Our Pre-Primary class prepares students for the transition from preschool education and care to international or bilingual primary school. The SEIPS “Stepping Stones Curriculum” has been designed and based on internationally recognised developmental continuums and curricula, which we have combined to reflect the development of children growing up in an international environment.
Pre-Primary has a stronger focus on academic core subjects, such as literacy and mathematics, as we prepare them for the transition to primary school. However, there are still many opportunities for students to play, explore, develop a sense of self and become stronger global citizens. This program allows children to explore their talents by giving them leadership opportunities to share their knowledge with younger children, resources for hands on exploration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), and social awareness opportunities to give back to the community – all within a bilingual setting.
To ensure that all children are prepared for their transition to primary school, Transitional Educational Profiles are made for each child to help target the areas of development needed for successful transition. These profiles are created together with parents and pre-primary teachers. TEPs are used to guide education whilst implementing differentiated teaching to suit the needs of individual children and prepare them for their school of choice.
Classes are taught through instruction, small group-activities, partner work, and one-on-one with a teacher. Subjects include Maths, English Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, Chinese Reading and Writing, Physical Education, Science, Social and Emotional Development, Social Studies, Design and Technologies and the Arts incorporating Drama, Music, Visual Arts, Dance and Movement.
Pre-Primary children take an active role in making their classrooms a creative, learning inspiring environment. Through independent and group learning, we help students grow a deep love for themselves and their environment, inherit the concept of sharing and develop a judicious approach to discipline and lifelong learning. Courtesy, respect, manners, as well as fun, laughter and creativity fill these students’ busy days at SEIPS.
The classrooms are all bilingually instructed in equal proportions, and are led by a team of two qualified Home Room Teachers and a Teaching Assistant. A daily communication booklet, weekly blog, emails and regular parent-teacher conferences keep parents up to date on the activities and the child’s progress. Regular assessments throughout the year document each child’s developmental milestones and achievements.