A low student to teacher ratio in each class ensures our students receive individual focus and greater attention. This means our staff truly get to know these students and have a thorough understanding of their development, well-being, and safety. Our teachers are Early Childhood specialists, and our staff works closely in partnership with parents to help each child grow and thrive.
Fosters the foundations of learning through inquiry. Promotes creative and critical thinking, curiosity, problem-solving, and independence.
We promote every child’s language acquisition through a supportive environment and a systematic approach to developing foundational language skills and empowering our students to be confident communicators.
Early Childhood students at RAS have many opportunities to develop as creative and critical thinkers in their homeroom class and with specialist teachers for Music, Visual Arts, Physical Education, and Dance.
Early Childhood Curriculum Overview
Our Early Childhood program provides your child with engaging, play-based learning opportunities to ensure they have foundational skills ready for Elementary School. By playing, inquiring, and working by themselves, and collaboratively with their peers, our Early Childhood students learn about themselves and also about our community. Our skilled Early Childhood team works together in partnership with parents to support each child’s development; academically, socially, emotionally, and physically. Early Childhood classes at RAS are for children from 3 years old.
|Grade level||Average Age|
|Pre K3||3 years old|
|Pre K4||4 years old|
|Kindergarten||5 years old|
A Word From Our Elementary Principal
Welcome to the Early Childhood program, part of the Elementary School at RAS. We are a community that is committed to working in partnership with parents to develop each child. Our dedicated team of Early Childhood specialist teachers and support staff are devoted to supporting each child in their intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development.
In Early Childhood, we learn through play; our educational program focuses on building strong foundational language skills and opportunities for our students to inquire, engage, and express their learning differently. Learning in the Elementary School at RAS is challenging; we support our students to achieve their best in all that they do. Pastoral care is a critical element of our Elementary program; our teachers care about our students developing learning environments where each child feels confident and achieves their full potential.
We look forward to welcoming your family to the Early Childhood program, part of the Elementary School here at RAS.
– Mrs. Anita McCallum
Early Childhood Curriculum:
As a key element of working with parents to develop the ‘whole child,’ the following themes are developed throughout the year through a whole school focus. Core activities include shared reading, assemblies, and student-initiated activities and outreach projects.
Core subjects: Core subjects are taught by the Homeroom teacher.
In Pre-Kinder, we utilize the Creative Curriculum and the GOLD Progression objectives as our curriculum base. In ELA, students are supported to explore and discover how we use English through various language-rich learning experiences. Building strong foundational speaking and listening skills, along with excellent pre-reading and pre-writing awareness, ensures students are ready for the academic rigors of Kindergarten.
Kindergarten: The foundation of our ES Literacy program is built upon the English Language Arts Common Core standards. These standards emphasize the key areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking, and language foundations. Learning opportunities are differentiated to make learning experiences accessible and engaging.
Kinder students receive a balanced literacy approach that provides authentic reading and writing experiences with targeted instruction. The balanced literacy approach ensures that all students have explicit instruction, opportunities to work on their independent levels, scaffolding and feedback from teachers, and collaborative interactions with peers.
PreK: The GOLD Progression objectives scaffolds learning expectations for our youngest learners. These objectives guide our learning experiences in Mathematics. Through play and small group instruction, students in PreK begin to learn about Mathematical concepts such as number, shape and space and measurement. Observation and problem solving are key as children use Mathematical language to discover the world around them. Students are challenged through differentiated instruction to build their Mathematical understanding.
Kinder: Common Core standards guide our teaching in Mathematics. They include both: Practice Standards: problem-solving, communicating reasoning, and modeling mathematics. Content Standards: Counting and cardinality, operations and algebraic thinking, number and operations in base ten, number and operations – fractions, measurement and data, and geometry.
Learning experiences are designed to develop conceptual understanding and problem-solving skills. Students learn Mathematical concepts by using manipulatives and drawings to make sense and construct their understanding. Students are encouraged to think of multiple strategies to solve problems and explain their thinking both in writing and orally.
Through integrated inquiry units, students in PreK learn about themselves, their community, how the world works, and our planet. Student questions, curiosity, and observations are encouraged and used as an integral part of the learning program. “Invitations to play’ entice children to explore these different concepts and express their understanding in creative ways. The GOLD Progression objectives scaffold learning expectations for our youngest learners.
In Kinder, these hands-on learning experiences continue designed using the Next Generation Science Standards for Science and the AERO standards for Social Studies.
Students are provided with opportunities to learn a wide variety of artistic techniques and mediums in order to demonstrate and share their creativity. Our Art curriculum is based on the GOLD Progression objectives for PreK and the U.S. National Standards for Art Education for Kinder.
Students in PreK – Grade 5 have two Art classes per week with a specialist Elementary Art teacher.
Students are actively involved in creating, moving, singing, playing instruments, and performing. Our Music curriculum is based on the GOLD Progression objectives for PreK and the U.S. National Standards for Music Education for Kinder.
Students in PreK – Grade 5 have two Music classes per week with a specialist Elementary Music teacher.
Our PE program follows the GOLD Progression objectives for PreK and the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America) standards. RAS students will develop health-related fitness, physical competence, cognitive understanding, and positive attitudes about physical activity so that they can make lifelong wellbeing (physical, social, mental and emotional, spiritual) enhancing decisions. We promote active participation and encourage students to develop intrinsic motivation for an active lifestyle.
Students in PreK – Grade 5 have two PE classes per week with a specialist Elementary PE teacher.
Our PreK students have the opportunity to participate in Dance lessons twice a week with a specialist Dance teacher. These lessons provide our youngest students with opportunities to create and express themselves through music and movement. Our Dance program follows the GOLD Progression objectives.
The primary goal of our World Language program is to enable students to communicate effectively in an additional language. Languages being taught include Bahasa Malay and Mandarin Language Acquisition. (Mandarin B)
Mandarin is also taught to students for whom Mandarin is their Mother Tongue language. (Mandarin A)
Students in Kinder – Grade 5 have two WLG classes per week with specialist language teachers.