Welcome & 'Karibu Sana'

For more information please visit:

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to our new school in Nairobi. By joining us you will become part of a growing global family of schools located across three different continents.

Starting school for the first time is a very important milestone for every child and their parents. At Durham International Nursery & Pre-Prep School we know how special this time is and we recognise that a caring, nurturing, supportive environment is critical to a child’s educational success. We are committed to ensuring that your child’s first experience of school is one filled with happiness; a time where they develop a love for learning and ‘Confidence for Life’.

At Durham, we believe that childhood is a time to explore. Our pupils take a passionate interest in the world around them as their curiosity and enthusiasm for learning is ignited through playing, investigating, discovering and creating. Our child-centred approach and broad balanced curriculum will provide a rich variety of opportunities and experiences both in and beyond the classroom for active learning and discovery, engagement and critical thinking.

Teaching and learning at Durham is guided by our core values of respect, kindness and responsibility as children develop a love of lifelong learning. A sense of belonging and self-confidence is fostered through warm positive relationships which support effort and nurture individuality, providing the best possible start in life for all children to fulfil their potential.

Durham International Nursery & Pre-Prep School is operated in partnership with Durham School UK. A Durham school education prepares children with the skills required to tackle the challenges of the 21st century whilst retaining a sense of the traditional values you would expect from one of the oldest schools in the UK.

Our aim is for every child to leave us confident, highly motivated and ready for the opportunities and challenges of Prep School life and beyond.

I look forward to welcoming your child and your family to Durham International Nursery & Pre-Prep School.

Mrs Sue Small
Headteacher

Welcome & 'Karibu Sana'

For more information please visit:

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to our new school in Nairobi. By joining us you will become part of a growing global family of schools located across three different continents.

Starting school for the first time is a very important milestone for every child and their parents. At Durham International Nursery & Pre-Prep School we know how special this time is and we recognise that a caring, nurturing, supportive environment is critical to a child’s educational success. We are committed to ensuring that your child’s first experience of school is one filled with happiness; a time where they develop a love for learning and ‘Confidence for Life’.

At Durham, we believe that childhood is a time to explore. Our pupils take a passionate interest in the world around them as their curiosity and enthusiasm for learning is ignited through playing, investigating, discovering and creating. Our child-centred approach and broad balanced curriculum will provide a rich variety of opportunities and experiences both in and beyond the classroom for active learning and discovery, engagement and critical thinking.

Teaching and learning at Durham is guided by our core values of respect, kindness and responsibility as children develop a love of lifelong learning. A sense of belonging and self-confidence is fostered through warm positive relationships which support effort and nurture individuality, providing the best possible start in life for all children to fulfil their potential.

Durham International Nursery & Pre-Prep School is operated in partnership with Durham School UK. A Durham school education prepares children with the skills required to tackle the challenges of the 21st century whilst retaining a sense of the traditional values you would expect from one of the oldest schools in the UK.

Our aim is for every child to leave us confident, highly motivated and ready for the opportunities and challenges of Prep School life and beyond.

I look forward to welcoming your child and your family to Durham International Nursery & Pre-Prep School.

Mrs Sue Small
Headteacher

Welcome & 'Karibu Sana'

For more information please visit:

www.durhamkenya.com

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to our new school in Nairobi. By joining us you will become part of a growing global family of schools located across three different continents.

Starting school for the first time is a very important milestone for every child and their parents. At Durham International Nursery & Pre-Prep School we know how special this time is and we recognise that a caring, nurturing, supportive environment is critical to a child’s educational success. We are committed to ensuring that your child’s first experience of school is one filled with happiness; a time where they develop a love for learning and ‘Confidence for Life’.

At Durham, we believe that childhood is a time to explore. Our pupils take a passionate interest in the world around them as their curiosity and enthusiasm for learning is ignited through playing, investigating, discovering and creating. Our child-centred approach and broad balanced curriculum will provide a rich variety of opportunities and experiences both in and beyond the classroom for active learning and discovery, engagement and critical thinking.

Teaching and learning at Durham is guided by our core values of respect, kindness and responsibility as children develop a love of lifelong learning. A sense of belonging and self-confidence is fostered through warm positive relationships which support effort and nurture individuality, providing the best possible start in life for all children to fulfil their potential.

Durham International Nursery & Pre-Prep School is operated in partnership with Durham School UK. A Durham school education prepares children with the skills required to tackle the challenges of the 21st century whilst retaining a sense of the traditional values you would expect from one of the oldest schools in the UK.

Our aim is for every child to leave us confident, highly motivated and ready for the opportunities and challenges of Prep School life and beyond.

I look forward to welcoming your child and your family to Durham International Nursery & Pre-Prep School.

Mrs Sue Small
Headteacher

Educational Ethos

Every child deserves the best possible start as they begin their educational journey. At Durham International Nursery & Pre-Prep School, we deliver a creative curriculum guided by the UK’s Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework and English National Curriculum, drawing on a wide range of early years pedagogies and enhanced by the exciting learning opportunities available in Kenya.

The School is committed to delivering an education that is engaging, challenging, motivating and fun. Using a holistic approach to education, children learn through stimulating and creative experiences, both indoors and outdoors, ensuring that every child’s first experience of school is positive and so lays the foundation for all subsequent learning.

Children are taught the importance of values such as kindness, respect, responsibility and good manners and are given every encouragement to develop a love of lifelong learning and ‘Confidence for Life’.

Learning through Play

In the early years, play is the foundation of development and learning. Play fosters social interaction. It ignites creativity and imaginative thinking and provides the opportunity for children to transform their emerging knowledge and understanding into active, concrete experiences. Through purposeful play, children explore and discover, create and problem solve, question and find answers, work together and individually, develop physical and perceptual skills.

At Durham, children participate in a wide variety of indoor and outdoor experiences that foster learning while having fun. An abundance of choice is on offer in our classrooms which allow free flow between learning zones to encourage children to lead their own learning, enabling self-expression and personal interests to develop.

Our Creative Curriculum

Through active learning, purposeful play, creativity and critical thinking we encourage a love of learning and develop lifelong learners equipped for a diverse and changing world. Children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning is ignited through exploring, inquiring, creating and child-directed play. Our flexible learning spaces adapt to each child’s readiness, learning style and interests to foster engagement and involvement as they encounter all areas of the curriculum.

Our experienced teaching team shape the curriculum to suit the developing needs and interests of every child through a range of learning opportunities designed to be enjoyable, engaging, challenging and motivating. The inviting indoor and outdoor spaces provide free-flow movement that encourage self-initiated activities, guided lessons, and small and large group interactions.

Our pupil’s successes are celebrated and valued. Pupils’ progress is closely monitored at every stage of their learning. Teachers continuously assess children in their everyday activities and play, whilst also assessing their more focused work. This allows us to support, stretch and challenge our children as individuals.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is a framework for children’s development in the Playgroup, FS1 and FS2 classes. It is organised into seven interconnected areas of learning and development:

Personal, Social and Emotional Development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and a readiness to learn including perseverance and resilience, and the ability to work co-operatively as well as independently.

Communication and Language involves providing children with opportunities to experience a rich language environment, to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves, and to speak and listen in a range of situations.

Physical Development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive, and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. They are also helped to understand the importance of physical activity and to make healthy choices in relation to food.

Literacy Development involves building the foundations of literacy into every aspect of the daily routine to support emerging reading and writing skills. It includes developing spoken language and vocabulary, knowledge of print, alphabet knowledge, phonological awareness, linking sounds to letters, active engagement in stories and developing a love of reading.

Mathematical Development involves providing opportunities to develop children’s mathematical reasoning, skills and understanding through a broad range of real-life and play based contexts in which children explore, enjoy, learn, practice and talk about their growing mathematical understanding.

Understanding the World involves encouraging children’s natural curiosity and guiding them to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.

Expressive Arts and Design involves encouraging children’s creativity by enabling them to explore with a wide range of media and materials as well as to share their ideas, thoughts and feelings through a variety of activities in art, design, music, movement, dance and role-play.

Year 1 Curriculum

Year 1 is the first year of the British National Curriculum Key Stage 1. The curriculum in Year 1 builds on the Early Years Foundation Stage and widens to embrace core subjects like Science, History, and Geography.

Language and Literacy involves building on phonics and reading skills alongside spelling, developing comprehension and understanding of texts, developing writing and understanding of vocabulary, punctuation and grammar.

Numeracy and Mathematics involves developing numeracy and mathematical reasoning, conceptual understanding and fluency in counting, number and place value. Children begin to apply mathematical reasoning to solve problems and making estimates, and they develop understanding of shape, space and measure.

Science involves developing scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding. Children experience and observe phenomena, looking more closely at the natural and humanly-constructed world around them. They are encouraged to be curious and ask questions about what they notice and they use different types of scientific enquiry to answer their own questions.

Geography involves developing locational knowledge, place knowledge, human and physical geography and beginning to use geography skills.

History involves developing an awareness of the past and the passing of time. Children begin to understand where people and events fit within a chronological framework and identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods.

Co-curricular

Durham offers a world-class education that combines traditional academic rigor with innovative approaches to learning through a broad and balanced curriculum. We understand the value of offering young children a rich and varied school experience. Children enjoy weekly lessons in Art, Dance, Music, PE, Swimming, Kiswahili and IT.

Our innovative learning spaces combine the latest in digital technology together with traditional learning materials. Specialist learning areas for creative and expressive arts include a dedicated art room, a dance studio, a music room, a fully equipped IT suite and a heated swimming pool.

Music

Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. Music at Durham International Nursery & Pre-Prep School aims to engage and inspire children to perform, listen to and enjoy music across a range of genres, styles and traditions. All classes participate in a music class twice a week for 30 minutes.

Art and Design

Art and Design at Durham International Nursery & Pre-Prep School engages, inspires and challenges children to develop a love of art and their talent as artists. Through fun art activities that include things like junk modelling, printing, stamping, and weaving, children gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, crafts and design. As they progress, they learn how to more critically reflect on their own work and the work of others, increasing their sense of achievement and self-confidence.

Dance and Drama

Dance and Drama provide children with endless opportunities to express themselves creatively and to gain confidence in their own performance. Turning a story into a dance or play and taking turns to play the parts of the characters enhances children’s ability to engage with stories, and develops their imagination and spoken language skills. All classes participate in a dance and drama class twice a week for half an hour.

Information Technology

In this age of information children use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Children begin to create, organise, save and retrieve digital content and simultaneously develop confidence in using the keyboard and mouse control.

Physical Development and PE

Physical development and movement are integral to learning. Children have fun as they develop balance, stability and co-ordination through movement skills like jumping, skipping, hopping and running together with skills in throwing, catching, hitting and kicking. These sport and movement skills are further extended to team work and participating in games.

Swimming

The heated swimming pool offers children the opportunity to develop confidence and competence in swimming skills using a range of strokes effectively. Every class participates in a swimming class twice a week for half an hour.

Kiswahili

The best time to learn a new language is before the age of ten. Children learn Kiswahili through social interactions with their peers and they enjoy learning about the culture, people and the country of Kenya.

Visits and Speakers

Opportunities to enrich the curriculum within the beautiful Kenyan setting include class trips and inviting visitors to the school to share their stories and experiences with the children.

Pastoral Care

At Durham International Nursery & Pre-Prep School, our number one priority is the wellbeing and happiness of every child. We welcome a diverse community of children from around the world with a range of cultural, and educational backgrounds, languages, talents and abilities.

There is a strong and supportive pastoral framework running through the school. Class teachers and teacher assistants take a close interest in the children’s pastoral welfare fostering a sense of belonging and self-confidence through warm positive relationships, providing the best possible start in life for children to fulfil their potential.