Reception Programme

Language acquisition that begins early and unfolds in a natural environment leads to life-long competence.

“The sooner, the better” – a proven fact when it comes to learning a language. It is precisely at the preschool stage that children are at an age when they are particularly receptive to language influences. This is why it is important not only to practise speaking both languages often, but also to use them naturally in daily life. As a result, the reception years will prove to be a varied and exciting time for both children and parents.

The reception programme at SIS Frankfurt aims to provide children with a smooth and gentle transition from preschool to primary school and is a part of primary school.


In the reception programme, children are introduced to the subjects of primary school lessons, the daily routine and the structure of our school, all in a playful way. Many familiar rituals from preschool are adopted and gradually expanded to include the habits and rules that are a part of school life. Playful, hands-on learning activities alternate with times for free play. In the second year, lessons are closely modelled on Hesse's state core curriculum for grade 1 and are supplemented by additional teaching elements and lessons.

Bilingual Lessons

Throughout the entire reception programme, children are taught and supervised by German-speaking and English-speaking teachers. Thus, both teaching languages are given roughly equal weight in the daily routine of the foundation stage. It is important to us that the children in our foundation stage not only learn their lessons, but that they also acquire abilities and skills that encourage them to think and discover for themselves.

School Hours

Lessons take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and school days are divided into regular intervals with time for learning, play and breaks. Our early care from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. allows children to arrive and get ready for the day. We provide homework supervision from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., your children can participate in after-school clubs, or they can read, play or rest.

A boy listening intently
Boy playing at SIS Swiss International School