Welcome to Early Years!

We designed our educational programmes with the needs and welfare of our students in mind. Our campus provides the child-friendly environment you are looking for. We prepare lessons and activities that keep children engaged and eager to learn. At SISD, we strive to make their stay far from just an ordinary day at school.


Amina El Difrawi
Head of Early Years / French Coordinator

The Early Years programme at SISD has been carefully designed to encourage inquiry-based learning for children aged between 3 to 5 years old. We follow the programme of the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) and provide young learners with the opportunity to inquire in a multilingual and multicultural environment that provides a wide range of opportunities academically, culturally, socially and physically. Early learning in the Primary Years Programme is a holistic experience that promotes play, discovery and exploration within a dynamic environment.

Students are fortunate to learn in a multilingual and multicultural environment that provides a wide range of opportunities academically, culturally, socially and physically. The IB acknowledges that young learners are intelligent, capable and creative individuals who develop and learn at different rates. They explore their environment and learn about their world through play and relationships with family, teachers and community members. Learning is hands-on and students are therefore given the freedom (in a prepared environment guided by the teacher), to enquire into and learn about the world around them. This encourages social interaction and team work. Each learning style and attainment level is taken into account by teachers, as every student learns differently. Children participate in free flow activities that allow them to progress at their own pace, develop independence and have the freedom to move between indoor and outdoor areas. Children take part in specialist classes such as Music, Physical Education and Arts. Early Years learning instils a desire for life-long learning. Our aim is that children learn real life skills to enable them to succeed in today’s ever changing environment. We encourage children to be independent thinkers, develop excellent communication skills and become principled, open-minded individuals.

View our Curriculum for more information on the programme structure.

In Early Years we value the importance of play and students are able to inquire, explore and discover different areas both indoors and outdoors by doing free flow, continuous provision, student led and adult led activities.  Throughout the week, children attend 40 minute lessons of mathematics, languages (French or German), science, social studies, Arabic, art, music and physical education . 

Early Years Grades PreKG – KG2

Start: 08:20
End: 14:20
After-School Activities: 14:30-15:30
Buses: 14:30 and 16:00

Start End   Length
8:00 8:15 Registration 0:15
8:20 9:00 1 0:40
9:00 9:40 2 0:40
9:40 10:10 Break 0:30
10:10 10:50 3 0:40
10:50 11:30 4 0:40
11:30 12:30 Lunch 0:60
12:30 13:10 5 0:40
13:10 13:50 6 0:40
13:50 14:20 Break 0:30
14:20 14:30 Transition 0:10
14:30 15:30 ASA 0:30
15:30 16:00 Transition 0:30