Our Preschool is unique for many reasons. We employ highly qualified teaching specialists and also provide complete care of a professional nurse, psychologist, speech therapist, and security guard. We understand children’s needs and their natural drive to explore the world around. Therefore, we encourage students to develop their interests by providing them with authentic experiences. Our program of study – Primary Years Programme by the IB is tailored to meet the needs of children aged 3-12, in order to raise global citizens of the world, fully prepared to face all the challenges of the modern world. The whole philosophy and methodology of the IB programme can be summarized by international mindedness of the students which in turn is reflected by learner profile attributes:
We help our students develop deeper understanding of the world by organizing our curriculum into transdisciplinary, concept-based units, incorporating all areas of child’s development. Units start with provocations to prompt students’ questions and ignite their logical and critical thinking skills. Brainstorming, group discussions, presentations and projects are the key teaching tools which will remain useful and widely practiced throughout their lives.
We believe that body and mind should be developed simultaneously; healthy lifestyle plays an important role in a successful learning process. Our preschool nurse is a qualified dietician. We recognize the importance of all elements of our preschool routine – during the course of the day we give children opportunity to learn, play, interact, take advantage of our beautiful garden and 2 lovely nearby parks (Jordan’s Garden and Dreszer’s Park). We acknowledge that happy and positive children learn better and faster. That is why we introduce the ‘mindfulness’ concept because of its worldwide recognized benefits.
Although our language of instruction is English, we understand the importance of multilingual education, and therefore we teach French and Polish as well, in order to provide our students with a wider variety of communication tools. Their skills can be regularly exercised in authentic, practical situations: field trips, discussions with guest speakers, interviewing community workers etc. Our preschoolers recognize the value of asking relevant questions and formulating their own opinions. Students also explore and develop appreciation for non-verbal communication and are encouraged to express their feelings and ideas through means such as Music, Visual Arts, Drama or Dance.
Through the transdisciplinary learning process, our students become able to construct their own understanding of global concepts, equipped with all the necessary academic skills: Math – addition and subtraction, logical thinking, reading, phonics, writing and exploring the important aspects of both local and global environments. Their individual learning styles and preferences are always taken into consideration and their learning is supported by access to many fantastic facilities, such as Preschool library consisting of nearly 2000 books, classroom computers, an interactive board, and the local public multimedia library.
Due to the multinational and multicultural nature of our School community, our students have a unique opportunity to naturally develop a deep appreciation for the diversity of cultures, customs, traditions and celebrations. It allows them to build a thorough understanding of perspectives and view differences and variations as positive, instead of threatening. Through being exposed to a wide variety of international experiences our students have a privilege to coexist in a community built on the basis of mutual respect and understanding.
As a concept-based curriculum, our programme encourages the students to ask questions and find their own answers, as well as make connections between factual knowledge and traditional academic skills. With the inquiry cycle at the core of the learning process children have a chance to constantly challenge and improve their logical thinking skills and come to new understanding of the world around them. The concept of growth mindset is also strongly promoted, as creating a stable foundation for forming life-long learners is one of our main goals.
Our students develop personally and emotionally in a harmonious way, we don’t stress the importance of competitiveness, we rather concentrate on sharing, being helpful and friendly towards classmates and the community. This way, our students grow in a family-like atmosphere where everyone feels important. Tolerance and empathy are crucial while co-existing with others. Our students are also aware of the importance of issues such as ecology or recycling. They know the importance of the individual in the process of caring for our planet.
Reflection plays an important role in the learning process. Our students perform self-reflection and self-assessment and are encouraged to correct and learn from their own mistakes. Students who are able to describe their own emotions are more likely to identify their strengths and weaknesses. Parents are taking an active part in the self-assessment process of their children by attending student-led conferences 2-3 times per year. Additionally, parents are informed precisely about their child’s school readiness diagnosis in order to help them make the best choice for the elementary education.
By exposing them to different type of activities and surroundings, we teach students how to accept changes with ease and adapt to new situations. We encourage students not to be afraid of making mistakes and we challenge them to try new things. At the end of each school year, our students perform on a professional theatre stage at ‘Kamienica Theatre’ where they overcome their initial shyness and flourish displaying singing, acting, dancing, interacting, cooperating, and communicating skills.
By modelling a good example, our teachers promote good manners and emphasize the importance of knowing what is right and what is wrong. Our students learn to follow rules and code of appropriate behaviour in and out of the preschool which results in showing respect to one another. Therefore, we provide students with many authentic situations, where social skills can be practiced, such as trips to Philharmonic, Library, Museum, or inviting guest speakers and visitors.
Primary Years Programme
A characteristic feature of the programme, is the division of the school year into six transdisciplinary themes:
These themes constitute the framework for disciplinary and transdisciplinary teaching and learning for children aged 3-10, while creating a base for acquiring concepts, skills, attitudes and creative action for the benefit of oneself and others.
You can download the full presentation of PYP at our Preschool here:
The Canadian School of Warsaw’s Program of Inquiry can be downloaded here: