The Winsted School delivers an internationally-recognised British curriculum through multi-sensory, arts-infused lessons and personalised instruction. We also provide a readiness program, SEED, who are not yet ready for our mainstream curriculum.
Leveraging our small class sizes and emphasis on integrated arts and therapy, Winstedt teachers customise instruction to support the learning or special needs of each student while keeping them actively engaged.
- Assessments and Exams
- Early Years (Reception to Year 2)
- Junior School (Years 3-6)
- Middle School (Years 7 – 9) and Senior School (Years 10 & above)
- SEED Readiness Program
Students enrolled in Reception through Year 8 are assessed via 'Knowledge Checks'. Students enrolled in Year 9 and above will sit the external written exams in May/June. All academic accommodations for specific learning needs will be provided. The 'O' Level course awards are conferred by the respective exam boards.
Active, multi-sensory lessons make learning fun while reinforcing foundational concepts across academic disciplines. Differentiated instruction allows students to access the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) while also providing tailored adaptations within the classroom, assessments, and instructional materials.
Literacy & Language
- The Winstedt School utilises a literacy and language programme called Read, Write, Inc., developed by Ruth Miskin. This programme was selected because it provides a complete, systematic and structured approach to literacy, which results in rapid learning of sounds and blending. The focus is on developing fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers.
- This programme is used by more than 5,000 international schools around the world, including more than a quarter of UK primary schools, as it meets the higher expectation of the UK curriculum. And it is marked 'Outstanding' by the UK Department of Education (Ofsted). Read their report here.
- Winstedt integrates comprehension, writing, grammar, spelling, vocabulary and handwriting into the programme so that children develop their writing and language structure alongside their reading, giving your child the best chances of early success in reading and writing. The storybooks used in our programme align with the sound or literacy concepts learnt in class – helping to create confident readers.
- The teaching approach is multi-sensory –visual; auditory; kinaesthetic and inclusive. Teachers conduct initial and on-going assessments to track every child's progress.
- Abacus is a unique Mathematics toolkit for inspiring a love of Maths and ensuring progression and understanding of mathematical concepts. It is carefully crafted to provide tools needed to develop in-depth understanding and enjoyment to help children reason mathematically.
- Abacus is powered by ActiveLearn Primary, a powerful teaching and learning platform, that together with Abacus, gives students what they need to practise mathematical concepts at home and at school.
- Abacus focuses on the mastery of Maths. Mastery means a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject which can be established through a number of elements that emphasise on mathematical fluency (rapid and accurate recall and application of facts and concepts) ability to reason mathematically with confidence and to apply Maths to solve problems.
- All Abacus resources have been linked to Abacus objectives so that lessons and activities are designed and delivered to match every aim in the UK curriculum.
International Primary Curriculum – Milepost 1
- The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) is comprehensive, thematic, creative curriculum, with a clear process of learning and specific learning goals for every subject. It also develops international mindedness and encourages personal development.
- It follows UK objectives for all subjects, offering a simple but structured curriculum focused around subject, personal, and international learning goals.
- IPC believes in multiple intelligences and each IPC task reflects rigorous and deep understanding that is represented by and supports different learning styles categorised under Knowledge, Skills and Understanding (K-S-U). Differentiated instruction allows students to access the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) while also providing tailored adaptations within the classroom, assessments and instructional materials.
- IPC utilises thematic units to connect concepts across Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), Technology, History, Geography, Music, Physical Education, Art and Society. This integrated approach reinforces concepts in a cross-disciplinary manner.
Sample Early Years timetable.
The Edexcel International Primary Curriculum and Lower Secondary curriculum provide a structured approach to learning Literacy, Maths and Science.
- Students in years 3 and above are grouped by learning profile for the core subjects of Literacy, Phonology and Maths so that each student is learning at the level, and in the style, that best suits his or her needs.
- International Primary Curriculum (IPC) and International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC) provide a comprehensive, thematic, creative curriculum, with a clear process of learning and specific goals for every subject. It also develops international mindedness and encourages personal learning.
- IPC and IMYC utilise thematic units to connect concepts across Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), Technology, History, Geography, Music, Physical Education, Art and Society. This integrated approach reinforces concepts in a cross-disciplinary manner.
Pearson Edexcel International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) and General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE)
Senior & Middle Schools follow the Pearson Edexcel UK Curriculum through Key Stage 4 in the core subjects (English, Maths, Science, Humanities).
All students will take the core subjects of English Language (or English as an Additional Language) and Maths Foundation or higher level. In addition, they can choose up to three supplementary subjects.
“Elective” subjects, or non-core subjects, are designed to meet the needs of each cohort of students.
- Core Academics: Math, English, Science, Humanities, International Middle Years Curriculum
- Creative Arts Electives: Arts, Music, ICT, STEAM, Drama
- Career Studies Electives: offered in partnership with tertiary education providers including Raffles College of Higher Education and Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS)
- Foundational Studies: ASDAN Short Courses, Pearson Entry Level Curriculum
SEED stands for “Social, Emotional, and Educational Development.”
The SEED Program is specifically designed for students who are not yet ready for our mainstream curriculum at Winstedt and need more intensive support and resources. SEED specialists have a demonstrated track record of success at Winstedt and were selected specifically for SEED.
The goal of the SEED Program is to improve the school-based experience of those students who require an innovative and specialized approach to classroom instruction.
The Program’s model utilizes a child-centered approach to ensure the appropriate levels of support and interventions, not found in typical classrooms, are readily available. For details, please visit our SEED program page.