British Council Pre-school - Your child's day

Learn more on your child's typical day and our English and Mandarin curricula at the British Council Pre-school.

Your child's day

Arrival and planning time/circle time

Promotes independence and allows children to discuss and plan their day. 

Directed activities

These are teacher directed activities including phonics, reading and writing, numeracy, Chinese, science, history, geography, storytelling, speech and drama. 

Small group activities

Free choice of activities including dramatic play, craft work or table work. 

Snack time

Reinforces self-help and social skills. Dining etiquette is also introduced. Children also learn about hygiene as they wash their hands before and after snacks. 

Large group activities

Promotes group play and cooperation amongst children. 

Indoor movement

Includes indoor playground, music and movement. 

Tidy-up time

We reinforce the need to be responsible for maintaining our environment. At the end of each activity we need to tidy up the class. It is also a good opportunity for children to learn to sort, categorise and cooperate with each other. 

Recall Time

A good time for your child to share with the adults and children what they have done for the day. It is also an opportunity for your child to speak in front of a group.

English curriculum

Our British Council Pre-school curriculum encompasses the areas stipulated in both the Singapore Kindergarten Curriculum Framework (KCF) and the United Kingdom’s Early Years Foundation Years (EYFS):

  1. Aesthetic and creative expression
  2. Discovery of the world
  3. Language and literacy
  4. Motor skills development
  5. Numeracy
  6. Social and emotional development

Language and literacy

We have a track record of excellence in English Language teaching. As soon as your child joins the British Council Pre-school, s/he will be immersed in a language-rich environment. The multi-sensory Jolly phonics programme will be introduced in stages, complete with hands-on activities and fun games, supported by worksheets where necessary. By the end of Kindergarten 2, the phonic sounds, the technique of blending, formulating sentences, and writing simple stories will all be taught. 

Speech and drama

Besides being a fun activity, these classes help children develop strong communication skills, which will be of use throughout their lives. 

Arts

Art is a key element for students’ creative development. Children explore colour, texture, shape, form and space in two and three dimensions. They paint, design, draw, make patterns, create collages and explore the work of established artists. 

Discovery of the world

Children engage their senses to find out how things work, conducting investigations and manipulating objects. They therefore develop an understanding of the world around them, providing the foundations for learning science, history and geography. 

Motor skills development

We provide opportunities for children to be active and interactive, and to develop their coordination, control and movement through purposeful play. Carefully planned lessons will hone their skills at different stages. 

Music and movement

Children will enjoy and learn to appreciate a wide range of music, sound and dance. Music and movement is also an enjoyable way to promote gross motor coordination. 

Numeracy

Mathematical concepts such as patterning, shapes, size, weight, position, distance, time and money are introduced through hands-on and concrete learning experiences. A strong foundation in addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and fractions is also developed.  

Social and emotional development

Our 'Golden Rules' will be reinforced throughout. Children with a positive sense of themselves in relation to their peers, family and community will respond effectively to challenges they face. 

Primary school induction programme

A special primary school induction programme is put in place in Terms 3 and 4 for Kindergarten 2 students. They will be given opportunities to experience new teaching styles and hone their problem solving-skills, to help them with Primary 1 preparation.

Mandarin curriculum

We adopt the British Council’s highly successful approach of learning through involvement in a language rich environment for the teaching of mandarin.

We offer a bilingual English-Mandarin curriculum in nursery and kindergarten where both the English and Mandarin teachers are co-partners and will be present in the class the whole time. Hence, children are immersed in a bilingual environment, with opportunities to interact in Mandarin in daily conversations

Additionally, to cultivate the love of Mandarin and awareness of the Chinese culture, Chinese art, music and literature will be introduced.