EARLY YEARS

We want children to experience the joy of learning that will stay with them throughout their lives. We aspire to develop our students’ natural curiosity and sense of wonder through our play-based inquiry approach to teaching and learning. By creating carefully curated, intentional learning spaces, our Early Years team caters to the individual needs, interests, and abilities of every student. Our teachers aspire to nurture HAIS learners who are creative, collaborative, caring, confident, responsible and reflective. 

As the youngest learners in our community, they have a separate outdoor play area that is designed to be a ‘shoe-free’ zone where children can safely explore and move freely in their natural environment, and play using developmentally stimulating materials. Outdoor play encourages the development of social skills, provides children with an appreciation of the natural world, encourages independence and choice and helps them understand risk in order to build confidence and spatial awareness when moving their bodies freely.

Early Years International Programme

 

The International Early Years Curriculum has been written with a focus on developing the whole child through Social-Emotional, Literacy, Numeracy, Discovery of the World, Gross Motor Development and Being Creative. Our curriculum is taught through play-based inquiry. The learning environments are created based on contemporary education research and provide developmentally appropriate spaces for children aged 3-6 years. 

The foundation for success in the primary grades begins in Kindergarten with children actively participating in a wide variety of purposeful play experiences. Children are naturally curious and need varied opportunities to explore their world, take risks and gain first-hand experiences.

Teachers guide children through the inquiry process and assist children to develop adequate questioning to help them make sense of their world.

Children are given many opportunities to interact with their peers in fun and creative ways in order to be actively engaged in acquiring language, numeracy, and social skills.

Our Early Years Curriculum is taught through four-year-long conceptual lenses:

My Kindergarten – An inquiry into everything that makes up our learning environment.

My World – An inquiry into all aspects of their environment (home, schools, families, neighborhoods, cultures, events, and the natural world).

All About Me – An inquiry into identity and individuality.

Being Imaginative – An inquiry into all things creative

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The Bilingual Early Years Programme

 

Our Bilingual programme helps children develop skills in numeracy and literacy while encouraging inquiry and enthusiasm for learning. Although the emphasis is given to global perspectives, our Bilingual programme embraces Vietnamese values and culture. We offer a play and structured inquiry-based approach to teaching and learning.

Our qualified and engaging Vietnamese teachers share the Bilingual curriculum with our native English teachers to ensure that the students can learn and practice both languages concurrently without sacrificing their mother tongue by using traditional learning techniques alongside structured inquiry.

Our native English teachers actively participate in teaching bilingual students so that they can achieve the best results. In our bilingual curriculum, there is an equal amount of time spent learning English and Vietnamese for our Early Years students. The Pre Kindergarten, Junior Kindergarten, and Senior Kindergarten students have 2 full school days immersed in an English only environment, which is taught by our native English teacher. This creates a platform whereby students can use the language with fluency and accuracy. This curriculum is unique in that it allows our bilingual students to share the class with our international students in all specialized single subjects providing students with many opportunities to interact and engage with one another on an ongoing basis.

Our English portion of the curriculum allows our students to broaden their knowledge, cultural understanding, and use of the English language, which prepares them to be active global citizens.

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