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IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) in an Early Years Setting

Ages 3 to 5

The International School of Nanshan Shenzhen aims to provide students in Early Years with educational experiences that develop a positive approach to learning.  In our separate Early Years building, we provide a learning environment where students feel at home and are able to explore new concepts and ideas. 

The early years as part of the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) acknowledges the uniqueness of each student.  We see each student as intelligent, resourceful and creative individuals who grow, develop and learn at different rates.  At ISNS, students explore their environment and learn through play with peers, teachers, family and community members.  Early learning in the PYP is a holistic learning experience that integrates socio-emotional, physical and cognitive development. 

ISNS promotes play, discovery and exploration in our PYP classrooms. 

What We Do

K3-K5 follow an inquiry focused, play-based curriculum that is child-centered and encourages independent learning in a warm, safe and caring environment. During the year, the children study four Units of Inquiry (six Units of Inquiry for K5). These units are transdisciplinary meaning they include different subjects. The children also study Math and Language Arts and have specialist teachers for Music, PE, and Visual Arts. More information is sent to parents about curriculum as we move through the year. The curriculum is very different from that in mainland Chinese schools as there is not a detailed text book to study or follow. Many resources, books, materials and equipment are used to enhance the learning experience of students. 

Math

K3 students learn number songs, rhymes, counting and number recognition. They also work on comparison and pattern work. Much of the work is practical.  In K4, students are using bigger numbers and are starting to record their work by writing numbers and working with the numbers in a practical way.  Students are doing lots of work with shapes and are building on their learning of patterns (which actually helps with algebra when they are older).  In K5, the students are still working in a very practical way but are starting to do more complex and formal work. 

Language Arts

The language of instruction is English and comprises of speaking and listening, writing, and reading. Almost everything we do is language-based. The children listen to lots of stories and are encouraged to express themselves in lots of different ways. In K3, most of the language is focused on understanding and is based on stories and songs. We also listen to sounds and recognise different letters.  We work on recognising our names and various symbols.  In K4, we start to write letters and later words, especially the more frequent words.  Students build on their learning in K5, where we put letters together to make words.