The BRMCK (BRMC Little Lights Preschool/Barker) Curriculum
We integrate the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program (PYP) and the Nurturing Early Learners (NEL) by the Ministry of Education, Singapore.
International Curriculum and International-Mindedness
BRMCLL Preschool/Barker has a unique offering of the IB – PYP and the NEL Framework by the Ministry of Education (MOE). We integrate two high quality programs to ensure the best curriculum and approaches to learning for our students. Our curriculum is planned according to the six PYP Transdisciplinary Themes and they are:
Each transdisciplinary theme is developed with a Central Idea by reflecting on the students’ interests, questions and ideas. The central idea is connected to the lines of inquiry and concepts that encourage the inquiry learning process among the students. The students being active learners learn new concepts through exploration, making inquiries and hypothesis. The Central Idea enables the students, teachers and community to have a voice, choice and ownership in the inquiry learning process. Opportunities are provided for the students to use their knowledge, concepts, skills, attitudes and actions in each Central Idea inquiry.
Inquiry and Academic Skills
Academic skills and other learning domains and dispositions are mapped to NEL to ensure that our students are ready for Primary one. The areas of focus are – Aesthetics and Creative Expression, Language, Mathematics, Discovery of the World, Motor Development and Social and Emotional Development.
The NEL and PYP framework are child-centered. In each inquiry learning process, the students are given the opportunity to understand, relate and exhibit the ten Learner Profiles, which are:
STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics)
STEAM is an educational approach that incorporates the arts into the more-familiar STEM model. STEM represents science, technology, engineering and mathematics. “STEAM” represents STEM plus the arts. Reintegrating art and design into education has been demonstrated to increase the happiness and well-being of students.
We see an increasing need for STEM concepts to integrate with the arts (STEAM) across the wider curriculum. To give you an idea, we have introduced 3D printer technology to our K2 children. The 3D printing course is anchored by the art department to focus on the central ideas and transdisciplinary themes such as Singapore and Around the World. 3D printing brings STEAM together. It is transdisciplinary where children will create fun art pieces involving mathematical concepts such as symmetry and repeated patterns. Children will be shown how these designs and shapes can be printed using a 3D printer. They will witness how science and technology enable a 3D printer to make this possible.
STEAM education in BRMCLL Preschool/Barker provides students with the opportunity to learn creatively, using 21st century skills such as problem solving and inventive thinking. We hope that students will be inspired and be able to see the possibilities of how they can embrace new ideas and technologies.
Resources for the School Community
The BRMCLL Preschool/Barker PYP Language Policy and the PYP Assessment Policy are two important documents that capture our beliefs on how we create a culture of learning. They also explain the methodologies we use to communicate and showcase the evidences of learning.
We are plugged into an effective professional development program and professional learning communities and a worldwide network of highly respected IB World Schools, collaborating to share best practices. In addition, the PYP Playlist has been created for parents and the school community to learn about the PYP and become active in your children’s education. Please browse the menu or search for resources using the filters.
BRMCLL Preschool/Barker was the only faith-based preschool awarded for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme authorized IB World School.
IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision.**
*Only schools authorized by the International Baccalaureate can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme or the IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit www.ibo.org
**Mission Statement from the IB
The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
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