Our Preschool Program

PREPARATORY STAGE 1 (Playgroup)

In this foundational stage of your child’s development, we aim to help your child learn to build meaningful human relationships as well as care and appreciation for the environment we live in. Activities are designed to develop your child’s fine and gross motor skills and will involve your child listening more than speaking.

Environment
Rich with Sensorial, Practical Life, Psychomotor materials

Curriculum
We focus on activities that encourage your child to explore and experiment, make choices, identify the order and develop focus. Activities encourage Bilingual Immersion, supervised by at least one Chinese and one English Teacher. The curriculum is also rich in Music and Movement, Songs and Rhymes. The low teacher-child ratio allows for more opportunities for conversation and relationship building.

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Low Teacher-child ratio

We employ a range of DPT, DMT, and ACEY trained teachers.

INTERMEDIATE STAGE 1 & 2 (Nursery 2- K1)

These are interesting and empowering years for your child. They will quickly develop their speech and gross and fine motor skills. Many children also start to develop their literacy and numeracy skills.

Through our programmes, your child will be able to articulate their emotions and share their interests and observations at a more sophisticated level. This results in them building deeper and more meaningful relationship with their peers. Lessons are stretched longer to allow knowledge skills and disposition to develop exponentially.

Environment
Your child will be exposed to a range of early years Literacy and Numeracy materials introduced into the classroom.

Curriculum

  1. Montessori activities are rich with activities that allow your child to make choices, inculcate good habits, develop focus, explore and experiment. Activities encourage Bilingual Immersion, supervised by at least one Chinese and one English Teacher. The curriculum is also rich in Music and Movement, Songs and Rhymes. The low teacher-child ratio allows for more opportunities for conversation and relationship building.
  2. Theme-inspired activities allow for creative and aesthetic exploration of language, art, craft and teamwork. Home science activities develop your child’s knowledge and appreciation of how things work in the world we live in.
  3. Our Preparatory for Higher Chinese Literacy programme begins here. With this longer lead time, your child can achieve a high level of literacy before entering Primary One without feeling stressed. Time is essential for internalising their learning, especially language learning. Your child will be introduced to the fundamentals of Chinese Literacy (e.g. Pi Hua, Pian Pang Bu shou) and Chinese sight words. Our early reading programme is also introduced to train fluency and create opportunities for conversational Mandarin.
  4. Your child will also be introduced to the Yoga and Multisport activities that they will continue with until they graduate from Wharton.

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Low Teacher-child ratio

ADVANCED STAGE (K2)

This is an interesting and empowering year for your child as we prepare them for primary school. While we continue to develop your child’s social and emotional skills, we focus on the academic skills that will serve them well in Primary 1, including Literacy and Numeracy, Problem Solving and Creative writing in English and Chinese.

Environment
Advance Montessori materials are used in the classroom.

Curriculum

  1. Montessori lessons are more focused in this year on Literacy and Numeracy to prepare your child adequately for primary school.
  2. Theme-inspired activities allows for holistic development in your child's learning. At this stage, more emphasis is placed on creative writing as well as further improvement on speech and reading proficiency. We also create opportunities for heuristic problem solving and team work.
  3. Our Intensive Higher Chinese Literacy programme is also taught here. By the end of the year, your child will have completed Han Yu Pin Yin training, be confident with sentence structure and be able to write simple sentences through our creative writing modules.

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Low Teacher-child ratio

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We create an environment designed to nurture the important attributes of your child – resilience, confidence, compassion, social integration, discipline – that will benefit them for life. We do this through the activities your child experiences with us, including art and craft, speech and drama, and the various outdoor and indoor activities we plan.

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