Nursery & Kindergarten - Curriculum & Streams
In short, our curriculum motto is
A good curriculum for all round development of young children should take into prime consideration their needs and developmental stages, including physical, language, intellectual, social and emotional aspects. It should also acknowledge learning as a process, best achieved through play and actual experience. Thus children should be given ample opportunities to participate in explorative activities, and to interact with different people and environment.
Based on this principle, Victoria kindergartens and nurseries have, through the years, developed a curriculum that embraces the following vision:
- Respect children's uniqueness in personality, age, ability and experience
- Provide a learning environment that supports children's development and inquiries.
- Encourage children to learn by doing, experimenting and exploration.
- Create opportunities to facilitate children's language and cultural development.
- Encourage children to accept one another and appreciate each other's work.
Our English Curriculum is an amalgamation of the IBO Scope and Sequence English documents, aspects of the United Kingdom Literacy Strategy and the Hong Kong Government's recommendations. It puts prominence on developing listening and speaking skills of children in PN and K1, enabling them to become proficient readers and writers in K2 and K3.
To compliment our English Curriculum, we have a structured Guided Reading Programme with our K2 and K3 children. The success of this section is due in part to the volunteer parent helpers, who come to our schools to work on Guided Reading with small groups of children. We take this opportunity to thank all your parents who have participated, or are involved, in this effective and valuable programme.
We use Jolly Phonics as our phonics programme. The Jolly Phonics programme teaches children the main 42 sounds of English, not just the alphabet sounds. With this knowledge they are taken through the stages of blending sounds to form words and then to reading. We find that our students enjoy making the actions as they say the sounds and love to use the puppets and soft toys that are all part of the programme. Word building is an integral part of this programme and children soon gain confidence as "writers".
Assessment is the gathering and analysis of information about individual students. Because of this, we, as English teachers, take the view that children should be continuously assessed throughout the academic year. It is from these assessments and comprehensive records that we plan the student's future lessons and report to parents about their children's progress.
A portfolio is a system for organizing observations and samples of the children's work in order to document their progress over the whole academic year. These results and records will be used by teachers for future curriculum planning and as a means of sharing children's information with their parents.
Play is the key to learning for young children, and it is a valuable platform for their development and growth. A well planned learning-through-play environment gives children the joy to learn, the opportunities to socialize and interact with one another, the means of acquiring concepts, as well as effective scaffolding of children's knowledge and skills. …
To young children, play is the means for….
Inquiry and Exploration
Children are curious and adventurous in nature. Exploring and experimenting with different objects and things are the best way for children to build up knowledge and learn to make sense of the world around them.
Children develop active learning through the provision of a good, interesting and interactive environment. They also benefit from being introduced to a wide range of daily living experiences and multicultural activities.
Imagination and Creativity
From learning-by-doing, children discover qualities and characteristics of different materials. Experimenting with these materials helps children to create their own ideas and concepts.
Children engaged in co-operative and construction play will help to develop their problem solving skills.
One of our essential missions in curriculum development is to provide a pathway to maximize children's potential and facilitate fundamental skills and interest in "how to learn". Through the years, we have made efforts and have achieved good progress in transforming our curriculum and children's learning by adopting a more interactive approach and a more inquiry-based curriculum. Through projects of inquiry, children develop analytical, creative and practical skills.
Inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach that "environment is the third teacher", teachers make attempts to prepare rich and stimulating learning classrooms, to enable and engage children with active learning. We also hope to respect "Children's Hundred Language", and provide opportunities for children to express themselves in more ways than one.
International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme
Victoria (Belcher) Kindergarten, Victoria(Homantin) International Nursery and Victoria (Causeway Bay) Kindergarten, along with our affiliated primary and secondary school, Victoria Shanghai Academy, are authorized IB World Schools providing IB education (Primary Years Programme to Diploma Programme) for students from 3 to 18 years of age. The IB curriculum is also inquiry based which encourages children to ask questions and participate in problem-solving process to help them to develop into active and caring learners, knowledgeable and principled thinkers, as well as confident, responsible and enthusiastic communicators. Students of Victoria Educational Organisation will receive priority in admission into Victoria Shanghai Academy.
We offer programmes which meet the needs of children between the age of one year ten months and six years old. The programmes are:
Trilingual Stream (English/Cantonese/Putonghua):
In the Trilingual Stream, English, Cantonese and Putonghua are used as the medium of instruction. The Chinese curriculum follows the Education Bureau's standard curriculum, whilst the English curriculum is taught through games, songs and activities which give children ample opportunities to develop a range of literacy skills. These activities place strong emphasis on fostering their interest in reading and developing their listening skills and oral expression. Children will also develop the fundamental abilities required for emergent writing. Through learning in small groups, our experienced Putonghua speaking teachers (who have obtained a Grade B in Level 2 or above in the National Putonghua Proficiency Test) will help strengthen the children's Putonghua and develop their language potential in order to achieve the best learning effect.
Bilingual (English/Putonghua) International Stream:
The Bilingual Stream (English/Putonghua) is conducted in English and Putonghua. The curriculum, in general, is designed for children whose mother tongue is either Putonghua or English. The Chinese curriculum follows the Education Bureau's standard curriculum, whilst the English curriculum is taught through games, songs and activities which give children ample opportunities to develop a range of literacy skills. These activities place strong emphasis on fostering their interest in reading and developing their listening skills and oral expression. Children will also develop the fundamental abilities required for emergent writing. All English teachers are qualified, native speakers.
Bilingual (English/Cantonese) (For Pre-Nursery Class Only)
The Bilingual Stream (English/Cantonese) is conducted in English and Cantonese. Under a familiar environment and through different activities, children's explorative skills will be enhanced. The Chinese curriculum follows the Education Bureau's standard curriculum, whilst the English curriculum is taught through games, songs and activities which give children ample opportunities to develop a range of literacy skills. These activities place strong emphasis on fostering their interest in reading and developing their listening skills and oral expression. Children will also develop the fundamental abilities required for emergent writing. All English teachers are qualified, native speakers.
Causeway Bay Campus
32 Hing Fat Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Tel: 2578 9998
Harbour Heights Campus
Ko Fung Court, Harbour Heights, 5 Fook Yum Road, North Point, Hong Kong
Tel: 2571 7888
Middle Kornhill Campus
2/F., 18 Hong On Street, Kornhill, Hong Kong
Tel: 2885 1888
Lower Kornhill Campus
G/F., 2 - 8 Hong On Street, Kornhill, Hong Kong
Tel: 2885 3331
South Horizons Campus
Phase II, Podium Level, South Horizons, Hong Kong
Tel: 2580 8633
Portion of Level 3 (Kindergarten Area) The Westwood, 8 Belcher's Street, Hong Kong
Tel: 2542 7001
1/F., Carmel-on-the-Hill, 9 Carmel Village Street, Homantin, Kowloon
Tel: 2762 9130
Harbour Green Campus
G/F., Harbour Green, 8 Sham Mong Road, Kowloon
Tel: 2885 1928