Learning Corners

Before starting a thematic unit, teachers will set up different learning zones covering different learning areas in the classroom, e.g. a diverse integrated learning zone, an exploration zone, and a reading zone. A variety of learning materials and objects will also be placed in the learning zones in advance for children to carry out exploratory activities and manipulate different objects. By doing so, they are able to develop various skills and gain knowledge outside the classroom. Teachers will observe children’s learning performance over the course of the activities. The learning corners integrate learning and assessment, as well as promote children’s autonomy in learning.

Thematic Integrated Zone

A diverse, age-appropriate and comprehensive learning environment is specifically designed based on curriculum content and structure. In order to support different teaching modes and teaching strategies (thematic teaching, picture book teaching, specially designed activities and play-based learning), classrooms of each grade and the general school environment are decorated in different themes. Children are also provided with abundant learning resources and tools to choose from based on what they are interested in. Through exploration, physical manipulation, games and experimentation, children are able to construct their own foundations for knowledge.

Montessori Zone

In the Montessori Zone, children are given freedom to choose from a range of learning resources and tools which stimulate their motivation to learn. Through progressive practices and repetition, children are able to learn autonomously. Throughout the process, teachers observe children’s learning and give guidance, encouraging children to come up with their own solutions to problems. When children are done with using the tools, they are required to put them back in their place so as to develop a sense of order.

Construct Zone

Children work together here to construct an environment using different types of large building blocks. They are able to develop cooperation skills, creative thinking and enhance their gross and fine motor skills throughout this process. They are also able to integrate everyday knowledge into their creations, such as building different buildings and modes of transport, engaging in imaginative play that happens naturally, communicating with others and developing social skills.