KG 3 (Year 1)

The Kindergarten, or Year 1 program, at IST is the first formal year of elementary schooling and as such it is an important link year between the productive play-based pre-school and the more structured academic programs of the elementary school. A blend of developmentally appropriate directed and self-directed activities promote a love of learning and encourage social, emotional, physical and academic development within a supportive, lively environment that effectively bridges the pre-school and lower elementary school years.

In addition to the learning program provided in the homeroom, students in Kindergarten attend the following Specialist classes:

Art: one period per week

Music: two periods per week

Physical Education: two periods of sport, one session of fitness

Chinese or Mother Tongue language: 4 periods per week

Kindergarten students have immediate access to their own mini-lab of networked computers and a set of iPads with age appropriate educational apps. They also attend information literacy classes in the computer laboratories and library. These classes are taught in collaboration with the homeroom teacher and the teacher librarian.


Students in Kindergarten inquire into and learn about globally significant phenomena in the context of six units of inquiry, each of which addresses a particular transdisciplinary theme.

An Inquiry into:
Who we are
An Inquiry into:
Where we are in time and place
An inquiry into:
How we express ourselves
An inquiry into:
How the world works
An Inquiry into:
How we organize ourselves
An inquiry into:
Sharing the planet
Kindergarten The Senses

Central Idea: Our senses help us to learn about our environment and ourselves.

Lines of inquiry:
  • What the senses are
  • How we use our senses
  • Where we Live

    Central Idea: People live in different places and in different ways.

    Lines of inquiry:
  • Where I live
  • Where I come from
  • How I live
  • Celebrations

    Central Idea: People celebrate personal and cultural events in many ways.
    Lines of inquiry:
  • What people celebrate Similarities and differences of celebrations
  • Animal Characteristics

    Central Idea: Animals have characteristics that help them to adapt to their environment.

    Lines of inquiry:
  • Characteristics of animals
  • Animal habitats and environments
  • How an animals; characteristics help them to live in their environment
  • Transportation Systems

    Central Idea: Transportation systems are organized to meet the needs of a community.

    Lines of inquiry:
  • Types of transportation systems
  • How communities use transportation systems
  • Why people choose one transport systems over another
  • Caring for Our Oceans

    Central Idea: Humans can affect the life and resources within the ocean.
    Lines of inquiry:
  • What lives in the ocean habitat
  • The impact humans can have on the ocean
  • Our responsibility when using the ocean
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