Programmes

Academics

At Atticus International we believe “babies learn best when they are not being taught.” Our approach to infant development is one of learning through fun and play. It is far more enriching to provide infants with rich and varied experiences for them to explore their surroundings and learn about the people around them than to use flashcards or train their brains to memorise words and pictures.

For example, younger infants are exposed to different facial expressions through animated reading and colourful textured books to stimulate their five senses, and also to language and communication skills. Older infants on the other hand, start to be involved in activities such as Outdoor Play, Music & Movement, Speech & Drama.

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Key Features of our programmes include:

  • Extensive Verbal Stimulation where infants are talked to often, to encourage language and social development
  • Enriching & Stimulating Surroundings to provide just enough sensory stimulation
  • Tumbling Activities & Daily Baby Massages which are important for physical development
  • Regular Health Checks by medically-trained staff to ensure developmental milestones and general wellness are achieved
  • A Comfortable and Secure Environment for quality play and sleep
  • Pleasing Décor with adequate childproofing to ensure safe explorations
  • Appropriate Selection of Books for reading to provide a strong language foundation
  • Music & Movement including catchy action songs specially selected to captivate infants
  • In-house Specialists to provide parents with advice on their infant’s physical, emotional and mental development

Playway

Toddlers learn best when they are engaged in activities that involve their senses of sight, sound, touch, taste and smell. Play is thus the main focus of our Playway programme at Atticus International.

To ensure they enjoy a kaleidoscope of experiences, our teachers use a wide variety of resources and materials including toys that toddlers can manipulate with pleasing, immediate effects activity quilts of different textures: attachments that squeak or jingle; rattles; activity bars and soft balls to throw and retrieve. With these, toddlers learn the concept of cause and effect and their dexterity and motor development will be enhanced.

As toddlers begin to interact with each other, learning possibilities escalate. They are now ready to experiment with nesting cups, activity boxes, stacking rings, large blocks, and shape-sorters. These toys further develop fine motor skills and introduce relationships between objects.

At the end of the Playway year, our toddlers they would have had enriched experiences in music and movement, creative art and craft, early science and discovery, pretend play and dramatisation, early foundational mathematics, physical education and outdoor activities and English language arts.

Pre Nursery

In Pre-Nursery, children spend a large part of their day interacting with their teachers and friends in a creative and enriching environment filled with music, art, stories, rhymes, games, water and sand play, fun project work, as well as reading and writing.

They explore the beginnings of Mathematics through a variety of hands-on maths activities and are introduced to phonics and language arts through Letterland. Playgroup children thus be-come familiar with Letterland characters, created to represent the letters of the alphabet as pictograms and the sounds they make are intuitively accessible to three- and four-year olds, such as Clever Cat, Walter Walrus and Yellow Yo-Yo Man. These alliterative names also enhance phonemic awareness at an early age. Apart from Letterland, numerous stories, rhymes, songs, and dramatic play based on themes will enhance your child’s learning.

When your child joins us in Prenursery, he may have difficulty following instructions and performing activities. However, this is only temporary as all children will soon understand repeated phrases and instructions that are used within context and become confident speakers as exposure increases. Throughout Playgroup, the focus is on enhancing listen-ing and comprehension skills through conversation, music, rhymes, movement and games.

Nursery

Language and social skills practiced through make-believe games come into play as Nursery children interact more and more with their peers. Early table games such as puzzles, board games. introduce the concept of taking turns and sharing, whilst letters, words and number-recognition toys and games reinforce math and language learning.

Art materials (clay, crayons, markers, paints, collage materials) are a creative favourite of most children in this age group, just are skipping ropes, large tricycles and bicycles with training wheels.

Children are taught through guided inquiry where the teacher creates a learning environment where there is carefully considered balance between explicit teaching & inquiry learning.

Nursery curriculum includes multiple activities and development of life skills such as physical, language, social-emotional, cognitive, reasoning, self help, gross and fine motor. The skills are integrated through music, dance, art, movement, games, play activities, toys, interactions, puzzles, books, social events, festivities celebrations, vocabulary, awareness and fun sheets etc.

For Letterland, two more facets will be added to the pictograms which form the heart of the Letterland system – handwriting and listening skills. Correct letter formations will be introduced in memorable ways through songs and rhymes and children will be equipped with a repertoire of words beginning with the different letter sounds. Our teachers will then encourage them to express themselves through drawings and art and craft activities, as a precursor to writing.

At this level, the focus is on developing the children’s vocabulary and verbal abilities through stories, music and dance. Written exercises will also be introduced, usually in the second half of the year.

Kindergarten

By the time our children are in Kindergarten , they will have longer attention spans and be able to sit for longer periods of time. They will also have more developed social skills, be more confident in using English, and eager to create new ideas and expand their imagination. They will thus begin to experience themes and activities that seek to broaden their horizons.

For our Kindergarten, Letterland becomes a structured systematic course of learning emphasising:

Phonic Skills
Whole Word Recognition
Development of reading and spelling
Sentence awareness
Reading & Comprehension
Creative Writing


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