Our programme is organized around thematic units. During each term, our children work with a specific theme which generally pertains to their life experiences and interests. By selecting topics of high interest to children, the opportunities for active involvement in the process of learning are increased.
The thematic approach integrates activities in language arts, social studies, creative dramatics, music, art, science, math, or any combination of these. All children will explore the selected themes in both English and Chinese languages.
At Good Shepherd Preschool, we believe that young children generally have a strong disposition to explore and discover. As such, our Nursery, K1 and K2 children engage with project work one term in a year. Children and teachers embark on exciting projects with interesting themes like Snails, Rain, Mango, Maize and Sunflowers.
This approach helps build natural curiosity, enabling children to interact, question, connect, problem-solve, communicate and reflect. The level of engagement is thus high and children feel empowered to decide on their own learning and many creative and innovative ideas are derived. The teacher acts as a facilitator as she guides the children to find answers to their questions.
Learning at Good Shepherd Preschool is not confined to the classrooms. Field trips are organized twice a year to extend children’s knowledge and understanding in the selected theme. We inspire our children to learn through fun. At Good Shepherd Preschool, we believe that experiential learning aids the children’s development both intellectually and emotionally.
As such, during the year, the children visit places such as the Singapore Changi Airport, Kids Amaze, Singapore Chinese Garden, SEA Aquarium, Butterfly Park, etc.
Teachers develop each child’s portfolio, collecting work samples, observing and assessing children’s development during the year. The progress is shared with parents during the twice yearly Parent-Teacher Conference Every child’s development progress is tracked and carefully documented in 6 specific learning areas:
- Aesthetics and Creative Expression
- Discovery of the World
- Language and Literacy
- Motor Skills Development
- Social and Emotional Development