Early Childhood Centre
The Early Childhood Centre (ECC) at the International School of Hamburg is comprised of our youngest students in Primary 1 (age 3), Primary 2 (age 4) and Primary 3 (age 5).
Since 2010, the ECC has its own purpose-built section of the school building with direct access to a separate, developmentally designed playground area. Our P3 students are located within the Junior School section of the school to allow a smoother transition into the Junior School.
As learners in the ECC, children are encouraged to become confident and motivated learners, risk takers and explorers. They are encouraged to understand that mistakes are part of the learning process and to find solutions to problems. Our small class sizes allow children in the ECC to develop their imagination and creativity through following their own discoveries and explorations. They develop self-efficacy and develop interdependence and independence. ECC teachers build a positive relationship with children based upon respect and kindness. We provide an environment that promotes trust, respect, safety, tolerance, risk taking and kindness.
In Primary 1, children are introduced to the routines of the school day and through the medium of play, explore the world around them and develop a strong foundation in early concepts of language, number, and social interaction. Children in Primary 2 continue to develop their number understanding and pre-literacy awareness through play-based learning, and science/social studies topics through our International Primary Curriculum such as “Friends and Family”, “Treasure”, and “Shopping.” Our Primary 3 program introduces students to a more structured approach to phonological awareness and writing through the Phonic Progamme Fundations, Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop, as well as number concept and problem solving through the Math in Focus program.
All ECC students experience a cross-curricular program that includes Music, Physical Education, Library Skills, and in Primary 3, Information and Communication Technology as well as English as an Additional Language support. All ECC teachers provide differentiated tasks that are both practical hands on activities and teacher directed activities, promoting a positive learning experience.
Play based learning is integrated into all areas of the ECC curriculum, during which teachers observe, offer support, nurture, assess and extend learning.