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Nervous about your little one starting school? Don't be!
Posted 30/10/2017 11:07AM


"Nervous about your little one starting school? Don’t be!" & pdf - 26th October 2017


#3 Encouraging genuine, unstructured play

Saying goodbye to your “baby” as he or she heads into the classroom for the first time evokes a twinge of anxiety and a touch of melancholy in every parent. So, it’s reassuring when you know that as your child is starting school, they are in the safe hands of experienced educators. We asked representatives from six international schools to each explain one important concept in early learning at their school. And how the implementation of that concept helps to nurture young ones embarking on their education journey.

“On any typical day in our Primary Years Programme (PYP), our teaching staff tries to encourage learning through authentic play – we listen to the children, their many languages and manners of communicating and use their voices in determining the next steps of inquiry. Given our child-centred and teacher-responsive approach, we often witness ‘learner agency’ in the children. For example, one day, one of the children who had recently eaten chicken rice at a hawker centre influenced the whole class to design and construct their own hawker stall replicas and the next day they were deeply engaged in transdisciplinary role-play. All this unfolded so organically and it was a rich experience for the children! We also have a buddy system that reinforces the IB Learner Profile by encouraging the children to be caring and to take principled action. Our younger students eagerly model friendship to new friends starting school, whereas older children can expect numerous ‘How To’ books to help them ease into their new surroundings.”

Author: Alison Flinchum, Preschool English Language Teacher and IB PYP curriculum coordinator

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IB Curriculum

The English speaking European Section of GESS is a fully fledged International Baccalaureate World School, and one of the few in the world who are authorised to deliver the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programme (IBDP).

Since opening in 2005, the European Section has grown rapidly to become a school with a reputation for quality education with a strong community feel. We now have over 600 students. The vast majority of our students are European passport holders, for whom GESS represents a vital connection with home. Students are thus provided with a safe, friendly and familiar environment in which they are challenged to thrive as they grow into independent and responsible global citizens.

Our academic and pastoral programmes are designed to support this demographic and ultimately to prepare our students for returning to Europe or for entry into European universities. To this end we endeavor to support mother tongue language acquisition so that our students do not lose this vital connection with their home culture. Fortunately, given the high entry requirements into European schools and colleges, this also means that our students are especially well prepared for study all over the world, particularly North America, the UK and Australia.

The Pre-School department provides education from 18 month to 6 years in either English or German. Children are placed in groups according to their age.


German Curriculum

Since the school was founded in 1971, the school has evolved into a school with two sections. As an accredited “Excellent German School Abroad”, the German Section of the German European School Singapore (GESS) offers all major German school leaving certificates. The European Section is an authorized IB World School offering education in English across all three IB programmes.

The German Section supports the students to develop their German roots. We give them wings for the linguistic demands of a globalized world through our differentiated English programme from grade 1 onwards. In secondary school some subjects are taught in English. Our students are benefitting from numerous bonding activities and have additional space to enjoy the internationality of the school.

Our Pre-School department provides education from 18 month to 6 years in either English or German. Children are placed in groups according to their age. 

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