Early Years & Preschool Years

Purposeful Play and Inquiring Minds

With the focus on giving children opportunities to learn through play and exploration, our curriculum taps on the purposeful play during the early years and progresses to guided inquiry-based learning for the preschool years.

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Equal focus on English & Chinese Language

We acknowledge the importance of learning Chinese while cultivating the love for the language from an early age. It is crucial to build a strong foundation to help your children to enjoy and learn the language well as they go through the mainstream education system.

With that, our curriculum is designed to be bilingual with equal focus on both English and Chinese.

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Emotional Check-Ins

Caring for your children’s emotional well-being is pivotal in building their confidence and resilience.

Throughout the day, we dedicate pockets of time to introduce simple exercises that cultivate the habit of paying attention to emotional needs. This includes teaching children various strategies to find focus, calm down, show kindness and patience to themselves and others. These simple strategies will go a long way as children learn to apply them in real-life situations

 

Curriculum Framework

For an all-rounded learning experience, our curriculum includes the following programmes to prepare your child for the school years ahead:

Core Programmes

Inquiring Minds

Conducted through the guided inquiry approach, our core programmes are mapped to the Nurturing Early Learners (NEL) and the Early Years Development Framework (EYDF) set by the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA).

These include units focused on specific learning areas, such as:

- Language & Literacy

- Numeracy

- Discovery of the World

- Natural Environment

- Social & Emotional

- Motor Skills Development

- Aesthetics & Creative Expression

Playtinkers (Playgroup to Kindergarten 2) 

Featuring loose parts play, Playtinkers is a problem-based learning activity that invites children to think critically as they problem-solve creatively. In the process, our children also work on their numeracy skills by demonstrating their understanding of basic numerical concepts they have learnt. 

Playtinkers puts our children in scenarios that allow them to develop essential 21st century soft skills such as problem-solving, active listening, collaboration, critical thinking and decision making, all while refining their communication skills.

Specialised Programmes

The following specialised programmes are designed as an extension of our core programmes, to extend your child’s learning in a variety of key areas.

Author’s Universe 大作家,小读者 (Nursery to Kindergarten 2)

Designed to promote exposure to quality literature, Author’s Universe introduces children to authors and their storybooks of various genres, while developing key language acquisition skills in both English and Chinese languages.

Through exploration of story elements and a discovery of their own story preferences, children will try their hands at creating their own stories which will pave way towards their very own book publication at the end of the year.

Pic-a-Book 图乐窝 (Playgroup & Pre-Nursery) 

Curated specially for your young children’s literacy needs, Pic-a-Book incorporates imaginative play and storytelling from children’s point-of-view. By bringing classic story scenes alive, your young ones will get to explore verbal language through dramatisation in both English and Chinese, which expands their vocabulary and comprehension skills.

Backpack Stories 背包旅游记 (Playgroup to Kindergarten 2) 

A multi-cultural immersion programme with elements of creative writing, Backpack Stories will take your children on fun “travels” around the world and expose them to various countries’ culture.

Here, your children will learn to appreciate and embrace other traditions and celebrate each country’s uniqueness. They will be encouraged to share their thoughts and experiences through age-appropriate journaling which is a building block to creative writing awareness.

文化之窗 – Chinese Cultural Immersion Programme (Playgroup to Kindergarten 2 – 
Commencing Term 2, 2022)

Conducted entirely in Chinese, this programme aims to encourage children across all levels to develop an interest in learning Chinese through exploration of the Chinese culture through art, food, festivals and more. 

Kiddi Newsroom 趣谈世界 (Nursery to Kindergarten 2) 

Kiddi Newsroom is our current affairs programme supported by Ninonews, a news and video content resource for young children. Through this programme, we aim to encourage children to build an awareness of affairs and issues happening in the community and around the world, while promoting the sharing and discussions on issues that are current, relevant and of interest to them.

Families will also be encouraged to play a part by lending a helping hand in the children’s preparation of discussions and sharing in class.

小小"悦"读 – Chinese Reading Programme (Nursery to Kindergarten 2) 

Our in-house Chinese Reading programme builds children’s Chinese language acquisition by promoting listening and reading skills.

Activities are conducted using carefully selected Chinese readers and supported with the use of Pen Pal Whizz, an electronic Smart Reading Pen. Supplemented by reading flashcards and questions for discussions, children will have plenty of opportunities to ensure reading readiness.

Super Readers, Super Heroes (Nursery to Kindergarten 2)

Designed to build English language acquisition skills, this programme provides a solid literacy foundation by building children’s reading confidence as they progress through various reading stages. Above that, children will also explore writing through journaling, which allows them to build on their reading comprehension skills.

Enrichment Programmes

To encourage holistic development, the following selection of enrichment programmes are offered to our children.

FIITercise

FIITercise is our gym and sports programme which introduces children to fundamental movement skills and character building. 

We cover 6 different types of sports, ranging from ball, sticks and racket games. During the sessions, our trainers grab every opportunity to inculcate positive values such as sportsmanship, teamwork and resilience in our young ones.

Dancing Toes

Dancing Toes is progression-based dance programme for preschoolers to help them identify and develop their talents and skills. Your child will learn the fundamentals and techniques of different dance genres – from ballet to jazz, hip-hop and fusion. 

Artsy Fingers

Artsy Fingers focuses on age-appropriate themes while touching on the elements of art.

For starters, your child will explore art through the songs and rhymes that he/she is familiar with. As the term progresses, we introduce the works of famous artists and children will get to create artworks based on various styles and concepts.

Third Language Enrichment

At selected campuses, we offer Japanese, Korean and French lessons. Conducted by native teachers, these lessons are extended to both local and international children.

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