Prep 1

SJI International Elementary, Singapore

Curriculum Letter - Treasure

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Dates for your Diary

May 2nd - Labor Day/National Holiday (school is closed)

May 4th - Entry Point for IPC 'Treasure' unit. The children will be asked to come to school dressed as pirates and will participate in a big treasure hunt around the school!

May 12th- Mufti Day (Free Dress)

May 13th - Founder's Day: 1/2 day for students

May 18th - Prep Proms (8:00 am in the ES Hall)

May 20th - Family Picnic and Movie Night

May 25th - Prep 1 Sports Day

May 27th - Exit Point for IPC 'Treasure' unit; Experimental Learning Trip to Port of Lost Wonder

June 2nd - Entry Point for IPC 'Let's Pretend' unit; Children will be asked to bring in their favorite Fairy Tale book to share with the class

June 7th - Prep 1 Swim Gala

June 14th - Optional Parent Teacher Conferences

June 17th - Last day of Summer Term; holidays begin

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Ahoy! Treasure Ahead!

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 with great enthusiasm by having the children attend our official SJIIES Pirate School. They will have the opportunity to go from class to class learning important pirate business, like pirate songs, pirate crafts, and traditional pirate stories.

This unit is part of the Early Years International Primary Curriculum program 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 g/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 numbers to 20 as well as addition and subtraction for numbers to ten. 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 Wednesday (May 4th). They will then attend pirate school! Fancy costumes are not required. A simple scarf tied around the head will do the job.
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Next Week at a Glance

Jolly Phonic focus: /Gg/

Magic 100 words: /as//have/

Virtue of the Week: Confidence