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PRESCHOOL AND KINDERGARTEN

Our Lower School begins with the preschool and kindergarten levels, where a high staff to student ratio is maintained. We provide a safe and inspiring learning and play environment, through organizing our students in small groups where the individual child has a voice. These first five years make up the ISB Early Childhood Centre (ECC), and encompasses Preschool groups 1 and 2, 3, 4 and Kindergarten.

The ECC is authorized to offer the Primary Years Programme (PYP) of the International Baccalaureate and we work in line with the Norwegian Kindergarten act. Our language of instruction is English.

We believe that a good start in preschool is crucial to a child’s development, and that the experiences gained during the early school years greatly influence a child’s love of exploring and learning. It is at this stage that children begin down the path of becoming internationally-minded global citizens.

The PYP and the Norwegian Framework Plan for Kindergartens focus on the development of the whole child both within the classroom and within the world. It offers a framework that meets the whole child’s needs: academic, social, physical, emotional and cultural. Learning through play is an important approach to learning in ECC.

The PYP curriculum has an international perspective that recognizes and welcomes the diversity of student experiences and backgrounds. We strive to develop internationally minded students who demonstrate the attributes of the IB Learner Profile.

We use an inquiry-based approach, using teaching methods which build upon individual understandings, knowledge and interests. In developing critical thinking skills, students inquire into how to learn and how to delve deeper.

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The units of inquiry make up the Programme of Inquiry. These units are developed under the IB’s Transdisciplinary Themes, making learning for understanding more effective. Each unit of inquiry allows the students to explore key concepts, including:

  • Form: ‘What is it like?’
  • Function: ‘How does it work?’
  • Reflection: ‘How do we know?’

The PYP also encompasses the development of transdisciplinary skills which transcend the individual subject areas. These include thinking, communication, social, research and self-management skills.

Learning
through play

At ISB's campus, students will have access to a forested, well-resourced and dynamic outdoor play area.

Student-centred Learning

The ECC premises has been designed to support a student-centred and inquiry-driven learning environment.

Hands-on & Minds-on Learning

With access to a wide range of indoor and outdoor resources, our students have multiple hands-on and minds-on learning experiences.

Apply today!
The school is accepting applications for placement in the Early Childhood Centre, Lower School and Upper School throughout the school year.
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