DUCKS

Toddler - Year 2 (age 2 to 7 years)

Welcome to DUCKS!

Sitting in a beautiful building DUCKS is a hive of purposeful activity.  Since opening in 2014 we have established ourselves as a centre of Early Years learning where children are encouraged to reach their potential.

"In DUCKS we aim to create a nurturing environment in which the children feel safe and secure surrounded by staff who know them as individuals. As Alfie Kohn said, 'If children feel safe, they can take risks, ask questions, make mistakes, learn to trust, share their feelings, and grow'" Joanne Woodward, Head of DUCKS
DUCKS caters for children aged from 2 to 7 in light, airy, well resourced classrooms that allow the children to develop a passion for learning and exploring the world around them.

On the ground floor you find our Foundation Stage children aged from 2 to 5.  These children learn through purposeful play combined with a focus on learning to read and beginning to write in both English and Mandarin.  The children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework.

Our Key Stage One children (aged 5 to 7) are based on the upper two floors and follow an enhanced version of the English National Curriculum.

DUCKS is a dual language environment with each class being taught by at least one native English speaking teacher and one native Mandarin speaking assistant teacher.  Our aim is for our children to be confident and competent in both languages.

In DUCKS we have our own specialists teachers.  All DUCKS children have weekly swimming lessons using our three pools, and from the age of 5 the children have specialist PE and music lessons.

Our excellently resourced library allows all of the DUCKS children to submerge themselves in the world of print and develop a passion for reading.

The information you will find in these pages will give you a flavour of life in DUCKS but do come and visit in person as our wonderful children and staff will certainly bring it alive!

Pastoral

The atmosphere in DUCKS is a special one with an emphasis on pastoral care being a major factor in establishing the warm and welcoming environment within the school.

When a child and their family join DUCKS they become part of a wider community in which every member is valued and positive relationships between children, staff and parents are fostered.

The pastoral ethos is underpinned by a child friendly version of the College Guiding Statements. Regular assemblies at each year level support these and focus on different and relevant aspects of PSHCE (Personal, Social and Health Citizenship Education). Class teachers also respond to current issues which are pertinent to their groups.

“I wanted to be a student councilor because I wanted to help other people when they were feeling left out or hurt in the playground. It makes me happy to help other children.” Tom, Year 2

From Reception, all children become involved with the House system. The sense of community this builds fosters a team spirit and sense of pride, which is further developed as they continue through the College.

As the children grow in DUCKS they are introduced to leadership positions. House Captains and the DUCKS Student Council are elected from the student body, and involved in the day to day running of the school and major events.

“Student Council is all about helping people and the school. The Eco Warrior jobs allow us to help the world too” Petr, Year 2

Through a variety of enrichment activities, children develop an awareness of the world beyond the school and a deeper understanding of their community. They begin to develop an understanding of the ways they can help improve their immediate environment and the lives of those around them. Developing a sense of others and an ethos of helping those less fortunate begins early and is encouraged through activities which are meaningful to the children.

    • DULWICH COLLEGE (SINGAPORE)
    • 71 Bukit Batok West Avenue 8
    • Singapore, 658966

    • CPE Registration Number: 201027137D
    • Period of Registration: 09-01-2016 to 08-01-2020

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Our Heritage

The close collaboration among our Colleges stimulates innovation and encourages an international outlook, which we believe provides students an advantage in the future they will face. The result is a community where academic ability is nourished, creativity is valued, diversity is celebrated and inspiration is paramount.

Our Facilities

Our College campus is an expression of our learning philosophy. We offer an educational environment designed to nurture the intellectual, physical, social, and emotional development of our students. 

Our Approach to Learning

Our students experience the very best of a British Independent School education, which is holistic, academically challenging and adapted to meet the individual needs of our international family.

Dual Language Learning for the 21st Century

We recognise the importance of competency and fluency in a second language. To this end, we are committed to a dual language approach in DUCKS (age 1 - 7) where children are taught in both English and Mandarin. Students in DUCKS and Junior School receive daily Chinese classes which are streamed according to their ability.

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