Welcome to London Bridge International School

  Students between the ages of two and six attend the kindergarten.The school facility is conveniently located within Kumamoto on a spacious site and features the following areas within the main facility:

  1. Large outdoor play area containing swings, jungle gyms, slides, tricycles,bicycles, small scooters and play cars, a sandbox and various outdoor toys.
  2. The main hall used for gym and dance lessons, weekly assemblies, daily lunch, parents’ meetings, monthly birthday parties and class performances.
  3. Five large classrooms where the main instruction is carried out. Each class is staffed with a Western teacher and a supporting Japanese staff member.
  4. School library and meeting room. These rooms are available for extension / support activities and meetings.

Kindergarten classes run from 9am until 2pm, Monday to Friday each week. Extended care is available from 8:30am before school and until 5pm after school for those parents who need childcare assistance.

The classes

  First year (for children between two and three years)
  In the first year the class teaching environment is designed to develop creativity and build self-confidence. Much of the learning takes place through exploratory play in a stimulating environment. Both teacher-directed and free activity areas offer children a chance to learn basic skills in a ‘hands on’ style essential for early childhood. They can also express themselves creatively through art, craft and drawing activities as well as inative play.
Regular class meetings guide children as they explore a weekly theme, share personal news, sing songs or listen to and read stories together. Games, mime and puppet play, finger plays, dance and movement are also used to stimulate the students. Simple academic activities introduce themes such as phonics, alphabet work, number, color and shape.

  Second year (for children between three and four years)
  In the second year the classroom learning environment is organized in a similar style. Activity and play areas allow the children to learn through interactive activities, either independently or directed by class teachers. The children are also encouraged to further develop their academic skills with more sustained and complex tasks.
More challenging activities such as basic reading, writing, mathematical and problem solving activities are introduced within the classroom work areas. At meeting times children continue to share news, sing songs and listen to stories, but students are also asked to contribute more fully in the lesson. They may take part in the dramatic re-telling of a story, act out a small role play or they may play a more active part in class games and discussions.

  Third year (for children between four and five years)
  Learning and activity areas are still important in the third year. However tasks become more directed, with children being encouraged to complete tasks independently. Both whole class teaching and small group work are more sustained and academic in content.
Children learn about a variety of subjects in greater detail. Academic studies include shared reading, word and sentence building activities, writing practice, number work and themed project work. Students take part in extended role-plays, communication games, speeches and performances to improve their speaking and listening abilities and improve their self-confidence. Art, craft, dance, sport and games complete the broad-based curriculum of the third year.

  Fourth year (for children between five and six years)
  In the fourth year children work in a more formal classroom environment and are expected to take more responsibility for their own learning. A greater number of tasks are done independently and students are encouraged to develop their own projects. They may produce their own piece of writing or create their own artwork. Students may develop and perform their own role-play or drama, or they may read or recite a song, story or poem as part of a class sentation. Language activities include learning about grammar and spelling patterns, reading comprehension and short omposition writing activities. Students at this stage study a wider variety of subjects at greater depth. For example they may take part in environmental studies or science projects.

Special Events

  During the course of the year, London Bridge holds several events, activities and presentations:
 
  1. Birthday parties, a welcoming ceremony and graduation ceremony
  2. Performance days – a regular chance for parents to see what their children are learning.
  3. Class observations twice a year.
  4. An annual report and twice yearly parent consultations on each child’s
  5. progress and development.
  6. Local walks, picnics and visits to places of interest.
  7. The Family Show – students present a show for parents.
  8. Sports Day for both parents and children
  9. Summer camp. The older children stay overnight at an outdoor location.
  10. Special events. International cultural events and study trips abroad (UK and US so far)
  11. Regular festivals, parties and celebrations at special times such as Christmas, Halloween and Valentine’s Day.

  Summer school (for Kindergarten students and English Club only)
  In the first year the class teaching environment is designed to develop creativity and build self-confidence. Much of the learning takes place through exploratory play in a stimulating environment. Both teacher-directed and free activity areas offer children a chance to learn basic skills in a ‘hands on’ style essential for early childhood. They can also express themselves creatively through art, craft and drawing activities as well as imaginative play.
Regular class meetings guide children as they explore a weekly theme, share personal news, sing songs or listen to and read stories together. Games, mime and puppet play, finger plays, dance and movement are also used to stimulate the students. Simple academic activities introduce themes such as phonics, alphabet work, number, color and shape.

  Parents’ English class (for Kindergarten parents only)
  This course is designed to help parents support their child at the kindergarten. Parents learn useful English structures that the children are familiar with, and how these can be used outside the school. Aspects of the curriculum are also reviewed, giving parents a chance to sing some of the songs, re-tell stories and act out the kind of role plays and activities in which their children are taking part.