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Kingsley International School - Early Years Department, Putra Heights

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06/06/2017 by

 

 

 

KIS started operations in September 2011, in a shop lot building at Putra Heights before moving into its current campus in 2015. Today, Kingsley International School (KIS) is situated atop Kingsley Hill in the heart of Putra Heights. The new campus boasts a large building with a plethora of facilities and has the capacity to accommodate up to 3000 students. Being part of the Kingsley Hill development at Putra Heights, besides offering quality education, KIS also provides a peaceful and serene environment. A perfect combination to nurture one’s mind and calm one’s soul.

  

After registering ourselves with the security personnel at the entrance, we were shown into the office of the Early Years Department (EYD). The pioneer and Head of EYD, Mrs. Daniel, is a kind and compassionate lady with more than 15 years of experience in Early Year Education under her belt. When it comes to international school, naturally one would think that it is a school for the rich, but Mrs. Daniel begs to differ, "Kingsley International School provides quality education in an enabling and conducive learning environment, using English as the medium of instruction, along with excellent well-rounded British Curriculum in addition to other extra-curricular activities."

  

  

Method/Curriculum


The EYD offers the British National Curriculum for England and Wales for its Nursery and Reception year groups. The curriculum provides opportunities for all students to learn and to achieve. It also encourages and challenges students to learn through a range of mediums and techniques, not forgetting that most of them would be totally engaging and hands-on. The curriculum provides good links between the acquisition of knowledge, skills, understanding and attitudes needed for development and success in the future to be responsible citizens. The school follows the UK academic calendar, where by each academic year begins in September. 

 

At KIS, the EYD offers the curriculum in seven areas of learning and development that shape their Early Years program. All the seven areas are vital and have cross-curricular links. The first three areas are particularly crucial for creating and igniting curiosity and interest for learning in these very young children and these are the Prime areas:

 

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

 

The students must further be supported in four Specific areas through which the prime areas are reinforced and applied. The Specific areas are:

 

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics/Numeracy
  • Understanding of the world
  • Expressive Arts and Design

  

 Activities


 

The EYD students, aged 3 to 5 years, participate in a wide range of play-based activities which are well planned and guided by very committed and dedicated teachers. 

 

To fulfil each child’s developmental potential, they are encouraged to engage in teacher-planned independent activities of their choice. This enhances skills in “self-choice” and independence. Students develop and improve their communication, language, social, problem solving and range of other skills during these independent work/play time.

 

In KIS early years department, the students are supported in developing and growing at their own pace. Importance is given to all areas of learning by teaching the students important concepts built around appropriate themes chosen in response to their interests and level of understanding. This allows children to better understand and apply the lessons they have learnt to real life situation. As children have a latent love for music, simple music and movement activities are also included in the lessons to teach a number of areas of learning. (Phonics, Mathematics etc.)

 

Other activities include a rich variety of school-based special events in the EYD like Sports Day, Book Week, International Week, Crazy Clothes Day, Silly Hats Day, A Very Beary Day and many more. 

 

 

Every story time at the EYD is a merry time since Mrs. Daniel picks and chooses her books from authors like Eric Carle, Eric Hill, Nick Sharratt, Pamela Allen and the likes of them who are excellent children’s books authors. "Children love these story-telling sessions and they are usually challenged with text-based questions at the end of each story time. The students enjoy listening to these stories and answering the questions too. Now they can even remember the authors and a few of their most popular books!” exclaims Mrs. Daniel.  

 

Facilities


The KIS campus features many state-of-the-art facilities including science and media labs, outdoor basketball courts, futsal courts, gymnastic halls, a library, sound-proof music rehearsal rooms, multipurpose hall, outdoor playground exclusively for the students from EYD. Soon there will be hostel blocks catering to their international staff and students. The new campus also features a brand new sick bay where full time in-house nurses will be stationed to take care of the students’ health.

 

The one thing that impressed us the most during our short sojourn at KIS was the EYD’s very own yearly celebration assembly where the students showed off their talents in public speaking, singing and dancing. They performed in a room called "The Royal Box" in the campus. Here, even the most amateur of singers or dancers would feel like professional performers. How can one feel otherwise when in "The Royal Box"?

 

   


KIS prides itself as a bully-free school, this policy is emphasized throughout the school. KIS also places a strong emphasis on extra-curricular activities, sports and foreign language on top of academic excellence. It is their mission to invest in the lives of the future generation by instilling in the children a passion for life-long learning and imparting the knowledge and values that will prepare the younger generation for the constantly changing and ever challenging world. 

 

 

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