NIS Kindergarten Curriculum and Assessment
NIS is a NEASC accredited international school in DIP which follows the American Education Reaches Out (AERO) standards and International Primary Curriculum (IPC) Our curriculum provides challenging and professionally-validated standards and develops cross curricula learning. There are specific learning goals for every subject. Our unique NIS KG curriculum develops children’s international mindedness and encourages personal learning and choice as well as high challenge. Children in our KG make exceptional progress.
KG children’s attainment and progress are regularly evaluated with internal and external benchmark assessments such as DRA (Developmental Reading Assessment) and MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) This means that their learning is constantly evaluated to ensure progress. Our teachers use Classroom Monitor and online portfolios to track this progress and share with parents how well their child is doing.
NIS KG English and Math Program
NIS KG is specialized in providing a highly effective program to develop children’s early English and Mathematical skills. The Read Write and Inc phonics program ensures every child benefits from individualized learning of sounds so that children experience early success in reading, writing and spelling. The daily guided reading program triggers imagination and a love of reading as well as improving reading fluency and understanding.
Our skilled teachers use Numicon and other many different hands-on resources to develop children’s mathematical skills. Numicon is a multi-sensory approach enhancing children’s achievement across all mathematics ability levels. Every class has a full Numicon set as well as additional math resources to help young children reason mathematically through the use of real objects.
Each classroom has dedicated centers covering the key areas of early development and drawing on the children’s interests. Teachers encourage children’s active engagement through an inquiry approach designed to promote dialogue and thinking. Our learning areas offer a creative and supportive environment in which young children play and learn together. Our outdoor facilities are superb with a huge grass playing field and dedicated outdoor learning areas. The KG pool encourages water confidence and early water safety skills and several children have learnt to swim this year. Children love visiting the cosy library to choose books and share with their older reading buddies. Our aim is to place children at the heart of all that we do though amazing learning.