Curriculum

Apple Tree's curriculum has been designed and developed by careful international research, covering practices in Britain, USA and Hungary.

Our goal is to create a rich learning environment, thereby maximizing each child's development in all areas of learning. Our curriculum balances academic skills with social and personal development in order to lay a strong foundation for future learning.

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Play underpins all development and learning for young children.
Most children play spontaneously, although some may need adult support, and it is through play that they develop intellectually, physically, socially and emotionally.

We provide well-planned experiences based on children's spontaneous play, both indoors and outdoors, so that they learn with enjoyment and challenge.

We observe children's spontaneous play and build our planning around our observations. We provide a challenging environment, which supports and extends key areas of children's learning.

Through play in a secure environment, children will learn lifelong skills, develop ideas, make mistakes and learn from them, will learn to cooperate and will realize the need for rules. They will acquire important communication and negotiation skills and vocabulary.

Special focus on environmental awareness


go green1Apple Tree puts great emphasis on the appreciation and protection of nature. Related projects are part of our annual plan (e.g. World Water Day, Earth Day, Birds' and Trees' Day, World Animal Day). We observe the changes in nature throughout the seasons, both in our garden and in our extended surroundings. We are planning to be actively involved in maintaining our fruit trees and our vegetable patch. We would like our children to observe the cycle of life from planting a seed to enjoying the harvested vegetables and fruit. We teach our children about composting, by regularly disposing organic waste to our compost heap. We raise awareness of reducing waste, and the importance of recycling and re-using materials. We aim to educate children to become responsible citizens.

Project-based approach

Our classroom teachers saltdoughuse a project-based approach when organising children's learning. Projects are not only about solving a specific problem but making sure that children explore and examine a lot of different aspects of a theme. Project methodology has proved to be one of the most efficient ways to organize children's learning: they focus on real life situations and solve complex problems that provide the pleasure of forseeable and tangible results (end products). Projects are planned, taking children's interests into consideration, and require a joint effort of teachers and children.

Projects enable children to develop a holistic view of the world. E.g. While planning and executing the project "Preserving Apples", teachers will cover a w

ide range of areas, such as "apple as a fruit", health, hygiene, methods of preservation, characteristics of autumn, maths (cutting the fruit into halves, quarters etc.), literacy (writing labels for the jars).
With well-thought out objectives, children will grow in all areas of development such as physical, intellectual, emotional and social development. Opportunities arise to extend English vocabulary, general knowledge and understanding. Children will have a chance to learn about size, shape, weight, portions, taste, vitamins, "where do apples grow?", etc.

Literacy program

The aim of our literacy program is to raise and expand awareness of and interest in literacy and the related skills in an exploratory, hands-on way that ensures the child is prepared for the requirements of their targeted school. A carefully tailored pre-literacy and literacy program is available in our Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten classes. The program is designed to meet the different needs and developmental levels of the children.

Behaviour management

Apple Tree creates a nurturing environment with clear rules and expectations. Our set routine helps children to feel safe and secure and perform well. We believe in positive discipline and find every opportunity to praise positive behaviour. We believe that negative behaviour displayed by a child always has underlying causes. Besides dealing with the behaviour itself, we are prepared to look into the causes and work with the child to find a solution.

Annual and weekly plans

Annual and weekly plans are prepared based on the developmental needs and interests of each class, using our curriculum guidelines. Projects vary in length (a day, a week, 2-3 weeks, a month or longer) depending on children' interests, and may mean working individually, in pairs, in groups or as a class.

Individual learning plans and progress reports

Our class teachers prepare an individual learning plan for each child with reference to their child observation, a child and family information sheet and records from the previous year. We build on what each child already knows. Their knowledge will be expanded considering their interests and the developmental requirements set by the school each child will proceed to, after leaving Apple Tree, be it an international school in Hungary or elsewhere, or a Hungarian school.

Parents will be informed about their child's progress throughout the year in the form of three progress reports. There will also be ongoing opportunities for feedback and discussions with parents.

Areas of learning and development

All areas of learning are connected to one another and are equally important. Together, they facilitate holistic child development.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Enable the children

  • to develop a positive sense of themselves and of others,
  • to learn social skills,
  • to develop self-motivation and a positive disposition to learn,
  • to build and maintain self-confidence, to know themselves and what they are capable of.

Communication, Language and Literacy

  • Helping children's learning and competence in communicating,
  • supporting them in learning to be a good speaker and listener,
  • building and maintaining children's interest in stories, responding to their interest in reading and writing,
  • literacy is present in each classroom through books, posters, name tags and decoration,
  • extend children's vocabulary through project-based discussions, stories, songs and by encouraging
  • them to express their thoughts.

Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy

  • We support children in developing their problem solving skills through everyday activities by building on what they already know and extending the problem beyond their knowledge,
  • we ask children to join in discussions on a daily basis thus providing them with the opportunity to further develop their reasoning skills,
  • numbers are present in our daily life in a broad range of contexts; children will explore, enjoy, learn and talk about their growing understanding,
  • we provide extensive opportunities for children to practice and extend their skills and thus gain confidence and competence.

Knowledge and Understanding of the World

  • We support children in developing the knowledge, skills and understanding that help them make sense of the world,
  • we offer a wide range of activities for them to experience working with a range of tools and materials,
  • our aim is to offer opportunities to encounter creatures, people, plants and objects in their natural environments and in real-life situations,
  • we support children in undertaking practical experiments in order to help them extend their knowledge and develop their thinking.

Physical Development

  • We encourage the physical development both indoors and outdoors, by supporting children in experiencing an active and healthy lifestyle,
  • we provide them with a wide range of activities on a daily basis to help them improve their posture, strength, muscle tone, balancing skills, stamina, coordination and control,
  • we have designed our program to allow children to exercise all their senses in learning about the world and to help them make connections between new information and what they already know,
  • children develop an understanding of the importance of physical activity by helping them to realize the effects it has on our bodies and health.

Creative Development

  • We aim to extend children's creativity by providing them with a wide variety of activities and materials to work with, to experience and learn about the similarities and differences of how various materials behave,
  • we provide opportunities for children to exercise their curiosity, to explore and play,
  • our approach is interactive and we foster children's creative thinking,
  • we regularly involve them in discussions and provide them with opportunities to explore and express their feelings and ideas,
  • feelings, ideas and opinions can be expressed verbally and through art, music, movement, dance, imaginative and role-play as well as mathematics.

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