The early years of a child's education is vital to their future success, setting foundations academically as well as personally and socially. A positive, affirming and stimulating environment in which young ones can learn and discover their world and grow into happy and engaged learners is of paramount importance. The new Chatsworth Early Childhood Centre is built and designed with the specific needs of our Kindergarten learners (3 - 5 years old) in mind.
Our Kindergarten curriculum is drawn from the globally recognised IB Primary Years Programme (PYP), which is designed for ages 3 to 11. The classrooms and learning environments follow an inquiry and play-based curriculum and are carefully resourced to enrich learning opportunities for students. With our class sizes being relatively small, Chatsworth provides our students with a warm, safe and nurturing environment under the care of passionate and highly qualified international teachers.
Learning and Playing Facilities
The Early Childhood Centre, slated for opening this coming academic year, is a purpose-built block of three classrooms located at the front of the school. It is a safe and secure space where inside and outside merge into a creative play-based learning area.
Kindergarten students learn and play in dedicated learning spaces specially catered for the age group as well as shared learning spaces. The dedicated facilities include a playground, a bike track, an air conditioned canteen reserved for our Kindergarten students. Our school library has also been extended to house our very significant young readers collection, a dedicated space for the young ones to develop a love of books and reading.
Within the primary school, there are shared facilities such as a larger Forest Playground for ages 3 to 12, maker space, music practice rooms, art rooms, amphitheatre, swimming pool and more to support our students’ learning and development.
Our language curriculum is balanced and challenging, permeating into all subject areas, developing our students as inquiry learners. We nurture an appreciation of language in its many forms by learning language, about language and through language. Listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing and presenting skills and language outcomes are embedded into daily curriculum planning and assessment.
Chatsworth offers comprehensive EAL (English as an Additional Language) support to students who are not native English speakers. English is our language of classroom instruction. We aim to support all EAL students, helping them to meet classroom learning outcomes, supporting them to actively participate in the wider Chatsworth community.
At Chatsworth, students become confident in the language of mathematics, using it as a way of thinking, instead of a series of facts and equations to be memorised. Mathematics is a vehicle to support inquiry, helping students to make sense of the world. Our mathematics curriculum and instruction is inquiry-based, child centered and hands-on. All teachers differentiate mathematics teaching and learning to accommodate for the range of learning styles and abilities within their class.
At Chatsworth, science leads learners to appreciate and see the world as scientists. We encourage curiosity and ingenuity, enabling students to develop understandings of the world. Scientific outcomes and understandings are embedded into inquiry units across the school. Students develop specific scientific skills, exploring rich content relevant to this subject area.
Social studies guides students towards a deeper understanding of themselves, others, and of their place in a global society. At Chatsworth, Social Studies provides opportunities for students to think about human behaviour and activity objectively and sensitively. Social Studies outcomes are embedded into transdisciplinary inquiry units across the school. Students develop specific social studies skills which allow for personal inquiry and lead to responsible action.
Mandarin is taught as an additional language to all students in K - Year 2. In Year 3 onwards, students choose to continue studying either French or Mandarin. Students are introduced to the fundamental skills and knowledge essential for learning Mandarin through inquiry-based activities. Mandarin also exposes our students to Chinese culture, helping them to be appreciative and open-minded communicators.
French is taught as an additional language to all students in K - Year 2. In Year 3 onwards, students choose to continue studying either French or Mandarin. Through a variety of activities, students are exposed to French culture and language, developing students to be appreciative, courageous and open-minded communicators.
The Arts are important and creative subject areas through which Chatsworth students can express themselves in unique and personal ways. While some of these disciplines are taught as stand alone subject areas, Drama, Music, Visual Arts and Dance are all tightly woven into units of inquiry, allowing students to reflect, create and celebrate their learning and thinking.
At Chatsworth we endeavour to develop a combination of transferable skills promoting physical and personal development. Students participate in a wide range of sports, activities, games and physical pursuits, developing their personal fitness and motor skills while refining their social and communication skills. Students work towards both individual and team goals, experiencing achievement and personal success.
In Music class, students are given the opportunity to learn, explore and work independently and cooperatively with others through a variety of musical activities such as singing, playing a variety of
pitched and non-pitched instruments, composing a piece of music and reading notation that will showcase their creativity and confidence as well. Different tasks are given to challenge and motivate the students to become lifelong learners in musical art both as participants and audience members. All primary students have one music lesson per week.
For more information, please refer to our PYP Curriculum Guide.