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Early and Middle Years

Welcome From The Head of Early And people_andycriderMiddle Years, Andrew Crider

 

Andy Crider first came to Woodstock with his parents in 1979 and graduated from the school in 1993. He has a Bachelor’s degree in History, along with Certification in Education (Social Studies), from Messiah College in Pennsylvania, USA.

 

Middle Years

 

The Middle Years Programme has about 120 students in Grades 6-8.

 

During these years, students move from the multidisciplinary classrooms of the Early Years and begin to focus on individual subjects taught by specialist teachers.

 

We believe that the programme in the Middle Years should addresses all facets of student growth, and in doing so provides the foundations for students to successfully mature into lifelong learners. As such, our approach includes carefully designed learning experiences that extend well beyond the purely academic sphere; to development in our students a profound sense of self, healthy interpersonal relationships, a deep sense of global citizenship, and the skills to survive and thrive in today’s world.

 

Woodstock School is a candidate for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP), which from July 2017 has formed the curriculum for Grades 6-8. The MYP Programme Curriculum covers a wide range of subject areas, from language and literature and mathematics, to design and science. Click here to find out more about the MYP Programme Curriculum, including an overview of each subject and detailed assessment criteria for Years 1-3.

 

Middle Years is also a key period during which students develop their personal identity. Our Middle Years educators demonstrate a deep commitment to the social and emotional well-being of the young people in their care. Our Head of Middle Years takes the lead in pastoral care, monitoring individual progress and supporting student development. Alongside this students are supported by a group of Advisors – faculty members responsible for groups of eight to twelve students. Apart from regular weekly meetings, Advisor Groups get together socially once or twice a semester in order to help foster positive relationships between students and staff.

Early Years

 

The Early Years Programme includes Preschool and Kindergarten, and Grades 1 to 5.

 

The programme is designed around Woodstock’s belief that education is a means to elicit the greatness innate within each student. As such, the EYP is committed to establishing a foundation that promotes Woodstock’s desired learning outcomes for students in Grades ECP (Early Childhood Programme) through 5. This is accomplished through a social curriculum that is practised and reinforced at every grade level, and an interdisciplinary, project-based curriculum that is connected to the local environment. In addition, as part of the school day, students are provided with enrichment opportunities that allow for the pursuit of additional interests related to sports or clubs.