Berry Tree Preschool provides child care, pre-school education and enrichment programs for children between 18 months to 6 years old. We recognize that each child has unique talents, different learning styles and personality. Thus the programs we develop are child-centred and integrate all areas of learning into an experiential journey.
A typical day at Berry Tree Preschool depends on the age of the child. Generally, the day will include morning welcome, learning activities, outside play, lunch, rest time, afternoon snack and afternoon activities. These could include supplemental enrichment activities such as English Speech and Drama, Chinese Speech and Drama, Creative Arts, Music and Movement, etc.
Learning extends beyond the classrooms as our children are exposed to excursion organised by the school. Such excursions give children concrete experiences that bring life and meaning to their learning.
We assure you that your child will experience a balance between learning activities, rest and play.
Play Group (18 – 30 Months)
The Play Group curriculum focuses on the development of independence, autonomy and social awareness for beginning learners, through opportunities for hands-on experiences, exploring their environment and expressing themselves through various means e.g. drawing, interacting, communicating. Preliminary pre-literacy skills are encouraged through explorations with drawing and writing materials, songs and music & movement, reading experiences as well as outdoor play.
- Work on holistic development of the childIntroduce and develop gross and fine motor skills
- Get immersed in linguistic fun activities through specially designed routine
Nursery 1 (30 Months to 3 Years Old)
The Nursery 1 curriculum progressively increases communication skills development through the expression of ideas, thoughts and feelings. Children are encouraged to engage in drawing, preliminary writing, sharing through verbal communication, physical explorations as well as investigative explorations. Children engage in transitory experiences in gaining greater independence in self-help and social skills.
- Help children to recognise sounds of the alphabet using Letterland Phonics curriculum – a story-based approach
- Master mathematical concepts such as counting from 1 to 10 using Growing With Mathimatics curriculum
Nursery 2 (3 to 4 Years Old)
The Nursery 2 curriculum exposes children 3 to 4 years of age to more language and literacy, numeracy and exploratory experiences as they prepare for their kindergarten years. Learning is integrated through the inquiry process and hands-on as well as project experiences. Basic pre-literacy skills are introduced as guided by the Ministry of Education’s Kindergarten Curriculum Framework.
- Blend and read multiple letter words fluently.
- Master basic reading by applying phonetic
- knowledge to specially tailored books.
- Learn concepts of addition and subtraction.
Kindergarten 1 (4 to 5 years old)
The Kindergarten 1 curriculum reinforces language and literacy, numeracy and Chinese learning for children ages 4 to 5. Learning experiences will integrate a greater emphasis on academic knowledge acquisition together with social independence and dispositions toward learning. Literacy skills are reinforced through opportunities for reading, writing and communicating ideas, thoughts and feelings. Social interaction forms an innate part of the curriculum through community engagement and peer interaction.
- Give children a friendly logic for remembering all 44 letter sounds and their major spellings with Letterland Phonics stories.
- Teach children correct letter formation, fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination with Letterland Early Years Handwriting worksheets.
- Familiarisation with place values such as units, tens and hundreds and learn vertical addition and subtraction
- Introduce science by encouraging children to articipate in various hands-on experiments.
Kindergarten 2- School Readiness (5 to 6 years old)
The inquiry process at the kindergarten 2 level for children ages 5 to 6 years will have a greater emphasis on Language & Literacy, Numeracy and Chinese. While the other areas of learning will continue to be integrated in the learning experiences, the curriculum will focus on children’s transition to primary one and will be closely aligned with the learning goals recommended by the Ministry of Education’s Curriculum Framework for Kindergartens. Children’s transition to primary one is supported with exposure to the primary one curriculum through primary school visits.
- This is a critical year of structured learning through gradual acceleration to prepare your child for primary school. We will help to get your child well-prepared for primary school through a comprehensive curriculum in Math, Science and linguistic skills.
- Introduction of common aspects of primary school learning such as spelling, cloze passage and logical sequencing.
- Intense exercises in grammar and vocabulary with accompanying worksheets
- Read, write in words, standard, and expanded notation, and identify place values of digits for numbers within 100.
- Understand the meaning of addition (missing whole, putting together, counting on, and simple addition stories).
- Understand the meaning of subtraction (missing part, taking away, counting back, and simple subtraction stories). etc.