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    • Bumble Bees, Early Years 1 & Early Years 2 Programme


      • The Bumble Bees, Early Years 1 and Early Years 2 programme is centred around six areas of development as follows:

      • •  Personal, Social and Emotional Development
      • •  Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy
      • •  Communication, Language and Literacy
      • •  Creative Skills
      • •  Knowledge and Understanding of the World
      • •  Physical Development


      This is delivered through the following:

      •    A topic based programme is used in order to teach pupils the necessary skills through meaningful and interesting material. Such topics include: Ourselves, Autumn, Christmas, Our World, Animals, Volcanoes and Dinosaurs, Under the Sea and many others. These are evaluated each year and necessary changes made.

      •    Resources are made available and these include pictures, flashcards, books, music and audiovisual material related to the topic.  

      •    The skills taught and the tasks carried out throughout the month are related to the topic - for example teaching recognition of number 5 can be done through counting 5 animals (during animal topic). Literacy is carried out through reading and discussing books related to the topic such as books about volcanoes during the month pertaining to the topic Volcanoes and Dinosaurs.  Art work is also related to the topic.

      •   The Bumble Bees and Early Years 1 pupils are not given handwritten tasks but they are given a lot of pre-writing tasks that help develop the fine motor skills necessary for writing.

      •    In Early Years 2 pupils follow a professional Handwriting programme (Sue Peet/Nelson Handwriting) which teaches them how to hold the pencil (using a tripod grip), how to sit in a position for writing and how to hold the paper when writing.  They have two sessions per week in groups of 10 pupils. 
       
      •    In Early Years 1 and 2 pupils are supported in their number work through the use of Numicon.  This is a visual system used to support a multisensory approach to learning.

      •   In Early Years 1 pupils are taught 18 letters of the alphabet using the Jolly Phonics.

      •   In Early Years 2 pupils are taught the full alphabet - recognition of the letters and the formation of the written letter.  In the last term of Early Years 2 pupils are also introduced to the capital letters.

      •    Throughout both years pupils are exposed to the letter names through the alphabet song and other similar songs and activities.

      •   In Early Years 2 pupils are exposed to some Maltese. The main focus in EY2 is exposure to the language. This is done by emphasising pupils' spoken and listening skills.

      •    Pupils are encouraged in the following activities: art work, music sessions, drama, physical education and rhythmic movement.

    • Level 1 & 2 (EY3/EY4) Programme


    • In Level 1 and 2 (EY3 & EY4), a well-resourced, broad-based curriculum is followed. 


      The areas of learning include: 

      •   Personal, Social and Emotional Learning 

      •   Communication, Language and Literacy (English and Maltese) 

      International pupils who decide not to follow the Maltese course, have the option, against payment, of taking up lessons in another language instead. For further information kindly email info@smc.edu.mt

      •   Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy (Mathematics)

        Religious Education*

      The school embraces the Christian Faith and Religious Education provides children with the opportunities to learn about, discuss, appreciate and learn from religious beliefs, practices and values. 

      * The school offers a Virtue and Ethics Education Programme as an option instead of Religious Education. For further information about this programme kindly email info@smc.edu.mt 

      •   Knowledge and Understanding of the World (Digital Literacy and Science) 

        Physical Development

        Creative Development (Art, Drama and Music)


      Furthermore, during school hours, Level 1 and 2 learners also attend the DEC (Discover - Express - Create) Programme. This weekly programme is aimed at designing, exploring and creating learning opportunities and outcomes.  It enables pupils to participate in a number of activities, such as Lego Education, Gymnastics, Movement, Story, 'Why?' (Science/Inquiry-based learning) and Outdoor activities. This varied and enjoyable programme enables learners to extend their taste of different disciplines.


      At Chiswick House School, we provide all the books, stationery, computers and educational apparatus required.

      After School Programmes:

      Enrichment Programme

      Extracurricular Activities

      School of Performing Arts


      For further information about our programmes kindly email info@smc.edu.mt