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Curriculum

Kindergarten student stands in front of the whiteboard and writes
We give your child a strong foundation, so they can make their own path

Why ZIS Bilingual

Your child will learn in German and English every day, both in class —  with lessons always being taught in one language or the other — and through their participation in after school activities. By taking part in various events for all students and daily interaction with children in the international pathway, your child will be a fully integrated member of our Lower School community.  

The ZIS Bilingual pathway meets the objectives and requirements of the Swiss national curriculum (Lehrplan 21). In addition, your child will benefit from our high quality international curriculum, alongside the expectations of the Swiss national curriculum. This will provide a rich and balanced academic experience for your child which is fully integrated in the life of our vibrant Lower School.

We focus on developing the whole child - this means that alongside knowledge and skills we also focus on the development of character and the ZIS Character Standards are an integral part of both our bilingual and international pathway at ZIS. 

Curriculum

We welcome your child into our Kindergarten, regardless of their language background. Our native English or German speaking teachers and assistant teachers will support your child in language acquisition in both classroom and small group situations:

  • The program follows the Swiss national curriculum (Lehrplan 21) and is taught in English and German (approximately 60% German and 40% English in Kindergarten).
     
  • From the end of Grade 2, the split between English and German will be 50/50 which will include a greater focus on English literacy.
     
  • Children in the bilingual program have a native German speaking homeroom teacher who teaches the core subjects in German (mathematics, reading, writing, social studies and science).
     
  • Children attend single subjects outside the homeroom setting in dedicated learning spaces. This includes physical education (PE), music, creative arts and library lessons. These lessons are taught by native English speakers in English.
     
  • Weekly visits to the forest are integrated into our science and social studies curriculum.
     
  • Curriculum-based field trips support learning and are linked to classroom activities.
     
  • Guided inquiry, collaboration and communication are central to our approach to teaching and learning.
     
  • We provide an environment for your child that fosters the development of problem solving and critical thinking while they master core subjects.

Your child will be exposed to both languages every day with the split of German to English being approximately 60/40.

Our co-curricular program, which is included in the tuition fees, is an important part of the ZIS Experience for every child. Your child will have the option to participate in after school activities in both English and German providing a rich and varied bilingual and international experience. 

Kindergarten children sitting in a circle watching their teacher
Early Childhood children exploring insects and plants in the nearby forest

Sample Timetable

Classroom Program in German: Includes early literacy, numeracy, science and social studies

Monday

 

Morning Meeting
Classroom
Program
(German)

 

Library Lesson
Storytime
(English)

 

SNACK

 

OUTSIDE
PLAY

Classroom
Program
(German)

 





L

 

U

 

N

 

C

 

H

 

Classroom
Program
(German)

 

Cooking
(English)

 

Transition
to dismissal

 

 
Tuesday

 

PE
(English)

 

Classroom
Program
(German)

 

Classroom
Program
(German)

 

Classroom
Program
(German)

 

Creative Arts
(English)

 

Creative Arts
(English)

 

Transition
to dismissal

 

 
Wednesday

 

Morning Meeting
Classroom
Program
(German)

 

Library Lesson
Storytime
(English)

 

Classroom
Program
(German)

 

Classroom
Program
(German)

 

Creative Arts
(English)

 

14:35-14:45
Transition to
early release

 

ATAC

 

Thursday

 

PE
(English)

 

Classroom
Program
(German)

 

Classroom
Program
(German)

 

Forest Classroom
(English/German)

 

Transition
to dismissal

 

 
Friday

 

Morning Meeting
Classroom
Program
(English)

 

Classroom
Program
(German)

 

Classroom
Program
(German)

 

Classroom
Program
(German)

 

  STEM
(Science, Technology,
Engineering, Maths)
(English/German)

 

Transition
to dismissal

 

 

 

 

How to Apply

Our Admissions Team is here to help you and to listen to your educational needs.  The program for the 2021/22 school year is now full. Applications for the school year 2022/23 can be submitted from now. Before submitting an application, please complete the Inquiry Form so that we can contact you to set up a 1:1 meeting.

Make an inquiry

Applying to ZIS is a three step process.  The first step is to complete the online application form and submit the application fee. Further information on the application process and supporting documents is available below:

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