In their weekly visits to the forest and in various other outdoor learning spaces the ICS campus offers, our EY2 children have discovered a variety of creatures. Their recent visit to the Zurich Zoological Museum took their inquiry into the wider community.
Taking advantage of Zurich's excellent public transportation system, EY2 students, teachers and teaching assistants walked together from the Polybahn station overlooking the city to the entrance of the Zoological museum at the ETH. There they were welcomed to the world of animals and spent the morning learning about some of the insects and snails commonly found in and around Zurich. Together with their guide, the EY students discovered interesting facts about these creatures and, with the help of colourful large-scale models, magnifying glasses and microscopes, were able to get a closer look at the animals' anatomy.
The Early Years Programme is part of the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum ICS offers. Through field trips which support their units of inquiry, our EY students are introduced to a learning style used throughout the IB programme which encourages them to explore new ideas and interests. They participate in relevant and stimulating learning experiences and are encouraged to ask questions.
The EY2 field trip to the Zoological Museum in Zurich is one of the many ways ICS builds on students' natural curiosity for the world around them, while at the same time providing well-balanced curriculum framework that incorporates the most recent research on how children learn.