A 3D model of the solar system, complete with the sun and its eight planets, occupy a corner of a classroom. Children no older than three years of age actively simulate rockets and spaceships coursing through space.
This lesson is based on the new relationship-based curriculum designed by early childhood researchers at NTUC First Campus’ SEED Institute. Unlike the conventional curriculum, where children learn through teacher-directed activities, children aged zero to three at My First Skool (MFS), Little Skool House and Caterpillar’s Cove are now taught lessons based on their interests. So, if the children should express an interest in the outer space, they will be brought through space in the form of the 3D model of the solar system.
“This child-directed way of teaching not only makes learning experiences interactive and enjoyable for children, but it also offers limitless scope to what they can learn,” said Ms Song Shuang, a Chinese Teacher at MFS@Westgate.
Implemented across all NFC’s pre-school centres in 2015, the curriculum also inculcates in children important life skills such as confidence, independence and resilience.
Parents Mdm Phyllis Chew are pleased with the new curriculum. Mdm Chew said this of her two-year-old daughter, Camille Chong, “Her development has really impressed us. It’s obviously the amount of contact and communication she has with the teacher that has allowed her to express herself so well, such that her communication ability is so developed for her age.”