Overview of agape Preschool Programme
Using inquiry-based learning (IBL) as the pedagogical approach to our everyday teaching and learning, we aim to prepare our children for life-long learning and character development. Inquiry-based learning provides children with balanced opportunities to be independent learners, cooperative partners to others and responsible inquirers.
In inquiry-based learning, learning experiences are built upon children’s prior experiences and interests. Children learn to ask appropriate questions and explore different means to acquire answers to their questions. At the end of the inquiry journey, children are encouraged to extend or integrate new understandings into their real-life experiences.
Each unit of work is purposefully developed based on one of the six transdisciplinary themes. The six transdisciplinary themes cover content that are significant to children’s current experiences or issues around the world. Skills and knowledge such as reading, writing, mathematics, arts and music/movement are integrated into each unit of work through engaging and relevant learning experiences in the classrooms and beyond. Collaboration, communication and self-directed learning are some of the critical skills our children developed during the inquiry-learning programme.
Assessment is an integral part of AGAPE curriculum. In Agape Little Uni., we constantly evaluate and review our curriculum to ensure that our curriculum content and pedagogical practices remain reliable and relevant. The purpose of assessment is to celebrate children’s successes in learning and reaching a new milestone in life.
Assessment of children’s learning and development is an ongoing process throughout the year and is a collaborative effort between parents, teachers and children. Parents are encouraged to share their experiences with the teachers, coupled with teachers’ written observations, these information provide valuable insights of a child’s achievements. Through assessment, teachers will be able to identify the learning needs of young children; strategize ways to strengthen and develop their interests and talents.