Early Learning (Ages 3-6)
Nurturing our youngest students
Our kindergarten aged children benefit from a stimulating, engaging and challenging environment. We believe that inquiry is a powerful tool to learn about the world around us. Our Early Learning (EL) curriculum balances learning through play, directed teacher guidance and the provision of carefully planned learning experiences. This curriculum follows the Primary Years framework of the International Baccalaureate (IB) and is staffed by qualified teachers who understand how to best support early childhood development. Additional faculty for Art, German and Physical Education compliment classroom teachers in these specific subjects.
Young children learn and develop at different rates and in different ways. The EL Programme allows for learning to match each student’s needs. Our students interact with other students with different interests, abilities and backgrounds. We nurture each child’s natural curiosity and acknowledge differences in developmental stages, as well as cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Learning in an international environment, with many different nationalities represented, offers a rich and advantageous experience for all the children.
Each EL teaching group is limited to 20 students and has an assigned teacher and fulltime teaching assistant.
Early Learning classrooms resemble a beehive. This might sound loud or look messy, but if you tune in more closely you will notice that children are busy at their work and deeply involved in their learning.
Early Learning 3/4
Our 3 and 4 year old students learn together in a mixed age setting. Each child is assigned to a specific teacher. Based on their learning needs, interests and developmental levels, children work and play in different groups throughout the day.
Our youngest students are introduced to literacy, mathematics and phonics. While having plenty of time for fun and adventure, EL 3/4 students receive daily direct instruction in social skills, phonics, literacy and mathematics for short periods of time. Teachers track the progress of each child and develop individual plans for future development. Parents receive regular and timely written updates as well as photos and video of their children at work.
Early Learning 5
EL 5 is a transition year maintaining the fun and play that helps children learn while gradually introducing the skills needed for entry into Grade 1. Every school day integrates mathematics, reading and writing workshops and short instruction sessions in phonics. The time spent in instruction sessions increases throughout the school year so that students are able to concentrate and participate in activities for longer periods of time.
If you require more information about the Early Years Programme at BIS, please do not hesitate to contact the PYP Coordinator, Elizabeth Winkler.
- Separate classes for children aged 3-4 (EL3/4) and 5 years old (EL5).
- Classes taught in English with additional language support for students whose first language is not English.
- German lessons based on narratives and story-telling. These correlate closely to the work done to broaden English language skills.
- Parents regularly informed about the development of their child and encouraged to be active participants in the school community.
- Both the EL3/4 and EL5 programme hours fit the Primary School timetable (Monday-Friday, 8:20–15:20).
- After school care for Early Learning students available in the Kidz Klub, where children can remain on school grounds up to 18:00 during school term.
- Admission into the EL Programmes is determined by date of birth. As soon as children turn 3 years old, we invite them to enter our EL3/4 Programme.
- Children must be toilet-trained before they enter EL Programmes.