Curriculum

An international curriculum for visionary students

We are proud teachers of the National Curriculum for England here at GEMS Cambridge International School – Nairobi. We're passionate about the opportunities that the British curriculum has to offer our students, and thrilled to teach a curriculum which can open doors to so many prestigious higher education establishments. Today, the British curriculum is taught in over 150 countries, all over the world.

Balance, creative thinking & measurability

So what is it about the National Curriculum for England which makes it such a good fit for our international British school in Kenya? What makes this internationally respected system stand out? Why is it a good fit for your child?

  • Balance & a wide-angle view
    With a liberal approach and a wide-angle view of subjects from history to religion, the British curriculum is perfect for giving your child a well-rounded, modern view of the world, wherever they study. Covering all major science, arts and humanities subjects, this curriculum is ideal for developing well-informed students with a balanced view of the world around them.

  • Creativity & critical thinking
    This curriculum is particularly good at teaching students think for themselves. Our teachers work hard to encourage open debate and discussion among students, helping them to develop their own beliefs and voice their own opinions with clarity and confidence. Encouraging creativity both in artistic expression and individual thought is another cornerstone of this outstanding system.

  • Measurability & progress checking
    The best way to keep teachers, parents and students in touch with any pupil's progress is to make sure that their achievements are monitored and clearly recorded. The National Curriculum for England has a very clear, detailed framework which means that everyone involved in a child's education has a clear map of their progress, helping them to stay on course and attain their personal goals.

The British curriculum with an international flavour

As respected and effective as the British curriculum may be, we don't teach our students in a bubble. Proudly located in Karen, Nairobi, at the heart of Kenya, we ensure that our pupils are in close touch with the country, continent and world around them. 

Key curriculum information

We teach our pupils under the British curriculum from our early years pupils , through Key Stage 1, 2, 3 & 4, up to iGCSE level, AS Level, A Level and BTEC level. After completing their chosen educational path through this curriculum our students can attain:

  • iGCSEs in all subjects
  • AS (Advanced Subsidiary) level qualifications
  • A (Advanced) level qualifications
  • EdExcel BTEC level 2 & level 3

Early years & Key Stage 1

Also known as Foundation Stage (FS), our early years teaching gets children aged 3 to 5 ready to enrol in the British curriculum when they enter Key Stage 1. At this early stage we concentrate on key aspects of your child's learning journey such as:

  • Keeping track of progress
    Monitoring and assessing each student's development against appropriate age performance standards

  • Supporting growth
    Encouraging and helping children to reach their full potential, whatever their natural aptitudes

  • Developing social skills
    Helping our young people as they develop the skills, knowledge and understanding they need to interact well in a complex and changing world

  • Introducing education
    Familiarising youngsters with reading, writing, science, mathematics and IT through practical tasks and playtime activities

  • Exploring our world
    From carefully structured play to regular field trips, we encourage wonder and enthusiasm for learning about the world around us

By the end of Key Stage 1, year 2, we aim to have developed young pupils with a love of learning, basic literacy, basic numeracy, effective social skills and the ability to both read and write.  At this level, our students will have a far wider world view, with a growing knowledge of history, geography and science. Our year 2 pupils will also have discovered creative outlets for their ideas, feelings and beliefs; from dance and gymnastics to art and music. 

Key Stage 2 & Key Stage 3

This is the learning period our British school in Nairobi describes as “middle school”. Our middle school students will build on the foundations laid by their Foundation and Key Stage 1 years with increasingly advanced teaching which focusses on:

  • Measuring achievement
    Undertaking ongoing assessments to make sure your child's progress is continuous and at the expected level for their age group

  • Encouraging initiative
    We help our students learn actively, share their ideas, think independently and get involved with the learning process 

  • Teaching core subjects
    We dig deeper into English, mathematics, science and IT

  • Introducing languages
    The earlier your child starts learning foreign languages, the more fluent they can become, we introduce languages at this early stage

  • Enhancing creativity & social skills
    Our pupils study art, music and physical education alongside personal, social and health education

  • Engaging in extra-curricular activities
    From drama and choir, to computer club and art classes, we encourage our pupils to challenge themselves and explore their passions from sports to singing, outside class time

  • Developing IT skills
    Our pupils benefit from our outstanding IT facilities and can undertake extra Microsoft IT qualifications

  • Nurturing leadership qualities
    We give all of our students the chance to take on classroom responsibilities and leadership roles to encourage co-operation, accountability and teamwork

By the time your child has reached year 6, the final year of Key Stage 2, we hope to have helped to develop a student with a good character, the ability to articulate themselves clearly, confidence in their abilities, a broad world view and all the skills they need to embark on their secondary education.

This secondary education begins in year 7, Key Stage 3. At this stage, your child will begin studying familiar subjects in more depth. The Key Stage 3 curriculum includes: English language, English literature, mathematics, history, geography, religion, the sciences, computer science, a selection of second languages, art and design, physical education (PE) and personal, social and health education.

Key Stage 4 & iGCSEs

Years 9, 10 and 11 are the time when your child will need to think about the iGCSEs they wish to take. The qualifications they undertake will be a mix of compulsory and  optional subjects. Generally, our students work towards around 9 iGCSEs over the course of years 10 and 11. Year 9 remains a preparatory year for these important qualifications. Subjects include:

Compulsory iGCSEs

  • English
  • Maths
  • ICT
  • Personal Social Health Education (Non-examinable)
  • Physical Education (PE)  (Non-examinable)

Optional iGCSEs

  • French
  • Spanish
  • Kiswahili
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Food and Nutrition
  • History
  • Geography
  • Business Studies
  • Music
  • Art
  • Drama
  • BTEC - Performing Arts 
  • BTEC - Sports

BTEC Level 2

Key Stage 4 students interested in pursuing a more vocational path may also choose to take a level 2 BTEC qualification during this stage. Level 2 BTECs are available in:

  • BTEC Sport
  • BTEC Performing Arts
  • BTEC Business

AS & A levels

The final two years at our British school in Kenya are devoted to studying for further qualifications. It is these all-important AS levels, A levels and BTEC qualifications which will give your child the certification and tools they need to progress academically or professionally.

We offer AS and A level courses right across the curriculum, alongside a number of level 3 BTEC qualifications in:

  • BTEC Business
  • BTEC Sports Science
  • BTEC Hospitality
  • BTEC Travel and Tourism
  • BTEC Performing Arts

Do you have a specific question about the British curriculum? Perhaps you'd like to find out more about the full range of A levels available at our British school in Nairobi? Our team are always happy to take your questions. Get in touch today or arrange a tour of our beautiful Nairobi school.