Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

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A High Academic Standard

Wildwoods International School implements the International Early Years Curriculum (IEYC).

The IEYC is designed around eight learning principles, that we consider essential to children’s learning and development.

  1. The earliest years of life are important in their own right.

  2. Children should be supported to learn and develop at their own unique pace.

  3. Play is an essential aspect of all children’s learning and development.

  4. Learning happens when developmentally-appropriate, teacher-scaffolded and child initiated experiences harness children’s natural curiosity in an enabling environment.

  5. Independent and interdependent learning experiences create a context for personal development and are the foundation of international mindedness.

  6. Knowledge and skills development lead to an increasing sense of understanding when children are provided with opportunities to explore and express their ideas in multiple ways.

  7. Ongoing assessment, in the form of evaluation and reflection, is effective when it involves a learning-link with the home.

  8. Learning should be motivating, engaging and fun, opening up a world of wonder for children where personal interests can flourish.

Forest School

An Outdoor Learning Experience

Here at Wildwoods International School, we believe that children deserve the opportunity to create a lifelong relationship with the outdoors.  Our daily schedule will allow scholars significant time to explore, create, and experience the nature that surrounds them.

Research states that children who regularly participate in unrestricted outdoor free play develop higher self-esteems, improved confidence, enhanced problem-solving skills and a better understanding of their emotional well-being.  Learners develop ownership over their environment, nurturing them to become leaders of global change for their future.

During Forest School time, students will explore untamed lands, creating imaginative worlds, games and rules along the way. Imaginations and creativity will soar and scholars will magically turn a stick into a wand, or a puddle into the Zambezi River. While this unfolds in the forest, teachers will observe quietly, taking note of the activities learners immerse themselves in, in order to be able to hold a discussion at the end of Forest School to wrap up what students explored that morning. These discussions will then guide instruction when scholars go back into the classroom to learn Literacy and Numeracy skills.