Early Childhood (ages 2 through 4)
"In their play, children learn at their highest level."
- UK Early Years Foundation Principle
Teaching 21st-century skills demands more than providing a student with a computer or replacing a teacher's blackboard with an interactive white board. Good teachers transform the hardware and software of technology into an interactive tool which does not replace interpersonal classroom teaching and learning, but takes it to the next level. Once students begin to understand the implications of digital literacy and the potential of technology for research, virtual collaboration and communication, the capacity for classroom learning and bringing the world into the classroom greatly expands.
ISL Schools have state-of-the-art wireless systems, which accommodate a mixed PC and Mac working environment. Classrooms have interactive white boards or touch screens, and the ISL Surrey Middle School and upper Primary students are pioneering the use of iPads in the classroom and video participation with their ISL London and ISL Qatar classmates.
Mother tongue language learning in Early Childhood is focussed on developing speaking and listening fluency. Children receive three, 45-minute class periods per week in mother tongue or French or Spanish for English language speakers. As the nature of the Early Childhood classroom supports the development of English language fluency, there is no separate EAL support. Each child’s progress in English and the mother tongue is followed and assessed using the criteria set out in the UK Department for Education Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).