International Baccalaureate World Curriculum

EtonHouse Newton is an authorised International Baccalaureate World Pre-School

The missions of both the IBO and EtonHouse focus on recognising respect for all learners, their potential, similarities and differences, as well as developing life long, global learners.

At EtonHouse Newton, we offer an inquiry-based curriculum promoting self-esteem, cultural awareness and academic success. Through Units of Inquiry, we encourage our children to become critical thinkers, life-long learners and active and responsible members of our community.

We provide stimulating learning experiences focused on individuals and encourages each and every child to reach their full potential – academically, socially and physically. As a part of our inquiry-based learning approach, we encourage our students to be motivated, co-operative and reflective. Emphasis is placed strongly on first-hand practical experiences that engage our young children’s imagination and curiosity.

The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end, the IBO works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners. For more information on the IBO, please visit their website:

International Baccalaureate Learner Profile

To support inquiry learning EtonHouse Newton students develop the following IB Learner Profile Characteristics.

Inquirers – They develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.

Knowledgeable – They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In so doing, they acquire in‐depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.

Thinkers – They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions.

Communicators – They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others.

Principle – They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.

Openminded – They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of the other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.

Caring – They show empathy, compassion and respect toward the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.

Risktakers – They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.

Balanced – They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well being for themselves and others.

Reflective – They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.

IB Attitudes to Learning and Whole School Culture

Students, Teachers and Staff work together at EtonHouse Newton to create a safe and stimulating learning environment. Our students are encouraged to:

  1. Respect and care for each other and their belongings
  2. Be polite and considerate
  3. Take care of the school, its environment and resources
  4. Be responsible, independent and play safely

The following IB attitudes to learning support our whole school culture and environment.

  • Appreciation: Appreciating the wonder and beauty of the world and its people.
  • Commitment: Being committed to their own learning, persevering and showing self-discipline and responsibility.
  • Confidence: Feeling confident in their ability as learners, having the courage to take risks, applying what they have learnt and making appropriate decisions and choices.
  • Cooperation: Cooperating, collaborating and learning or following as the situation demands.
  • Creativity: Being creative and imaginative in their thinking and in their approach to problems and dilemmas.
  • Curiosity: Being curious about the nature of learning, about the world, its people and cultures.
  • Empathy: Imagining themselves in someone else's situation in order to understand his or her reasoning and emotions, so as to be open‐minded and reflective about the perspective of others.
  • Enthusiasm: Enjoying learning and willingly putting effort into the process.
  • Independence: Thinking and acting independently, making their own judgments based on reasoned argument and being able to defend their judgments.
  • Integrity: Being honest and demonstrating a considered sense of fairness.
  • Respect: Respecting themselves, others and the world around them.
  • Tolerance: Being sensitive about differences and diversity in the world and being responsive to the needs of others.

Second Language Teaching:

Parents may choose one second language for their child to study. Classes from Pre Nursery to K2 may be enrolled in either Mandarin or Japanese second language classes.

Pre-SAP Mandarin Immersion Programme: N2-K2 students may enrol in our immersion Mandarin Pre- Sap programme.

This programme provides a rich Mandarin learning environment that focuses on fluency and accuracy of the language in oral and written forms. Children from Nursery 2 and above may opt for this programme. Pre-sap classes take place in the afternoons.

Specialist Lessons: At EtonHouse Newton, we offer specialist lessons in Music, Physical Education and Library.


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This page was last edited on April 30, 2020