Australia Pacific International School
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Kindergarten

The following six areas of Early Learning are incorporated into the Kindergarten Curriculum at API School.

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
    We recognise and value each child’s individual strengths and interests. By supporting and extending these strengths and interests wherever we can, each child will see him or herself as a confident young learner, curious and ready to discover the big wide world around them, having strong social skills and a positive sense of themselves.
     
  • Communication, Language and Literacy
    English is our language of instruction, but Khmer culture is also an integral part of our programme. The children are encouraged to have fun with language throughout the school day. Experience shows that children benefit hugely by exposure to books from an early age. So right from the start, lots of opportunities are provided for children to engage with books that fire their imagination and interest. Storytelling, books, songs, rhymes and poems play an important part in the curriculum. The children are introduced to the English alphabet and learn both the phonetic sound and name of each letter. This leads to oral segmentation and blending of these sounds and the beginning of reading simple words. The children are introduced to writing, learning to use a pencil and holding it effectively to form letters correctly.
     
  • Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy
    The understanding of mathematical concepts is developed through play and using concrete materials. The children extend their problem solving, reasoning and numeracy skills by matching, sorting, counting, and sharing activities related to the real world. In practical activities and discussion they begin to use the vocabulary involved in adding and subtracting.
     
  • Knowledge and Understanding of the World
    Through play and hands on experiences the children are able to make sense of their world. We foster the intrinsic need to experiment, explore, ask questions and make discoveries that young children have. We encourage the children to learn about their own cultures and beliefs and those of other people.
     
  • Physical Development
    All children are encouraged to actively participate in outdoor play activities, moving with confidence, imagination and in safety. They are also taught water safety and learn how to swim. They begin to recognise the importance of keeping healthy and eating healthy foods.
     
  • Creative Development
    The children are encouraged to respond in a variety of ways to what they see, hear, smell, touch and feel. They have opportunities to explore colour, texture, shape, form and space. They are free to express and communicate their ideas, thoughts and feelings by using a widening range of materials and imaginative role-play.
 

The school recognises that all areas of development are equally important and inter-connected. It also believes that every child is a unique learner and that children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates. By observing the children, listening to them and noting their achievements, our teachers are well placed to judge how well children are doing and then plan next steps. So each child progresses at his or her own pace. Each child is encouraged to be their best self, to develop increasing confidence, independence and active participation in the learning process.

Gradually, as the children settle into the routines of school life, the teaching and learning become more structured.