Problem Solving in International Primary School
Chatsworth International School places importance on empowering our students to be inquisitive and responsible. We have adopted techniques into our curriculum and identity to give students the tools to become proficient problem-solvers starting from preschool education and later, in all aspects of their lives. Cultivating students as thinkers and effective communicators has shown that children who implement appropriate problem-solving strategies are better liked by their peers, play more constructively and are more co-operative.
Chatsworth International School’s mission and vision encourage students to question, collaborate, problem-solve and lead investigations to develop essential learning and personal development skills. Additionally, they teach students to foster intercultural understanding and respect from the preschool stage.
Why Is Problem Solving Important for PreSchool Education?
Problem solving teaches students to take responsibility for their actions through brainstorming solutions and resolving conflict through emotional and rational consideration.
Problem solving teaches the young ones to take what they know and discover what they do not know. It helps students overcome challenges by identifying the problem, seeking a solution, generating knowledge and making decisions. It’s important to start teaching your child to recognise their emotions and problem solve tricky situations to build a solid foundation for the coming development.
Chatsworth International School Curriculum
Our early childhood education focuses on play-based learning to nurture their sense of inquiry and imagination. This provides stimuli for them to build confidence and exercise their decision-making process. Our preschool teachers lay the foundation for them to eventually be comfortable with unfamiliar situations and develop the ability to shift through choices on their own.
One of the methods that the counseling department at Chatsworth International Primary uses to teach our students is the Kelso's Choices approach. This problem-solving approach is a great tool for preprimary and primary students to practise resolving small problems they may face in school or at home and pick up conflict management skills. We encourage our students to try two of nine 'choices’ on their own using Kelso’s Choices before a teacher or an adult steps in to assist to resolve the problem.
International Primary School Singapore
Our international primary school in Singapore implements the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP), an inquiry-based programme, to emphasise thinking, investigating, questioning and developing as a person.
We aim to nurture in our students an international mindfulness and leverage their prior knowledge and experiences. With PYP, Chatsworth International School teaches learners to construct meaning through critical thinking and knowledge transfer. We aspire our students to be,
Principled - they take safe and informed actions that positively impact our changing world.
Balanced - through adaptability, collaboration and resilience, learners lead balanced and compassionate lives.
Global Communicators - they build effective communication skills on multiple platforms in a global context.
Thinkers - they engage in thought and research to solve important problems.
Preparation for a Globalised World
Your children are growing up in a generation influenced by technology which opens doors to job opportunities that have not been invented. Therefore, international primary schools need to focus on hands-on practical learning that involves soft skills such as communication, creativity and problem solving in their curriculum. A concept inquiry approach challenges students to think critically and creatively. By being active participants in their learning process, students learn to be analytical, adaptable and have a lateral mindset amongst other related skills.
More than just grades, we aim to nurture community members that can communicate their emotions to others and think critically before making a decision. It all starts with a holistic preschool education and committing to develop those problem solving skills throughout their international primary and middle years.