"Nervous about your little one starting school? Don’t be!"
expatliving.sg & pdf - 26th October 2017
#3 Encouraging genuine, unstructured play
Saying goodbye to your “baby” as he or she heads into the classroom for the first time evokes a twinge of anxiety and a touch of melancholy in every parent. So, it’s reassuring when you know that as your child is starting school, they are in the safe hands of experienced educators. We asked representatives from six international schools to each explain one important concept in early learning at their school. And how the implementation of that concept helps to nurture young ones embarking on their education journey.
“On any typical day in our Primary Years Programme (PYP), our teaching staff tries to encourage learning through authentic play – we listen to the children, their many languages and manners of communicating and use their voices in determining the next steps of inquiry. Given our child-centred and teacher-responsive approach, we often witness ‘learner agency’ in the children. For example, one day, one of the children who had recently eaten chicken rice at a hawker centre influenced the whole class to design and construct their own hawker stall replicas and the next day they were deeply engaged in transdisciplinary role-play. All this unfolded so organically and it was a rich experience for the children! We also have a buddy system that reinforces the IB Learner Profile by encouraging the children to be caring and to take principled action. Our younger students eagerly model friendship to new friends starting school, whereas older children can expect numerous ‘How To’ books to help them ease into their new surroundings.”
Author: Alison Flinchum, Preschool English Language Teacher and IB PYP curriculum coordinator
72 Bukit Tinggi Road (Main Campus)
300 Jalan Jurong Kechil (Junior School Campus)
6461 0881 | info.gess.sg/preschool