Curriculum Letter - Treasure

SJI International Elementary, Singapore, 24th April 2015

Prep 1

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Dear Parents,

A treasure trove of adventures awaits Prep 1 as we begin our next unit of work on Treasure. We will begin this unit by having a treasure hunt around school; the children will have to work together as a team to solve the clues that lead them to a special surprise…. a treasure chest filled with arts and crafts activities!

This unit is part of the Early Years International Primary Curriculum programme and covers four strands of learning – these are called ‘Independence and Interdependence’, ‘Communicating’, ‘Exploring’ and ‘Healthy Living’.

The activities which have been planned will cover these strands in the following ways:

Independence and Interdependence

The children will be given opportunities during ‘Treasure’ to work and play with others. They will need to use the virtue of cooperation in order to solve clues to find treasure and will take on different roles when taking part in pirate play.


The children will be sharing stories and information about Pirates and we will be learning how to write our own exciting stories, make books, write messages in bottles and secret notes to each other. We will continue to look at the importance of speaking, listening and taking turns through drama and role play activities. We will also be carrying on learning the sounds letters make through Jolly Phonics and how to form our letters correctly we will be looking at the sounds /d/o/u/l. We will sing and learn some simple action rhymes and songs that link to the unit of work such as Silly Pirate Song, Blackbeard, Bluebeard, and Redbeard, Roll up the Map! and Talk Like a Pirate!

In Mathematics we will be learning about capacity. The concepts of volume and capacity will be taught together. At the Prep 1 level, our lessons are simple and hands-on. Our activities will teach estimation, comparison -- greater than and less than -- and basic measurement. Additionally, the children will continue to extend their enjoyment of number by focusing on number rhymes and games with counting coins, jewels and other treasure related items.


The children will be encouraged to be curious and to make their own decisions when burying and finding treasure. They will be looking at different types of Islands and making their own treasure island. They will discover how to read maps, make their own maps and develop this knowledge further by using globes and atlases to look for different places around the world. The children will be looking at different types of materials and talking about their observable features such as ‘shiny and dull’. We will be experimenting to find out what items float or sink and exploring activities that are very tactile and help with hand-eye coordination. They will also be involved in learning some basic processes of art and craft.

Healthy Living

The children will have the opportunity to talk about their own emotions when they discuss treasure that is personal to them. They will have to work with others; pay attention and make the right choice during treasure hunts and role play activities and will continue to work on the language of virtues.


In Chinese, we will be working on Unit 5: Fruits and Vegetables

• Learn different fruits

• Learn different vegetables
• Related craft work


The children will be studying a new Dance Unit which will focus on:

  • copying short dance sequences, using travel, turn, jump, gesture, pause and fall.
  • performing MOVEMENTS that expolre tall, small, pulling, twisting and turning shapes
  • Copying dance movements to fit within the 8 and 16 count phrase
  • Using these new skills to copy new and repeat step patterns and travelling movements


In Music, we will begin a unit titled “Beautiful Band”. Pupils will consolidate all their knowledge, skills and understanding of a variety of percussion instruments, and create ensemble pieces using all the instruments they have been learning about in the previous term.

Kind Regards

The Prep 1 Team

Dress Like a Pirate Day!

As a part of our Entry Point for our 'Treasure' unit - we are asking children to come dressed as pirates on Tuesday. They will then attend pirate school! Fancy costumes are not required. A simple scarf tied around the head will do the job.

Dates for your Diary

Tuesday, April 28th - Pirate School/Dress like a pirate day!

Thursday, April 30th - Daddy's Day

Friday, May 1st - Labour Day - No School

Saturday, May 9th - Lap-a-thon

Tuesday, May 19th - Prep 1 Sports Day!

Friday, May 29th - Field Trip to Port of Lost Wonder

Monday, June 1st - Vesak Day - No School

Friday, June 12th - Last day of term