Early Childhood Education (ECE)
– Nursery to Kindergarten
The Early Childhood Program at SCIS immerses children in an atmosphere of wonder and growth. It focuses on the development of the whole-child by providing opportunities for children to learn and practice newly acquired skills. Our program challenges students just beyond their level of present mastery and provides opportunities for them to take risks and try new things in a nurturing community where they feel safe, happy and valued.
The academic component of the early childhood program is based upon 38 objectives for development and learning that are distributed into four overarching areas: social-emotional development, physical development, cognitive development and language development. The following information provides a greater level of insight into each domain.
Four Areas of Development for Early Childhood
Social/emotional development during the early years is about socialization- the process by which children learn the values and behaviors accepted by society. It is also about becoming a competent and confident person. Developing social-emotional competence is essential to a child’s well-being, and success in school and life.
Physical development includes children’s gross (large muscle) and fine (small muscle) motor skills. Physical development is sometimes taken for granted in the early childhood classroom because it is often assumed that it happens automatically. This is not true, physical development is just as important to learning as every other area of development. With more advanced physical development, children master increasingly complex tasks and gain personal responsibility for their own physical needs such as dressing themselves. The more children can do the more they are willing to try new and challenging tasks. Research shows that physical education in the early grades supports children’s academic achievement, general healthy self-esteem, stress management and social development.
Cognitive development refers to the mind and how it works. It involves how children think, how they see their world, and how they use what they learn.
Language development includes understanding and communicating through words, spoken and written. Children are born with the capacity to communicate with others – both verbally and non-verbally. By the time they reach schooling age, their ability to communicate thoughts and feelings through spoken language takes on new importance. Language becomes the principal tool for establishing and maintaining relationships with adults and other children.
The Learning Environment
The early childhood learning environment is a very important aspect of our program, as it is structured and designed in a unique way that meets students’ developmental needs. The learning environment is designed to make all students feel safe and comfortable while fostering a sense of responsibility, confidence and independence. Our classrooms and other learning spaces are organized to support interest areas that offer multiple opportunities for children to explore, discover and grow.
Subjects taught in Early Childhood Education:
- English Language Arts
- Social Studies
- Performing Arts (Music)
- Information Communication Technology (ICT)
- Physical Education
What is the International Baccalaureate (IB)
Primary Years Programme (PYP)?
The PYP is designed for students aged 2 to 12. It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside. It is a framework guided by six transdisciplinary themes of global significance, explored using knowledge and skills derived from six subjects areas, as well as transdisplinary skills, with a powerful emphasis on inquiry.
The PYP programme, as with all IB programmes, is centered on students developing the attributes of the IB learner profile. The Learner Profile is a set of values, which collectively describe the qualities of internationally minded people.
These values form the culture and ethos of our school and apply not only to our students, but to our whole school community. The learner profile attributes are inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced and reflective.
PYP is guided by six transdisciplinary themes that are explored using the knowledge and skills derived from six subject areas, as well as transdisplinary skills. The program culminates with students undertaking a collaborative inquiry project that involves them identifying, investigating and offering solutions to real-life issues or problems.
• Who we are
• Where we are in place and time
• How we express ourselves
• How the world works
• How we organize ourselves
• Sharing the planet
SCIS Standards are chosen from a number of national systems, including the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics (USA); the AERO Project for Social Studies (U.S. State Department’s Office of Overseas Schools); and Ontario Ministry of Education’s Science and Health/P.E. standards (Canada). Our standards were selected for their academic rigor, conceptual foundations, and overall compatibility to the PYP. They are delivered within the inquiry-based framework of the PYP.
Recognizing that knowledge is not static, the PYP seeks to uncover enduring understandings through a concept driven, inquiry-based curriculum framework. Important features of this framework are the explicit teaching of skills, the development of personal attitudes and student engagement in self-initiated, responsible action.
Distinctive Features of the PYP
- PYP is supported and maintained by an international organization of the highest repute, creating a stable, secure and well-resourced foundation for the programme. As of 2016, 1,266 schools are offering the PYP in 106 different countries worldwide.
- The IB education is well known to universities throughout the world. Part of its reliability emerges from the rigorous processes of accreditation and authorization that schools must undertake before they are able to offer the programme. It provides quality control and gives parents the stability and certainty their children need in an education system.
- The Internatinal Schools’ Assessment (ISA) assesses math literacy, reading, and narrative and expository writing among international school students and the study demonstrated that “IB students tended to outperform their non-IB peers across all domains in a majority of grade levels.”
- PYP Inquiry-based learning prepares students for the future, creating flexible, ethically aware thinkers. The PYP nurtures independent learning skills, encouraging every student to take lifelong responsibility for their learning.
- Particularly for globally mobile families, is that the PYP is also transferable. Children will have a vital continuity of learning, providing reassurance, certainty and stability when changing countries.
10 Reasons why the IB PYP is ideal for students to become active, lifelong learners
You can find out more information about our Primary Years Programmes in these brochures:
SCIS Primary Years Programme Video
Highlights of the ECE
International Day of Peace
Math Inquiry Night
Chinese New Year Celebration
During the Chinese New Year celebration, our students come together in celebration of our host nation’s culture by sharing poetry, songs, and dance.