Primary Years Programme (PYP)
As an integral part of the IB Primary Years Programme our Early Years curriculum takes a transdisciplinary approach to learning and is inspired by the philosophy and practice of the world renowned Reggio Approach to Early Years Education.
Within a carefully planned curriculum, children are given the time to explore concepts and construct theories together with teachers in a small group context. Our children are encouraged to:
- Explore and elaborate their understanding through all their expressive, creative verbal and mathematical languages.
- Construct understanding by making connections between mathematics, logic, science, digital technology, and the expressive arts.
- Construct relationships within a full immersion English Language context that gives value to each child’s own unique cultural identity.
Literacy and numeracy form an important part of the Early Years curriculum and children are exposed to the written word and number in many different ways within a stimulating text rich environment.
Children are encouraged to explore literacy and numeracy skills through different imaginative and symbolic play contexts and through dedicated writing areas and activities in each classroom.
As children progress through the Early Years setting teachers support and develop these skills through direct teaching in small groups to ensure acquisition of the literacy and numeracy skills required for the Elementary School.
The flexibility in thinking involved encourages not only the development of proficient language skills but also the creative and lateral thinking skills necessary for success in the 21st century.
Children are exposed to the English language in its written form throughout the Early Years setting within imaginative and symbolic play contexts and teacher led activities. As the child progresses through the Early Years setting this is supported and developed directly by the teacher to ensure the gradual acquisition of literacy skills needed as they move onto primary school.