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Pre-School (PYP)


 

Welcome to GESS Pre-School

The first school you choose for your child is one of the most important milestones in your child's life; knowing this, GESS Pre-School provides a learning environment that is fun, safe, stimulating, and one which promotes passion, and enthusiasm for learning in children from ages 18 months to 6 years old. There is a choice between English or German speaking groups at all levels. In Kindergarten and Pre-Primary, we offer the PYP International Baccalaureate Programme inquiry-driven approach to teaching and learning.

The Pre-School Department is an organisational unit within GESS and does not belong to either European or German Section. It offers education from 18 months to 6 years in either German or English.

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Along with our learning curriculum promoting pre-reading and pre-writing skills, science, sports, music, drama, ICT, arts, cooking, English and German language lessons, play as a learning tool, and celebrating cultural diversity. With lots of space to run, explore and embrace the natural environment around us.

Our Pre-Primary for the five and six years old students is located at the "Habitat" on Junior School Campus while the Kindergarten is located on the Main Campus.

 

The children are placed in groups according to their age:

Parent-Child Groups for 18 months - 3 years

Our Parent-Child group is suited for children aged from 18 months - 3 years. The groups are kept to a small number and can use generous group rooms as well as extra rooms for crafts, music, movement and a generously laid-out playground. Parent-child groups allow parents and children to share breakfast, exchange experiences and spend time together. Children make their own first friends and begin to do things by themselfes. The Parent-Child Groups are located in the Habitat on the Junior School Campus

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Toddler Groups for 2 - 3 years

children at top primary school in singaporeWe offer toddler groups in preparation for starting kindergarten. We ensure a smooth transition from those first steps of independence to full-time kindergarten attendance. These groups provide your child with opportunities for making their first social contacts, for exploration and discovery and get used to doing things by themselves. 

The Toddler-Groups are located in the "Habitat" on the Junior School Campus

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Kindergarten for 3 - 5 years

top primary schools in singaporeIn our Kindergarten classes we provide heterogeneous grouping, for 3 to 5 years olds. This uniqueness promotes a child centered approach, where the structure for play is closely linked to real life. This approach encourages spontaneity and reflects naturalistic settings like a family grouping where children help one another, display good role modeling, become a community abd grow as individuals. The Kindergarten is located on the Main Campus

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Pre-Primary for 5 - 6 years

students in best primary school in singaporeOur Pre-Primary classes, for the 5 to 6 year olds are situated in our newly purpose built building, the 'Habitat,' at the Junior School Campus, which has its own sports room, large outdoor playground and sand pit, kids kitchen for cooking, and an exciting large indoor open space with sponge flooring designed for safety.

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Portrait of Laura Munaro, International School Singapore

Laura Munaro

Head of Pre-School


What Parents and Students say about GESS

"Up to now my son has loved each and every day at class and sometimes even demands on the weekends to go to school!"

Maria Gialakis, mother


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IB Curriculum

The English speaking European Section of GESS is a fully fledged International Baccalaureate World School, and one of the few in the world who are authorised to deliver the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programme (IBDP).

Since opening in 2005, the European Section has grown rapidly to become a school with a reputation for quality education with a strong community feel. We now have over 600 students. The vast majority of our students are European passport holders, for whom GESS represents a vital connection with home. Students are thus provided with a safe, friendly and familiar environment in which they are challenged to thrive as they grow into independent and responsible global citizens.

Our academic and pastoral programmes are designed to support this demographic and ultimately to prepare our students for returning to Europe or for entry into European universities. To this end we endeavor to support mother tongue language acquisition so that our students do not lose this vital connection with their home culture. Fortunately, given the high entry requirements into European schools and colleges, this also means that our students are especially well prepared for study all over the world, particularly North America, the UK and Australia.

The Pre-School department provides education from 18 month to 6 years in either English or German. Children are placed in groups according to their age.

 

German Curriculum

Since the school was founded in 1971, the school has evolved into a school with two sections. As an accredited “Excellent German School Abroad”, the German Section of the German European School Singapore (GESS) offers all major German school leaving certificates. The European Section is an authorized IB World School offering education in English across all three IB programmes.

The German Section supports the students to develop their German roots. We give them wings for the linguistic demands of a globalized world through our differentiated English programme from grade 1 onwards. In secondary school some subjects are taught in English. Our students are benefitting from numerous bonding activities and have additional space to enjoy the internationality of the school.

Our Pre-School department provides education from 18 month to 6 years in either English or German. Children are placed in groups according to their age. 

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