Our Kindergarten curriculum has been designed so that it merges our years of experience in high-quality preschool education and Mandarin teaching. The design of this programme enables children to explore and discover their talents and strengths, to gain a better understanding of their potential, and to acquire a worldlier view.
Activities provided by our teachers allow the children to explore and manipulate the tools and materials to develop manual dexterity and better eye-hand co-ordination in a creative way; they are a mixture of child-led and teacher-led. Learning centres are carefully planned to allow children the opportunity to investigate, experiment, observe and apply their knowledge which will help them gain a greater sense of themselves and of the world around them. This is cultivated through a variety of thematic, cookery, science and technology-based activities.
Our small teacher-to-child ratio provides ample opportunity for our teachers to work with each child individually. By getting to know the individual children and their families, the teachers are able to develop the strong relationships needed for successful preschool years.
Specialist teachers visit the class each week to teach Chinese Cultural Arts, Speech and Drama, and Music and Movement. Each of these teachers are specially trained in their area of expertise, giving the children access to arts-rich programmes which develop language, creativity and confidence. Through such programmes, children also have the opportunity to work with a wide variety of teachers and subject experts.
The following programmes are all taught by specialist teachers who visit the class each week. These teachers are specially trained in their area, giving the children an opportunity to work with a wide variety of teachers and experts.
A) Chinese Cultural Arts
The learning of any language must include the understanding and appreciation of the arts and cultural activities. This makes the language meaningful and ties it to a social context. To facilitate the learning of the Chinese language, children are introduced to various activities such as Chinese calligraphy and Chinese brush painting during their once-a- week Chinese Cultural Arts sessions.
Music, dance, drama, art and stories are creatively woven into the activities to enable the children to learn Mandarin in a fun and exciting arts-rich environment.
Immersing the children in the Chinese arts develops each child’s creativity and strengthens the relationship between dynamic thought and language acquisition, motivating them to communicate and express themselves through newly discovered art forms.
B) Speech and Drama
Our speech and drama programme offers children the opportunity to explore and master techniques and skills necessary for effective communication.
Teachers develop the children’s skills through the exciting medium of drama, developing a love of Chinese poetry and folktales. Using their imagination, creativity and problem-solving skills, children are active participants in all lessons. Speech and drama is a valuable programme which enables children to master the skills they will need to communicate in a competitive world.
C) Music and Movement
The specialist teachers conduct music and movement sessions, encouraging children to express their creativity as they explore elements of music (dynamics, tempo, pitch, rhythm) through singing, movement, dance, playing percussion instruments and music appreciation.
Our programme engages and nurtures children through a movement-based active learning process. The children use their body, voice and mind to bring about important listening, cognitive and physical connections which have benefits in all areas of learning. Most importantly, our classes help the children develop a lifelong love for music!
Our highly qualified teaching team comprises experienced teachers who are early childhood trained and have undergone extensive preparation with the Chengzhu team in Singapore. These talented teachers also share the Julia Gabriel Education philosophy of engaging children using our EduDrama® methodology. For more than 25 years, our EduDrama methodology has proven to encourage language development confidence and engagement.
As part of Julia Gabriel International’s continuous professional development programme, our teachers also have the opportunity to undergo courses from the Julia Gabriel School of Education and regular training sessions with the specialist team from Singapore.
The Chengzhu Mandarin Kindergarten programme is designed to immerse the children in a language-rich environment. Our teachers are excellent language models and only speak Mandarin within the centre. Through speech and drama, songs, games, stories and engaging conversations, children are drawn into the activities and absorb the language. A systematic literacy scheme develops both reading and writing, enabling the children to be able to communicate through speech and writing by the end of their Kindergarten years.
The Chengzhu Mandarin Kindergarten mathematics programme is in line with the learning outcomes stipulated by the Ministry of Education. Our maths programme provides children with repeated opportunities to practice, problem-solve and consolidate ideas and concepts. This will enable them to understand and apply their knowledge in a variety of situations.
The children explore 5 strands of mathematical development which progressively increase in complexity as they move through their preschool years. These strands are: Numbers and Operations, Shapes and Space, Pattern and Function, Measurement and Data Handling.
Children are also introduced to both Abacus and Mental Arithmetic, both of which have strong cultural significance in Chinese Mathematics.
The Chengzhu Mandarin Kindergarten physical education curriculum has been specifically planned to provide an engaging and skills-based programme. Physical education focuses on the children’s development of gross and fine motor skills. The development of these skills play an important part in the child’s fitness, agility and co-ordination, and provides them with a natural context for social development. Physical education activities are held once a week where the children also learn to co-operate in groups and to work in teams. The skills developed are further enhanced throughout the week as the children have fun in the playground.
Our English curriculum is specially designed by curriculum specialists from Chiltern House Preschool. The daily one-hour sessions are conducted at the Kindergarten 1 and Kindergarten 2 levels. The programme focuses on developing oral, vocabulary, reading and writing skills through speech and drama, songs, language games and stories.
Besides penmanship, there are many opportunities for children to develop their ability to express themselves through the written form. We encourage the development of writing for a purpose and creative writing – i.e. making lists, recalling events, expressing an opinion, describing things they have created, writing stories, etc. The variety of writing experiences create an interest and hunger for the learning of the English language.