The Preschool is the foundation of the GESS community of learners. We respect children and welcome their exploration, play, curiosity and independence. We create meaningful learning engagements that empower them to become life-long learners. Each child is treated in a holistic and personalised way and our Preschool caters for children from ages 18 months to 5 years old.
The driving force of our pedagogy is the concept that all children have an innate desire to know about their world and are using many ways to develop this understanding.
Primary Years Programme (PYP)
Our Preschool curriculum is aligned with international best practices and build on the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP). Your child will be exposed to an inquiry-based learning environment with focus on language, mathematical, scientific, artistic, and physical understandings. Through inquiry, children will construct adevelopmentally appropriate understanding of their world.
Language of Instruction
We are committed to shaping internationally-minded learners, which is reflected in our commitment to language learning. Each child receives instruction in two languages at varying points of the day. This will help your child to become a powerful communicator in an increasing globalising world.
The children are placed in groups according to their age:
We offer toddler groups in preparation for starting kindergarten. We ensure a smooth transition from those first steps of independence to full-time kindergarten attendance. These groups provide your child with opportunities for making their first social contacts, for exploration and discovery and get used to doing things by themselves.
Our Pre-Kindergarten group is suited for children aged from 2 - 3 years. The groups are kept to a small number and can use generous group rooms as well as extra rooms for crafts, music, movement and a generously laid-out playground. Pre-Kindergarten groups allow parents and children to share breakfast, exchange experiences and spend time together. Children make their own first friends and begin to do things by themselves. The Pre-Kindergarten groups are located in the Habitat on the Junior School Campus.
In our Kindergarten classes we provide heterogeneous grouping, for 3 to 4 years olds. This uniqueness promotes a child centered approach, where the structure for play is closely linked to real life. This approach encourages spontaneity and reflects naturalistic settings like a family grouping where children help one another, display good role modeling, become a community abd grow as individuals. The Kindergarten is located on the Main Campus.
Our Pre-Primary classes, for the 5 to 6 year olds are situated in our purpose built building, the 'Habitat,' at the Junior School Campus, which has its own sports room, large outdoor playground and sand pit, kids kitchen for cooking, and an exciting large indoor open space with sponge flooring designed for safety.
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.
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-Schooldepartment provides education from 18 month to 6 years in either English or German. Children are placed in groups according to their age.