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Our Early Childhood Village is a language-rich and caring environment where active participation and meaningful learning go hand-in-hand with fun and friendship.

- Jane Kullmann - Early Childhood Principal

Jane Kullmann, Early Years Principal

Jane became our Early Years Principal in 2010, after working for 20 years as a Lower School teacher and Assistant Principal. She holds a M.Ed. in Early Childhood, and a MA in International Education. A truly international soul, Jane's Danish upbringing in Brazil, subsequent international school education, and her professional teaching experiences in North and South America and Great Britain, make her an ideal leader in ACS's vibrant international community. Her love for children is only surpassed by her desire to give each and every one the very best educational start in life.

In Early Years we want our children to have fun, be happy, feel safe, and grow in confidence. Through the care and guidance of our teachers, we help children develop the ability to be creative, independent thinkers, and problem solvers. We work to instil a sense of resilience and perseverance in every child through fun and stimulating hands-on experiences that celebrate individual abilities and talents.

We understand and champion the fact that children learn best in an environment that allows them to be children, first. Our small classes, run by highly-qualified and experienced teachers and assistants, provide a rich combination of daily self-initiated activities, guided lessons, and small and large group interactions. Our core programme is enriched by strong partnerships with parents, and regular lessons with specialists in Art, French, Performing Arts, PE, and Forest School.

We also believe a young child's play is a vital part of their growth and development. Through play, children practice and consolidate the necessary skills and attitudes needed to acquire new knowledge and make sense of the world around them. Our secure playground, all-weather activity field, extensive private woodlands, meadows and forest classroom, offer a rare mix of stimulating outdoor spaces for children to develop understanding and grow physically, socially and emotionally.

Programme Details

The Early Years Programme, is situated in a secure building, designed specifically for children aged two to three. We have a designated playground, children's garden and outdoor area. Classes are taught by a qualified teacher and experienced teaching assistant.

We offer a very flexible programme for 2-3 year olds.

Scramblers - Flopsy Bunnies: Two-year olds can choose to come 2, 3, 4 or 5 days a week in the mornings. There is an option to stay the full school day for the more mature students on 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 afternoons.

Scramblers - Tiggy-Winkles: The morning three-year old class runs from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm. Children can opt to attend a full day Scrambler program 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 days a week. Students have weekly lessons in French, Dance and Movement and Forest Schools taught by a specialist.

Pre-K

The four-year old programme runs from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm with an option to stay half-day. Specialist teachers teach weekly classes in Art, Forest Schools, Performing Arts, French, PE, Library and Swimming.

Kindergarten

The five-year old programme runs from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm and specialist teachers teach weekly classes in Art, PE, Performing Arts, French, Library and Swimming.

We accept Childcare vouchers as payment towards school fees.

Early Childhood Programme Overview

Flopsy Bunnies (ages 2-3)
Key Learning Units Flopsy Bunnies (ages 2 - 3)
Personal, Social and Emotional Development Confidence, independence, personal identity, pride in achievements, share experiences and taking turns
Physical Development Range of movement, healthy practices, autonomy, control with playground equipment
Language Arts Differentiate sounds, listening, responding to instructions, handling books, mark-making
Numeracy Colours, categorization, comparisons, awareness of shapes and patters
Exploring & understanding the world Curiosity and interest in objects, construction materials, initial knowledge of ICT equipment, showing interest in our world and cultures
Creativity, imagination & performance Representation as form of communication, signing, introduction to musical instruments, imaginative play and role-based play

 

Tiggy-Winkles (ages 3 - 4)
Key Learning Units Tiggy-Winkles (ages 3 - 4) 
Personal, Social and Emotional Development Expresses needs and feelings, takes turns, awareness of others, confidence and interest for new activities, select activity and stay focused
Physical Development Awareness of space, perseverance, movement, handling tools and objects, healthy practices
Language Arts Listening to others, developing vocabulary, using language to express themselves, rhyming, distinguishing between marks, structure of stories and understanding that print carries meaning
Numeracy Understanding of quantity, interest in numbers, count to 6, using comparative and positional language, talk about shapes and arrangements
Exploring & understanding the world Asks questions, develops cause/effect, constructs with purpose, shows curiosity, operate simple equipment, talk about the past and present
Creativity, Imagination and Performance Imaginative and role play, responds to comments and questions, interest in familiar songs, works creatively on drawings / constructions, explore and experiement

 

Prek-K (ages 4 - 5)
Key Learning Units Pre-K (ages 4 - 5)
Personal, Social and Emotional Development Awareness of boundaries, works in a team, operates independently, respect for own and other cultures, confident and motivated to learn, engages in actvities and maintains concentration, reflects on own learnings and actions
Physical Development Control in gross and fine motor skills, moves with confidence, imagination and safety, healthy practices
Language Arts Reading: developing a life-long love of reading, phonemic awareness, letters make words
Writing: attempting writing, dictating and drawing to tell stories
Listening & Speaking
Language standards
Numeracy Counting: recognizing numerals to 10 by name, count to 20, write to 10
Addition & Subtraction: Solve problems through exploration and play, add and subtract within 5
Measurement & Data: compare length, weight and time, graphing, using coins
Patterning & Geometry
Exploring & understanding the world Explore surroundings using the senses, asking questions and making predictions, building and constructing, self-expression
Creativity, Imagination and Performance Creates representations of people, events and objects, explores colours, texture, share, forms and space in 2 and 3D, imagination through different media, recognising patters and rhythms in music

 

Kindergarten (ages 5 - 6)
Key Learning Units Kindergarten (ages 5 - 6)
English Language Arts Phonics: develop phonemic awareness, introduce and review letter and sound identification. 
Reading: simple pattern  books, individualised reading books, comprehension skills, sight word identification and memorisation.
Writing: Demonstrate and model writing process through morning message, class charts, making class books, and introducing Writer's Workshop using inventive spelling and Word Wall.
Handwriting: numeral and letter formation, pencil grip.
Mathematics Daily calendar, counting, exploration of manipulatives, numeral recognition, numeral writing, graphing, estimating, sorting, comparing, classifying, measurement activities.
Addition and subtraction number work, problem solving, math games, 2D and 3D shapes, getting to know numbers 1 - 9.
Science and Social Studies Community building, healthy eating, holiday/cultural traditions and celebrations, flag ceremonies, Five Senses Science Fair, International Fair, Polar regions.

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