OUR CURRICULUMIntegrating S.M.I.L.E.S.™ with the Performing Arts

At MindChamps Performing Arts PreSchool, we’ve woven the 4 performing arts disciplines (drama, dance, music and singing) into the S.M.I.L.E.S.™ environment.

Integrating S.M.I.L.E.S.™ with the Performing Arts

At MindChamps Performing Arts PreSchool, we’ve woven the 4 performing arts disciplines (drama, dance, music and singing) into the S.M.I.L.E.S.™ environment.

Here's how we bring our curriculum to life.

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Enquiry Teaching and
Learning™ approach

Our lessons are conducted through the Enquiry Teaching and Learning™ approach, where children explore the various perspectives and outcomes to a question.

By encouraging your child to ask questions that lead to enquiry explorations, we are able to stimulate his/her curiosity about the topics being discussed.

As this exploration process takes place, our teachers observe the interests of the children under their care. They then plan lessons and activities involving the S.M.I.L.E.S.™ elements to develop each child holistically.

Our specialist performing arts teachers are also trained to conduct lessons using our Enquiry Teaching and Learning™ approach. Each specialist works with both English and Chinese teachers to deliver lessons that are integrated with the performing arts.

This makes for a holistic learning experience that simultaneously develops creativity, confidence and the Champion Mindset.

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Here's how
we bring our
curriculum to life.

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Enquiry Teaching and Learning™ approach

Our lessons are conducted through the Enquiry Teaching and Learning™ approach, where children explore the various perspectives and outcomes to a question.

By encouraging your child to ask questions that lead to enquiry explorations, we are able to stimulate his/her curiosity about the topics being discussed.

As this exploration process takes place, our teachers observe the interests of the children under their care. They then plan lessons and activities involving the S.M.I.L.E.S.™ elements to develop each child holistically.

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Our specialist performing arts teachers are also trained to conduct lessons using our Enquiry Teaching and Learning™ approach. Each specialist works with both English and Chinese teachers to deliver lessons that are integrated with the performing arts.

This makes for a holistic learning experience that simultaneously develops creativity, confidence and the Champion Mindset

Our Curriculum Framework

To provide your child with an all-rounded early years education,
our curriculum integrates the following proprietary core and specialist modules.

Core Modules

Our core programmes provide a strong foundation for your child during the early years, moulding him/her into a young Champion set to excel in school and ready to take on the working world of the future.
MindChamps Reading and Writing™ (Natural Literacy™)

Developed by a team of early literacy experts, this module builds your child’s literacy skills through a selection of fun and interactive activities. Each activity is designed to keep your child engaged in reading and writing.

Preschoolers in Playgroup and Nursery 1 will first be introduced to basic literacy skills. In Nursery 2, they progress to key skills like phonemic and phonological awareness through our unique “Say and Sing” approach.

The Love for Chinese Language

This programme develops and enhances your child’s Chinese language communication skills, particularly in listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Your child will be exposed to drama, games, rhymes, songs and dances to deepen his/her understanding of the elements of the Chinese language.

With practice and encouragement, your child will be empowered to communicate confidently in Chinese in his/her daily life.

Enquiry Teaching and Learning™

Enquiry Teaching and Learning™ is a unique approach developed by MindChamps PreSchool that encourages children to be curious about topics and ask questions that lead to enquiry explorations.

Teachers will pose questions and build on children’s responses by asking further enquiry questions. Upon observing the children’s interests, teachers will then plan lessons that allow children to explore new ideas and develop logical thinking.

Teachers will also make sure that lessons incorporate the S.M.I.L.E.S.™ elements and meet the interests and learning needs of different children.

Numeracy Strategies

Our Numeracy Strategies™ module focuses on helping your child gain an understanding of numerical concepts and build a solid foundation in Maths.

Your child will be introduced to mathematical concepts through physical grouping and counting exercises, musical pre-numeracy activities as well as experiments with various money denominations.

Our Curriculum Framework

To provide your child with an all-rounded early years education, our curriculum integrates the following proprietary core and specialist modules.

Core Modules

Our core programmes provide a strong foundation for your child during the early years, moulding him/her into a young Champion set to excel in school and ready to take on the working world of the future.
MindChamps Reading and Writing™ (Natural Literacy™)

Developed by a team of early literacy experts, this module builds your child’s literacy skills through a selection of fun and interactive activities. Each activity is designed to keep your child engaged in reading and writing.

Preschoolers in Playgroup and Nursery 1 will first be introduced to basic literacy skills. In Nursery 2, they progress to key skills like phonemic and phonological awareness through our unique “Say and Sing” approach.

The Love for Chinese Language

This programme develops and enhances your child’s Chinese language communication skills, particularly in listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Your child will be exposed to drama, games, rhymes, songs and dances to deepen his/her understanding of the elements of the Chinese language.

With practice and encouragement, your child will be empowered to communicate confidently in Chinese in his/her daily life.

Enquiry Teaching and Learning™

Enquiry Teaching and Learning™ is a unique approach developed by MindChamps PreSchool that encourages children to be curious about topics and ask questions that lead to enquiry explorations.

Teachers will pose questions and build on children’s responses by asking further enquiry questions. Upon observing the children’s interests, teachers will then plan lessons that allow children to explore new ideas and develop logical thinking.

Teachers will also make sure that lessons incorporate the S.M.I.L.E.S.™ elements and meet the interests and learning needs of different children.

Numeracy Strategies

Our Numeracy Strategies™ module focuses on helping your child gain an understanding of numerical concepts and build a solid foundation in Maths.

Your child will be introduced to mathematical concepts through physical grouping and counting exercises, musical pre-numeracy activities as well as experiments with various money denominations.

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Specialist Modules

Our specialist modules will expose your child to 4 performing arts disciplines, as well as integrate and reinforce the learning outcomes from our core modules. These modules are conducted as part of our curriculum every week.
Drama

Developed in collaboration with Dean Carey, our Dean of Theatre, each lesson in our Drama module is grounded in three pillars: Confidence, Creativity and Collaboration.

Through basic actor training, your child will develop his/her imagination, communication skills and self-confidence – all while experiencing the power of the spoken word.

This module covers foundational acting techniques, storytelling and improvisation, as well as experiences of empathy, understanding and positive reinforcement. Your child will learn to express himself/herself through a variety of activities, including original stories from our in-house library collection.

Dance

There are many benefits to an early exposure to dance – it provides physical training that develops stamina, flexibility and physical strength. Dance is also a shared experience that requires teamwork and discipline, and which creates a physical “language” of expression using the body within a given space.

We will bring these benefits to your child through dedicated dance lessons, which include both group and individual work.

Most types of dance are performed to 8-beat music, which will help to reinforce your child’s grasp of basic numeracy concepts such as patterning, sequencing and counting. The repetitive nature of dance also allows your child to acquire skills like coordination and memory at his/her own pace.

Our goal is not to shape your child into a star performer. Instead, we work on developing your child’s creativity, confidence and perseverance through dance, empowering him/her to make a difference in the dynamic world of tomorrow.

Music and Singing

This module is an enhanced version of MindChamps Music (offered as a core module at all MindChamps PreSchools). It is developed in collaboration with Dr Lawrence Scripp, our Dean of Music in Education.

In Music and Singing, your child will explore a variety of instruments and musical languages such as voice, percussion, recorder, violin and keyboard. This will provide a basis for a lifelong interest in music.

The MindChamps Music manipulatives – a key feature of this module – will help your child to think flexibly. Through the use of various props and specialised teaching methods, your child will gain music literacy skills. This will also help your child to relate his/her knowledge of music with concepts in the languages and mathematics.

This module also includes a singing component, which focuses on vocal production, breath control and sound placement. Through these “technical” aspects of singing, we nurture your child’s abilities to communicate, perform complex tasks simultaneously and develop advanced memory retention.

Specialist Modules

Our specialist modules will expose your child to 4 performing arts disciplines, as well as integrate and reinforce the learning outcomes from our core modules. These modules are conducted as part of our curriculum every week.
Drama

Developed in collaboration with Dean Carey, our Dean of Theatre, each lesson in our Drama module is grounded in three pillars: Confidence, Creativity and Collaboration.

Through basic actor training, your child will develop his/her imagination, communication skills and self-confidence – all while experiencing the power of the spoken word.

This module covers foundational acting techniques, storytelling and improvisation, as well as experiences of empathy, understanding and positive reinforcement. Your child will learn to express himself/herself through a variety of activities, including original stories from our in-house library collection.

Dance

There are many benefits to an early exposure to dance – it provides physical training that develops stamina, flexibility and physical strength. Dance is also a shared experience that requires teamwork and discipline, and which creates a physical “language” of expression using the body within a given space.

We will bring these benefits to your child through dedicated dance lessons, which include both group and individual work.

Most types of dance are performed to 8-beat music, which will help to reinforce your child’s grasp of basic numeracy concepts such as patterning, sequencing and counting. The repetitive nature of dance also allows your child to acquire skills like coordination and memory at his/her own pace.

Our goal is not to shape your child into a star performer. Instead, we work on developing your child’s creativity, confidence and perseverance through dance, empowering him/her to make a difference in the dynamic world of tomorrow.

Music and Singing

This module is an enhanced version of MindChamps Music (offered as a core module at all MindChamps PreSchools). It is developed in collaboration with Dr Lawrence Scripp, our Dean of Music in Education.

In Music and Singing, your child will explore a variety of instruments and musical languages such as voice, percussion, recorder, violin and keyboard. This will provide a basis for a lifelong interest in music.

The MindChamps Music manipulatives – a key feature of this module – will help your child to think flexibly. Through the use of various props and specialised teaching methods, your child will gain music literacy skills. This will also help your child to relate his/her knowledge of music with concepts in the languages and mathematics.

This module also includes a singing component, which focuses on vocal production, breath control and sound placement. Through these “technical” aspects of singing, we nurture your child’s abilities to communicate, perform complex tasks simultaneously and develop advanced memory retention.

How we integrate concepts
from our core curriculum into
our performing arts lessons:

When exploring the theme of “Our World”, your child will embark on a journey
to learn about life, cultures and natural landscapes around the world through
our core modules. This will be extended to our specialist modules via the
4 performing arts disciplines.

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Music and Singing

  • Listen to, play and sing songs unique to other cultures
  • Explore African rhythms with drums and body percussion
  • Write songs about sea creatures
  • Perform musical sequences in an ensemble
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Theatre

  • Explore stories from around the world
  • Create a unique language to convey how animals might communicate and what stories they would tell their babies
  • Create a story from the perspective of a fish, whale or shark
  • Learning a poem from Africa
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Dance

  • Learn the steps and movements of different dances from around the world
  • Explore the movements of sea creatures (e.g. fish, sharks and whales) and what could happen if they all moved in tandem
  • Moving to the words of an African poem

By integrating our performing arts lessons with the core curriculum, we offer children a unique way to deepen their understanding, as well as to extend and consolidate what they have learnt throughout their preschool years.

Here are some transferable skills:

Music and Singing

Numeracy concepts
(i.e. counting, sequencing,
patterning, reordering)

Dance

Gross motor skills,
balance and coordination

Theatre

Literacy skills such as
word recognition, reading
and oral presentation

Above all, the unique dynamics of the performing arts will empower your child with a set of skills that will give him/her the edge to succeed in life, such as the ability to think creatively and to connect meaningfully with others.

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How we integrate concepts from our core curriculum into our performing arts lessons:

When exploring the theme of “Our World”, your child will embark on a journey to learn about life, cultures and natural landscapes around the world through our core modules. This will be extended to our specialist modules via the 4 performing arts disciplines.

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Theatre

  • Explore stories from around the world
  • Create a unique language to convey how animals might communicate and what stories they would tell their babies
  • Create a story from the perspective of a fish, whale or shark
  • Learning a poem from Africa
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Music and Singing

  • Listen to, play and sing songs unique to other cultures
  • Explore African rhythms with drums and body percussion
  • Write songs about sea creatures
  • Perform musical sequences in an ensemble
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Dance

  • Learn the steps and movements of different dances from around the world
  • Explore the movements of sea creatures (e.g. fish, sharks and whales) and what could happen if they all moved in tandem
  • Moving to the words of an African poem

By integrating our performing arts lessons with the core curriculum, we offer children a unique way to deepen their understanding, as well as to extend and consolidate what they have learnt throughout their preschool years.

Here are some transferable skills:

Theatre Lessons
Literacy skills such as word recognition, reading and oral presentation
Music and Singing Lessons
Numeracy concepts (i.e. counting, sequencing, patterning, reordering)
Dance Lessons
Gross motor skills, balance and coordination

Above all, the unique dynamics of the performing arts will empower your child with a set of skills that will give him/her the edge to succeed in life, such as the ability to think creatively and to connect meaningfully with others.

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What Makes a MindChampion?

With our Education and Life Philosophy of 100% Respect, Zero Fear, we nurture children
to become young Champions by instilling the following 10 attributes in them:

I Am Confident

I Am Grateful

I Have Integrity

I Am Self-Reflective

I Focus On The Beauty In Others

I Embrace Setbacks As Setups

I Value Feedback As A Seed For Growth

I Am Creative

I Am Compassionate

I Am A Life-Long Learner

What Makes a MindChampion?

With our Education and Life Philosophy of 100% Respect, Zero Fear, we nurture children to become young Champions by instilling the following 10 attributes in them:

I Am Confident

I Am Grateful

I Have Integrity

I Am Self-Reflective

I Focus On The Beauty In Others

I Embrace Setbacks As Setups

I Value Feedback As A Seed For Growth

I Am Creative

I Am Compassionate

I Am A Life-Long Learner

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