斐特思幼儿园如何助力孩子立足于21世纪?| How the FCG EYS benefit from IB learning？
Zhuo Chen 陈卓
FCG幼儿园 IB PYP协调员
EY IB PYP Coordinator
Master’s degree in teaching curriculum from Michigan state university
Michigan standard teaching certificate
International Professional Certification Association · International Chinese Language Teacher Certificate
3 years of homeroom teacher experience in Post Oak Academy, Michigan, U.S.
1 year of Chinese/ art teacher experience in ILBC international school in Yangon, Myanmar
What Curriculum is implemented in the Early Years School?
In Fettes College Guangzhou-Early Years we are implementing EYFS framework, and we incorporate IB PYP ideals and teaching strategies to our teaching and learning. The two curriculums are carefully integrated into a whole. We absorb the essence of each course while ensuring the integrity of each one. Beyond the curriculum, we believe education should be an individual and unique experience for each student that enters school. Our teachers learn about each student as an individual and differentiate their lessons to meet the different needs. Students are encouraged to learn at their own pace and developmental level. We maximize the learning opportunities for each student within our unique curriculum. All of our teaching and learning is fully bilingual – we immerse the children into an environment of dual language and always ensure the children understand instructions in their home language to ensure they can access the teaching with confidence.
How does IB benefit students in Early Years?
IB aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring children with a globalised mindset. Inquiry-based learning enables children to develop a sense of curiosity and an understanding of the world around them as they engage through play. This links closely with our Fettes Mission – ‘Rooted in China, Globally Minded’. PYP focuses on building the students critical thinking skills and developing their ability to solve complex problems. At such an early stage of education, learning will only happen when students feel safe and cared for in the classroom. All our EY staff, ensure every student feels safe and cared for physically and mentally when they step into the building.
We have a very diverse and talented teaching team in Early Years. Teachers bring their value, experience, and expertise from different cultural backgrounds to share with our children. To ensure we equip our students with the latest information and approaches, teachers receive ongoing professional training every week. Everyone collaborates and cooperates together to design high-quality lessons for each child, based on key learning objectives and student’s interest.
How does IB benefit the future of children?
Education is to provide students with the knowledge and the skills they need for their future, however, nobody knows what is going to happen in the next 50 years. What we know is that our little ones will be the mainstay of the new world. Traditional education is to deliver information to students. We are now in the time of information. We are overwhelmed by a large amount of information every day. Compared to acquiring information, it is more important to distinguish information and use critical thinking skills to interpret it. The IB PYP helps students acquire 21st century skills. In this ever-changing era, what we need to do, is focus and teach our children to embrace the future and maintain their inner balance.
How will do provide and deliver a high-quality curriculum ready for 21st century learning?
Our teacher-student ratio is 1:4. With such high-quality teacher-student ratio, we ensure that the needs of every student are met and the potential of every student will be discovered. Each class is equipped with interactive boards and iPads to help students receive the latest information and to experience a different learning style. In addition, we have a STEAM Lab, Carpentry workshop, bespoke Early Years Swimming Pool, and Theater, all of which enable premium education for our students.