Knowledge Acquisition

Literacy Elements

The Finnish Learners Program reinforces a greater emphasis on academic knowledge acquisition together with social independence and dispositions toward learning.

Literacy skills are reinforced through opportunities for reading, writing and communicating ideas, thoughts and feelings. Social interaction forms an innate part of the curriculum through community engagement and peer interaction.

The program includes elements of drama, role play or imagery play as a means of building confident and expressive communication, creativity, collaboration and cognitive development in our students.

All of us at FIS strive to create an environment of enquiry and observation, wonder and curiosity, imagination and creativity, to encourage children’s exploration, response and healthy growth.


Develops a love of story, ownership of story language and a profound understanding of story structure by following a specific set of procedures known as visual modelling. Dlaying in small and large groups children develop productive imagination, symbolic literacy, language and communication skills, flexible thinking, creative problem solving, self-regulation and self-esteem


Develops mathematical language and goal directed behaviour. Children analyse the structure of objects , plan, articulate their plans and execute them using wooden modular building blocks.Through games, stories and simple yet powerful experiments children discover important scientific concepts – states of matter, different qualities of substances and transformations

Social Science

There is an increased ability to compromise and being able to discuss with their peers to solve various conflicts. The child is respectful towards the rights of others and accepts responsibilities. The child will also be more confident in taking up leadership roles in school with increasing independence. They will participate in cooperative and elaborate problem solving through fun activities. Develops emotional intelligence, non-verbal communication skills, creativity and productive imagination through body movement, gestures, facial expressions and music

Creative Art

Cultivates the essential skills required both for writing and creative artistic expression. Develops ‘art vision’ and introduces different symbolic tools – composition, rhythm and colour. Through shared activity children discover symmetry and pattern by manipulating geometric shapes to create artistic compositions of the world around them. Develops co-operative and social skills


Develops the ability to analyse objects and events, see their invisible sides, identify their most essential characteristics, think sequentially, draw conclusions, classify and systematise information. Develops spatial awareness and the ability to ‘read’ maps. Children look at objects in space, use symbols to represent what they and others see through visual models – maps, schemes and plans

Cognitive Skills and Maths

Forming sets of like and different elements, sorting by 3 attributes (color, shape and size), completing complex patterns, and sequencing by size, matching by relationship, developing graphing skills. Your child will be able to observe and shows different problem solving abilities.

Developmental Areas

Language and Literacy Development

-Describe familiar people, places, things, and events with detail
-Retell a familiar story with the beginning, middle, and end in order
-Write his or her name as well as many other letters
-Use writing as a way to describe experiences or feelings, making drawings and letters

Executive Function

-Remember information and thoughts from past experiences
-Help develop a plan for completing a multi-step project like building a community with blocks
-Complete challenging activities that require greater focus and persistence
-Recognize the feelings of others and respond appropriately like comforting a friend who is upset

Social and Emotional Development

-Seek out interactions with a variety of adults, with both new and familiar people
-Routinely share, take turns, and interact with other children in a respectful and helpful manner
-Recognize and accept similarities and differences among people and showing an appreciation for diversity
-Demonstrate an ability to resolve conflicts using words

Physical Development and Wellness

-Coordinate different body movements to catch and throw a ball and move through obstacle courses
-Participate in physical activity for at least 2 hours daily
-Use scissors to cut simple shapes and writing utensils to trace letters and numbers with greater accuracy
-Discuss how exercise makes the body feel

Cognitive Development

-Create simple patterns and arrange objects according to size
-Perform simple addition and subtraction
-Use knowledge and personal experiences to predict outcomes of scientific experiments
-Explore a variety of cultures by identifying ways people are alike and different

Creative Expression

-Craft detailed works of art using various materials like  paint and modeling clay
-Move to a tempo, beat, or style of music
-Follow multi-step directions as stated in a song, like hopping or clapping
-Participate in a variety of musical experiences

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Development of Literacy

Language Promotion

The literacy materials allow young children to read and write at an early age, starting with basic letter sounds and progressing to grammar and non-phonetical reading and writing skills.

Teachers promote language and literacy development by introducing stimulating and challenging activities that reinforce higher levels of letter recognition, phonemic awareness, expressive and receptive language, oral language comprehension and concepts of print.

The phonetic approach adopted in the classroom offers children a tactile, visual and auditory experience which develops into a strong literacy foundation for the child. books lay the foundation for a love of reading. They also help children to develop listening skills, expand language, and foster creativity.

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