The Kindergarten (KG) Section consists of five levels: Playgroup, KG1, KG2, Class 1 and Class 2. Playgroup, KG1 and KG2 have 5 sections each, with a maximum of 20 children in each section. Classes 1 and 2 have 4 sections each, with a maximum of 25 children in each section.
A typical day in the Playgroup starts at 9:00 in the morning and ends at noon. We encourage a gradual settling-in period, and are mindful that this varies for individual children. Therefore, parents of children in Playgroup are more than welcome to stay with their children until they have settled in. All other classes in the KG Section start at 8:45 am and end at 1:15 pm.
The curriculum of the Kindergarten Section is based on an integrated Programme of Studies. Teaching is largely activity-based, relying mostly on play, crafts, looking after pet animals and observing nature. Students develop concepts and language skills through carefully designed interactive course work which includes weekly presentations that give every child an opportunity to participate. In addition, from Class 1 onwards, students choose from a variety of Learning Modules.
No exams are held in the KG Section. Childrenâ€™s progress is monitored through their work and projects. At the end of the academic year, parents receive a portfolio of their childâ€™s work.
The KG Campus has a mini-zoo where children are encouraged to look after birds and animals. Class discussions and age-appropriate writing assignments are often related to animals and nature. Read-Along, Writing-for-Fun, Show-and-Tell, Creative Movement, Art, Music, and play with sand, water and clay are an integral part of the learning process. Sports Day, Fun Fair, the Annual Concert, and the Graduation Ceremony, that bids farewell to children of Class 2 each year, are important annual events at the KG Section.
It is hoped that parents do not put pressure on their young children to compete and excel. Parents must understand, just as much as we the teachers should, that children learn best when they enjoy, not when they compete. A happy childhood must not be sacrificed for some esoteric notion of high academic achievement.