Kindergarten Curriculum

At MIS, Kindergarten includes Kindergarten 1, Kindergarten 2 and Kindergarten 3 classes, with children of ages 3 to 6. We also have a lively Pre-School which runs twice a week for our two year olds. Children in Kindergarten have a slightly more flexible curriculum than those in Elementary. The Kindergarten day begins at 8.50am. Kindergarten 1 finishes at 1.30pm whilst Kindergarten 2 and 3 finish at 3.20pm along with the remainder of the school. The curriculum covers all Japanese learning objectives as well as being enhanced significantly to give our students a rich, international learning experience. These extra areas are covered under the Early Learning Goals of the U.K. which is part of the Early Years Foundation Stage. In this we focus on six key areas, in addition to the objectives taken from the Japanese Kindergarten Curriculum. At MIS, the six areas below are taught via 6 distinct subjects: Human Relationships, Language(including Japanese), Maths, Environment, Health, and Expression.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development To learn about emotional well-being, know who you are, where you fit in, and to feel good about yourself. It develops respect for others, social competence, and a positive disposition to learn.
Communication, Language and Literacy This area of learning includes communication, speaking and listening in different situations and for different purposes, reading a wide range of books, and writing for a wide variety of purposes.
Mathematical Development This area of learning includes counting, sorting, matching, seeking patterns, making connections, recognising relationships and working with numbers, shapes, space and measures. Mathematical understanding is developed through stories, songs, games, and imaginative play so that children enjoy using and experimenting with numbers.
Knowledge and Understanding of the World In this area of learning, children are developing the crucial knowledge, skills and understanding that help them make sense of the world. This forms the foundation for later work in science, social studies, integrated studies, and information and communication technology (ICT).
Physical Development Physical Development in kindergarten is about improving skills of coordination, control, manipulation and movement. Physical development has two other very important aspects. It helps children develop confidence in what they do and enables them to feel the positive benefits of being healthy and active. Effective physical development helps children develop a positive sense of well-being.
Creative Development Being creative enables children to make connections between one area of learning and another and, in doing so, extend their understanding. This area of learning includes art, music, dance, role play and imaginative play.

Current Kindergarten Curriculum Overviews