Curriculum

At Querencia School, we run a balanced and unique curriculum suitable for the holistic education of future leaders. The school operates a balanced combination of the Nigerian and British curricula. It should be noted that information technology features strongly and is introduced early. It is however used only sparingly until the upper primary level (Basic 4). After that, it is used widely as work tool. Every student (from age 8 onwards) is provided with a personal device to support their learning.

The curriculum is divided into

  • Day-care/creche (3 months - 1 year)
  • Playgroup (1 year)
  • Preparatory class (2 years)
  • Nursery 1/Preschool (3 years)
  • Nursery 2/ Kindergarten (4 years)
  • Elementary School/Lower Basic (5 years - 10 years)
  • Junior High School/Upper Basic (10 years - 13 years)
  • Senior High School/ Secondary School (13 years - 16 years)

THE EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER

This was developed to meet the holistic development of all children within the age bracket. The children are encouraged to be independent in their learning so that their unique skills and knowledge can be harvested. This stage is divided into
- Day-care/creche (3 months - 1 year)
- Playgroup (1 year)
- Preparatory class (2 years)
- Nursery 1/Preschool (3 years)
- Nursery 2/ Kindergarten (4 years)
  • 3 months - 5 Years Old
  • 20 Class size

THE LOWER BASIC/ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Querencia Nursery and Primary School runs the Nigerian Basic Education curriculum as it relates to the elementary school level i.e. year 1 - year 6. However, the school enriches this curriculum with unique elements of the British curriculum with emphasis on literacy, Numeracy, Personal & Social Skill, Knowledge and understanding of the world, as well as an introduction to child independence and creative thinking.
  • 1 - 6, 5 - 10 Years Old
  • 20 Class size

THE UPPER BASIC/JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL

This level provides a formidable foundation to all our studies as they prepare for the adventures of the senior high/secondary school level. During their three years in the Upper Basic School students study the at least ten (10) subjects contained in the Nigerian National Curriculum. These include English language, Mathematics, Basic science and Technology (BST), National Values Education (NVE), Pre-vocational Studies (PVS), Religious studies, Business Studies, Cultural and Creative Arts , French, At least one Nigerian Language (Hausa, Ibo, Yoruba), In Year 9 of this level, Students are entered in the National Examinations; the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) and the National Examinations Council (NECO) for the award of Junior School Certificate. Our students are also prepared at this stage to take the Cambridge Checkpoint tests in English language, Mathematics and the sciences in order to provide an external international benchmark for our students. The Cambridge Checkpoint also provides a transitional stage for IGCSE students by developing their skills and understanding in the chosen subjects for the first three years of secondary education. This will provide excellent preparation for higher Cambridge qualification including the IGCSE.
  • 7, 8, 9 (10 - 13) Years Old
  • 20 Class size

THE SECONDARY/SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL

The curriculum is centred on the Nigerian requirements of the West African Examination Council (WAEC) and the National Examination Council (NECO). In addition, our students are adequately prepared to take the IGCSE at the end of their 12th grade and A-level or the IB diploma afterwards. This will open up for them; diverse opportunities to enable them compete favourably with their counterparts worldwide. Our curriculum is tailored to enrich the students to have access to the best worldwide educational opportunities in their future tertiary studies and to become global citizens who will make significant contributions to the lives of others.
  • 10, 11, 12 (13 - 16) Years Old
  • 20 Class size



FOREIGN LANGUAGES
In order to ensure that our students are well positioned to communicate effectively outside the shores of Nigeria, we offer them quality and consistent instruction on two additional foreign languages. These are

• German Language, and
• Spanish.

Teachers of these languages are selected from a crop of the best brains that the industry can offer, and the use of latest technology for the delivery of instruction is unparalleled.

ASSESSMENT
Assessment is no doubt an integral part of the teaching process. At Querencia School, we ensure that students are continuously assessed, to give both on-going feedback (formative assessment) and to provide a score/grade (summative assessment). At the end of each week, students have a mini assessment on the subject matter covered during the week. Students are then given feedback and teachers reteach concepts if required. Students also have assignments to complete during the weekend. There are two major assessments each term;

• bridge test and
• End of term test.

All assessments are recorded and they provide a framework for continuous assessment. This allows the school to provide parents with balanced evidence of each child’s progress. Our students are assessed on the three broad domains of learning – cognitive, psychomotor and affective domains. Since our overall goal is to train children who would eventually become role models in the society as well as have a strong trait of self-sufficiency, all three domains are given undiluted attention.

At the middle of every school term, our students take the bridge test. This enables the teachers to assess the extent of the learners’ comprehension of the concepts and skills that have been taught in the first half of the term. The teachers then evaluate the extent to which they have achieved their teaching objectives and decide whether or not the teaching methods adopted in the period under consideration are the best. The bridge test also gives the teachers an indication of the learning capabilities of the students and helps them to adopt more dynamics approaches to the delivery of instruction.

At the end of a school term, the students take the end of term test. These are

• First term ------ Bronze Test
• Second term ------- Silver Test
• Third term ----------- Gold Test

The Bronze and silver tests are pen-to-paper type tests, while the Gold Test is computer based and its scope covers the entire content for the academic session.

Test results are graded in bands. The bronze band encompasses scores in the range 40 – 59; the Silver band represents scores 60 – 79 and the Gold band goes to the score range of 80 – 100.

EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITES
A wide range of diverse activities are available to students on a daily basis. These activities inspire and develop additional skills. They also allow students to enjoy themselves and have fun. Activities range from sporting, Arts, Music, Service, Leadership and Cultural engagements. Students are guided by experienced teachers to select activities according to their interests and many clubs form the basis of competitive teams who take part in competitions both nationally and internationally. Teachers and house staff enthusiastically offer their time to supervising and directing these activities which they see as complementary and enriching to the overall curriculum.

We also give our students access to vocabulary building, mind developing and future investment sharpening games such scrabble, chess and monopoly games.

CLUBS AND SOCIETIES
Clubs and societies offer students an opportunity to acquire a number of life skills since membership is less strict. The fact that clubs do not discriminate against anyone makes it possible for students in all levels/classes to unite under one umbrella. This arrangement gives everyone an opportunity to learn from each other. Furthermore, several topics which are seldom discussed by parents at home are discussed during club meetings. With their peers in these clubs, students tend to be more open about issues such as sex education and in the process learn one or two helpful things under the supervision of an adult teacher.

Clubs and societies available in the school include

• Literary & Debating Club
• Press club
• JETS club
• Future Farmers of Nigeria
• Home makers club
• Bible discovery club
• Languages (French, German, Spanish) clubs
• Martial arts club
• Anti AIDS club
• Chess club
• Performing arts club.
• Peace and love proclaimers club

This list is however inexhaustible, as students are given the opportunity to form new clubs that aligns with their interests after such proposals have been considered and approved by the school management.

AWARDS AND RECONGNITION
Querencia Schools recognize the efforts of pupils, students, teachers, parents and the host community for their contributions towards the growth and development of the school. This is done during the school’s valedictory service and annual inter – house sports competition or graduation and award/prize giving day.

Special awards are presented to students who have exceled in various categories of learning.

Scholarships are awarded to students who maintained the highest class average of above 80% for three (3) consecutive terms.

EDUCATIONAL TRIPS
To further consolidate our pupils/students understanding of some concepts taught in the classroom, we have set out to take them to places that would educate, inform and entertain them. Some of these places include

• Radio Stations
• Television stations
• Government Agencies
• Children’s Assembly
• Children’s Park,
• The National Museum
• State Water Corporation
• Zoos and game reserves
• Electricity transmission and distribution stations
• Beaches and waterfalls
• Dams
• Manufacturing industries,
• Private farm sites, etc.

Our students shall also embark on a series of international excursions in order to expose them to the cultures of other peoples and give them an appreciable dose of social, cultural and environmental flexibility.