The MTK Preschool cares for and educates children aged 2-5 years.
Classes use the internationally respected Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum (EYFS). The EYFS places a strong emphasis on the core areas of early childhood development: communication and social skills, physical development and emotional health.
As children approach their transition to the Primary School, there is an enhanced focus on reading, writing and mathematics as well as STEAM lessons.
Children begin their learning journey in authentic bilingual classrooms, choosing one of the educational paths below:
- Bilinqual A: İngilis və Azərbaycan dillərində tədris olunan beynəlxalq məktəbəqədər təhsil;
- Bilinqual B: İngilis və rus dillərində tədris olunan beynəlxalq məktəbəqədər təhsil;
Creating an authentic bilingual learning environment
Two teachers staff each Homeroom and each has a designated language that they exclusively use when teaching; i.e. one teacher uses only English and the other only the class’ native language. This is referred to as the “one-person-one-language principle” and is inspired by the approach of bilingual families in which each parent, in so far as is possible, uses his or her own mother tongue only.
This unique system promotes authentic bilingualism as well as positive neurological development.
Our Preschool Teachers nurture positive communication skills and physical and emotional development, at the same time laying the foundations for future success in reading, writing and mathematics.
They achieve this mainly through intelligently designed educational play activities.
The emphasis on reading, writing and mathematics skills increases as children approach Primary School age.
Topics and learning objectives
Learning in the Preschool is based on topic themes, blocked for around three-four weeks, such as “Autumn”.
The teachers decorate and organise the classroom in accordance with the class topic, bringing the learning to life.
Throughout the topic the children engage in themed activities, such as listening to autumn stories, writing autumn words (fall, red, brown, orange, leaves, trees), finger-painting autumn scenes and counting using leaves or pine cones.
The objectives that a child should achieve at each age are explained in a document called “Development Matters”. These are organised under the broad ‘subject headings’ in the table below.
The majority of preschool lessons are cross-curricular; these occur alongside the focused individual and small group teaching of skills such as phonics (early reading skills).
(When the child is ready)
- Communication and Language: listening, speaking and turn-taking in conversation in English and chosen native language
- Physical Development
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development: showing kindness and empathy to others, social skills, managing emotions in a healthy way
- Literacy: learning to read and write for a range of purposes
- Numeracy: early mathematics, with a highly fun and practical emphasis
- Expressive Art and Design: art, music, other forms of creative self-expression
- Understanding the World: learning about a range of subjects, from professions, animals and places to cultures and their celebrations
Children in Transition Class (5 years old) work towards Cambridge Primary 1 and Grade 1 National Curriculum objectives as well as those of the EYFS.
We closely monitor pupil progress and wellbeing, using methods such as the following:
- Upon entry, children are observed to inform a baseline assessment of their social skills, strengths, needs and interests. This provides an excellent basis to plan their learning.
- Every child’s progress is recorded using photos, videos and written comments which are shared with parents via the Seesaw online learning journal; these are regularly updated by teachers.
- Every child’s progress is tracked against age-related learning objectives by an EYFS profile document kept both in English and in his or her native language; these are regularly updated by teachers and shared when teachers and parents meet.
- Face-to-face Parent-Teacher Consultations occur twice a semester
- An end of year written report is issued in Transition Class, providing feedback regarding each child’s readiness for entering the Primary School.
Why MTK’s Preschool is special?
The MTK Preschool provides pupils with:
- a high level of personal attention for every pupil
- high-quality teaching delivered by first-rate international and local teaching professionals
- a fully equipped contemporary learning environment with interactive whiteboards in every classroom
- a varied and engaging authentically bilingual curriculum, using the innovative “one adult, one language principle” (unique in Baku)
- a choice of two educational paths (Stream A and Stream B, explained above)
- regular, high-quality feedback on personal development and learning, both face-to-face and via the SeeSaw app
- a rich and exciting programme of events, educational visits, clubs and performances, with regular opportunities for parent involvement
We have designed our curriculum so that students who complete their education at MTK have a high level of choice and flexibility.
MTK graduates will possess full academic proficiency in at least two languages and most will achieve fluency in three or more, meaning that a wide range of educational and career paths will be open to them at home or abroad.