Excelsior International School offers an international Early Years programme for children between the age of 3 and 5 years old. It is a balanced and holistic programme that provides a rich breadth of activities and opportunities for the development of the whole child.
In Excelsior International School, we strive to provide a comprehensive programme that balances the individual stages of each child's social, emotional, physical and academic development, within a child-centred, teacher-guided, international environment. We aim to foster each child's curiosity, creativity, confidence and independence, in order to nurture a love of learning at school, at home and throughout their lives. Our goal is to expose children to a meaningful curriculum of skills, attitudes and knowledge, through developmentally appropriate activities, that the children will build upon throughout their academic careers.
PYP is an international curriculum framework that focuses on the total growth of the developing child, affecting hearts as well as minds and addressing social, physical, emotional and cultural needs in addition to academic welfare. The PYP combines the best research and practice from a range of national systems with a wealth of knowledge and experience from international schools to create a relevant and engaging educational programme.
The programme offers a comprehensive, inquiry-based approach to teaching and learning. It provides an internationally designed model for concurrency in learning and incorporates guidelines on student learning styles, teaching methodologies and assessment strategies. The curriculum framework is an expression and extension of three inter-related questions: What do we want to learn? How best will we learn? How will we know what we have learned? Children are also expected to begin learning a modern foreign language in order to enhance an international perspective.
The flexibility available in the PYP programme for the Early Years allows teachers to support children's interests, build up their self-esteem and confidence, and respond to spontaneous events, as well as support the development of skills in all cognitive areas in ways that are significant and relevant. Children, from birth, are full of curiosity and are constructing theories of how the world around them works. The School's programme acknowledges that young children are building their own meaning and provides a framework that gives crucial support for them to be active learners and inquirers, providing a sound beginning to the continuum of learning that goes on throughout the School.
The PYP written curriculum in the Early Years is used in a developmentally appropriate way; it takes into account what young children should do and learn on the basis of what is best for their development in the long term, rather than simply on the basis of what works in the short term. It is based on each child's needs, interests and competencies. This developmental approach takes into account:
- The characteristics, capabilities and interests normal for the age group.
- The different rates at which children learn and the wide range of normal variation which can occur in an age group.
- That learning is a balance between the intellectual, the social and the personal; each is important and each is interlinked with the others.
- That the maturity of each child depends on the sequence of developmental stages the child has already gone through and the effects of earlier positive and negative experiences.
The following outlines the key subject-based domains. It is important to emphasise that the PYP is a transdisciplinary programme, and that many of these items are not learned in isolation, but in the context of the Units of Inquiry. Most Science and Social Studies, and a large proportion of work in Language, Visual Arts, IT, PSE, and even some Math is covered outside of a subject-based context.
- Visual Arts
- Social Studies
- Other Languages
- Physical Education
- Information Technology
- Personal and Social Education