- School Facilities
The school is a well-equipped building with excellent facilities. The outdoor play area is an under-cover space for all weathers and is currently also used for flag-raising and Circle time in the morning. The play area is open to students and families at the end of the school day for play and recreation.
The school has extensive potential for growth with additional classroom space on the second to fourth floors.
- Over-view of the curriculum
The Singapore Ministry of Education Early Learning Programme is a curriculum that encompasses a heuristic approach to holistic development. It incorporates the philosophy of encouraging students to be responsible as citizens of the world community, instilling attributes, characters and habits that promote Health, Nutrition and Going Green. It encourages and nurtures children to be adventurers in their own learning and in doing so they are infused with a desire to explore and to question. Most importantly it promotes a learning partnership between students and teachers building a community of learners in the classroom.
The most important ideology of the curriculum is that learning has to take place in an environment that is interactive, fun and engaging; every moment should be an experience that will propel them through the exciting life ahead of them; and that the curriculum promotes the children and prepares them with a 21th century mind-set, ready to take on the world as responsible members of society.
Nursery and Kindergarten 1-3
- The Core subjects of Mathematics and Literacy will be taught explicitly
The introduction of the Letterland Phonics Programme will be crucial for the children as it gives them the tools to read, write and spell more progressively. This will develop Literacy in the classroom, in addition to the Vocabulary Approach (the teaching of individual words) the library in the classroom and our reading programme.
The Mathematics curriculum provides a progressive and systematic way by instilling skills for problem-solving and concept development. It is in-line with the concepts covered in MOE’s Primary One syllabus and it helps the children in Kindergarten 3 to bridge the gap from pre-school to formal schooling.
Other subjects will be taught in an integrated way through projects. Themes for projects will include:
- Introducing me
Names - Feelings - What makes me special - Body parts - 5 senses - Things I can do - Genders - Races, Cultures & Traditions - The countries we come from - Homes - People around me - Families - Healthy eating - Healthy habits - Germs on me - My skeleton - Family tree
- All about animals
Zoo animals - Farm animals - Wild animals - Pets - Insects & Arachnids - Animals parts - Animal homes - Animal skin - Animal families - Save the animals! - People who work with animals - Groomers - Occupations - Carnivorous, Herbivorous & Omnivorous - Environments - Endangered Animals
- All about plants
Parts of plants - Types of Flowers - Flowering plants - Non-flowering plants - Ferns - Fruits - Life cycle - Fungi - Edible plants - Environments - Leaves - Carnivorous plants - Trees - Parts of a tree - Functions of forests - Creatures that rely on plants - Save the Forests!
- The World Around Us
People who work in our neighbourhood - Places in our neighbourhood - Occupations - Homes - Things at home - Buildings - School and classroom - Taking care of our community - Save the Environment - Things our families do together - My caregiver - Transportation - My school - Environment - Going green
- Ready for Primary 1! - Transition to Primary School
Visit to the Primary School - Primary School environment - Parts of the school - Using money - Uniforms - The badge - Rules of the school - Staff of the school - ECA
Assessment is through portfolios, to include: a checklist for developmental areas; a checklist for learning skills; samples of work; observations of children at work eg photographs, videos, transcripts; teacher comments; self and peer assessments.
Gifted and talented
What makes your child ‘Gifted’ or ‘talented’?
At PPMAS - Singapore International School we believe it is our role to encourage all children to fulfil their potential. We also recognise that gifted and talented students exist within our school and that a clear framework for provision is needed if such students are to maximise their potential.
Every child has gifts and talents that we seek to identify and develop; however, at PPMAS – Singapore we adopt the definitions of the terms as follows:
Gifted pupilsas those with academic ability which ‘places them significantly above’ the average for their year group. We focus on ability rather than achievement, so that underachievers are amongst those identified.
Talented pupilsare defined as those whose abilities in practical subjects such as art, music, dance or sport are ‘significantly above average’.
We aim to:
provide a gifted and talented education, involving the development of higher order questioning, accelerated learning strategies and other thinking skills in order to develop all children to their full potential, and in doing so, realise opportunities for specific gifts and talents to be identified;
provide enrichment programmes for all children in order for them to develop their skills and talents;
identify and keep a register of gifted and talented learners;
have appropriate expectations of gifted and talented students in terms of their levels of achievement;
motivate gifted and talented students by ensuring the work is stimulating and relevant;
provide opportunities for gifted and talented children to apply their knowledge and understanding in problem solving and investigative situations;
have a concern for the whole child including their social and intellectual development.
In 2016 we hope to offer an Art Community Project and additional lessons in English and Chinese for both parents and students to learn and have fun together.