International Early Years Curriculum (IEYC)

The International Early Years Curriculum (IEYC) is a new research-based curriculum recognizing global best practices in early childhood education and the developmental needs of 2-5 year olds.

It supports key areas of learning through holistic enquiry and play-based approaches encompassing all curriculum areas including personal, social and emotional development.

The IEYC was developed based on eight learning principles:

Eight Learning Principles
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The earliest years of life are important in their own right
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Children should be supported to learn and develop at their own unique pace
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Play is an essential aspect of all children’s learning and development
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Learning happens when developmentally-appropriate teacher- scaffolded and child-initiated experiences harness children’s natural curiosity in an enabling environment
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Independent and interdependent learning experiences create a context for personal development and are the foundation of international mindedness
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Knowledge and skills development lead to an increasing sense of understanding when children are provided with opportunities to explore and express their ideas in multiple ways
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Ongoing assessment, in the form of evaluation and reflection, is effective when it involves a learning-link with the home
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Learning should be motivating, engaging and fun, opening up a world of wonder for children where personal interests can flourish

UCM Music Curriculum

UCM Music Curriculum

The benefits of musical training in early childhood development have long been recognised.

The playing of musical instruments and interactive musical experiences involve hearing, movement, touch, emotions, creativity, and spatial reasoning. Studies show that starting music training at a young age leads to better brain development and enhanced multisensory integration. For example:

  1. Spatial reasoning is enhanced through reading music notation
  2. Mathematical skills are developed through understanding rhythmic notation (e.g. a half note is twice as long as a quarter note)
  3. Phonemic awareness skills are improved as both music and language processing require the ability to differentiate qualities of sounds
  4. Reading skills are enhanced as music and reading employ common neural and cognitive mechanisms.

Apart from its cognitive benefits, music training also reaps emotional and interpersonal benefits as it helps channel emotions, reduce stress and strengthen interpersonal bonds.

UCM seeks to provide young learners with quality music training to enhance their personal development, enrich their learning experience, and actualise their potentials.

Our music curriculum is divided into four areas: Eurythmics (Musical Sense), Music Appreciation and Composition, Choral Singing, and Instrumental Learning.

1. Eurythmics (Musical Sense): Our eurythmics class integrates teaching methods from German music educator Carl Orff, Swiss composer and music educator Emile Jaques-Dalcroze and Hungarian ethnomusicologist and educator Kodaly Zoltan, which emphasise on connecting students with music by letting them experience it in speech, movement, singing and drama. Moreover, through these experiences, musical concepts such as rhythm, melody and form are taught.

2. Music Appreciation and Composition: Through studying the composer’s intent and the background of a piece, students learn to understand more the world at large and the different ways of communication by people of different personalities and backgrounds. Through analysing and describing specific musical features, the emotions and imageries evoked by a piece, students learn to put something audio and abstract into words. We believe that teaching music appreciation offers much value in helping students to recognise beauty, understand one another and communicate their own ideas. The study of theory helps students gain confidence and accuracy in performance and enable them to write their own music.

3. Choral Singing: The human voice is an inborn instrument gifted to us. It is the most natural medium for self-expression. We seek to help children to sing with their natural voice while phonating and projecting effectively. Choral singing provides an excellent ground for students to gain courage in expressing themselves, to learn to connect and cooperate, to develop better hearing and intonation, to connect music with language, and to acquire discipline in a group setting.

4. Instrumental Learning: Playing a musical instrument is a thrilling experience as it engages your senses in the hearing, seeing, touching, moving and feeling! It helps children develop fine motor skills, improve their music literacy and connect their emotions with what they play. We seek to offer lessons that teach effective posture and fundamental techniques, accuracy in playing and musical expressions. We provide students with ample performance opportunities to gain confidence and experience.

With such a vibrant and in-depth music education, UCM learners grow to become happy and confident through the art of noise!

STEAM

STEAM

UCM STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) curriculum aims to teach young learners how to manage the Earth better by understanding God’s creation.

By knowing how God created the Earth, including the rules, regulations and phenomena (e.g. patterns of seasons, matters, life cycle, water cycle, etc.), mankind can manage the Earth well, according to God's will.

Participating in different STEAM activities and projects with the help of a wide variety of tools (like VR, AR, robotic arms, 3D printers, etc.), UCM learners will experience, demonstrate and present what they have observed to their peers, parents and teachers.

At UCM, learners experience the opportunity to be creative, innovative and persevere to bring peace and blessings to the earth.

Sports

Sports

UCM believes that sport brings out the vitality within a community, and cultivates children's physical and mental abilities. By involving them with sports, UCM not only emphasises an activity of fellowship and camaraderie, but also nurtures young learners to lead healthy and active lifestyles. Sports allow young learners to work together in spirit and instill important values in life such as teamwork, determination, perseverance, and commitment - all whilst promoting health, energy and joy. Carrying out activities with others in teams is a wonderful form of fellowship and a fundamental pillar in the Christian faith.

Here at UCM, we are fully equipped for teaching and training learners in campus!

Greenery

Greenery

UCM is enriched with tremendous opportunities to introduce the wonders of nature. The plants inside UCM will spark UCM learners’ imagination. “Garden of Eden” is one of the iconic learning studios which is specially designed for our young learners to enjoy godly made floral environment inside the campus. “Green Monday” is a regular UCM school activity which encourages a healthy and balanced diet among our learners and their families.

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