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EARLY YEARS

Children are our future

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Daniela De Masi

Learning Assistant

FROM 3 TO 6 YEARS OLD

The IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) for children aged 3 - 6 nurtures and develops young students as active participants in a lifelong journey of learning.

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Natalie Giulianelli

Reception & Kindergarten Teacher

Reception

(3/4 years old)

Kindergarten

(4/5 years old)

Transition

(5/6 years old)

Curriculum

As an IB PYP Candidate School, ISR and the Early Years department follows the IB Primary Years Programme. Through an inquiry-based program, we encourage and foster the children to become global citizens who are; independent learners, risk-takers, inquirers, thinkers, communicators, and principled. The PYP transdisciplinary framework offers young students authentic opportunities to focus on key developmental abilities such as communication and self-management skills. The learning community values the early years as a time in which play is the primary driver for inquiry. Through play-based learning, children develop and nurture fundamental knowledge and skills. (Taken from the Inquiry through play document). Play involves choice, promotes agency, and provides opportunities to inquire into important concepts and personal interests. 

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Environment

The Early Years team believes that the classroom environment is important for providing opportunities to provoke and stimulate purposeful play. Play is important for the social, emotional, physical, and mental well-being of children. Our classrooms are set up in similar ways to promote inquiry, stimulate curiosity, and build independence, and a sense of agency. We bring the world around us into the classrooms and we use open-ended materials, natural resources, and recycled materials to stimulate the children’s curiosity. The school is located in the historic center of Rimini with several parks nearby. The city center works as an extended classroom for the Early Years children. We visit the local library, and historical monuments within the city and we visit different museums in our surroundings.  

Approach

We believe that children learn through play and every child has the right to student-initiated play in order to develop themselves emotionally, physically, socially, and intellectually. The Approaches to Learning, such as Thinking, Research, Communication, Social, and Self-management can be developed through play. All children should be able to choose from a variety of activities and materials during play in order to grow in self-confidence and support their individual interests. Teachers carefully balance the planning and documenting of the learning and progress of the group by monitoring and responding to the learning development of individuals. In the Early Years, we strongly believe that children should have the opportunity to experience outdoor play in different weather conditions such as playing in the rain or snow.

The following is a general outline of the school day.

08:40

Children arrive and gather in school playground. Supervision from 8:30.a.m.

08:50

School day begins.

10:00

Snack and outdoor play for Early Years.

12:15

Children go to canteen for

30 minutes lunch.

12:45

A half-hour of break time in the playground or gym.

15:20

School ends for Early Year classes.