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Early Childhood Education

Primary Years Programme





At HIS, we offer an ECE programme to children in Early Years, Pre-K, and Kindergarten (ages 2-5). We follow an inquiry-based curriculum and create an environment that is stimulating, nurturing and supportive of young learners.

Early Childhood Education is an integral part of the school and provides an excellent base from which the children progress into Grade One. On a daily basis, children are provided with opportunities to explore, observe, question, and construct knowledge from the world around them. Teachers work alongside students; they watch, inquire, and interact in order to learn more about what interests each child. The ECE programme is designed to provide an authentic learning pathway for children, where teachers thoughtfully provide the skills and strategies to investigate the world around them.

HIS is an IB Continuum School and uses the IB Learner Profile as a guide for developing student attributes so that we may nurture the ability of students to use a variety of necessary soft skills including communication, thinking, self-management, research, and social skills. Furthermore, we encourage mindful approaches to resilience, perseverance, inquiry, and being a principled and balanced individual.

PYP model

The Lower School (Early Years – Grade 5) at HIS is currently following the principles and practices of the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP). The curriculum is transdisciplinary in nature, which incorporates subject learning of Math, Literacy, Social Studies, Science, the Arts, and Design/Computer Technology within thematic units of inquiry. In addition to these thematic units, lower school learning is supplemented with the Singapore Math, First Steps Literacy, Jolly Phonics and Kelso’s Choice Conflict Management and Character Building programs. Lower School instruction is also supported by specialists in the areas of physical education, arts, Mandarin and ESOL, learning support, design and library.

PYP Model Chinese

For further information on Lower School curriculum and programs, please click on the links below:

IB Primary Years Programme (IB PYP)

IB PYP Brochure English

IB PYP Brochure Chinese 国际文凭小学项目

IB PYP Early Years Brochure English

IB PYP Early Years Brochure Chinese

Singapore Math

First Steps Literac

Jolly Phonic

Kelso’s Choice Conflict Management and Character Building 




Our Team

Aaron Ayers

Titles: Lower School Vice Principal (Pastoral), Lower School Student Support Services Coordinator

Tessa Cushman

Titles: Early Years

Maria Du Plessis

Titles: Early Years

Maria Dutari

Titles: Early Years

Cilla Giannopoulos

Titles: Lower School Vice Principal (Curriculum), PYP Coordinator

Ria Marais

Titles: Pre-Kindergarten

Ana Maria Molina

Titles: Rhythm & Movement

Lynn Pendleton

Titles: Lower School Principal

Sarah Scanzoni

Titles: Pre-Kindergarten