At Amity International School Amsterdam students will learn and inquire about the world around them through an inquiry-based curriculum. Our programme promotes the exploration of global and local issues through relevant and engaging inquiry. Our curriculum integrates learning in language, mathematics, science, ICT, social studies and the arts, as well as developing personal, social and physical education. At AISA we encourage children to take responsibility for their own learning and we challenge them to become active world citizens. The whole school community are actively involved in creating a holistic learning environment.
Music opens up a new door for communication and gives us an opportunity to express ourselves. Through song, musical composition and games, students discover the elements of music and build their musical understanding. Students experience music as they investigate its principles through experiments and identify the music around us. Hands-on activities, such as constructing musical instruments, enable students to create their own sounds. By playing in a band, students are invited to develop their skills both as team players and independent thinkers. Together we explore expressive dance and discover the world through the colours of music.
Physical Education creates well-rounded, healthy individuals through a variety of activities, movements and sports, opening their eyes to the benefits of an active lifestyle. At AISA, students focus on improving their locomotor, non-locomotor and manipulative skills. We also work on developing the concepts, knowledge, attitudes and skills that contribute to a student’s overall well being. Moreover, they are encouraged to demonstrate the IB learner profile during sports and games, helping them to become well-rounded individuals.
Amity International School Amsterdam recognises that students whose mother tongue is not English may require additional support. We identify where EAL support is required based on the student’s language profile and previous educational experience. We encourage our students to aim for the highest possible standards, taking into account each student’s individual needs and experiences. We strive to create a truly international environment in which students are able to enjoy, appreciate, and value each other’s cultures and languages.
Integration into the local community and host country is an important element of inter-cultural understanding. This is why at Amity International School Amsterdam we place an emphasis on and value our host country’s language and culture. It is important that the children begin to develop Dutch in order to communicate in the language of where they are living to allow them to integrate into society. Across the school week the children receive regular Dutch lessons where they not only begin to learn the language of Dutch but aspects of Dutch culture.
Children who are native Dutch speakers will follow a specialised program at a higher level.
As an international school, we place great importance on the learning of an additional language. Our aim with learning a foreign language is that it will provide children with the opportunity to develop international mindedness and a love of learning about different cultures. To support this, we provide the opportunity for our children to learn French as a foreign language in a fun, interactive and exciting way.
Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
Amity International School Amsterdam embraces and embodies the understanding that meeting the needs of a diverse group of learners starts with high-quality core curriculum and teaching practices. The SEND program builds on this high-quality curriculum and teaching by providing a range of supports that are tailored to meet the individual needs of students in reading, writing, math, social-emotional development, and functional skills. Amity also facilitates in-school access to speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, school psychologists, and other local specialists. These specialists contract with parents to assess and work with students on identified areas of need, and collaborate with the school to tie in skills and goals with classroom activities.