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EARLY YEARS PROGRAMME (AGE 3-5)

Children’s experience in the early years have an enormous impact on their future. IST strives to ensure that all children feel secure, happy and valued.

The Early Years Programme’s beliefs and practice is based on the philosophy of the Primary Years Programme (PYP) developed by the International Baccalaureate (IB).

At IST we see this as a teaching philosophy which recognizes that children are naturally curious and wish to experiment, explore and make sense of the world around them. It has an emphasis on the development of children’s inquiry, creativity, curiosity and imagination, while the development of basic skills is carefully nurtured.

PHILOSOPHY AND EXPECTATIONS

In accordance with the school’s philosophy, students in the International School of Turin’s Early Years Programme learn the very basic skills necessary to prepare themselves to begin the processes of reading, writing and mathematical computation. They are extensively involved in a variety of activities designed to develop their motor coordination, spatial awareness and vocabulary in English.

While students are grouped into classes of twenty students or less, it is the school’s philosophy that each student’s needs are to be considered individually and that classroom programs should be designed around them. For this reason, it is possible that two pre-school sections of the same level might not be studying the same things at the same time.










THE EARLY YEARS PROGRAMME IS ORGANISED INTO 3 GROUPS:

◗ Nursery (for children who are 3 turning 4)

◗ Pre-Kindergarten (4 to 5 years old)

◗ Kindergarten (5 to 6 years old)

EARLY YEARS PROGRAMME

  • An interactive approach where children are encouraged to be inquirers.
  • Varied teaching strategies are designed around the developmental levels of the children.
  • Classroom environments promote and supports the development of physical, cognitive, emotional and social skills.
  • Classroom environments promote social interaction between children and adults. A variety of materials are used.
  • A school that is ready to receive the children, rather than expecting the children to be ready for school.