As an introduction to our new unit of inquiry, How We Express Ourselves, Grade 3 students spent part of the morning looking at a variety of images and were asked to think about how the images make them feel.
Programme of Learning
As an accredited International Baccalaureate Continuum School we implement an International Early Learning curriculum that draws on the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IBPYP). Intrinsic to our programme is bilingual, English and Mandarin learning and the development of language as a whole in our early learners. Our curriculum includes both teacher-led learning experiences and an inquiry-driven curriculum which draws on the interests of the children, educators, and families and is visible in children’s play and inquiry.
All our learners are educated in a numeracy and literacy-rich environment that is both challenging and fun. The curriculum within the Early Learning programme is informed by the key educational approaches to early childhood education, where the learner is always at the centre. The underlying pedagogy is play and movement driven and active engagement and shared learning experiences are at the forefront.
Play and learning as part of our curriculum are inseparable: we believe that inquiry-driven, structured and inventive play allows our learners to develop their individual identity, awareness of others and understanding of the world around them.
We pride ourselves on instilling in even our youngest learners a sense of confidence. From their earliest days in our programme, we encourage our children to feel confident in their ability as learners. A safe environment ensures that they can try new things and make choices. Their innate curiosity is encouraged and opportunities for expression are created.
Our day to day learning draws on a weekly theme and each day involves Literacy/Inquiry, Art and Movement, Play and Rhythm, Arts and Crafts, Inventive Play and Outdoor Play. All activities and developmental skills are linked through the weekly theme and are tailored to the individual learner. For each theme, your child’s teacher will share a list of suitable books and activities for you to work on at home. Some of the themes that we will look at during the year are:
- Welcome and Adjustment
- Healthy Bodies
- New beginnings
- Farm Animals
- Me and My Family
- Trees and Plants
- Dressing Up Fun
- Rainy Days
- Summer Fun
Our unique "Literacy/Inquiry" programme encourages the development of clear, expressive and fluent speaking skills in our learners. Through language, play and explicit teaching, ‘Literacy Fun’ enhances vocabulary, pronunciation and the use of full sentences in a creative and playful manner. Each class begins with a focus song, followed by rhymes and stories that relate thematically. Each lesson concludes with an art and craft activity and a gross motor task designed to allow the child to better grasp the vocabulary.
Our Literacy Fun sessions aim to:
- Develop vocabulary
- Promote cooperation and sharing skills
- Stimulate social, emotional, physical, cognitive, and language development
- Encourage children to think abstractly as they create experiences
- Promote listening and language skills
- Develop rhyme and repetition
Our years of experience providing a multi-lingual education sets us apart and we are privileged to have Mandarin teachers and assistants who are specialists in Early Years language learning. The children’s enjoyment during Mandarin classes is clearly visible as is the real progress they make through play and learn.
Our immersion-based Mandarin programme offers even our youngest children the opportunity to develop their mandarin language skills daily. An extremely successful programme, it results in Mandarin acquisition through fun, songs, stories, games and dance.
Our Mandarin programme aims to:
- Improve comprehension and confidence
- Encourage speaking and conversation in Mandarin
- Develop language acquisition skills including listening and vocabulary
During our Music and Rhythm lessons we use percussion instruments, dance and singing to help develop and improve our children's large and small muscle skills, balance and coordination. The singing stimulates their social and emotional development and sharpens their listening skills as well as helping them learn the concepts of tempo, pitch and dynamics.
Our Music and Rhythm Sessions aim to:
- Develop both sides of the child’s brain
- Help improve large (gross) and small (fine) motor skills, balance and coordination
- Develop listening skills through awareness of tempo, pitch and dynamics
Our movement and sensory play sessions are designed to help develop the cognitive, physical and social skills of our children as they play. The play environment allows children to climb, crawl and explore. Activities are specially designed to engage the children in interactive games that encourage flexibility, confidence and emotional well-being, and build strong bodies and minds.
Our Movement and Play Sessions aim to
- Encourage children to use their imaginations
- Stimulate curiosity
- Experience the joy of discovery
- Solve problems
- Develop hand-eye coordination
- Strengthen control of body muscles
Our daily opportunities for both structured and unstructured arts and craft activities, are designed with motor development, creativity, play and fun in mind. When possible, the activities are linked back to the thematic unit for the week. Children have the opportunity to explore and experiment with colours, paints, multiple textures and a range of materials.
Our Arts and Crafts Sessions aim to:
- Develop large and small muscle skills, balance and coordination.
- Develop fine motor skills as they maneuver items used in creating their artwork, and holding utensils such as paintbrushes and rollers
- Stimulate imagination and inspire discovery of the world around
- Expand imagination through painting, printing and collage with emphasis on the creative process, not the end product
- Help children learn to plan, observe and explore as they make decisions to bring their unique creations to life