Educationally Harnessed Play

At Malvern College Pre-School Hong Kong, young children develop and learn through both a structured and free play programme that focuses on inquiry, developmental and hands-on learning. Emphasis is placed on active, play-based learning with a balance of child-initiated and adult-led activities. Research has shown that this approach develops levels of skill, knowledge, conceptual thinking and confidence that are not possible in a more formal classroom setting.
 

The classroom pods in the Campus.

 

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

Our educationally harnessed play programme builds on the United Kingdom’s Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum, which sets expectations for each age and stage of a child’s developmental progress. At Malvern College Pre-School Hong Kong, we cover seven interconnected EYFS areas of ‘Learning and Development’ all of which are designed to nurture a child’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, whilst allowing them to form relationships in order to thrive socially and emotionally.

 

Prime areas

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development: building relationships, self-confidence and self-awareness, developing social skills and respect for others, and managing feelings and behaviour
  • Communication and Language: listening and speaking, understanding others, and responding to questions properly
  • Physical Development: improving coordination skills, control, manipulation and movement, developing an understanding of the importance of physical activities, and making healthy choices in relation to food

Specific areas

  • Literacy: phonics, reading and writing in both English and Mandarin (simplified characters)
  • Mathematics: numbers, shapes, space and measurements
  • Understanding the World: people and communities, the world, science and technology
  • Expressive Arts and Design: furthering children’s creativity through art, music, movement, dance and imagination

 

All seven areas of learning and development of the EYFS are represented at our beautifully designed campuses.

 

Bilingualism and Diversity

Malvern College Pre-School Hong Kong is an international pre-school that welcomes and celebrates diversity, acknowledging each pupil’s unique heritage. A prominent feature of our curriculum is the equal exposure of pupils from diverse cultural backgrounds to the English and Chinese language.

We believe young pupils’ acquisition of language is most effective when it is taught holistically as part of an integrated curriculum rather than as a compartmentalised subject.

Our dedicated native English and Chinese speaking teachers use a range of activities to help pupils building their vocabulary from an early age. Songs and nursery rhymes allow children to link words with actions and expose them to a range of sounds, laying the foundation for future work on phonics. Our staff create an engaging and supportive learning environment in which all children flourish and gain a good standard of English and Chinese.

Teachers are carefully chosen so that each classroom will have native English-speaking teacher and Mandarin-speaking teacher, who will guide children with practising and consolidating their first language and then embracing the other. Mandarin Chinese language skills are delivered by native level speakers with Chinese teaching qualifications. When in the company of, or working with a teacher, then her native language must be spoken. Most children, in a matter of months, become extremely adept at seamlessly and effortlessly switching from one language to another.