Early Childhood Curriculum
The ZIS Lower School/ECC curriculum is inquiry based and caters for students aged 3 to 11 years. The program focuses on the total growth of the developing child, affecting hearts as well as minds and addressing social, physical, emotional and cultural needs in addition to academic welfare.
At ZIS we believe in a holistic approach that caters for each child’s learning needs. This is achieved through the development of concepts, competencies and character. Character development is equally important to the development of competencies and conceptual understanding. Our program focuses on guided inquiry, collaboration and communication as approaches to teaching and learning. Learning is defined as the process that leads to demonstrable consolidation or extension of conceptual understanding, competencies or character. To see this in practice at the Villa, view the video ECC - Expressing Ourselves.
The language of instruction is English, with additional support for non-English speakers.
For full details please see the Program of Studies (here and below). Current parents can download and print the Year at a Glance that gives you an overview of the specific concepts and skills your child will learn in the year ahead. The Year at a Glance can be found on your child’s grade level blog under the curriculum tag.