Language of Instruction

English is the language of instruction at CHIPS. The teaching team has native English, Romanian, and Russian speaking teachers, thus easing the transition of non-fluent children into the English language environment.

Learning Environment

The learning environment at CHIPS is designed to foster social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development of young children. It is safe, sensory rich, age appropriate, stimulating, play-based, and multilingual. CHIPS offers indoor and outdoor spaces for developing large motor skills, balance, climbing, and the development of language and social skills through play. CHIPS believes in fostering child-directed cooperative play, and supports curriculum goals for math, science, language, and critical thinking skills.

  

Teaching at CHIPS

Each age group is served by a team of teachers, comprised of qualified educators with experience of teaching in Moldova and abroad. CHIPS is different from other schools because of our explicit emphasis on teacher development. We are constantly investing in the ongoing professional development of our teachers through the International Baccalaureate programme.

Primary Years Programme

International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme

  • The IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) is a transdisciplinary programme designed to foster the development of the whole child, relating to social, physical, emotional and cultural needs as well as academic well-being.
  • PYP is flexible enough to accommodate the demands of most national or local curricula and provides the best preparation for students to engage in the IB Middle Years Programme.
  • The IB Primary Years Programme:
    - addresses students’ academic, social and emotional well-being;
    - encourages students to develop independence and to take responsibility for their own learning;
    - supports students’ efforts to gain understanding of the world and to function comfortably within it;
    - helps students establish personal values as a foundation upon which international-mindedness will develop and flourish.

About the International Baccalaureate

History and Background:
Founded in 1968, the IB currently works with 3,776 schools in 147 countries to develop and offer four challenging educational programmes to almost 1.2 million learners.

The IB aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. The IB is the standard for international education worldwide.

The IB Learner Profile

The IB Learner Profile is the core of the IB, and it unites us all with a common focus on the whole person as a lifelong learner. It applies to students, teachers, parents and administrators, as we are all continually learning.
 

Early Childhood Programme

The Early Childhood Programme is taught through carefully designed conceptual units in a programme of inquiry. The content of each unit is built around active daily routines, which includes story time, centers, music, singing and physical education.

All teachers work with students through a programme of inquiry, to develop each student's understanding of concepts, skills, and knowledge. Children develop their creativity, interests, social skills and basic learning competencies that will prepare them for successful entry into school.

There is a focus on speaking and developing English language, as well as on early maths concepts and skills for emergent readers in all classes. The 5-6 year olds focus on six Units of Inquiry organized under six transdisciplinary themes, and the 3 and 4 year old classes focus on four transdisciplinary themes.