Preschool Programme at Royal Buckingham, School Jakarta

The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) Early Years program adopted by Royal Buckingham School, Jakarta are for children aged three to five years old and is firmly rooted in good practice for young children. The main focus in the Early Years in Royal Buckingham School, Jakarta is ensuring that children are happy, engaged and comfortable in their environment so that they can develop a positive feeling towards school and learning.

Teaching and learning in RBIS is child-centered and play based. Activities stem from a real-life topic that children can easily relate to. Teachers organise a range of games and activities that can be both child initiated and teacher-led.

Activities at The Royal Buckingham School, Jakarta are organised with a view to fulfilling the development goals set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework of the International Curriculum. The curriculum aims to cover 6 key areas of learning: social & emotional development, language, problem solving, understanding of the world, creative development and physical development.

Chinese is introduced in the curriculum in the Early Years and follows a similar, play-based approach. Each child’s progress is tracked individually enabling the class teacher to understand and plan for each child’s individual needs. Small class sizes allow for more personal attention and care for each child.

The school provides regular, on-going feedback to parents, which can be daily wherever appropriate, to ensure that parents are fully informed of how their children are adjusting to life in school.

The International Primary Curriculum believe that:

* The overriding purpose of early years education is to help children develop the skills and attitudes they will need both at this level and throughout a lifetime of learning.

* Children need a holistic educational experience that doesn’t create artificial boundaries between different aspects of their development.

* Play is an essential part of children’s learning and general development.


The activities undertaken by children aged 3 to 5 help them work towards the subject, personal and international goals of the International Primary Curriculum Main Programme.

The IPC Early Years Programme for 3-5 year-olds – provides you with:

* The Learning Strands, outlining the four key areas of learning – Independence and Interdependence, Communicating, Exploring and Healthy Living.


* 17 ready-to-teach exciting units of work designed to fully address the learning strands, with assessment advice and planning sheets.

* Full implementation guides.

IPC Early Years 

At the very heart of the IPC Early Years is a clarity about what children should learn. The learning of children aged 4-5 is described in 4 strands:

* Independence and interdependence

* Communicating

* Exploring

* Healthy living

The point at which children actually start working towards the Milepost 1 goals of the Main International Primary Curriculum Program will depend on their individual circumstances and needs. It will also depend on the professional judgement of their teachers. Almost all children will start this process by the time they are six and many may start younger than this.

Each strand contains it’s own appropriate learning outcomes for young children. Here’s a small selection.

Strand 1: Independence and interdependence
Children learn about:

1.10     Strategies for solving conflicts in peaceful ways
1.11     Positive and constructive attitudes to competition
1.12     Taking another’s point of view

Strand 2: Communicating
Children learn about:

2.1     Using gesture and expressive body movement for communication 
2.2     Understanding non-verbal messages

Strand 3: Exploring 
Children learn about:

3.8     Moving in space and moving to rhythm 
3.9     Using a variety of strategies for exploring and making sense of the world
3.10   Setting and solving problems

Strand 4: Healthy living
Children learn about:

4.1     Keeping themselves healthy 
4.2     Self-help and self-care
4.3     Making Choices

The units of work

The programme consists of 16 units of work, each based on a theme chosen to appeal to young children – for example “Sand and Water”. These units of work give teachers that framework to design classroom activities for their children that let them achieve the learning outcomes and have fun.

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