School-based Curriculum Features

School-based Curriculum Features:

How Do We Realise Our Mission?

Bilingual curriculum

       Child-centred activities and approaches

       Learning through play

       Learning how to learn

How Do We Learn?

·       Life skills – Self-care; Self-management; Courtesy; Self-discipline; etc.

·       Listening skills – Learning to follow instructions, Listening to stories and songs

·       Speaking skills – Sharing what they have observed, experienced or learnt; Voicing their ideas and opinions

·       Social Skills - Sharing and caring; initiate positive interactions; collaborate and work in teams; follow social etiquette

·       Reading Skills – Reading storybooks; decoding the pictures; reading letters they recognize, then words, and finally short sentences

·       Writing Skills - Fine-motor skills – Pre-writing activities

§  Learning how to form letters/numbers/characters

§  Pencil grip

§  Words; and Sentences

§  Form sentences from words

§  Create sentences/stories to go with their drawings

§  Exploration and discovery – Self-direct their own learning by exploring the learning centres, Observe and Record; Experiment; Question and Research for Answers; etc.

§  Creativity and Self-esteem – Through music and movement; arts and crafts; the Talent Shows and similar activities

§  Problem-solving skills – Through games; daily free play; interactions with peers; classroom discussions

  • Moral Development / Character Education – Building a strong and ethical character
    • Differentiating and choosing right from wrong
    • Choosing to be kind
    • Exercising empathy
    • Taking responsibility for our actions and accepting the consequences
    • Being truthful
    • Willing to learn from our mistakes
    • Accepting and respecting people who look different, or who have different opinions

       Thematic Approach 主題教學 (integrating learning areas around a topic)

       Lessons will be conducted with a certain theme as the base point, with each theme lasting for about 4-5 weeks

       Themes will have content that is relevant and appropriate for their age and interests

       Themed units are integrated and engaging

       Understanding achieved in multiple ways

       Builds on prior knowledge of students

       Facilitates active teaching and learning

       Teaches children how to learn (learning to learn)

       Motivates children to learn

       Project Approach

       To be adopted for 4 weeks, usually in November

       No textbooks used; no regular homework given

       Parents are requested to support their children in their project research at home, and to bring any materials that the teachers ask for

       No formal assessment taken

       Enhances teamwork and team building skills (collaboration)

       Gives more opportunities for children to engage in activities that are initiated by themselves

       Develops skills such as: problem-solving, planning, observing, exploring, recording, questioning, interpreting and communicating

       Learning is focused and deeper rather than wider