Preschool and Primary School English Programme
Preschool (Age 4) – Primary School Grade 4
How do children learn English best?
It is crucial to start learning a foreign language at an early age, as the younger the child is the closer the process comes to acquisition. Our curriculum at TED Rönesans is guided by international standards and each grade level is developmentally appropriate in supporting a child’s growth socially, physically, intellectually, and emotionally. Our early years’ programme incorporates a phonics-based curriculum together with a thematic approach to maximise the development of English language skills. Simultaneously, learning strategies, critical thinking, and study skills are taught. Commencing in our Pre-Kinder (age 4) classes, the phonics programme sets the foundation for our young learners to build upon in their primary years.
What is Jolly Phonics?
Jolly Phonics is a fun and child-centred approach to teaching literacy through synthetic phonics. The multi-sensory method is very motivating for children, and teachers observe their students progressing at a fast rate. Research supports this kind of phonics teaching to be highly suitable for children with English as their first language, as well as children learning English as a foreign language. It is also successful with struggling readers.
All of our pre-school and primary English teachers are Jolly Phonics certified.
How is it implemented?
Pre-Kinder classes (Age 4)
Single letter sounds are introduced and students participate in related hands-on craft activities and action songs. Pre-Kinder students also have a weekly ‘Phonics Show and Tell’ to reinforce the initial sounds that they have learned so far.
Kinder classes (Age 5)
The full seven phases, consisting of 42 English letter sounds, are taught plus some basic tricky words (words that cannot be decoded). As soon as the first six sounds are introduced, students are able to read words containing those 6 sounds by blending the sounds together. Students start to read decodable books according to their stage of development.
Primary School Grade 1 (Age 6)
The seven phases, are revised, plus alternative spelling and more tricky words are introduced and practiced. Students continue to read decodable books according to their stage of development. Concurrently, writing, speaking and listening skills are developed through thematic units.
Primary School Grades 2 – 4
Reading and writing foundational skills are further developed, together with speaking and listening skills, through our literacy programme and thematic units.
Our English classroom is seen as a safe environment, where students can take risks to develop their language skills and build their confidence and self-esteem. Alongside the phonics programme, language is expanded through thematic units, introduced through: circle time activities, stories, songs, digital media, and hands-on craft activities in the preschool, progressing to theme-related activities, journal writing, graded reading books and novels in the upper primary years. A strong sense of connection is drawn upon through personal experiences relating to the themes to help students see the connection between literature and life. Our diverse, colourful, and engaging curriculum fosters a curiosity for learning, instills a sense of wonder and awe about the world, and sets a strong foundation for all our young learners to become lifelong readers and writers of English.
Assessment & Evaluation
Pre-Kinder through to Grade 3 students are continually assessed to monitor and evaluate their development and progress.
Grade 4 students take three official examinations per semester, alongside on-going formative assessment to evaluate their progress.
New students entering TED
A comprehensive, differentiated support programme operates across all grades to help students who enter the school, especially those arriving with a low level of English. Along with in-class strategies by our team of experienced teachers and an afterschool support programme (Grades 3 and 4), individual students’ differentiated needs will also be met by the RAZ Kids software, an engaging electronic literature based learning platform that differentiates the activities and reading assignments based on the child’s level of English.
English is further explored and developed through a variety of clubs which are offered in English.
Students will enter the Cambridge Young Learners Examinations (Starters grade 2, Movers grade 3, and Flyers grade 4), which play a pivotal role in motivating the students and preparing them for the rigors of middle school and beyond.