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Preschool Curriculum

At SJI International Preschool, the curriculum adopts two key influences.

The first is the constructivist theory of children's learning and development, where children's individuality is emphasised, and teachers must constantly adjust their methods to accommodate the learning process for each child within the curriculum framework. Children are seen as active participants in their learning. They develop theories about the natural world and are encouraged to test their ideas in real-world settings.

Secondly, the priority will be on culture and character building and how this will take place in an educational environment. Known as socio-constructivism, the approach is highly relevant in a multi-cultural and multi-racial society like Singapore. 

The preschool curriculum and programme take reference from and are aligned with the Singapore preschool curriculum frameworks namely, Early Years Development Framework (EYDF) for birth-to-three-year-olds and Nurturing Early Learners (NEL) framework for four-to-six-year-olds.

Key Features  

  • Character development underpinned by The Virtues Project to provide and enable children and their families to use these strategies in daily life.

  • A variety of seamless indoor and outdoor activities

  • Both structured and emergent curriculum

  • Learning through play with mediation from adults and collaboration with peers

  • Preparation for lifelong learning attitudes and dispositions needed as children transition to formal school: development in language, numeracy, inquiry and creative, social and physical expression 

Broad Outcomes 

  • Encouraging Communication: To provide an environment of understanding and support so children can express their wants and needs through cognitive skills such as speaking, listening and comprehension.

  • Understanding Differences: To build skills such as tolerance and resilience when understanding different cultures, heritage and communities. 

  • Inquisitive Learning: To foster an environment of learning that invokes a desire to think outside the box, including comprehending complex subject matters such as Mathematics, Science and Languages.

  • Social Responsibility: To develop better relationships rooted in empathy and understanding within the community and to develop a duty of care towards each other.