Early Years Program

HIS is an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) School, implementing the Primary Years Programme (PYP).

PYP is an international curriculum framework designed for students between the ages of 3 and 12 years. The IB-PYP is a dynamic and flexible program which allows teachers to encourage and develop each child’s individual interests. It focuses on the whole growth of the developing child and addresses the student’s academic, social and emotional well-being. It encourages students to develop independence and to take responsibility for their own learning. PYP also supports the student’s efforts to gain an understanding of the world and to function comfortably and confidently within it. It helps the student establish his/her own personal values as a foundation upon which a more international mindset can develop and flourish. The program offers a comprehensive, inquiry-based approach to teaching and learning. It provides guidelines related to student learning styles, teaching methodologies and assessment strategies.

The PYP curriculum framework is an expression and extension of three inter-related questions:

“What do we want to learn?”

“How best can we learn?”

“How will we know what we have learned?”

HIS defines Early Years as those between the ages of 3 to 6 years old, divided into 3 age-group classes:

3-4: Early Years I

4-5: Early Years II

5- 6: Early Years III

The PYP in the early years acknowledges that young children are in the process of building new knowledge through investigation and therefore provides a framework that supports them to become active learners and to develop their curiosity.  HIS Early Years curriculum relies heavily on play-based learning approach. Early Years students make use of both indoor and outdoor locations. Playing in both open and closed areas provides an environment for our younger students to interact comfortably, to express themselves openly and confidently, and to eagerly satisfy their natural curiosity. Teachers use these opportunities to reinforce communication, research, thinking, management and social skills.

Early Years Classes inquire into four trans-disciplinary themes.

–       Who We Are

–       How We Express Ourselves

–       How the World Works

–       Sharing the Planet

In addition to the above, EYIII classes inquire into two more trans-disciplinary themes:

–       Where We Are in Place and Time

–       How We Organize Ourselves

Under each theme, EY students delve into one unit of inquiry which is either science driven or social studies driven. Conceptual lenses and disciplinary subject areas ensure a deeper and valid understanding of the units of inquiry and improve the students’ literacy; their artistic perspective; their personal, social, and physical development; and their mathematical and reasoning concepts and skills