Pre-K (24m-3 y.o.)

The Early Years is a crucial age for language development. The programme of Pre-K is designed to meet the needs of young learners within the context of an English immersion.
In Pre-K much learning takes place through play and the programme followed is appropriate to the age of the children in terms of their development.

Kindergarten (3-4 y.o.)

From 3 years of age, the educational programme is inspired to the International Baccalaureate® PYP Curriculum.
The children are stimulated to become active learners in a warm and safe environment, exciting enough to stimulate, calm enough to reassure and friendly enough to enable them to form good personal relationships.

Transition (4-5 y.o.)

This class marks the transition from a nursery-style environment and makes a gradual preparation for the years ahead in the Elementary Section of our school.
The children in Transition are taught some fundamental principles they will use throughout their time in the school and are prepared in many different ways for the styles of learning they will later enjoy.

Elementary School (from 5 y.o.)

The Elementary School accepts children from 5 to 11 years of age.
(see Grade Equivalent for details on class assignment)
 Students build upon the foundations already laid in Kindergarten and Transition and continue their INQUIRY-BASED curriculum inspired to the IB® Primary Years Programme (PYP) framework.

We believe that every year spent at ISB is a unique opportunity for your child to engage with a coherent curriculum that is developmentally appropriate, tailored to your child's individual learning needs, and preparative for a world beyond school.

Children under 3 years of age enrol in Pre-K.
In Pre-K much learning takes place through play and the programme followed is appropriate to the age of the children in terms of their development.

  • Language Development
  • Physical Development
  • Pe r s o n a l , So c i a l a n d Emo t i o n a l Development
  • Creative and Aesthetic Development
  • Early Mathematical Experiences
  • Knowledge and Understanding of the World

Children are stimulated to become active learners by providing ongoing opportunities for them to engage in:
  • Symbolic play
  • Socio-dramatic play
  • Role play
  • Fantasy Play
  • Constructive play
  • Creative labs

Play contributes to the development of the whole child, cognitively, physically and emotionally.

In Pre-K, children may attend for the whole day, or for half day. There is an opportunity for all Pre-K children to sleep in the middle of the day and plenty of opportunity for them to explore their environment both inside and out of doors.
Kindergarten e Transition
The IB curriculum in the Early Years
The teaching of the PYP programme in the Early Years Section is based entirely on the framework offered by the International Baccalaureate Organisation®.
At the heart of the PYP is a commitment to structured inquiry as a vehicle for learning. In the Early Years, four transdisciplinary themes help teachers and students explore knowledge in the broadest sense of the word.
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In a safe, nurturing and intellectually engaging environment that recognizes the uniqueness of each individual child , your children will learn through inquiry.
We believe that play is “the work” of the young child and is an essential component of learning in the EY. Through play, children acquire skills that enable them to explore and connect with their environment, solve real problems, develop their language skills, work cooperatively with others, and achieve social and academic success.
In order to achieve this goal our teachers structure the environment so that play is purposeful and so that learning from play is scaffolded. The Kindergarten and Transition program offers a variety of activity centers including dressing-up play, home corner, creative craft activities, water/sand play, construction toys, literacy corner etc.
The environment, furniture and materials influence and promote the quality of the experience that your child will live in our school. In our project, great importance is given to the organisation of the space.
Students can benefit from new, specilised facilities including a gymnasium, an art lab, a music room, a primary years library, a dining room and a cosy sleeping room for the the afternoon nap. The outside area has a fully equipped playground and a didactical vegetable garden where children can enjoy growing plants and vegetables.
In the Early Years, the children are helped to acquire competence in English through language immersion. Fully qualified mother tongue teachers help the children get gradually accustomed to the English language. The English language is the vehicle for content instruction and not the subject of instruction. A phonics programme will help the children become accustomed to sounds and letters.
English mother tongue teachers in the Early Years are fully qualified to teach in the Primary Years. They are supported by assistants in class to cater for all children in the best possible way.
All staff have received training from the International Baccalaureate® .

The Art Programme

In addition to the normal arts and crafts, children are ISB take part in a weekly Art lab based on the Bruno Munari methodology.
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The Music Programme

A music lesson each week, taught by Virginia Longo, specialized in the Orff-Schulwerk methodology will integrate the curriculum.
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The Nutritional Programme

The T.U.R.N.I.P. Food Project has the aim of introducing the correct nutritional practices in the every day diet of children and families.
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Sports in the Early Years

Physical educations plays an important role in the EY programme for the development of gross motor skills.
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