LEIPZIG INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

Our Concept

Nursery 1 & 2

In the Nursery, children’s early learning, growth and development are guided by qualified and caring Nursery staff in a stimulating and nurturing educational environment. The curriculum for infants and toddlers is developmental rather than content-driven; the process of determining what is involved in each child’s individual plan is necessarily more fluid than curriculum planning for older children and students. Developing an individualised curriculum for infants and toddlers involves an on-going, responsive process of observation and documentation, reflection, planning, and implementation. In the Nursery groups the focus is on developing the three core areas of:

  • personal, social and emotional development
  • communication and language
  • physical development

Early Years 1, 2 and 3

The Early Years Foundation Stage Programme (EYFS) is used as a framework to support the learning in our Early Years 1, 2 and 3 groups. The learning strands of this programme correspond to the different areas of education in the conceptual framework for pre-schools of the Free State of Saxony (Sächsischer Bildungsplan).

Sächsischer Bildungsplan/Areas of Education

 Early Years Programme Strands

1 Somatische Bildung/Physical Development

1 Physical Development

2 Soziale Bildung/Social education

2 Personal, Social, and Emotional Development

3 Kommunikative Bildung/Communicative education

3 Communication, Language, and Literacy

4 Mathematische Bildung/Mathematical education

4 Mathematics

5 Ästhetische Bildung/Aesthetic education

5 Expressive Arts and Design

6 Naturwissenschaftliche Bildung/Scientific education

6 Understanding the World

By using the EYFS as a tool we are able to ensure that the children are being provided with a consistent high quality programme geared to ensuring that children are meeting developmental milestones. We inform ourselves about the progress and development of children  by using on-going systematic, formal and informal assessments. These assessments occur within the context of reciprocal communications with families and with sensitivity to the children’s cultural and linguistic experiences.

The full Pedagogical Concept Paper for our Kindergarten Programme is available in German and English.

Our Language Policy

Nursery

In the Nursery groups German is the predominant language of communication. With two German native speaking educators, the International Kindergarten caters for the majority German speaking children and enables them to develop a sound foundation in their mother tongue. Second language German speaking children who are living in Germany will have the opportunity to learn the language of relevance to them due to their setting and the added benefits of developing cognitively by being stretched to learn a new language.

English will be introduced through exposure to songs, rhymes, stories, and media.

Early Years 1 and 2

The Early Years 1 and 2 groups are dual language settings where both German and English are spoken and children are encouraged to use either language. We use the One Teacher One Language (OTOL) approach in which one early childhood practitioner speaks to the child in only one language, allowing children to listen and respond in both languages. 

Early Years 3

In Early Years 3, English is used as the medium of instruction and communication, preparing children for their transfer to Grade 1 at Leipzig International School. In order to ensure that the English language is modeled appropriately our EY3 team consists of English as a first language speakers. Age-appropriate German lessons will be offered to the children three times a week so that they can continue to develop their German language at school.

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