Primary Years Programme (PYP)
The PYP encourages children to get creative and introduces them to the idea of themes which span different subjects. The curriculum has a global approach, which helps students connect learning not only to where they live but also to people and cultures around the world. The PYP is varied, exciting, and designed to progress children’s skills in preparation for their later education.
Early Learning at Northbridge sets standards for the learning, development, and care of children from ages 2-4. It ensures children are ready for our primary school by giving them a broad range of knowledge and skills, which form a strong foundation for a successful school career.
Areas of Learning and Development
Our Early Learning programme encourages children to play, explore, create, and think critically through an array of activities, which are crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships, and thrive.
Communication & Language
We instil a love of language in children and develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves through both the spoken and written word.
Children have ample opportunities to get active and interactive with their friends, which develop their coordination, control, and movement. They also learn basic principles of physical wellbeing and self-care, as well as the importance of physical activity and a healthy diet.
Personal, Social & Emotional Development
We encourage children to grow a positive sense of both themselves and others. They learn how to forge and maintain friendships, manage their feelings, and demonstrate appropriate behaviour. The overarching themes are self-confidence and self-awareness.
Children learn to link sounds to letters, then begin reading and writing while supported by a wide range of reading materials.
Children learn counting and basic mathematical concepts, such as addition, subtraction, shapes, spaces, and measurements.
Understanding the World
Children make sense of the world around them by observing and learning about technology, the environment, people, and places. This learning is based on first-hand experiences, and involves making predictions, enacting decisions, and engaging in discussions.
Expressive Arts & Design
Children draw on their imaginations and work with various media and materials to express their thoughts and feelings through art, music, dance, and role play. Through these fun and stimulating activities, we nurture children’s curiosity, and they learn to value their own ideas and those of their peers.
Your child’s performance is analysed based on what they know, understand, and can do. This information is then used by teachers to instruct them at a level that resonates with them most. Assessment is a daily part of school life, and helps children develop the skills and knowledge they need to succeed.
Early Learning teachers communicate with families about children’s achievements and progress in two academic reports: one in December, one in June. Our reports describe your child’s academic and social development, and list targets in each subject that they can focus on before the next report.