The children in their final year of Kindergarten at ISB are referred to Year 1 and will aim for the Stage 1 objectives of the Cambridge International Primary Programme as well as selected Key Stage 1 Objectives of the British National Curriculum.
The Year 1 students benefit from an accelerated daily programme working towards primary goals, while still doing so in a playful, flexible and individualized learning environment. Additionally, they have many opportunities throughout the year to collaborate with the primary division, as well as take part in certain primary events and trips.
ISB focuses on 6 areas of development:
Each of these areas of development is implemented through planned, differentiated, purposeful play and through a mix of adult-led and child-initiated activities. In all activities, the following elements should be present:
We develop exciting cross-curricular thematic units that aid students in anchoring their knowledge and building on what they learn.
Throughout the year, we illustrate the learning journey of each child and share it with our families in various ways. We also talk to each family on a daily basis to reflect on the experience and build bridges between home and school life. Furthermore, we present progress and growth through our student portfolio - a wonderful personalized collection of kindergarten memories. Children proudly present their portfolios to their parents during regular parent-student-teacher meetings. At ISB, these are untraditionally led by our students. At the end of the year, children take their finished portfolio home along with a detailed kindergarten report.