LEARNING AND TEACHING

LEARNING AND TEACHING
The teaching of the British National Curriculum and CIE Curriculum ensures the social and intellectual development of each individual student. Thus, by the end of a student’s schooling, we can provide internationally recognised academic qualifications, preparing ISSR’s students for further study in all international universities around the world. Our teaching activities support a wide range of individual learning styles, while building the basis for a deep academic understanding of life’s principles in a wide range of subjects.
The overwhelming majority of our students are full-time i.e. they pursue an international curriculum in its entirety. We also have a small number of part-time students who study the core international curriculum of English Language, Mathematics, Science and ICT, in addition to following the Khmer national curriculum:
Key Stage Three: Years 7 – 9
All students All full-time students
Core Curriculum:
English
Mathematics
Science
ICT
Physical Education
PSHE
Core Curriculum plus:
Humanities
History / Geography / Citizenship / Business Studies (Y9)
Creative and Performing Arts
Art / Design Technology / Drama / Music
Modern Foreign Languages
French or Mandarin
Key Stage Three: number of lessons allocated to each subject per week
English 5 [4 x Language; 1 x Literature / ESL*]
Mathematics 4
Science 4
ICT 3 [for ESL: 2 x ICT; 1 x ESL]
Physical Education 1
PSHE 1 [or ESL]
ECA 1
Sport 1
20 lessons per week (part-time)
Humanities (History / Geography) 3
Modern Foreign Language (French / Mandarin) 3
Art 2
Design Technology 2
Citizenship 2 [Y9: 1 x Citizenship; 1 x Business Studies]
Drama 2
Music 1
35 lessons per week (full-time)
* English as a Second Language. Students attending the ESL programme will do so during the sessions indicated above. Additional English language support may be offered to students in place of Modern Foreign Languages if it is felt that they would benefit from further exposure to the English Language.
Key Stage Four
English Language 5, Mathematics 4, Science 4, ICT 3, PE 1, PSHE 1, ECA 1 , Sport 1
                                 20 lessons per week (part-time)
History / Art 3
Geography / Design Technology 3
French / Mandarin / Physical Education 3
Business Studies / Drama 3
English Literature / Additional Mathematics 3
Total 35 lessons per week (full-time)
Key Stage Four: number of lessons allocated to each subject per week
English Language 5, Mathematics , Science 4, ICT 3, PE 1, PSHE 1, ECA 1, Sport 1, Design Technology 20 lessons per week (part-time) 3, French / Mandarin 3, History 3, Geography 3, Business Studies 3, Design Technology 3, 35 lessons per week (full-time)
A Level (Years 12-13)
For Year 12 and Year 13, students are able to choose from 10 A Level subjects, following the CIE Curriculum:

A Level Subject Options:
ICT, Media Studies, Geography, History, Mathematics, English Literature, Business Studies, Biology, Chemistry, Physics.
It is highly recommended that no more than six A Level subjects are to be taken by one student, and a maximum of two Science subjects can be chosen.
A Level Biology:
Cambridge International A Level Biology provides a suitable foundation for the study of biology or related courses in higher education.
It is equally suitable for candidates intending to pursue careers or further study in biological sciences, or as part of a course of general education. The Key Concepts of the course are as follows:
• Cells as the units of life
• Biochemical processes
• DNA, the molecule of heredity
• Natural selection
• Organisms in their environment
• Observation and experiment.
A Level Business Studies:
Cambridge International A Level Business provides a suitable foundation for the study of Business or related courses in higher education. Equally it is suitable for candidates intending to pursue careers or further study in business or management, or as part of a course of general education. The Key Concepts of the course are as follows:
• Change
• Management
• Customer focus
• Innovation
• Creating value
• Strategy.
A Level Chemistry:
Cambridge International A Level Chemistry provides a suitable foundation for the study of chemistry or related courses in higher education. 

It is equally suitable for candidates intending to pursue careers or further study in the chemical sciences, or as part of a course of general education. The Key Concepts of the course are as follows:
• Atoms and forces
• Experiments and evidence
• Patterns in chemical behaviour and reactions
• Chemical bonds
• Energy changes.

A Level English Literature:
Cambridge International A Level English Literature provides a suitable foundation for the study of English Language, English Literature, or related courses in higher education. Equally it is suitable for candidates intending to pursue careers or further study, or as part of a course of general education. The Key Concepts of the course are as follows:
• The ability to write clearly, accurately, creatively and persuasively
• The ability to use appropriate styles and registers for different contexts
• The ability to analyse a variety of complex texts in a variety of forms and styles
• An understanding of language use to inform and persuade
• Skills in developing arguments
• Skills in researching and managing information
• The ability to analyse complex texts in different forms and styles.
A Level Geography:
Cambridge International A Level Geography provides a suitable foundation for the study of Geography or related courses in higher education. Equally it is suitable for candidates intending to pursue careers or further study in Planning, Environmental Subjects, Development, Tourism, etc., or as part of a course of general education.
The Key Concepts of the course are as follows:
• Understanding, respect and co-operate in conserving the environment geographical relative location
• Processes operating within physical and human geography
• Causes and effects of change on the natural and human environments
• Nature, value, limitations and importance of different approaches to analysis
• Collecting, recording, processing, analysing, interpreting and reporting data in a spatial context
• Handle and evaluate different types and sources of information
• Think logically, and to present an ordered and coherent argument in a variety of ways.
A Level History:
Cambridge International A Level History provides a suitable foundation for the study of History or related courses in higher education. Equally it is suitable for candidates intending to pursue careers or further study in Arts, Humanities and Social Science related areas (such as Law), or as part of a course of general education. The Key Concepts of the course are as follows:
• Assessing different interpretations of an argument
• Formulating their own ideas about a subject
• Presenting clear and logical arguments
• Evaluating historical evidence
• Developing an understanding of historical concepts such as cause and effect, similarity and difference and continuity and change.
A Level ICT:
Cambridge International A Level Applied Information and Communication Technology provides a suitable foundation for the study of ICT or related courses in higher education. Equally it is suitable for candidates intending to pursue careers or further study in ICT, or as part of a course of general education. The Key Concepts of the course are as follows:
• Become effective and discerning users of ICT.
• Develop a broad range of ICT skills, knowledge and understanding
• Students gain an understanding of the structure and use of ICT systems within a wide range of organisations, including the use of a variety of computer networks
• ICT system life cycles
• The wider impact of ICT on society in general.
A Level Mathematics:
Cambridge International A Level Mathematics provides a suitable foundation for the study of Mathematics or related courses in higher education. The Key Concepts of the course are as follows:
• A deeper understanding of mathematical principles
• The further development of mathematical skills including the use of applications of mathematics in the context of everyday situations and in other subjects that they may be studying
• The ability to analyse problems logically, recognising when and how a situation may be represented mathematically
• The use of mathematics as a means of communication
• A solid foundation for further study.
A Level Media Studies:
Cambridge International AS and A Level Media Studies provides a suitable foundation for the study of media studies or related courses in higher education. Equally it is suitable for candidates intending to pursue business careers or further study in business studies, or social sciences, or as part of a course of general education. The Key Concepts of the course are as follows:
• The ability to apply practical skills creatively
• Research and evaluation skills
• Information management and project management skills
• The ability to analyse text and media products critically
• The ability to reflect critically upon their own learning.
A Level Physics:
Cambridge International A Level Physics provides a suitable foundation for the study of physics or related courses in higher education. It is equally suitable for candidates intending to pursue careers or further study in physics or engineering, or as part of a course of general education.
The Key Concepts of the course are as follows:
• Models of physical systems
• Testing predictions against evidence
• Mathematics as a language and problem-solving tool
• Matter, energy and waves
• Forces and fields.
Curriculum – Sub-Link: Extra-curricular Provisions:
In addition to the established school curriculum, football, swimming and 1:1 music lessons are available to students studying in the Full-Time English Programme as extra-curricular subjects (with more being added throughout the year). All information on any fees for extra extra-curricular subjects can be obtained from administration.
Curriculum – Sub-Link: ESL:
ESL is compulsory for new students who have little or no English, in order to progress academically. Before choosing a MFL (French or Chinese), newly enrolled students will complete two weeks of ESL at no cost. The placement is reviewed periodically by the ESL and class teachers and is discontinued when the child has acquired a level of competency in English where s/he can avail of the regular class teaching and school curriculum.