondary studies with the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE).

At this stage, our foundation (non-core) subjects follow the UK’s Key Stage Three curriculum and include a broad range of creative and technical subjects. This part of the curriculum ensures students have the opportunity to develop holistically, providing a well-rounded foundation for further study and a range of learning experiences.

At this critical time in adolescent development, Green Shoots aims to provide not only a strong academic foundation for future studies, but also a sense of responsibility, creative and critical-thinking skills, and the practical skills a global citizen of the 21st century requires.

Our unique TLCS (Technology, Life Skills, Community and Sustainability) programme gives students the opportunity to investigate and develop projects for the school and local community whilst integrating their knowledge, skills and understanding of sustainability and the environment into the learning process. Technology, design and life skills are developed authentically as projects often involve building and community service work.

Subjects taught during the CS1 years include:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Humanities (history, geography and citizenship)
  • Health & Physical Education
  • Art & Design
  • Music & Drama
  • Vietnamese
  • Information Communication Technology (ICT)
  • TLCS (Technology, Life-skills, Community & Sustainability)
  • PSHE (Personal, Social, Health & Economics) and Mindfulness

Ms Sumeika coordinates the secondary team, and core secondary subjects are taught by Mr Tyler, Mr Mike and Mr Fletcher. They are assisted by Miss Anya, Ms Thuy, Ms Amelie, Ms Kate, and Ms Hoang.

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  • English (1st language or 2nd language)
  • Mathematics
  • Coordinated Science (a double award that counts as two IGCSEs and covers biology, chemistry and physics to the level required for further study)
  • Global Perspectives
  • Environmental Management
  • A foreign language (French is currently offered)
  • Information Communication Technology (ICT)

In order to best cater to secondary students’ individual interests and learning needs, Green Shoots endeavours to create a suitable pathway for every learner. For this reason, in addition to the outlined core units of study, students may elect to independently study up to two more subjects in areas of specific personal interest. Green Shoots will offer guidance to students who choose to take on additional areas of study and will assist them with exam registration and other necessary documentation. However, the school is not able to provide tutoring for these subjects and is not responsible for the delivery of curriculum.

The majority of IGCSE graduates will continue their education for another two years until the age of 18 if they wish to enter a university programme (A Levels and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme are common routes to further study). However an IGCSE qualification will facilitate entry into some courses at international universities and centres of higher learning. For more information on the options available for your child after leaving Green Shoots, please refer to the CIE website.

Ms Sumeika coordinates the secondary team, and core secondary subjects are taught by Mr TylerMr Mike and Mr Fletcher. They are assisted by Miss AnyaMs ThuyMs AmelieMs Kate, and Ms Hoang.

Foreign Languages

teaching-foreignlanguageIt is well known that learning one or more foreign languages during childhood significantly increases synapse connectivity in the brain and promotes lifelong learning. In addition, accessing a second language opens up a child’s world vision by allowing him or her to enter a new culture.

Although Green Shoots is a relatively small school we are fortunate to have a wide range of nationalities enrolled, giving our campus a truly international feel and bringing our students into daily contact with a multitude of languages and accents. Formal language learning supplements this natural exposure to diversity and takes place at all levels within the school.

Those who enrol in our bilingual Little Shoots programme spend their days speaking both English and Vietnamese with each other and with their teachers, expanding their abilities in both languages equally. In our Nursery class, while the focus is on English, exposure to Vietnamese occurs naturally as part of the daily rhythm. In Reception our learners have weekly Vietnamese classes during which they learn to sing songs and play games in Vietnamese. Through these activities, children up to four years old absorb vocabulary naturally.

In the primary school, our learners are exposed to Vietnamese language and culture each week through games, activities, and songs. They also begin to develop basic writing skills. Our learners with a Vietnamese background are provided with more in-depth language skills as they focus on speaking and listening, reading and writing in their mother tongue.

These lessons, which continue through to the end of Cambridge Secondary 1 for all learners and into the IGCSE years for some, combine language and cultural studies and aim to give expatriate students insight into their host nation.

IGCSE students will select a foreign language (totally new) or a second language (known, but not the child’s first language) for formal study to the age of 16. Green Shoots currently offers French as a taught course following the Cambridge curriculum and Vietnamese as an in-house, non-assessed programme of study. We allow students to independently study a different language if to do so suits their family circumstances or personal interests.

French Integrated Programme

teaching-frenchGreen Shoots offers a French Integrated programme to primary-aged learners who enter the school with sufficient fluency.

Learners enrolled in this programme, which is taught by Ms Amelie, develop their French language skills while their peers follow our core English curriculum. Our French language learners participate in all other aspects of learning in English.

This programme is designed to meet the needs of bilingual students for whom French is either their primary language or has been a prior language of instruction. It ensures that French language skills are retained and developed, allowing students to return to a French milieu after leaving Green Shoots.

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Assessment

Assessment at Green Shoots is an important part of the learning process.

Formative assessment, through which student learning is assessed as an ongoing part of the learning process with assessment findings then fed back into teaching, forms the backbone of assessment from the early years to graduation.

Summative assessment, through which learners are tested against a series of pre-established benchmarks, allows our teachers to understand how students are meeting external standards. This is also an ongoing process at Green Shoots, and one in which the learner plays an increasingly important and active role as they progress through the school.

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kinder-16Assessment in the early years plays an important part in helping parents, carers and teachers to recognise children’s progress, understand their needs, and plan activities and support.

Formative assessment is an integral part of the learning and development process. It involves teachers observing children to understand their level of achievement, interests and learning styles, and then shape learning experiences for each child reflecting those observations. In their interactions with children, teachers should respond to their own day-to-day observations about children’s progress and to observations that parents and carers share.

Summative assessment happens towards the end of the learner’s Reception year, when the progress is assessed against a series of Early Learning Goals from the EYFS framework.

At Green Shoots we use an online reporting system, Orbit, that allows parents and teachers to share valuable insight about each learner through regular photographs and anecdotes of each child’s learning journey. In addition to constant access, at the end of each academic year the information is collated into a PDF file and shared with parents. At the end of Reception, parents are given a formal record of their child’s achievements in relation to the Early Learning Goals.

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Assessment is completed regularly and consistently using both formative and summative methods. Our learners’ attainment in core subjects is recorded at the end of each unit, while opportunities for assessment for learning are conducted throughout the learning process to evaluate progress achieved, areas for development and goal setting for future learning. Green Shoots teachers provide regular feedback, both written and verbal, to ensure primary learners are aware of their progress and are given frequent opportunities for reflection.

As we aim to prepare KS2 learners for secondary school, our teachers occasionally create test-like situations where students are requested to demonstrate their knowledge, skills and understanding without assistance. This is conducted in a nurturing and supportive environment where our learners understand that assessment allows both them and their teachers the opportunity to check where they are against their learning objectives and identify next steps within the learning journey at Green Shoots.

IGCSEAs in our early years and primary programmes, secondary assessment is an ongoing process which incorporates both formative and summative methods. Feedback is regular and encourages students to reflect in order to set new goals and develop a growth mindset.

As they become more independent and learning becomes more rigorous, students develop the skills and strategies required for more formal assessment. At the end of the three-year Cambridge Secondary 1 programme, Year 9 students sit Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) Checkpoint exams. These formal, externally moderated exams earn students an internationally recognised certificate for the core subject areas of English, Mathematics and Science.

Cambridge Secondary 2 students sit their IGCSE exams at the end of Year 11. These formal, externally moderated exams, along with prescribed coursework for some subjects, comprise CIE’s final IGCSE report for each child. In addition to the IGCSE assessments, Green Shoots continues the internal assessment process, including mock exams and past papers, to ensure all facets of our learners’ development and progress is monitored, recorded and utilised for further teaching and learning opportunities.

Extra support

teaching-extrasupportAt Green Shoots, we recognise that children learn at different rates and come from different academic backgrounds when they enter our school. Some may also be relatively new to the English language.

Our class sizes often allow teachers to cater to these differences within the classroom environment. Where this is not possible and a child requires additional support, we offer academic learning support and English language support in addition to the standard curriculum to help students meet their learning goals.

English language support is offered both internally either by our classroom teaching assistants or by our dedicated EAL support teacher. Additionally, extra support can be offered by our sister school, Green Shoots Language Centre, with whom we develop a tailored programme for each individual learner and monitor their progress over time.

Children with Special Education Needs (SEN) are supported by their classroom teacher and teaching assistants as needed, with support and guidance from our SEN specialist, Miss Jane, when an Individual Education Plan (IEP) is required.

When a student demonstrates mastery of a learning objective, our teachers seek to extend their knowledge, skills and understanding at a more in-depth level. Once a deeper understanding has been consolidated, our teachers will ensure learners are further extended in order to reach their full potential.

Sustainability

Understanding and contributing to the sustainable development of our world is a core value at Green Shoots. Hoi An and the stunning surrounds of Central Vietnam, provide the perfect learning platform for developing an understanding and appreciation of the natural world.

Learners at Green Shoots are surrounded by plant and animal life on a daily basis, which creates the foundation for a deep curiosity and sense of care for the environment. Through the school’s daily practices and awareness, learners from kindergarten through to secondary all develop an innate understanding of the impact they have on the world and how to live responsibly within it.

Our barefoot ‘Eco-warriors’ have developed waste-management systems, created an organic food garden, raise chickens, and monitor energy use daily; all through student-led learning and initiatives. The secondary students take their sustainability learning to another level with their unique learning programme: TLCS (Technology, Life-skills, Community & Sustainability). With a strong focus on taking their sustainability learning into the wider community, the students plan and action projects that aim to create a more sustainable community and world.

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Service Learning

teaching-service-2In line with our school values programme, which fosters relationships between members of our school community and the broader community around us, Green Shoots integrates service into each child’s learning journey.

Our youngest learners begin their service journey through exposure to opportunities that focus on our school values such as thoughtfulness, cooperation and respect. They begin to develop an understanding of how their actions affect others and how these can be positive interactions. As students mature, they become involved in specific service projects, often in collaboration with a local non-profit group or other community organisation working with people in need in Central Vietnam.

Service, whether developed in school or beyond its campus boundaries, offers children the opportunity to gain valuable life skills such as empathy, consideration for others, and an awareness of our ability to contribute to a better world.

Technology

teaching-techTechnology, and learning to access and filter the information it provides, is an important part of the learning process.

At Green Shoots, we introduce our learners to Information & Communication Technology (ICT) over time, beginning in the kindergarten where age appropriate apps and other activities. including researching a topic of interest and beginning keyboard and mouse skills, may form a small part of each day. At this age, we believe children should play ‘in the real world’ and screen time is limited.

In the primary school, learners begin to use classroom iPads and our ICT lab.They develop practical skills in a safe and monitored environment. ICT & Computing learning objectives from the UK National Curriculum are covered in formal lessons and include online safety and responsible use of technology while developing a range of computing skills. ICT is additionally integrated in the classroom environment to enhance learning experiences.

By secondary school, Green Shoots students learn how to filter and judge the value of information they source online, and use these skills to develop and refine arguments and theories. Some assignments may be submitted online, some communication with teachers occurs via email, and learners are expected to access online homework and other classroom management apps and websites as they develop their organisational skills.

When our learners join the IGCSE programme they are required to have a personal laptop for use in school. Younger students use computing resources provided by the school.

The Green Shoots ICT programme allows students to:Technology-2

  • Develop their ICT skills in the areas specified by the UK’s National Curriculum and build awareness of the use of computers in the classroom and in the wider world
  • Gain confidence and enjoyment from ICT activities
  • Make informed judgements about when and where to use ICT to best effect
  • Develop logical thinking and problem solving
  • Become autonomous, independent users of ICT both as a learning resource and as a discipline in its own right.

For our full ICT policy, please refer to the Policy Handbook.

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