Sri UCSI Early Years curriculum supports essential learning areas through holistic enquiry and play-based approaches that cover all curriculum areas including personal, social and emotional development.
Our Eight Learning Principles at Sri UCSI Early Years:
- The early years of life are important in their own right
- Children should be supported to learn and develop at their own unique pace
- Playing is an essential aspect of all children’s learning and development
- Learning happens when teachers nurture child-initiated experiences to harness their natural curiosity in an enabling environment.
- Independent and interdependent learning experiences create a context for personal development and are the foundation of international-mindedness
- Knowledge and skills development lead to an increasing sense of understanding when children are provided with opportunities to explore and express their ideas in multiple ways
- Ongoing assessments, in the form of evaluation and reflection, are effective when it involves a learning-link with the home
- Learning should be motivating, engaging and fun, opening up a world of wonder for children where personal interests can flourish
At Sri UCSI Early Years Centre, we focus on three key areas of development:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- To develop a positive sense of themselves and others
- To form positive relationships and developing respect for others
- To develop social skills and learning how to manage their feelings
- To understand appropriate behaviour in groups
- To develop confidence in their abilities.
- To develop coordination, control, and movement
- To understand the importance of physical activity
- To make healthy choices about food
- To be independent and manage their hygiene
Communication and Language
- To develop confidence and skills in expressing themselves
- To learn to speak and listen in a range of situations
- To interact collaboratively with peers and familiar adults
- To learn how to negotiate plans and develop talk through play, using language to recreate and imagine experiences
Our Early Years programme has clearly defined learning areas and objectives apart from personal, social and emotional development. The four specific areas include:
English – The child starts to link letters and sounds, explore texts and poetry, and begin their reading, writing and literacy journey. They develop reading and writing skills as they explore, enjoy, learn about, use words and texts in a broad range of contexts. They are also expected to able to read and understand sentences, use phonic knowledge to decode regular words, as well as read-aloud accurately. Using their phonic knowledge, they can write words in ways that match their spoken words.
Mathematics – The child starts to develop skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems, as well as describing shapes, spaces and measures. Activities and hands-on experiences facilitate children to explore the real-life of Mathematics and enable them to apply their mathematical thinking in a relevant way, equipping them with a solid mathematical foundation upon which all subsequent learning will be built.
Understanding the World – The child starts to make sense of the physical world and their community. We guide children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and environment. They can observe and compare, talk about changes they see and begin to develop creative and critical thinking skills.
Expressive Arts and Design – The child starts to express and explore a wide range of media and materials. They can share their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in arts, movement, dance, role-play, as well as design and technology.
At Sri UCSI Early Years Centre, we go further than the prescribed curriculum by offering additional elements in learning such as phonics lessons to encourage independent reading and writing. We also offer Mandarin, Bahasa Melayu and basic ICT Literacy lessons in the Early Years.
Thematic Integrated Approach – We would like to make the child’s learning to be more meaningful. Therefore, we connect all learning process that takes place via a unit of learning or theme. All the activities and lessons in the class will be centred around themes that they find interesting and relevant. Examples of these themes include About Myself, Living Things, Physical Science, Transportations, Animals and Occupations.
Teaching thematically helps children to make sense of what they are being taught, since content areas are integrated and not made to stand alone. Students can retain more information when it is not presented as isolated facts, but rather as part of a whole. Thematic units encourage the involvement of all students through topics relevant to them. Children can relate to real-world experiences and build on prior knowledge of a topic.