Our PYP programme begins with the 3 year olds in the Kindergarten 1 class. Both the Kindergarten and Pre-Primary classes are included in the Strothoff International School Programme of Inquiry and thus the young students start their school careers as inquiry-based learners.
The Kindergarten classes begin the Central Ideas or Essential Learnings that are then developed and built upon further as students move up through the grade levels. However, as the younger students need more time to develop their Unit of Inquiry, the Kindergarten children only cover four or five Units of Inquiry instead of six over the school year.
The children in the pre-primary class cover six Units of Inquiry over the year in preparation for learning in PYP.
Concepts and transdiciplinary skills are woven into the Unit of Inquiry learning experiences and the daily routine in Early Years.
The Learner Profiles are made more simple and meaningful for this age group, but students quickly become familiar with the terminology and the attitudes and they learn inquiry through practice with their peers. Inquiry-based learning with this age group is extremely relevant, as students have a natural curiosity to explore and make sense of their world.
At Strothoff International School, they are given the nurturing and confidence they need to ask questions from their first days at school and to continue doing so throughout their school careers, thus becoming true inquirers and life-long learners.