Our objective has always been to enable kids to learn while they are ‘in the zone’ and this can only be achieved when they are thinking, creating and having fun at the same time. Therefore, our teaching is ‘play-based’ with the combined elements of drawing/writing, toy model building and games to reinforce the kids’ understanding of concepts. Our lessons incorporate hands-on applications and real world knowledge into activities that aim to develop logical reasoning and problem solving strategies, providing an early advantage in critical thinking for your child. Every activity also has the consistent theme of developing a child's visual-spatial perceptions, working memory, eye-hand coordination and motor skills.
For our KinderSTEM, building activities are more than just manipulative play. Besides helping the child to master fine motor skills and visual-perceptual abilities, they encourage the child to use higher order thinking to transform shapes into simple but working toys. Also, by working and learning in teams, pre-schoolers will learn the importance of teamwork and sharpen their communication skills. LEGO bricks and Thinkertoyland construction system is used for the building activities.
Another focus of our KinderSTEM program is on the application of mathematical concepts in real life. Number bonding, pattern recognition, addition & subtraction are taught through interesting and interactive ways including the use of real Singapore currency. Through role playing, kids will master and cultivate an appreciation of the practical use of math and science in everyday life.
1 hour 15 min
Expand on visual-spatial & numeracy skills
Clarity of basic concepts lays the foundation for any studies (including the ability to answer a certain 2019 PSLE math question involving shapes :)). This methodically organised term expands a child’s visual-spatial and numeracy skills through exploration of shapes, patterns, sequencing, symmetry and simple math, through play.
The thorough hands-on manipulation of simple & compound 2D & 3D shapes gives young children an early advantage in geometry and key science skills of observation and categorization. Simple sums and shapes pattern recognition trains critical thinking and logic skills and helps to lay the first steps towards learning complex number concepts and mathematical operations.
The students will also learn basic coding to move a robot which includes planning the shortest route for the robot to travel by applying logical thinking and arithmetic (sequential and simple math) in their decision.
1 hour 15 min
Strengthen math skills and critical thinking through problem-based learning
Analytical and problem-solving thinking will be consistently practiced throughout this term as we focus on relevant and applicable concepts in real-world settings such as time and money. Our aim is to build confidence & independence within an individual student, even as they work in groups. They will experience what it is like to buy and sell "materials" in Singapore currency to build their toy models while strengthening their addition and subtraction concepts!
After learning to code in Term 1, the students will now code independently and confidently by themselves. This time, the routes will be full of obstacles and they need to analyse the mat to decide a shortest and safest route, sharpening their critical thinking in this process.
1 hour 15 min
Dive into the application of math & science concepts & skills
How are Archery & Volleyball related to simple multiplication and division concepts? Through such exciting games, the students would want to know how well they are faring in points and thus, they need to quickly calculate their scores with the use of multiplication. Working backwards in the form of division, the students will ‘see’ how the total scores can be easily reasoned and understood.
Angles and its application will also be introduced through a Billiard session and the concept of angles is further strengthened through the coding lessons as the students need to code the robot to draw various shapes with different angles.
1 hour 15 min
Advanced math, engineering & problem-solving skills utilizing simple machines theme
This term exposes the young students to some simple mechanisms that are used in our daily lives. They will learn how gears work and the application of compound gears, wheels & axles, etc. Additionally, their math will be strengthened through playing games that require not just math competence but also motor and coordination skills to be successful.
In this term, the coding segment now includes colour sensor and music to make the challenges even more exciting, concurrently, strengthening their basic concepts in coding - sequencing & directions as well as critical thinking to solve problems along the way.