What are some factors to consider in choosing the best enrichment class for your child?
Deputy Headteacher at the Infant School, Jo Osman from Tanglin Trust School answers your questions…
As parents, you want to provide your children with the best options available. But, with enrichment becoming the norm here in Singapore and enrichment centres popping up everywhere, it’s hard to figure out where to start.
Generally, there are two types of enrichment options: curricular and co-curricular. Co-curricular enrichment tends to be driven by your child’s interests and hobbies such as sports, music, art and even leadership. Curricular enrichment, on the other hand, focuses on core academic content such as numeracy, science or language.
Does my child need to be academically gifted to qualify for enrichment?
Contrary to popular belief, enrichment does not need to be solely based on how well your child is performing in school. In fact, it’s more about supporting your child’s interests or unique needs, whatever they may be. By choosing an enrichment option that’s right for your child, you’re allowing your child to have a more personalised learning experience, which will help them to develop themselves academically, physically and socially, whatever their starting point may be. Having open discussions with their teachers may also provide you with a more holistic view of your child’s progress and interests in school.
Which type of enrichment activity is best suited for my child?
Before booking expensive or excessive enrichment activities, it’s important to take note of what’s already offered in your child’s school, or the school you’re planning to send your child to. It is imperative that the curriculum your child is exposed to on a day-to-day basis is enriching and personalised to your child. This ensures that their interests are nurtured and their needs are met. At Tanglin Trust School, our teaching ethos ensures that opportunities for curricular and co-curricular enrichment are embedded throughout every day, led by our dedicated, experienced and innovative members of staff.
What about enrichment for younger children?
Keep in mind that your child’s learning journey is dynamic and different levels of support will be needed at different stages. For young children, it is important to provide them with an opportunity to explore what their
interests and abilities might be. By allowing younger children to explore different interests and rotate through different roles and activities, they’re gaining a range of skills and experience that can only enrich and enhance their learning right across the curriculum.
At Tanglin Trust, the Infant School curriculum caters to each unique child’s interests and learning needs. Through Learning Support, Precision Teaching and Challenge interventions, children’s progress across all levels is supported within school, to move them forward organically.
From The Finder, Issue 303 / Text: Jashleen Kaur, August 2020
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