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Play Based Curriculum: Your Child’s Passport To Fun And Learning

For 18 months to 6 years old

Curriculum Overview – The ShawsPlay Curriculum 

Our preschool curriculum is one of the few play based curriculums in Singapore. We recognise that play is one of the most effective approaches for preschool children to learn and retain knowledge – both academic knowledge as well as essential life skills.  The ShawsPlay curriculum merges inquiry-based learning, play based approaches and learning though play, in order to ensure that children enjoy learning, are prepared for formal school, and are prepared for life. 

Benefits Of A Play Based Learning Curriculum

Raise Confidence: Your child’s confidence will be boosted when he is able to accomplish games during our play time. We progressively increase the difficulty of the activities to empower them and recognise every child’s progress to encourage them further.

Build Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Skills: Play provides many opportunities for your child to encounter, explore and solve obstacles. From tasks like building blocks to more complex ones such as performing a drama piece, your child will be put in scenarios to sharpen his critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Improve Knowledge Retention: Confucius once said, “I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.”. This idea has been proven by studies that have shown the correlation of hands-on learning and one’s ability to recall what he has learnt. Our play based curriculum ensures that your child will be doing rather than merely listening in his early childhood education at Shaws.

Groom Teamwork:  Through our playgroups, your child will learn to work together with others to achieve a common goal. In doing so, they will pick up essential team skills such as patience, emotional self-regulation, perseverance and communication.

Develop Motivation: Innately, children love to play. By leveraging on this yearning and structuring the learning environment to focus on topics that they are interested in, your child will be highly motivated and actively involved in his own learning.

Core Curriculum

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Literacy

We are known for our strong literacy program. Here at Shaws, we bring stories to life to ignite a sense of wonder, excitement and laughter to the children. There is never a dull moment in our reading and writing lessons. Through our progressive classes, your child will be able to read and write by K2. 

Mathematics

We take a play based approach towards teaching maths. Your child will be placed in real life scenarios to learn and apply the basic math concepts. They will also be taught the reasons behind the math concepts. Shaws children have shown strong understanding of concepts compared to their peers.  

Bilingualism

We know the importance of Mandarin so we introduce it to your child early in preschool where their potential to learn and absorb is enormous. Our team of qualified and professional Mandarin language teachers will provide your child with a strong foundation in the language to prepare him/her for primary school.  

Sport

We provide sports coaching twice a week to teach your child new skills and nurture intrinsic values such as teamwork, resilience, communication, and discipline. Together with our partner Shaws Little League, your child will train and compete with other children in a safe, fun, and educational environment.  

Curriculum Highlights

Code Play

We have developed a new program to teach your child how to code. It is a play based approach where we first engage them in problem solving games using fun and interesting tech toys such as wonderbug, bee bot, and dash. There will be no screen time involved for the N2 and K1 children and limited exposure for K2. 

Earth Ambassadors

We believe that protecting our earth is a responsibility that transcends age. That is why at Shaws, every child is an earth ambassador. Earth-saving efforts and ideas pervade our yearly themes. Your child will learn about environmental concepts such as conservation through our inquiry-based units of study each term.

Sensory Play

In our sensory play programme, your children will be exposed to activities that will stimulate their senses to help them develop socially, emotionally, cognitively, linguistically, creatively and physically. We will heighten your children’s five senses, enabling them in exploring the world around them better.

S.T.E.A.M

S.T.E.A.M stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths. The program will be integrated into our play based curriculum to enable your child to ask questions like a Scientist, build like a Technologist, solve problems like an Engineer, create and express like an Artist and analyse like a Mathematician.

Essential Life Skills Of A Shaws Learner

Our play based curriculum in Singapore goes beyond merely teaching your child academic  knowledge. We focus on equipping your child with life skills critical for success. Skills that will enable them to learn on their own rather than being spoon-fed. Skills that will make your child an overcomer rather that quit in the face of setbacks. If these skills and attributes resonate with you, then ShawsPlay, our play based curriculum is definitely for you.

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18 months to 3 years old

We expose children at this age to letters and their associated sounds in a fun way through Letter Land, rhymes, games and other activities where they learn through play. We also introduce pre-reading skills, pre-writing skills and problem solving skills to children of this age.

3 years old to 5 years old

At this age, we start to provide your child with a more complex understanding of numbers. They will also embark on creative writing and our phonics programme to learn sounds, word families and consonant blends. Our mother tongue lessons will go into more in-depth spoken and basic writing skills. And we will bring learning experiences outside the school environment through our excursions.

5 years old to 6 years old

Children at this stage are faster learners and more mature. Division, multiplication, penmanship, story sums, compositions and reading are carried out at a higher level. We also start to introduce project work and life skills classes to prepare them for further education and life in general.

What A Day Is Like In Shaws

Curious to know what a day is like in a preschool with a play based curriculum? Check out our program calendar below!

  • Time: 8.30am to 5.30pm
  • Meals Provided: Morning snack + Lunch + Afternoon Snack (Breakfast served for children who arrive before 8am)
  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8.00am – 8.30am Outdoor Play Outdoor Play Outdoor Play Outdoor Play Outdoor Play
8.30am – 9.00am Morning Circle Morning Circle Morning Circle Morning Circle and Storytime Morning Circle and Storytime
9.00am – 9.10am Morning Snack Morning Snack Morning Snack Morning Snack Morning Snack
9.10am – 10.10am English Curriculum English Curriculum English Curriculum English Curriculum English Curriculum
10.10am – 10.50am Shaws Little League Sport Outdoor Play Outdoor Play or Water Play Shaws Little League Sport Outdoor Play
10.50am – 11.20am Music CodePlay Drama Music Drama
11.20am – 12.20pm Chinese Language Curriculum Chinese Language Curriculum Chinese Language Curriculum Chinese Language Curriculum Chinese Language Curriculum
12.20pm – 12.45pm Closing Circle & Music and Movement Closing Circle & Music and Movement Closing Circle & Music and Movement Closing Circle & Music and Movement Closing Circle & Music and Movement
12.45pm – 1.00pm Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1.00pm – 1.30pm Shower and Quiet Time Shower and Quiet Time Shower and Quiet Time Shower and Quiet Time Shower and Quiet Time
1.30pm – 2.00pm Outdoor Play Outdoor Play Outdoor Play Outdoor Play Outdoor Play
2.00pm – 3.00pm Little Chefs Art Club Our Environment or Kids & Cash Drama Club Chinese Culture Club
3.00pm – 3.30pm Afternoon Snack Afternoon Snack Afternoon Snack Afternoon Snack Afternoon Snack
3.30pm – 4.30pm Chinese Music and Dance Fun with Maths Science and Cookery Literacy and Practical Life Chinese Speech and Drama
4.30pm – 5.30pm Outdoor Play Outdoor Play Outdoor Play Outdoor Play Outdoor Play
5.30pm – 7.00pm Indoor Free Play Indoor Free Play Indoor Free Play Indoor Free Play Indoor Free Play
  • Time: 8.30am to 12.45pm
  • Meals Provided: Morning snack (Breakfast served for children who arrive before 8am)
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8.00am – 8.30am Outdoor Play Outdoor Play Outdoor Play Outdoor Play Outdoor Play
8.30am – 9.00am Morning Circle Morning Circle Morning Circle Morning Circle and Storytime Morning Circle and Storytime
9.00am – 9.10am Morning Snack Morning Snack Morning Snack Morning Snack Morning Snack
9.10am – 10.10am English Curriculum English Curriculum English Curriculum English Curriculum English Curriculum
10.10am – 10.50am Shaws Little League Sport Outdoor Play Outdoor Play or Water Play Shaws Little League Sport Outdoor Play
10.50am – 11.20am Music CodePlay Drama Music Drama
11.20am – 12.20pm Chinese Language Curriculum Chinese Language Curriculum Chinese Language Curriculum Chinese Language Curriculum Chinese Language Curriculum
12.20pm – 12.35pm Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
12.35pm – 12.45pm Closing Circle & Music and Movement Closing Circle & Music and Movement Closing Circle & Music and Movement Closing Circle & Music and Movement Closing Circle & Music and Movement
  • Time: 8.30am to 3.20pm
  • Meals Provided: Morning snack + Lunch + Afternoon Snack (Breakfast served for children who arrive before 8am)
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8.00am – 8.30am Outdoor Play Outdoor Play Outdoor Play Outdoor Play Outdoor Play
8.30am – 9.00am Morning Circle Morning Circle Morning Circle Morning Circle and Storytime Morning Circle and Storytime
9.00am – 9.10am Morning Snack Morning Snack Morning Snack Morning Snack Morning Snack
9.10am – 10.10am English Curriculum English Curriculum English Curriculum English Curriculum English Curriculum
10.10am – 10.50am Shaws Little League Sport Outdoor Play Outdoor Play or Water Play Shaws Little League Sport Outdoor Play
10.50am – 11.20am Music CodePlay Drama Music Drama
11.20am – 12.20pm Chinese Language Curriculum Chinese Language Curriculum Chinese Language Curriculum Chinese Language Curriculum Chinese Language Curriculum
12.20pm – 12.45pm Closing Circle & Music and Movement Closing Circle & Music and Movement Closing Circle & Music and Movement Closing Circle & Music and Movement Closing Circle & Music and Movement
12.45pm – 1.00pm Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1.00pm – 1.30pm Shower and Quiet Time Shower and Quiet Time Shower and Quiet Time Shower and Quiet Time Shower and Quiet Time
1.30pm – 2.00pm Outdoor Play Outdoor Play Outdoor Play Outdoor Play Outdoor Play
2.00pm – 3.00pm Little Chefs Art Club Our Environment or Kids & Cash Drama Club Chinese Culture Club
3.00pm – 3.30pm Afternoon Snack Afternoon Snack Afternoon Snack Afternoon Snack Afternoon Snack
  • Time: 2.00pm to 5.30pm
  • Meals Provided: Afternoon Snack
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
2.00pm – 3.00pm Little Chefs Art Club Our Environment or Kids & Cash Drama Club Chinese Culture Club
3.00pm – 3.30pm Afternoon Snack Afternoon Snack Afternoon Snack Afternoon Snack Afternoon Snack
3.30pm – 4.30pm Chinese Music and Dance Fun with Maths Science and Cookery Literacy and Practical Life Chinese Speech and Drama
4.30pm – 5.30pm Outdoor Play Outdoor Play Outdoor Play Outdoor Play Outdoor Play
5.30pm – 7.00pm Indoor Free Play Indoor Free Play Indoor Free Play Indoor Free Play Indoor Free Play

2 Full days and 3 Half Days. Choices of the days must be fixed.

* Actual program varies for different campuses and age groups.
* Please request for a detailed timetable from the school.

Food

All meals are cooked in-house in our Shaws Kitchen. The kitchen is led by Head Cook, Aunty Alice, who has provided supervision over the production of food in Shaws for over 20 years. 

✔️ No processed food
✔️ No pork
✔️ No Beef
✔️ Vegetarian and No-Salt options are available upon request

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Email Address:
dana@shaws.com.sg

Contact Number:
+65 9789 2255

 

 

 

 

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