Children from three to five years of age attend our mixed-aged Playgroup classes. Each of these classes has between 12 and 18 children and is led by two English-speaking teachers. Playful learning is the focus whether individually, in small groups or in a whole class setting. We adopt a theme-based approach that supports the children to perceive and get to know themselves, their own body and their surroundings and to develop self-awareness and self-confidence.
Our Playgroups have 25 lessons per week. Sports, music, sand play, German and swimming lessons are an integral part of the curriculum. Classes are from 8.30 am to 12.50 pm. Playgroup II children have the possibility to attend Extra-Curricular Activities, between 1.45 pm to 3.20 pm, on up to three afternoons a week. On these days they can also use our Lunch Service which is supervised by SSiS teachers/staff and parents.
The teaching language in our Playgroup classes is mainly English. A German-speaking teacher works with the children during four lessons a week. All children have bilingual activities and singing. Children whose mother tongue isn’t German, actively receive special support in small groups or individually. The teaching language changes to German when the children start with Kindergarten. However, English is still part of the Curriculum.