Children eagerly grasp any opportunity to discover more about their world. At Double Decker, we offer an integrated curriculum and an environment where your child can actively pursue their own learning and development. Our bilingual early-years curriculum is carefully planned and structured to ensure that:
• Provision is made for the different starting points from which your child develops their learning, building upon what they can already do using a scaffolding approach.
• Relevant and stimulating learning experiences match the different levels of your child’s needs.
• Planned and purposeful, fun activities provide opportunities for teaching and learning, both indoors and outdoors.
Our curriculum covers six broad areas of learning and development:
Personal, Social and Emotional
We encourage independence and self-discipline, so that we can approach life with confidence, enthusiasm and an awareness of self and others. We emphasise play as a way of creatively exploring relationships and our social environment.
Communication, Language and Literacy
We learn to talk confidently and clearly, enjoying stories, songs and poems in both English and German. We encourage seeing the purpose of written language and to experiment with it.
We develop an understanding of maths through stories, songs, games, imaginative play and manipulative materials, and become comfortable with numbers and with mathematical ideas, such as ‘bigger’ or ‘less than’, and discover shape, space and pattern.
Knowledge and Understanding of Our World
We explore the world around us, both on a local and global scale. Emphasis is placed on science, with many opportunities to conduct our own experiments.
We learn to move with confidence, controlling our bodies and handling equipment that improves small and large motor skills. We have frequent outdoor activities during the week, whether it be in the park, on an excursion or exploring the local forests.
Creativity / Expressive Arts
We explore colour, form, texture, art techniques, movement, expression, drama and music. In the bilingual environment music is of particular importance. Making music brings us together and means that we assimilate a new language much more easily through singing, dancing and playing instruments. Fostering a musical ear also assists in improving language, literacy and math skills, and is a great tool for self-expression, helping to build confidence.
Whilst topical learning provides one opportunity to meet our curriculum objectives, we always have opportunities for your child to participate in planning their own activities and, with the support of our teachers, to discuss what they hope to achieve and how they hope to do so.
Our teachers also set specific tasks with learning objectives in mind. Our focus on your child’s stage of development allows our teachers to design suitable activities that incorporate appropriate support. This tailored, scaffolding approach is a fundamental tool in our support of each individual child’s learning and development.