In a world that’s becoming increasingly complex, where success is driven not only by what you know, but by what you can do with what you know, it is more important than ever for our youth to be equipped with the knowledge and skills to solve tough problems, gather and evaluate evidence, and make sense of information. These are the types of skills that students learn by studying science, technology, engineering, and maths—subjects collectively known as STEM.
What separates STEM from the traditional science and maths education is the blended learning environment which shows students how the scientific method can be applied to everyday life. It teaches students computational thinking and focuses on the real world applications of problem solving. STEM education begins while students are very young:
Early Years Foundation Stage & Primary School — STEM education focuses on the introductory level of science studies, as well as an awareness of the STEM fields and occupations. This initial step provides inquiry-based and real world problem-based learning, connecting all four of the STEM subjects. There is also an emphasis placed on bridging
in-school and out-of-school learning opportunities.
- Middle school — At this stage, the courses become more rigorous and challenging. Students fulfill many projects where they can utilize their knowledge in several STEM fields: constructing buildings and bridges, “launching” rockets, modelling cars and programming robots.
- High school — The programme of study focuses on the application of the subjects in a challenging and rigorous manner. In-depth studies in Algebra and Geometry, Physics, Biology, Chemistry and IT as well as extra-curricular clubs and preparation for the Universities are now available. More emphasis is placed on independent learning and research.
Our curriculum is linked to the new English National curricular (2014) standards. You can read more here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/statutory-guidance-schools
Small sized classes make that we can give our
children the personal attention they need
ESS' curriculum is specifically focused on Science and Mathematics studies, which is reflected in our advanced subject syllabus, increased number of academic hours and integral learning environment devoted to this area.
Having said this, we need to point out a number of other core subjects in our Primary Years curriculum: Literacy and Language Arts, History, Geography, Visual Arts and Music & Dance.
MathsAt ESS we utilize the Pearson Maths programme. It offers an integrated approach to Mathematics throughout the school year. Pearson Maths is based on a spiral, where mathematical concepts are introduced and then revisited every term, each time building on and extending knowledge and understanding so that children approach each new challenge from firmly established foundations.
Students’ progress through three stages of understanding: basic, developing and secure. Assessment and evaluation are aligned with these stages. Throughout the year, students are evaluated in five strands including: Number Sense, Operations, Problem Solving, Geometry, Data Management and Measurement.
The Pearson program is filled with innovative & interactive maths solutions for the 21st century learner. Learning how to learn maths, is at the forefront of our teaching philosophy.
To complement the students’ mathematical understanding and application, students develop skills in problem solving and maths fluency daily.
ICT - Information Communications Technology
In order to prepare your child for the technological world we are living in nowadays, ESS teaches Information and Communication Technology (ICT) which stresses the role of unified communications and the integration of telecommunications (telephone lines and wireless signals), computers as well as necessary enterprise software, middleware, storage, and audio-visual systems, which enable users to access, store, transmit, and manipulate information. The term ICT is also used to refer to the convergence of audio-visual and telephone networks with computer networks through a single cabling or link system.
Science (Knowledge and Understanding of the World)
At ESS the British Curriculum recommended Hamilton Trust lesson plans are used as well as Pearson Science programme. It offers an integrated approach which works alongside the maths programme. Through a variety of hands-on and inquiry experiences students are exposed to various Science and Social Studies units throughout the year. This enables pupils to develop an understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science allowing them to answer scientific questions about the world around them. Classrooms are equipped with computers for research and development as well as microscopes, and chemistry equipment for practical leassons and learning through oberservation and experimentation.
English Literacy and Language Arts
At ESS, literacy is taught through a balanced literacy model. Students have daily English lessons where they read classical literature, write and discuss across the subject areas. Instruction is delivered using the reading and writing workshop framework.
This includes a balance of whole group experiences, small, flexible-group instruction based on specific needs, and independent practice opportunities. Data is collected throughout the year using a variety of methods, both formal and informal, to guide instruction, assess student progress and monitor curriculum.
The reading curriculum includes a balance of classical fiction and non-fiction units of study. In writing, students write opinion, narrative and informational pieces several times across the school year.
Students are encouraged to read a book of their choice from the school library where they may find fiction and non-fiction books at their levels.
Russian Language and Literature programme for Russian students
ESS teachers of Russian follow the Russian National curriculum for their subjects.
The Russian Literacy components are part of every Russian lesson. Pupils participate in shared reading lessons, small group instruction, specific mini-lessons and paired readings. Students are given time to read independently and the opportunity to read aloud. The writing workshop model is used in years 3-6. Writing fundamental units are available, and two academic hours a week are dedicated to writing only.
Planning is based on RF state educational standards and benchmarks.
Russian as a Foreign Language
International families who come to Moscow are brought in to help them connect with the host culture and language. We offer lessons of Russian as a foreign language to our expat students twice a week.
French as a Foreign Language
The students learn their second foreign language starting Year 3.
We live in a world without borders. In the 21st century, greater opportunities will be available to those that are fluent in foreign languages. In addition, learning a second foreign language has social, cultural and cognitive benefits. Helping students to become truly fluent in a second foreign language by the time they graduate is the objective of the ESS Language Arts Programme.
Building a foundation of accelerated success
We combine STEM project-based learning with English National Curriculum taught by skilled native English teachers offering the most dynamic secondary education in Moscow, RF.
What is Project-Based Learning?
The Middle School Programme at ESS uses a process-oriented approach to help students establish connections across the disciplines and attain the objectives for each course. Student groups learn to collect and analyze data, conduct literature searches, and prepare publications and presentations through long-term independent scientific research.
The Middle School Science course equips students with a strong basis for advanced studies at the High School while offering a level of personalized guidance and support.
Laboratory centered, the Science course exposes students to methods of scientific inquiry and elementary analysis. Course design requires students to develop a solid background in the conceptual basis of Physics, Biology and Chemistry as well strong critical thinking and problem solving skills.
Physics – the syllabus centres on the topics of mechanics, electricity, magnetism, waves and oscillations.
Algebra and Geometry
The Foundational mathematics course is divided into separate blocks of Algebra and Geometry. Algebra topics include operations with sets, the logic of quantified statements, valid and invalid arguments, proof by contradiction, proof by mathematical induction, operation on algebraic fractions, powers, equations and inequalities, linear equations, systems of linear equations etc. Geometry topics include logic (deductive reasoning), angles, lines, polygons, circles, congruent and similar figures, congruence and similarity theorems etc.
Biology - the syllabus focuses on cellular processes found in living organisms, (metabolism, cell cycle, cell structure and function), genetics, biological basis of evolution and ecology. Laboratory work is an integral part of this course.
Chemistry – the syllabus focuses on the study of the structure, behavior and properties of matter, and is based on laboratory works and problem solving.
English and Language Arts
The course includes the subjects of English and English Literature, Russian and Russian Classical Literature and a foreign language, (French).
Students have a daily English lesson, which includes a balance of whole class experiences, small, flexible group instruction, paired work and independent practice opportunities. Students are formally and informally assessed throughout the year, which allows specific learning needs to be met.
Understanding the English language is an essential foundation for success. Students are provided with the opportunity to develop their speaking and listening skills across all subjects and are taught to speak clearly and convey ideas using subject appropriate vocabulary. Communication skills are further developed through listening to and practising oral presentations and through drama sessions.
Students are taught to read fluently, understand extended texts and are encouraged to read for pleasure. Students read and analyse a balance of classical literature and nonfiction texts, exploring the characteristics of different forms and the techniques authors use to achieve their intended purpose. Students are encouraged to read a book of their choice from the comprehensive school library where they may find a range of fiction and non-fiction books at different levels.
Children can also access the online library in school or at home
Students improve their understanding of grammar and punctuation, spelling, sentence structure, and paragraphing in varied and frequent writing assignments. Through essay writing, students build on their understanding of writing as a process. They are taught the stamina and skills to write at length across a range of genres including explanations, narratives, descriptions, comparisons, summaries and evaluations. Writing across all subjects provide pupils with opportunities to consolidate their skills and knowledge.
ICT includes an advanced level of robotics and computer coding. Students will also be introduced to computer graphics, Graphical User Interfaces (GUI), data storage and data processing. No prior computer knowledge is needed.
In years 9, 10 and 11, students can choose the curriculum in which they will specialize and hold final exams.
ESS High School Science Programme is known as BASE (Bridging the Arts, Science and Engineering). Our aim is to give all our students a common experience where they not only learn important fundamental content in Science, English and Applied Engineering, but they also learn about the multi-disciplinary nature of research, collaboration, and cooperation. They are introduced to important research skills like forming a valid question, reviewing and evaluating research literature, designing an experiment, analyzing data and communicating research findings.
ICT studies: students will design software to solve problems and use data structures, such as classes and arrays, to represent information within a program. Students will also gain a working knowledge of the major hardware and software components of computer systems. Java is the main vehicle for implementing solutions to problems. Other elective offerings, may include Web Design and Networking.
Humanities and Language Arts are an integral part of ESS High School syllabus in full accordance with the programme of studies chosen by the student.