Our Curriculum

In Nursery and Reception we follow the Early years Foundation Stage (EYFS).  In the Primary Section (Years 1 to 6) and Key Stage 3 (Years 7 to 9), SCIS predominantly follows the Cambridge Curriculum.  This is amended to our context as well as utilising various good practices from other curricula in order to stay up to date with the latest in educational research.

In Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11) we follow the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) course.

In Key Stage 5 (Years 12 and 13), students study towards achieving the prestigious English A-Level Examination programme.  We also offer some BTEC qualifications.

Relationships Education (Primary Section):  SCIS delivers a Personal, Social, Health and Economics Education (PSHE) programme.  This includes lessons about relationships that are age-appropriate.  The PSHE programme is available on the Parents’ Site and upon request.  Using appropriate discretion, lesson content may be sent to parents before any sensitive lessons are delivered.

Our PSHE programme aims to provide the basis for an ongoing programme that begins in Early Years and continues through to Year 6 that will assist children to:

  • Develop positive values and a moral framework that will guide pupils’ decisions, judgements and behaviour as they move into adolescence and adulthood
  • Understand the consequences of their actions and behave responsibly within all relationships
  • Have the confidence and self-esteem to value themselves and others and to have respect for individual conscience and the skills to judge what kind of relationships they want
  • Communicate effectively
  • Avoid being exploited or exploiting others
  • Avoid being pressurised into behaviours or situations they do not feel comfortable with
  • Understand the processes of puberty, conception and birth
  • Show respect for their own bodies and other people’s
  • Recognise their emotions and express them effectively and appropriately
  • Understand the importance of family life for all and, in particular in the development of a child,
  • Recognise and respect that different people make different decisions about the relationships they choose to enter into.

Relationships and Sex Education (Secondary Section):  Building on the teaching at Primary school, Relationships and Sex Education aims to give our young people the information they need to help them develop healthy, nurturing relationships of all kinds. Throughout their time in Secondary at SCIS, students will be given opportunities in the whole curriculum but especially PSHE, Assemblies and other appropriate activities to explore families, respectful relationships including friendships, online media, being safe and intimate and sexual relationships, including sexual health, that are age-appropriate.  We will provide information to young people in PSHE, PE and Science lessons to make good decisions about their own health and wellbeing especially mental wellbeing, internet safety and harms, physical health and fitness, healthy eating, drugs, alcohol and tobacco and the changing adolescent body.  Most of these areas will be taught in PSHE ensuring that topics are dealt with sensitively and appropriately

The PSHE programme for Secondary students is available on the Parents’ Site and upon request.  Using appropriate discretion, lesson content may be sent to parents before any sensitive lessons are delivered.  We acknowledge that parents are the first teachers of their children. The school seeks to compliment parents in this partnership. Parents do have the right to withdraw their children from such Secondary lessons and the final decision for such requests will be made by the Headteacher.  Students will not attend lessons until a decision has been made.

SCIS abides by Tanzanian Law in all that we do, including the curriculum we deliver.  This may result in excluding certain curriculum content in order to stay within the boundaries of the Law.  Parents are asked to contact us if you have any questions at all.

More information about the curriculum will be passed on to parents during the Open/Information Evenings in September as well as throughout the year.  Information can also be accessed on the SCIS Parents’ Information Website.