BISM EARLY YEARS PROGRAM
The British International School and Montessori Education supports children aged 14 months to 5 years in its Early Years Program.
The Early Years Program adheres strictly to the Maria Montessori educational approach which focuses on the sensitive periods of the child. These are moments that show readiness for learning. During this period children are often seen repeating certain actions until a new skill emerges and is then mastered. We believe that the sensitive periods are crucial to the child’s developmental needs and so we have prepared an environment that nurtures those needs.
Children in our Montessori Garden are given every opportunity to explore, learn and interact positively thereby laying a strong foundation that prepares them physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually
THE SIX SENSITIVE PERIODS OF CHILDREN
Sensitivity to order
Sensitivity to language
Sensitivity to walking
Sensitivity to the social aspects of life
Sensitivity to small objects
Sensitivity to learning through the senses
All learning activities revolves around the seven key stages below using the UK Early Years Framework
(EYFS) and linking each stage with the Montessori Approach.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development.
Our setting has been designed to encourage young children to make new friends, be socially active and become independent. Using our Montessori materials children are supported with activities that promotes care of the self and the environment.
COMMUNICATION AND LANGUAGE
We ensure that children are giving every opportunity to share their natural curiosity and ideas by encouraging them to talk through structured play and circle time activities. For children who do not have English as a first language we take pride in our ability to help them settle and learn quickly.
Using a wide range of resources both indoors and outdoors children are given every opportunity to develop their gross motor skills, be it kicking a football around the premises or building with large foam blocks indoors and interacting while using play equipment outdoors.
Our range of literacy materials are geared towards exposing the children to prints, reading and writing. Our staff encourages this through reading sessions daily, while varied activities are encouraged to support fine motor skills needed for writing.
Through games, songs and structured activities we encourage children to explore numbers in the context of every day life.
UNDERSTANDING THE WORLD
Children enjoy exploring their environment and this curiosity is nurtured through our prepared environment which encourages exploration of texture, colour, science activities, while circle time talks and pictures about places and nature are used to further compliment their learning.
EXPRESSIVE ARTS AND DESIGN
We believe in the importance and impact of creativity in the early years and so children are encouraged to express themselves through art and design and everyday children are giving the opportunity to paint, colour, mold with play dough while their finished works are put on display in the classrooms. Our staff also help the children to express themselves through singing and using simple musical instruments. We also engage the children in music and movement as a form of expression.
ONLINE LEARNING SUPPORT
With recent growth in the use of technology in the world of education, at BIS we have observed and seen the benefits of e-learning. To ensure continous motivation and the enhancement of the children’s learning experiences we have combined the use of interactive learning approaches and teacher led approaches in our classrooms.
The online programs being offered in our preschool and kindergarten classrooms extend beyond the classroom and children can be further supported at home using the programs.
We also use an interactive online platform that enables us to communicate with the parents and to keep parents abreast of what their child or children are learning.