Learn­ing be­gins with play

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - BRIGHT KIDS -

TAY­LOR’S In­ter­na­tional School has an Early Years Unit that puts chil­dren’s learn­ing at its heart.

The school un­der­stands that chil­dren learn in an in­te­grated way and not in neat, tidy com­part­ments.

This is why Tay­lor’s In­ter­na­tional School creates ex­pe­ri­ences through top­ics such as Won­der­ful Me, Fam­ily and Friends, and Trav­el­ling and Trans­port. It is through th­ese top­ics that chil­dren are able to ex­plore and make links in their learn­ing, which is an im­por­tant real- life skill.

A great Early Years ex­pe­ri­ence in­volves play that is set up and sup­ported through care­ful plan­ning by teach­ers and teach­ing as­sis­tants.

Tay­lor’s In­ter­na­tional School starts from what chil­dren can do and creates op­por­tu­ni­ties for them to build upon it. It is through play that chil­dren learn to ex­press them­selves, in­ter­act and work as a group, and make sense of new learn­ing.

For ex­am­ple, a sim­ple fruit and veg­etable shop sce­nario sup­ported by a skilled prac­ti­tioner en­ables chil­dren to talk and ex­plore lan­guage in the role of a shop­keeper or a cus­tomer in both imag­i­nary and real- life sit­u­a­tions, lis­ten to and re­spond to oth­ers, use tech­nol­ogy such as a till or cal­cu­la­tor, and ex­plore prob­lem­solv­ing skills that an­swer ques­tions such as “How much does this cost?” and “How much change should the cus­tomer get?”

To chil­dren, they are just play­ing, but to a skilled prac­ti­tioner, they are de­vel­op­ing a wealth of im­por­tant skills.

A bal­ance be­tween th­ese play­based ex­pe­ri­ences and teacherdi­rected ac­tiv­i­ties tailored to chil­dren’s needs en­ables chil­dren to flour­ish and make the most progress.

Tay­lor’s In­ter­na­tional School is ded­i­cated to pro­vid­ing such ex­pe­ri­ences.

To en­sure that stu­dents con­tinue to re­ceive the best learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences pos­si­ble, prac­ti­tion­ers at Tay­lor’s In­ter­na­tional School use the Bri­tish Early Years Cur­ricu­lum, care­ful ob­ser­va­tion and as­sess­ment to plan class lessons and group work.

Care­fully planned play op­por­tu­ni­ties al­low chil­dren to prac­tise and ap­ply their new skills.

An ex­am­ple of this at Tay­lor’s In­ter­na­tional School is its care­ful, tailored ap­proach to phon­ics where chil­dren work in small groups to ex­plore a new sound and prac­tise us­ing this to read and write words and sen­tences through games as well as hands- on ac­tiv­i­ties such as trea­sure hunts.

Chil­dren are then en­cour­aged to ap­ply th­ese new read­ing and writ­ing skills in play. They may write a shop­ping list be­fore go­ing to the class “shop” or write a sen­tence to ex­plain their pic­ture on a large piece of pa­per taped to the floor.

It is im­por­tant to cre­ate as many op­por­tu­ni­ties as pos­si­ble for chil­dren to prac­tise th­ese new skills through­out the set­ting.

Tay­lor’s In­ter­na­tional School un­der­stands that the care­ful bal­ance of child- ini­ti­ated play and adult- di­rected ac­tiv­ity is cru­cial in mak­ing the best progress both aca­dem­i­cally as well as in their so­cial, emo­tional and com­mu­ni­ca­tion de­vel­op­ment.

The small class sizes of 16 in Nurs­ery and 18 in Re­cep­tion en­sure that ev­ery child re­ceives from their teacher the time and ded­i­ca­tion that they de­serve.

Tay­lor’s In­ter­na­tional School is com­mit­ted to giv­ing its chil­dren the best pos­si­ble start.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 03- 9200 9898 or e- mail ad­mis­sions@ kl. tis. edu. my ( KL cam­pus) or call 03- 5879 5000 or e- mail ad­mis­sions@ pc. tis. edu. my ( Pu­chong cam­pus).

Learn­ing through play helps young chil­dren de­velop their phys­i­cal, so­cial, emo­tional and in­tel­lec­tual skills.

Hands- on ac­tiv­i­ties such as per­form­ing ac­tions, mak­ing sounds and talk­ing help chil­dren learn and make links to their real- life ex­pe­ri­ences.

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