The Discovery course lays the foundations for critical thinking, social-emotional development, and creativity in learners aged 5-6. Here, we cultivate your child’s desire to connect with the world through literature and film, in the process developing skills crucial to academic and personal growth.
Course Content (4 sessions of 1 hour each per unit):
Developing close observation and critical reading skills
What lies beneath the ocean? Through a range of books and films, learners explore the strange and wonderful world of the sea, whilst examining sea creatures, shipwrecks, and much more.
Creatures and Critters
Practicing story-telling and sequencing skills
Learners’ imaginations run wild as they discover the secret lives of animals in a variety of stories like Roald Dahl’s George’s Marvellous Medicine and David Weisner’s Tuesday. They even get to create their own!
Dinosaurs: Real & Imagined
Exercising imagination and critical reading skills
Dinosaurs: myth, fable or fib? Learners examine the origins of life on earth, and return to the land before time. They also explore the exciting tales of dragons and related folklore through films like How to Train Your Dragon.
Myth & Magic
Developing creativity and cultural empathy
What do myths and maps tell us about who we are? Learners investigate dragon mythology across different cultures, then go on to exploring maps – and creating their own! They will appreciate how maps can be used to communicate not just location or geography, but thoughts, memories and culture as well.
Practicing character development and inference skills
Learners discover the power of their own imaginations through the stories of Matilda and Baby Aliens Got My Teacher. School will never be the same again!
Enhancing problem-solving and applying critical thinking
Learners appreciate the importance of creativity and innovation, and are introduced to ways of thinking “out of the box” in problem-solving and seeing the world in unusual ways. They will investigate how critical thinking shapes our environment and lives on an everyday basis.
Practicing character creation and creative writing
Characters are central to any story. Learners are exposed to a range of character archetypes seen in books and films, broadening and deepening their understanding of how characters are powerfully represented in narratives.
Applying consequence-based thinking in the real world
This unit introduces learners to the urgency of environmental conservation and protection through a case study of the endangered dormouse and other related topics. It stimulates young learners to think creatively in terms of environmental protection and our daily lives.