Early Years Program

 

St. Mark's provides abundant opportunities for our students to experience success and to develop a healthy self-esteem. It is a place where students grow and learn through play, laughter, imaginative experiences, wonderful literature, and nurturing relationships.

Our program provides students with a range of activities that promote trilingual skills in English, Mandarin, and Thai. A developmentally appropriate curriculum provides for all areas of our students' learning, including the social, emotional, physical and cognitive.  Through active exploration and manipulation of their environment, students are encouraged to develop a sense of themselves on their learning journey.

A continuity of experiences, interactive routines and access to high quality materials and resources, enables each student to experience the joy of learning. We provide a safe and caring environment conducive to children's educational development. Students bring with them a valuable store of knowledge, abilities, experiences, values and attitudes, which have grown in the context of their family and social settings. As educators, we foster partnership with our families in order to build on these significant experiences.

The Early Years’ curriculum focuses on learning through play and our school provides a safe and secure environment where children are encouraged to express themselves and develop confidence. To instill a culture of life-long learning. Both in and outside of the classroom, activities are carefully planned to promote the following key learning objectives:

 

  1. Knowledge and Understanding of the World – our teachers will introduce study topics which will allow students to learn through exploration and creative play.

 

  1. Communication and Language Skills – the early years curriculum build foundations on mastery of basic listening, speaking and literacy skills including letters and sound recognition, simple reading and writing.

 

  1. Numeracy Skills – the curriculum is purposefully structured to promote learning and understanding of numbers and their relationship.

 

  1. Social and Emotional Development – a significant portion of the curriculum and school setting focus on the development of our students’ social and emotional skills. Activities are arranged to allow for collaborative learning and emphasis is placed on personal development.

 

  1. Creative Development – art is an important instrument used by our teachers to promote learning. Our students explore each topic under study through art, music and play. Additionally, children in Preparatory and Pre-Prep will be taught Music by our specialist music teacher.

 

  1. Physical Development – our curriculum is organised to provide excellent opportunity for mastery of basic fine and gross motor skills, including beading, cutting, writing, balancing, jumping, bouncing, etc.

 

 

 

 Key Learning Area

 

 

 Subject

 

 Curriculum

 Curriculum Information

 

 English                         

 

 Australian

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 Mathematics

 

 Singaporean

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 Science

 

 Singaporean

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 Social Study

 

 Australian

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 Arts

 

 Australian

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 Physical Education

 

 

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 Thai

 

 Thai

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 Mandarin (Optional)

 

 Singaporean

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