Primary Preparatory Programme
The Primary Preparatory Programme consists of four essential subjects, delivered in a group format.
Your child will negotiate a schedule of activities that gently but surely lays the foundation for the demands of formal schooling. Children learn most effectively by doing and their confidence blooms in tandem with their growing ability. Your child will learn not just to read and count but will be empowered to pursue their own budding interests from sheer love of learning.
Last but not least, this programme will gently instil in your child an understanding of appropriate classroom behaviour and the discipline to finish tasks in a timely manner. Both are fundamental to success in school.
Confidence especially in the face of a new experience – like the transition to “real” school from kindergarten – springs from thorough preparation. Our Primary Preparatory Programme will do just that for your child: prepare them to start Primary One confidently
Gearing Up For Formal Schooling!
Preschool-aged children, who will benefit learning in a small and individualized group.This programme aims to prepare children for inclusion into a typical mainstream primary school or Pathlight School's Primary One Programme
Students who do not have foundational literacy and numeracy skills and knowledge to access the Primary One curriculum.
Our Shared Reading Approach introduces your child to MOE’s STELLAR English Programme for primary school. Our programme takes advantage of topical and popular children’s books to inculcate a love of reading in your child. Children learn to listen actively as a story is read aloud because they are encouraged to share their ideas and opinions about the book. Listening to a teacher read aloud also affords the child a model for fluency, rhythm, pronunciation and pace.
For a child’s vocabulary to grow new words learnt must be incorporated into their daily speech. This means learning to use new words correctly and in context. Our approach does this even as it develops your child’s understanding of the concepts of print i.e. that words on a page are related to speech and that print has its own order. Book-based Show and Tellactivities serve to reinforce new material learnt, prepare children to be effective communicators and to take public speaking in their stride.
An integral part of our reading programme, Creative Writing, serves to underpin concepts of print learnt during reading. This buttresses learners’ grasp of grammar, sentence structure and basic composition. Writing on a regular basis about a topic shared with peers leads learners to regard writing as a matter of course. It also makes the exercise socially meaningful, offering abundant opportunities for the exchange of thoughts and reactions, as well as opinions to be aired and debated.
Phonics and Reading
An early interest in books, reading and language is a precursor to success in school. Your child’s awareness of the basic sounds in English and their visual counterparts in print will impact on the facility and pace at which they become fluent readers in Primary One.
Our Synthetic Phonics approach links pronunciation to the letters of the alphabet i.e. a sound to its visual representation. Children learn to link sounds to letter combinations and patterns in the English Language – not just to recite the English alphabet. This enables them to recognise typical consonant and vowel clusters when and where they occur intext, paving the way to predictive spelling, effective reading and good writing.
Plenty of in-class practice makes perfect. Our children progress from reading words and phrases to continuous text in books surely and methodically. Writing activities embed the links learnt, even as they bring about good penmanship in the nascent reader-writer.
A sound early math foundation is essential if your child is to enjoy Mathematics in Primary One. Our approach emphasises authentic learning so your child grasps concepts and skills that enable continuous development in Mathematics. It is aimed at inculcating a deep thinking, problem solving and inquiring mindset that is applicable across disciplines.
Our Mathematics Programme taps into real life to stimulate numerical thinking and underscore its relevance and practical import. Ours is multi-sensory approach i.e your child will learn through looking, touching, listening and moving. Children play with and manipulate objects as they investigate numerical relationships and patterns in practical topics such as time and money.
This approach enhances your child’s spatial sense (Geometry), grasp of quantity (Number and Operations) perception of patterns (Algebraic relationships), appreciation of size (Measurement, Quantification) and one-to-one correspondence (Data Analysis and Probability).
As your child’s confidence grows so will their interest in mathematical applications and abstractions, and the ensuing connections to other subjects.
Learning centers are areas within our classroom that allows access to a variety of learning materials in an interesting and productive manner. These centres encourage students to make choices and work by themselves or with others to explore the information learned in the classroom through child-initiated exploration and discovery. Through carefully planned learning centres, our students learn important concepts and life skills in ways that are meaningful to them.