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Nursery Programmes

The curriculum for our 2 and 3 years olds is based on the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum (EYFS) and embraces the Learning Goals within the Singapore curriculum, Nurturing Early Learners (NEL). The Curriculum is further enhanced by international curricula. The children learn through purposeful play combined with focused first steps in learning to read and beginning to write in both English and Chinese and in developing numeracy skills.

The Repton Schoolhouse curriculum is arranged around Seven Spheres of Learning:

Prime Areas Specific Areas
Language Arts Speaking and Listening English/Chinese Language Arts Reading and Writing English/Chinese
Personal Empowerment Thinking Mathematically
Healthy Bodies Creativity and Culture
Inquiring Minds

Inquiring Minds and Creativity and Culture provide the breadth of curricula whilst teaching staff maintain a balanced academic focus on Maths and Language Arts both in English and Chinese. We follow Singapore Maths curriculum ensuring a smooth transition between each phase of a child’s education. A wide range of curricular activities are designed to enable each child to achieve the goals and objectives appropriate to his or her individual stage of development.
The Unique Child reaches out to relate to people and things through the Characteristics of Effective Learning, which move through all spheres of learning. These are,
• playing and exploring • active learning • creating and thinking critically
Children develop at their own rates, and in their own ways. The learning as outlined briefly below and overleaf is for Nursery 1 and Nursery 2. The age/stage bands and curricula overlap because learning is not fixed to age but suggests a typical range of development. Staff assess where each individual child is within their developmental stage and facilitate learning experiences appropriate to them.

Language Arts Speaking and Listening English/Chinese

Active Learning, Creating and Thinking Critically Playing and Exploring
Introducing and using repetitive sounds and words, aspects of language such as rhythm, rhyme and alliteration
enjoying nonsense stories and rhymes
beginning to listen attentively and responding appropriately to others
increasing vocabulary
the practical use of two languages
using language skills in a variety of contexts
understanding non-verbal messages
enjoying and using verbal communication
taking part in symbolic, pretend or dramatic play

Personal Empowerment

Relationships, Self Confidence Feelings and Behaviour
respecting and interacting with people who are different from themselves
their own particular strengths
interpersonal skills
taking another’s point of view
empathising with others
taking part in group activities
taking responsibility for their own actions
expressing disagreement and difference of opinion in appropriate ways, respecting rules about their relationship with others and their environment
paying attention
concentrating
coping with change
their own personal worth
expressing emotions and emotional needs
strategies for solving conflicts in peaceful ways
positive and constructive attitudes to competition
keeping themselves safe from harm.
their ability to acquire new interests and skills playing alone, alongside others and with others

Healthy Bodies

Gross Motor Skills Fine Motor Skills
Being safe
Balance one foot
Jumping: over a line, forward 2 feet, off a step
Walking up and down stairs
Independently on/off tricycle/scooter and pedal 20 feet
Balance: walking along a line/balance beams
Jumping forward, backward, sideways, Jumping over a hurdle
Walking backwards Locomotor: Skipping and galloping. Running around obstacles. Hoop games and bean bag skills
Strings four large beads Turns single pages of a book Snips with scissors Holds crayon with thumb and fingers (not fist) Uses one hand consistently in most activities Imitates circular, vertical, and horizontal strokes Paints with some wrist action, makes dots, lines, circular strokes Rolls, pounds, squeezes, and pulls playdough Eats without assistance Builds tower of nine small blocks Copies a circle shape, Imitates a cross shape Manipulates clay material (rolls balls, makes snakes, cookies) Uses non-dominant hand to assist and stabilise the use of objects Snips paper using scissors

Language Arts Reading and Writing English/Chinese

Active Learning, Creating and Thinking Critically Playing and Exploring
Selects books independently
Demonstrates correct book handling skills (holds book correctly, turns pages one at a time)
Demonstrates left to right visual tracking enjoying and using words and books
Explores stories and literature valued by the cultures in their community
Begins to tells stories from pictures using word
Retells favourite stories from memory in correct sequence exploring and observing the use of print in the environment

Thinking Mathematically

Active Learning, Creating and Thinking Critically Playing and Exploring
Numbers 0-5: Number recognition
Numbers 0-10: rote counting and developing 1-1 correspondence
Matching and sorting
Basic shape names
Vocabulary more/fewer
Measurement, capacity and weight
Space and shape
Pattern

Creativity and Culture

Music and Dance Art
Listening with growing attention
Explore vocal sounds
Distinguishing between singing voice and speaking voice
Following a director’s cues
Explore body sounds and explore percussion instruments
Introduce proper playing technique of rhythm instruments Moving to a steady beat
Developing body control and coordination
Starting and stopping, fast and slow movements
Introduced to use a variety of tools with the correct technique
Introduced to a variety of materials and mediums
Introduced to a variety of techniques
Explore distinction between bright, light, dull and dark colours
Begin to recognise basic shapes such as squares, triangles and circles
Begin to identify types of lines such as long, straight, short, thick, thin, curved.

Inquiring Minds

Active Learning, Creating and Thinking Critically Playing and Exploring
Setting and solving problems
Looking for patterns, classifying things for a purpose, guessing,
Using trial and error
Thinking logically, making comparisons and asking questions
explaining, listening to others, taking part in reflective discussion, planning and observing
Identifying and using information from a range of sources
choosing and experimenting with materials, playing with ideas, and exploring actively with all the senses
Trying things out, exploring and curiosity as important and valued ways of learning
Playing with ideas and materials as an enjoyable, creative and valid approach to learning
Actively exploring and making sense of the world by using tools, materials and equipment
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