Infant School, Kindergarten–Grade 1
The Infant School programme for children aged 4 to 7 develops enthusiastic, lifelong learners who feel supported to ask questions and explore ideas in their class communities. At the heart of learning in the Infant School is helping students to build curiosity, develop resilience and embrace challenge. All elements of our programme support the personal and social education and well being of each individual.
The academic curriculum is structured around a holistic, inquiry-based approach to learning, where children’s prior knowledge and individual experiences are valued and drawn upon by the teacher. Guided by the UWCSEA profile and learning principles, students study literacy, mathematics, science, humanities, Chinese (or Spanish from Grade 1), the arts and physical education. Exploring concepts through interdisciplinary units of study, children form conceptual understanding by making connections between and across the subject areas.
Our programme combines a variety of best practices from around the globe to provide quality learning to all students. Inspired by the philosophy of Reggio Emilia, children work in stimulating learning environments, where they are encouraged to take ownership over their learning. Play is used to both extend and consolidate concepts, giving children an opportunity to apply their understanding while developing creativity and problem solving skills. Believing firmly that the family is a child’s first teacher, the Infant School encourages authentic parent interaction and cooperation to maintain strong home-school links.
Our two campuses work together to develop the curriculum in tandem to ensure consistency. In all areas of the curriculum, students are engaged by a range of challenging and meaningful learning experiences that are individualised for the specific needs and interests of a class.
In summary, the Infant School curriculum:
- fosters a child's natural curiosity and individual interests
- uses an integrated approach to learning
- develops conceptual understanding through meaningful learning experiences
- utilises play as a vehicle for deep learning
- encourages international awareness and appreciation of other cultures
- extends learning beyond the classroom
- integrates information technology and library resources to support learning
- develops a child's commitment to care about and serve others
- recognises parents as partners in a child's learning process
- uses specialist teachers for single subject areas - physical education, music, languages other than English (Chinese and Spanish) and English as an additional language