Programme

Session / Hours
We operate 1 session from 8.15am to 12.15pm.
Optional enrichment classes are available in the afternoons. 

Types of classes

Playgroup: from 18 months 
Pre-Nursery: year child turns 3 
Nursery: 4 years old
K1: 5 years old
K2: 6 years old

Curriculum
We adopt an integrated curriculum that supports children’s holistic development and artistic and creative potential.

STELLAR Approach to Teaching 
Based on our Innovation Project 2009 awarded by MOE-AECES, we are adapting the STELLAR (Strategies for English Language Learning and Reading) Approach to teaching by integrating the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing through the provision of a “Language-Rich Environment.”

Project: “Art All Around.”
We believe that art experiences are of much value to all children. Hence, we provide opportunities to heighten children’s perception and interest in art and art forms. Children are exposed to art through direct experience, verbal and visual stimulation and are provided a variety of developmentally appropriate art materials and writing tools.

The learning areas are integrated into the art activities. We adopt the “Stellar Approach to Teaching” to describe the children’s art and craft work. This nurtures learning dispositions in children eg the valuable disposition of mutual appreciation stands out when children give positive comments on the peer’s artwork. 

Playgroup and Pre-Nursery

The Playgroup and Pre-Nursery programmes are more flexible.  Our Thematic-based curriculum features music and movement, art and craft, circle time, story time, language arts, numeracy, outdoor activities, water and sand play, dramatic play, fun-way activities of learning Mandarin and manipulative/construction play. Our emphasis on Character Education develops and nurtures the children.

Nursery, K1 and K2

Numeracy
Our Numeracy programme emphasizes the development of fundamental mathematical concepts. We adopt the “Stepping Stones” curriculum for K1 and K2, which seeks to use the verbal to concrete to abstract model. For Nursery, we devise our own  curriculum and materials that prepare the children for the higher order curriculum at K1 and K2. 

Literacy and English Language
Children are introduced to Synthetic phonics – a method of teaching phonics where words are broken up into the smallest units of sound (phonemes).  The 42 letter sounds taught are building blocks that children use to blend together to decode words and sentences.  Readers / Books are used to reinforce the learning of letter sounds and blends. This lays the foundation for children’s formal introduction to writing and develop a love for the language.

Mandarin Language
We have extended the Stellar Approach to the teaching of Mandarin. Children learn the language through Shared Book and Language Experience Approaches, dramatization, language games, stories, rhymes and picture conversation. Children learn the basic strokes at Nursery level, progress to phrases at K1 and sentence construction at K2. They learn to recognize the Chinese characters through the use of readers and this is reinforced with our teacher-prepared materials.

Music and Movement
Singing games and songs relating to the themes for the terms are used to reinforce the children’s learning experiences. Children are immersed in musical activities that emphasize free movement. They learn basic rhythmic patterns using percussion instruments. Stories come alive as children are given opportunities to sharpen their creative imaginative skills through musical exploration.

Art and Craft
We provide a variety of developmentally appropriate art materials / tools and writing tools for children to create and write about the experiences they value. These art materials and tools allow for mastery and challenge – fewer choices for our Pre-Nursery and Nursery children which they can use successfully with minimal help and wider choices for our K1 and K2 children so as to ignite their artistic potential.

The art experiences the children engaged in help and motivate them towards nurturing learning dispositions, for example, children learn to persevere in a group art project. 

Learning Centre Activities
We provide various learning centres within the classroom setting, namely, Numeracy, Language Arts, Dramatic, Construction, Manipulatives, and Art for independent learning and to reinforce and revise  concepts learnt. 

Outdoor Activities
Learning through fundamental movement skills contribute to the cognitive, psychomotor, physical and affective development of the child.

In addition to water play and sand play, the two structured playgrounds provided children with opportunities to learn to move and climb. Children also have opportunities on push bikes, tricycles and kids skate scooter during the outdoor play time. Learning of skills through games and obstacle relays are also part of the Motor Skills curriculum for the children. 

Special Activities

Character Education Programme
Children are nurtured in the areas of respect, independence, passion for learning, empathy and generosity, attentiveness, love and obedience, attentiveness, humility and truthfulness. 

These concepts are taught through the HEAD- HEART- HAND model using stories, object lessons, role play and practical experiences.

Practical Life Experiences
In relation to the sharing theme for each term, children make sandwiches, fruit and vegetable salad, fruit kebab and pizza.

Field Trips
Enriching field trips relating to the themes are organized. Besides creating meaningful learning experiences for the children, these trips also result in lasting and memorable impressions in their minds.

Annual Concert and Graduation
We culminate each year with a spectacular performance by our multi-talented adorable children. This highlight is a feast for the senses and an event parents look forward to with anticipation.