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Early Childhood

The Early Childhood curriculum focuses on the holistic growth of our students. This means developing internationally-minded individuals with life-relevant transdisciplinary and disciplinary skills, using the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) framework.

International-mindedness is a view of the world in which people see themselves connected to the global community and assume a sense of responsibility to its members. We do this by providing our students with educational opportunities that develop their academic as well as their social, physical, emotional needs through play, inquiry, exploration, and collaboration. This approach helps prepare students to become confident and independent learners that are ready to challenge and change themselves and the world to make it a better place.

It is always heart-warming to see these energetic children come to school and learn how to exist in this world with others.

The EC programme uses a teaching and learning method called play-based learning. Through play and high levels of engagement, children learn about themselves, the world around them and a wide variety of age-appropriate skills like early literacy and numeracy. It is a highly creative programme with a great deal of exploration and discovery.

These years are an exciting time for growth and exploration for both our students and families, and we look forward to embarking on this learning journey with you.

Academic Development

The Early Childhood programme at OYIS follows the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP). The curriculum has been personalized and reflects the holistic nature of children’s learning. The programme focuses on the importance of learning through play and a commitment to structured, purposeful inquiry, as it underpins all development and learning for young children.

PYP Model

We adhere to the principles of developmentally appropriate practice, by encouraging children to follow their own interests. This is accomplished through various purposeful activities within the classroom and through a stimulating outdoor environment.  This choice empowers our children to take responsibility for their learning, as well as allowing them to work independently and collaboratively.

Through the IB Learner Profile, our children become inquirers, knowledgeable and caring individuals who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding, respect and tolerance.

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