Want a Kindergarten that has it all? At Canadian International School (CIS), there is a strong academic foundation and warm environment that fosters curiosity with plenty of outdoor play every day. What’s more, a new Kindergarten wing will open in January 2023.
Want to find out more? Register now for the upcoming open house on April 21 at 9am – 10am!
Experience the warm and welcoming spirit of CIS firsthand as take a tour around the campus and learn all about school life, both academic and pastoral. As you hear from their Head of School, meet their academic team and see classes in action, you’ll learn all about the school’s rigorous curriculum and innovative program such as STEAM and Open Minds.
Have a question about CIS’ approach or academic programs? Have them answered by the school’s principals and academic team!
At the open house, staff can also elaborate on the new kindergarten wing at CIS. Designed to bring the outdoors in and support the school’s inquiry and play-based approach, it will house the school’s nursery to grade 1 student community. Highlights include a spectacular Outdoor Discovery Centre featuring sound and art gardens, mud kitchen, nature tunnels, a play fort and yoga lawn.
If you want to find out more about this exciting new development, visit the website for a flythrough!
Learning through inquiry and purposeful play is at the heart of a student’s Kindergarten education at CIS. Purposeful play and inquiry-based learning engages children, triggers their curiosity and enables them to solve problems creatively.
“CIS believes in providing opportunities for students to learn through purposeful play both in the classroom and outdoors, so they can develop not only imagination and empathy but also their language and social skills," says Dr Colleen Drisner, Primary Principal at the CIS Lakeside campus.
The Outdoor Discovery Centre is a spacious 2,600 sqm, which equates to almost three quarters of an acre. It will connect with spacious and natural light-filled classrooms.
When children are outside, they are inspired to get active and run, jump and climb. These activities spark brain development, sharpen social and gross motor skills and generate strong academic performance.
CIS students will get to play every day in the Outdoor Discovery Centre, which has some extra special features including sound and art gardens, a mud kitchen and eco pond. Children will also love the nature tunnels, play fort and yoga lawn as well as plenty of grassy hills to climb!
Through playing with mud, water, sand and sticks, stones, mesh and rope, students will engage in imaginative and creative thinking while solving problems. They will learn to calculate, measure, invent, estimate, specify, analyse, hypothesise and test theories and develop their thinking, communication and research skills.
Lakeside's unique learning pod design has been incorporated into the new wing. Grade level classrooms that house students in the English and Chinese-English and French-English bilingual programmes will feed into dedicated light-filled learning pods, providing exhibition spaces and fostering a strong sense of grade level community.
The CIS team have been creative with some of their new early years learning spaces. The new junior library will house a large selection of age-appropriate books, a gross motor room and a working instructional bakery where students can cook up a storm!
These new facilities can be accessed by the whole school community. Students school-wide are sure to appreciate the wing’s new full-sized gymnasium, which will serve as an additional practice and tournament facility for older students, an indoor 25m swimming pool, dance studio and 200-seat black-box theatre.
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