Ever wondered what an inquiry-led and play-based early childhood programme is like? Read on to find out how One World International School does it.
Lessons in One World International School’s (OWIS) Early Childhood classrooms are always a fun and exciting affair. The school’s Early Childhood programme follows the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP)*, an engaging and student-centred curriculum. Coupled with OWIS’ inquiry-led and play-based learning methods, children enjoy a wholesome learning experience that develops them into independent, lifelong learners who are also critical thinkers.
So what’s it like learning in OWIS’ Early Childhood classroom? Here’s the lowdown on how the school makes the beginning of every child’s learning journey an exciting one.
More than just fun and games
Most of the time, you’ll see OWIS Early Childhood learners playing games, solving puzzles, and reading picture books together. Now, these may seem like just fun and games to you, but they’re so much more than that! What’s happening ‘behind the scenes’ is that children are picking up and polishing their skills in negotiation, communication, problem solving, and social understanding.
These activities are part and parcel of OWIS’ inquiry-led and play-based learning approach to implementing the IB PYP curriculum. The IB PYP focuses on experiential learning, for example: children learn about the world and its wonders, English, Maths, Mandarin, Art, Music, and Physical Education in immersive and interactive ways.
On top of that, OWIS also brings learning outdoors through educational field trips around Singapore. Think trips to the zoo, a fire station, the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden, and more. Children benefit from real-world learning experiences like these, which teach them about the world we live in and the importance of taking care of our environment. Both OWIS Nanyang and OWIS Suntec have campuses that feature outdoor green spaces as well, where children can play and learn.
An education that’s inclusive and values-driven
Another aspect that really makes OWIS shine is its values-based education approach. Children are taught in a safe and warm environment that promotes inclusivity. They are also taught to be empathetic and aware of each other’s needs and differences. OWIS hosts multiple school-wide events to encourage this, including the diversity-rich International Day, Book Week, and Sports Day. Not only do learners get to dress up as their favourite characters or in their cultural costumes, parents can also be involved in performances and unit sharing events.
Come see the Early Childhood classroom for yourself!
Families are invited to experience the Early Childhood programme for themselves through a school visit. Parents can also get in touch with an OWIS Admissions Counsellor to find out more about both the Nanyang and Suntec campuses, as well as the importance of play-based learning in the Early Childhood classroom.
*OWIS Nanyang is accredited for the IB PYP. OWIS Suntec is a Candidate School for the IB PYP.
This post is in partnership with One World International School.