Learning at NIS Kindergarten

NIS Kindergarten is a place where children grow to love learning in a happy, natural environment! We are blessed with our beautiful, spacious campus where indoor and outdoor learning blends seamlessly, and where our children’s natural sense of wonder and exploration blossoms and grows.

Uses the IEYC, International Early Years Curriculum to develop an integrated understanding of social studies, science, technology and art;

At NIS, learning means developing knowledge, skills, understanding and values to understand God and the world he created. Our school’s clear focus on children’s learning permeates every aspect of the child’s development—academic, personal, and international. Through a clear understanding of what learning is, we are able to embed the idea of deep learning into everything the students do.

Our experienced staff use the International Early Years Curriculum (IEYC) to develop an integrated understanding of social studies, science, technology and art; drawing on the Biblical Foundations Curriculum to enable students to develop a biblical worldview and an active Christian faith. Specialist lessons in Physical Education and Mandarin enrich our children’s daily experience of learning.

We invite you to come and visit us to experience the joy of learning!

The International Early Years Curriculum

The International Early Years Curriculum (IEYC) supports key areas of learning through holistic enquiry and play-based approaches that cover all curriculum areas including personal, social and emotional development. Its unique process of learning shifts the focus from measuring outcomes to driving children’s learning and development.

Languages used in School

NIS strives to maintain a strong English environment for children and encourages students to speak and practice it in the classroom and playground. At the same time we want to increase opportunities to use Mandarin in the school. As such we encourage the use of both English and Mandarin during school hours.

International Goals

The IEYC takes into consideration the world our students are, and will be, a part of. Developing an international mindedness through the IEYC helps our students to develop the qualities and attributes they need in order to confidently engage as part of the diverse cultures of which they may be a part.

At NIS we are proud of who we are and value sharing and celebrating this together, while also being open, respectful and accepting of others whether we see similarities or differences.

Academic Goals

At NIS we focus on developing equally the students’ knowledge, skills and understanding:

Knowledge—Those aspects of the learning goals that relate to factual information.

Skills—Those aspects of the learning goals that relate to things children are able to do.

Understanding—Those aspects of the learning goals that relate to a deepening awareness children develop as they apply the knowledge and skills they have learned.

Personal Learning Goals

The Personal Learning Goals (PLGs) refer to those individual qualities and dispositions we believe children will find essential in the 21st century. They help to develop those attributes that will enable children to be at ease with the continually changing context of their lives.

At NIS we use our Viking characters to help the students learn about the PLGs in a fun and purposeful way, and to encourage the students to continually focus on developing their own character through their learning and everyday lives.

Agnar the Adaptable

“I feel good with new people places and things.”

Cora the Communicator

“I can share my thoughts and feelings with lots of different people in lots of different ways.”

Rasmina the Respectful

“I take care of things that aren’t mine, of other people, and my environment.”

Thorgrim the Thoughtful

“I can use my thinking skills to solve problems, and think about things in different ways.”

Cornelius the Cooperative

“I can work well with lots of different people, and I can take on different roles in a group.”

Ena the Enquirer

“I like to find out new things by asking questions and investigating. “

Morgana the Moral

“I can give reasons for the things that I do, and think of how I could do them differently.”

Ragnor the Resilient

“I work hard until my activities are finished and I keep trying even if it’s difficult for me.”