Curriculum

Apollo International Preschool curriculum is skilfully developed based on several well-known researchers and theorists on children’s development and learning such as John Piaget, Howard Gardner and Erik Erikson.

At Apollo International Preschool, we incorporate monthly thematic units using the two different teaching methodologies to create an enjoyable learning experience for the children: Play-based and Inquiry Based Learning with topics such as Animals, Our Surrounding and All About Me. These topics will cover from Language to Numeracy to Arts and Sciences. They are closely relatable to the children’s daily lives and surroundings thus creating a fun learning experience for the children.

Apollo teaching methodologies are derived from Singapore’s educational context, ensuring the best of education practices in early childhood teaching practices.

Lastly, our curriculum also aims to enhance children’s holistic development: Physical, cognitive, social and emotional development throughout their years here in Apollo International Preschool.



Thematic Learning

These thematic units are tweaked and guided closely by the Ministry of Education curriculum framework, therefore ensuring that the children build a strong foundation necessary for primary school education at the same time.


 

Play-based

Play based learning draws from children’s natural desire to engage in experiences based on their interests, strengths and developing skills.

Outdoor play

Trikes, Waterplay, Playground, Sandplay

Aesthetic and Creativity

Finger painting, Free-style painting, Art projects

 

Inquiry-based learning

Children explore, question and investigate a question through a process of analyzing, justifying and gathering necessary information to come to a conclusion.

Project: “How do plants grow?”

Explore

Investigate

Experiment

Conclusion

 


Learning Areas

Motor Skills

Our children will develop gross motor such as crawling, running, jumping, throwing and climbing etc. In relation to fine motor skill, our children will be taught the necessary skills and knowledge on daily habits and practices. For a start they will learn for example; to pour water from a jug, putting on their shoes and more advanced skills such as buttoning and lacing as they grow older.

Numeracy

Apollo’s children will learn the simple relationships of matching & sorting, patterns in our surrounding, counting, numbering, comparisons, basic formal operations, shapes (such as 2-D and 3-D objects) and identify simple picture graphs. Naturally, they will become good problem solvers.

Social Emotional

We will help our children to learn how to share, be patient, respect others, being independence, display socially acceptable behaviour, be understanding and share the feelings of others.

Creative

Creative experiences can help our children express and cope with their feelings. In addition, creativity helps to foster mental growth in our children by providing opportunities for them to try out new ideas, new ways of thinking and develop problem-solving skills.

Science

All children are curious by nature. In Apollo International Preschool, we incorporate Science to help our student to develop and enhance the 3 skills of; observation, critical thinking and experimenting.

Language

At Apollo international preschool, we offer bilingual classes for our children as young as 2 months. Our lessons and activities included storytelling, nursery rhymes, puppetry which all are conducted in both English and Mandarin. The interface of these two languages will aids our children to switched rapidly between the left and right hemisphere of their brain where there will be an increase in brain activities. This will also aids in the development of the left and right side of their brain which is essential at a young age. Research shows that learning two languages at a young age offers linguistic and cognitive advantages. In addition, our English immersion programme aids children in learning how to listen, speak, read, and write in English by surrounding them with conversation and instruction in English.

Learning outcomes for Apollo International Preschool Students

Independent Thinkers

They are capable of developing independent thoughts, ideas and opinions and appreciate when collective thinking and sharing is required to achieve a desirable or beneficial outcome.

Team Workers

They work as a team and can lead as well as accept a leader in group activities. They understand that team work is sometimes required in order to achieve some tasks.

Reflectors

Through inquiry or instruction, they can appreciate and reflect on newly obtained knowledge.

Predictors

They are capable of predicting an outcome for specific actions and explore the “What if’s?” They can make connections and correlations.

Communicators

They are capable of communicating their ideas, needs and wants in an effective manner and understand when such communication is acceptable or necessary.

Social/Emotional Development

They strive to accommodate the social needs of others and share compassion, knowledge and friendship. They understand the boundaries of socially acceptable.

 


Bilingualism Immersion

Bilingualism immersion is also a vital key learning area in Apollo International Preschool curriculum, which means that the children will be able to speak, listen, read and write in both English and Mandarin. This is vital for Singapore’s education system, where much emphasis is placed on bilingual literacy and language.

Apollo International Preschool uses a Mandarin curriculum developed by the CI-NTU researched and skilfully created for preschool children (Confucius Institute – Nanyang Technological University). CI-NTU has been jointly established by the Ministry of Education (MOE) and NTU in Singapore. CI-NTU aims to strengthen Singapore’s Mandarin capabilities for pre-schoolers, and also to provide children with a common platform in learning the Chinese language and culture.


Mandarin Program Objectives & Resources

  • Understand Chinese
  • Converse in Chinese
  • Read Chinese
  • Write in Chinese
  • 70% of content is in accordance with MOE Mandarin preschool syllabus
  • 30% of content transmits the learning of culture and values
  • Lessons are infused with fun and interactive activities
  • A combination of resources like news reports, magazines, songs and poetry will be used to make lessons engaging