Our preschool students enjoy a play-based curriculum that allows them to learn in a fun, dynamic way. Learn more about our curriculum below.
We follow the British Early Years curriculum, in which young children learn through carefully planned play provocations as well as adult-led focused activities. As children play, teachers intervene to provoke learning by questioning children and guiding them to go further. This curricular framework includes learning standards in areas such as communication and language, physical and emotional well-being, creative expression, and classroom readiness skills. Our play-based curriculum approaches these standards through a range of fun-filled daily activities outlined below.
Science and Discovery
Our Science and Discovery Centre provides multiple opportunities for free and structured play around science, math, and engineering concepts. We use specially designed objects and age-appropriate activities to enhance learning, support exploration and inspire curiosity. For example, students participate in a “Dino Dig”, using tweezers and brushes to unearth dinosaur fossils. Through such interactive play experiences, this component of the curriculum supports development in multiple domains, including communication, creativity, problem-solving and social-emotional skills.
We believe that stories come alive when children are exposed to them in inspiring environments. Our storytelling sessions are thoughtfully paired with art, music, and theatre activities. We also dive deep into language and literacy during these sessions to build on foundational and expressive-receptive language skills. In Story Journeys, we use a variety of storytelling mediums, taking storytelling beyond the traditional read aloud. Children are also exposed to oral traditions of poetry and rhymes as told to us by our grandparents, and storytelling through dance and art. Our in-house literacy specialist collaborates with class teachers to suggest books and resources to enhance lessons. Children participate in a daily story time, songs, puppet shows, art and dramatic reenactments.
Movement and Expression
In movement and expression, we pair physical activities with self-expression. Children develop their gross motor and fine motor skills through imaginative activities that also support personal development. For example, children learn emotional awareness and regulation through yoga and mindfulness; they develop balance skills acting as frogs on lily pads; and they practice their pincer grasp as they pick pom pom fish from a raging river.
Big Little People
This component of the curriculum focuses on providing real life practical experiences to children. They may play ‘class’ to familiarize themselves with the social rules and etiquette of being in a classroom. Similarly, they may act out various roles such as woodworker, big sibling, chef or dancer to understand how people work independently and together and how they function in the real world. They are also exposed to social thinking concepts.
In addition to the daily rotation of activities, our specialty classes enrich the overall learning experience of our preschoolers and make for lots of fun and laughs throughout the week!