Language of instruction
Our youngest learners in Nursery* (2 years of age) enjoy a unique bilingual environment with an English speaking teacher, and two Chinese speaking teaching assistants. Both languages are integrated into classroom activities, preparing children for the Pre-Kindergarten (3 years of age) dual language immersion model.
In Pre-Kindergarten, morning classes are conducted entirely in either English or Chinese, while afternoon classes are conducted in English (providing full day students with a dual language immersion model where desired).
From the age of four, students can either enter our English immersion programme with daily French or Chinese lessons, or our bilingual programme where students learn equally in both Chinese and English.
An international curriculum
In Kindergarten, children learn through purposeful play, and our inquiry and play-based teaching approach is grounded in research and best practice. Extensive studies show hands-on exploration solidifies concepts and understanding more concretely than rote learning.
Our Nursery programme is PYP inspired, and children learn as they engage in both teacher guided and child initiated exploratory, investigative and imaginative play. Our nursery curriculum focuses on developing children’s foundational social, literacy and numeracy skills, as well as their fine and gross motor skills.
As children move into Kindergarten (Pre-Kindergarten to Senior Kindergarten) and the PYP, they engage in topic-based learning commonly referred to as the Unit of Inquiry (UOI), and different subject areas are integrated as they explore a particular concept or topic. Students have dedicated literacy and numeracy lessons, and specialist teachers for Chinese and French. Physical education, art, music and drama are delivered by either a specialist or the homeroom teacher. Where possible, learning in these specialist areas links back to the overarching topic. Science and social studies are learnt exclusively in the context of the UOI.
CIS’ STEAM programme, the first in Singapore, supports our students’ natural curiosity and creativity. They learn to make connections across subject areas as they invent, analyse and explore concepts in STEAM in an appropriate way for Kindergarten aged children.