Drama

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Our Curriculum has at its core the use of drama and other Performing arts to develop the whole child. Drama education incorporates physical and emotional responses while learning, which is a recognized way that accelerates children’s memory. Children learn to recognize non-verbal language, intonations and expressions and can literally step into someone else’s shoes, developing a deeper understanding and empathy for others.

International themes and a strong focus on play based learning foster a genuine love of learning,problem solving and experimentation. Group activities, intentional teaching and individual activities are blended to provide a balance of skills and experiences.

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

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The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is a framework from the United Kingdom that outlines key areas based on the developmental stages of learning for infants and toddlers through to age 6.
3 Prime Areas and 4 Specific Areas:

3 Prime Areas

Personal, Social & Emotional Development
Communication & Language
Physical Development

4 Specific Areas

Mathematics
Art Design
Understand the world
Literacy

3 Prime Areas

the prime areas begin to develop quickly in response to relationships and experiences, and run through and support learning in all other areas

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Personal, Social & Emotional Development

In a positive, nurturing environment, children initiate conversations with each other, share interests and form friendships. Friendly behaviour and respectful interactions are promoted so that the children develop into capable individuals who are able to resolve conflicts, manage their emotions and interact effectively in their world.

Physical Development

Our physical education curriculum uses a wide range of equipment and activities to develop children’s gross motor skills, coordination, control, manipulation and movement.
Children learn about the importance of keeping a healthy body and mind and how to manage their own hygiene and personal needs successfully.

Communication & Language

In a language rich environment filled with creative, dramatic and literacy experiences, and with the support of our educators, our learners develop their communication and listening skills and build reading and writing skills. They are encouraged to tell their own stories in many different ways to build their ability to express themselves effectively. Our International Curriculum supports multicultural languages, but where English is the main language of instruction and students entering should be prepared and supported to engage with an English medium curriculum. One day a week will be set aside for a Cantonese rich language environment to immerse our students in the main spoken language in Hong Kong. Students have daily Chinese Literacy and Putonghua (Mandarin) lessons. K3 students will receive instruction in English and Cantonese equally. An optional Enhanced Chinese class takes place every week day from 1.30 to 4.30. This program was developed by our team to benefit children who will be joining local schools where the requirement on written and spoken Chinese is higher than in International schools. It is also a wonderful option for parents who wish to accelerate a child’s spoken and written understanding so that they can understand the world around them. The program is tailored to the level of the children’s understanding of written and spoken Chinese.

4 Specific Areas

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Literacy

Reading is a complex process which takes time – it is based on building a wide vocabulary through listening and talking. KHT promotes vocabulary development through experiences which extend their spoken language and their understanding of what is being said to them. Understanding the way the spoken language works and how words can be broken into sounds ultimately allows them to read with understanding through applying phonic knowledge to words which can be sounded phonetically and learning to read other words through familiarization. We utilise Jolly Phonics as our primary source for phonics. Children are given access to a wide range of reading materials to ignite their interest and practice their newly-acquired skills. Basic understanding of Chinese characters is essential for children to be able to read in Chinese. Children will learn simple Chinese characters through engaging stories. We will associate the sounds of the Chinese characters with Putonghua.

Mathematics

Children are supported in developing their understanding of problem solving, reasoning and numeracy in a broad range of contexts - they can explore, enjoy, learn, practice and talk about their developing understanding. They are constantly provided with opportunities to practice these skills and to gain confidence.

Understand the world

Children are encouraged to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding to make sense of the world. Their learning is supported with opportunities for them to encounter creatures, people, plants, and natural materials in the classroom and in real life situations. Our Curriculum is rich in practical experiments, cooking experiences, sensory and heuristic play, planting and growing activities, as well as excursions in the community and visits from our families and community specialists to share their knowledge and experiences with the children.

Art Design

Children are provided with holistic opportunities to explore their creativity through drama, art, craft, music, movement, role play activities and IT technologies. Creative play enables children to make connections between one area of learning and another, thereby enhancing their understanding. Children represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through these creative mediums, heightening their active learning and facilitating their critical thinking and leadership skills.

Our Classes

There is ample natural light in all four purpose-built classrooms to offer a warm and welcoming atmosphere, ideal for young children to play and learn.

Programs Offered

9am to 12pm for PN, K1, K2 & K3
1.30 – 4.30 (Extended Afternoon program from 11 – 4.30pm available for families who apply for this school assistance)
9am to 4.30pm for PN, K1, K2 & K3
KHT Program
Many parents will choose the full day option for their child in K2 as a good preparation for entry into primary school. <br>After K2, students may move on to an International Primary School or continue to study at KHT in K3 where the program is focused on streaming easy entry into local schools in P1 or International Schools starting later in the year.
PN Children need to be a minimum of 1 years 8 months at the beginning of the school year but can only join the class on their 2 nd Birthday
K1 Children need to be a minimum of 2 years 8 months at the beginning of the school year
K2 Children need to be a minimum of 3 years 8 months at the beginning of the school year
K3 Children need to be a minimum of 4 years 8 months at the beginning of the school year