Philosophy

"In every child there is something precious that there is in no other."

At The Children’s Place, the curriculum grows out of the children’s interests, styles of learning, strengths and stages of development. The curriculum is based on child-relevant experiences to broaden the children’s world, stimulate their thinking, and foster intellectual development. An integrated curriculum is practised to include a variety of content areas in each learning experience, as opposed to the use of compartmentalised activities. Direct experiences through which children can explore and deepen their understanding of the world are the core of the curriculum. Reading, language, mathematics, science, music and art are interwoven. Children are encouraged to observe and ask questions in order to develop specific skills, knowledge and competencies.

The Children’s Place aims at providing a comprehensive programme that emphasises total child development. It highlights a multi-curriculum instructional component that maximises the communication arts and mathematical skills required for academic success, skills in social interaction with peers and adults, positive attitude towards learning, good basic work and leisure habits, sound health habits, preferences and tastes for nutritional foods and knowledge and appreciation of the community.

At The Children’s Place, children will be encouraged to grow in curiosity, self direction, determination, friendliness, co-operation and responsibility in a developmental, experiential programme.


Play and Learn Activities

The Children’s Place offers children a range of activities from quiet reading sessions to rough and tumble times. Here are some activities to show what children will do and what they will learn.

Discussion Time

This provides an opportunity for children to contribute news about their own lives or to talk about a theme. The children are encouraged to share their thoughts and ideas and to raise questions.

This activity teaches important communication skills through recalling experiences, listening to others, talking and asking questions.

The children have story telling sessions where they participate by answering questions, anticipating what will happen next and giving their own endings to the stories. They can also look at books by themselves in the book corner.

Books and Stories

During the story telling sessions, the children will begin to make the connection between the spoken and written word, and learn to sit quietly in a group to listen to and respond to a story. Stories also help stimulate the imagination and expand the vocabulary of the children.

The children paint and print with brushes, sponges, potatoes, strings, corks and even their hands and feet! They can use large sheets of paper, an assortment of fabrics and lots of colours.

These art activities also offer the children the chance to identify and experiment with colours, make patterns and shapes, distinguish textures, master hand-eye coordination and improve dexterity.

Art: Printing, drawing, collage-making and painting

Sand and water play

Damp sand, dry sand and plenty of water offer endless opportunities for raking and digging, building and modelling, pouring and siphoning plus filling and emptying different containers.

These activities provide opportunities for the children to discover the properties of sand and water as well as solids and liquids. They will begin to grasp the concepts of quantity as they experiment.

Children experiment with dough and clay and mould them with their hands. Using different tools, they can make shapes, pots and models.

Craft

Playing with dough or clay is a good way to investigate shape, length, size, weight and texture, while developing creativity, manipulative control and hand-eye co-ordination.

The children build with wooden blocks and construction kits or do 'junk modelling' with cardboard boxes, toilet roll inserts, egg cartons, paper and glue.

Such constructive play provides opportunities for the children to experiment with space, shape, matching and balance, while learning to solve technical problems by choosing the correct tools.

Building & construction using blocks and recycled material

Table Games

They may include jigsaws, puzzles and card-matching games for the children to play on their own or with others in a group.

These table games encourage the development of sorting, matching, sequencing and piecing - together skills. They also require concentration and introduce the concept of sportsmanship.

Children Have tremendous fun making instruments and playing as a band. They sing songs and recite action rhymes together, clapping their hands and stamping their feet.

Music and sounds

Songs based on repetition, such as Ten Green Bottles, Old MacDonald had a Farm help develop concentration and memory, while providing opportunities for the children to discover the joy of music and rhythm.

Children and adults work together to read recipes, compile shopping lists, measure and mix the ingredients together, bake cakes and biscuits and make sandwiches.

These activities offer the chance to find out about different tastes, textures and smells, plus the many different skills that go into the preparation of food. They also give the children a great sense of achievement.

Cookery

Drama: Home Corner

Dressing-up clothes, a play shop, Wendy house or mini kitchen plus dolls and teddies allow children to take on different roles for imaginative play. Imaginative play gives the children the opportunity to explore the boundaries of fantasy and reality while learning to cooperative with other people and respect their feelings.

Imaginative paly gives your child the opportunity to explore the bounderies of fantasy and realitym while learning to coperative with other people and respect their feelings.

The children are given opportunities to plant seeds and to watch them grow. They are also encouraged to talk about their pets, bring them in for the others to meet and get to know. In the resulting discussion, they learn about life cycles.

Science: Exploring nature

When children are exposed to nature, they will gain a sense of respect and responsibility towards other living things.

And when they learn about life cycles, they learn the concept of the passage of time.

These sessions may be with or without equipment, indoors or out. The children learn to roll, hop, curl, balance, sit cross legged and swing or rock with a partner.

These activities foster self-awareness and encourage sharing. They also develop muscular strength, control and co-ordination.

Physical Activity: Adventure play

Outings: Field trips

The Nursery, K1 and K2 children in The Children’s Place have at least 2 outings in a year. Such outings usually have an Arts focus, with one outing relating to performance art and another to visual art.