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EARLY CHILDHOOD AT ISKL

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Prep Reception & Junior

For our youngest learners, learning is about inspiring their curiosity and learning through play.
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Our classrooms are organized to meet the learning styles and developmental needs of young children. Children have opportunities for teacher-directed and child-directed activities.

Recognizing that children grow socially, emotionally, intellectually, and physically at different rates, instruction is differentiated to ensure optimal success for each child.

Content is integrated into thematic units and student-initiated interest areas and is taught through learning experiences and activities within the learning environments. Please find below a curriculum overview of our Prep Reception and Junior:

AGES, CLASS SIZE AND SCHOOL HOURS

Prep Reception (PR)
3 years old by September 1st
Average of 14 students per class

Prep Junior (PJ)
4 years old by September 1st
Average of 16 students per class

PR & PJ School Hours
8:00 am -12:30 pm

Language Arts

Encouraging children from an early age to develop a love of reading, writing and storytelling develops a natural balance of oral language and emerging literacy skills. Using methods of interactive and shared activities promotes enthusiastic linguistic learners.

Mathematics

A plethora of resources utilized through hands-on activities develops early mathematical skills and concepts.

Integrated Science and Social Studies

Children’s social skills develop by being encouraged to explore their own and others’ evolution in a culturally diverse and inspiring learning environment. Every child’s curiosity is naturally stimulated through observation and investigation within both indoor spaces and outdoor garden areas.

Fine and Gross Motor Skills

To master fine motor skills such as manipulating small objects, cutting, gluing and painting, children should first be encouraged to develop gross motor skills. With this in mind, our young learners develop movement patterns that build large muscle strength and coordination so they ride, swing, climb, balance and jump with confidence in a safe environment.

Play & Outdoor Learning Spaces

The safe and intentionally-designed outdoor learning experience enables young children to enjoy and have the ability to play, take risks, explore, experiment and make decisions. The life skills that are developed encourage a sense of responsibility and confidence in their actions, problem solving skills and relationships.

Cooking

The integration of cooking as an early learning skill promotes a mathematical, scientific and literacy development mindset. It is an opportunity for students and parents to unite in sharing their cultural heritage with a wider community of friends.

Prep Senior

For our youngest learners, learning is about inspiring their curiosity and learning through play.
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Our classrooms are organized to meet the learning styles and developmental needs of young children. Children have opportunities for teacher-directed and child-directed activities.

Recognizing that children grow socially, emotionally, intellectually and physically at different rates, instruction is differentiated to ensure optimal success for each child.

Content is integrated into thematic units and student-initiated interest areas and is taught through learning experiences and activities within the learning environments. Please find an overview of our curriculum (instructional program) below:

AGES, CLASS SIZE AND SCHOOL HOURS

Prep Senior (PS)
5 years old by September 1
Average of 18 students per class

PS School Hours
8:00 am – 2:45 pm

Language Arts

Young students’ active involvement in books, words, pictures and ideas is a driven theme of learning to encourage a growth mindset, in-depth knowledge and understanding of letter/sound relationships. This is reinforced through drawing, storytelling and writing skills to build a more meaningful context of the academic and creative artform of language.

Discovery Time

Play is a principal factor of self discovery, exploration and inquiry for a child. It is through both guided and free-choice activities, in an intentionally-designed environment, that they have the opportunity to design, create, role play, take risks and build social relationships with adults and their peers.

Mathematics

The use of concrete materials and active investigation encourages children to explore mathematical concepts, ideas and strategies that result in the development of a logical understanding of the language of mathematics. An integrated approach guides children through number sense, sorting, patterning, geometry and measurement.

Science

Science begins with observation and investigation of the children’s immediate environment using the five senses and leads into inquiry about animals and nature surrounding them. Exploring these learning experiences inside and outside of the classroom stimulate skill practice and supports concept discussions.

Examples of projects in Prep-Senior include:

  • Students becoming Pinball Machine Engineers and exploring the motion force effect of an object. They are guided to consider cause, effect, structure and function as they design and build their own pinball machines.
  • Problem solving exercises that question why students at one fictional school are too cold during morning recess whilst students at another school are too hot during afternoon recess. They develop and use models to gather evidence on the effect sunlight (energy) has on the Earth’s surface (matter) and how flooding, during wet weather, can be avoided.

Social Studies

The development of a child’s social skills are extended within Prep-Senior for them to identify ways to help take care of themselves, their peers, community and the environment in which they live.

Fine and Gross Motor Skills

Specialist art, music and physical education lessons are introduced, taught by qualified and experienced teachers, that build upon fine and gross motor skills. These activities are integrated into both an indoor and outdoor timetable that explores movement through play.

Technology

In a technologically driven world, children have access to a wide range of interactive tools including computers and iPads to enhance their learning experience. Every classroom is equipped with a smart board, green screen recording and a creative, self-directed learning space known as ‘Maker Space’ that adds an extra dimension to learning with the integration of technology.

Multicultural Learning

ISKL’s multicultural learning is supported through the World Language Programme (Chinese & Spanish) which commences in Prep-Senior. A specialist faculty based on research and understanding of individuality in learning incorporates extra support for those students requiring language, literacy, social, emotional and physical development.

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Early Childhood Library

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