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Norwich International School

Early Years

"Our outstanding Early Years building is purposefully
designed to meet the needs of our young learners and
spans over 2,000 m² including..."
  • Safe well-appointed classrooms
  • Internet, touch screen and interactive learning throughout
  • Dedicated Early Years Library
  • Purpose-built art and craft rooms for all years levels
  • Dance and drama studios
  • Separate and purpose built play areas for all years levels
  • Swimming pool and splash play area
  • Outdoor learning area and sports pitch
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Ms Amy Jayne Ramsey, our Head of Early Years, takes you on a tour of Early Years.

Curriculum

Early Years

Our curriculum at Norwich is based on the National Curriculum for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, adapted to our international setting and our Values. We enhance the curriculum with a provision for mindfulness and with a deliberate focus on Mandarin. Students in Early Years at Norwich specifically follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), which sets standards for development and care for children to 5 years old.

Playdate is a time, usually two or three mornings per week, where parents can bring their babies and toddlers to spend time together, play, sing and enjoy our facilities.

Our point of entry for formal learning is Nursery, which is for children turning 3 during the academic year (between 1st September and 31stAugust of the following year). Kindergarten is for children turning 4 during the academic year and Reception is for children turning 5 during the academic year.

The Homeroom teachers oversee the delivery of the Prime Areas and Specific Areas of the EYFS, with specialist teachers augmenting the provision as appropriate. 

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Early Years

Foundation Stage Profile

The specialist lessons in Early Years are:

Nursery

Kindergarten

5 specialist lessons: Mindfulness, Thai, Mandarin, Water Play, Sport & Games and Music. The students have nap/quiet time, an afternoon break and finish their day at 2.45pm.

8 specialist lessons: Mindfulness, Sport & Games, Water Play, Music and 2 periods of both Thai and Mandarin. Students may have nap/quiet time initially (if needed) during Term 1, an afternoon break and finish their day at 3.00pm.

Reception

8 specialist lessons: Mindfulness, Sport & Games, Swimming, Music and 2 periods of both Thai and Mandarin. Students have an afternoon break and finish their day at 3.00pm.

Of interest to parents and students is our Early Years Curriculum Guide 2020-2021 which can be found here.

 More information about the EYFS can be found here

After School Activities

(ASA)

These are for Kindergarten and Reception students only. The purpose of ASAs are to allow children to utilise the facilities of the school to maximum effect and to experience classes that are not normally included in the normal school day. These are additional activities that take place outside of the mainstream curriculum of the school. They usually include activities such as sports, art, yoga, robotics, cooking, language classes and much, much more. ASAs take place from 3.10-3.50 pm Monday to Thursday.

Learning Support

At Norwich we have specialised provision for both English Language Support (ELS) and Special Educational Needs (SEN). Full details are available upon enquiry or can be found in the Guidebook for Admission.

Education Outside

the Classroom

All students have the opportunity to go on trips related to their curriculum studies during the year. There are usually around 3 trips each year for the students, where the actual frequency, timing and type of trip will be dependent upon the age of the children.

Our Teachers

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Meet the Head of Early Years

Ms Amy Jayne Ramsey

Head of Early Years

Bachelor of Arts

Master of Education

PGCE

Hello, my name is Amy Jayne Ramsey and I come from England. I have been working in early childhood education for 15 years and I love the magic, wonder and joy of early years. I have been working in educational leadership for 10 years internationally, and I am looking forward to joining the team at Norwich International School.

 

I am currently completing my Masters in education and I specialise in sensory play and forest school approaches and spaces. I also founded a non- profit project in northern Thailand which supports local schools and communities in the mountains.  I love art, libraries, old books shops and woodland walks. In my free time, I am also working on writing children’s literature. 

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Ms Helen Oliver-Loewenthal

Nursery - Homeroom Teacher

Bachelor of Arts (Hons)

PGCE

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Ms Michaela Austin

Kindergarten - Homeroom Teacher

Bachelor of Arts

PGCE

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Ms Nicole Fink

Kindergarten - Homeroom Teacher

Bachelor of Arts (Hons)

PGCE

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Ms Nicole Park

Reception - Homeroom Teacher

Bachelor of Arts (Hons)

PGCE

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Ms Bianca de Freitas

Reception - Homeroom Teacher

Bachelor of Arts (Hons)

PGCE

Specialist Teachers
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Ms Pimchanok Nilviwak

Thai Teacher

Bachelor of Arts

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Ms Kevalin Luengon

Mandarin Teacher

Bachelor of Chinese Education

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Ms Janeille Llenado

Music Teacher

Bachelor of Arts

Master of Arts

CTM, CTP

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Ms Honey Lou Canete

Sport & Games Teacher

Bachelor of Science

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Mr Nima Mirzajani

Sport & Games Teacher

Bachelor of Science

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Ms Jessa Christi Labial

Early Years Librarian and English Language Support Teacher

Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Diploma in Teaching

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Ms Eileen Tolentino

English Language Support Teacher

Bachelor of Elementary Education

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