The Five Key Principles of The Learning Lab’s Curriculum Design

1. All our curriculum is designed to enhance and enrich your child’s learning experiences.

2. All our curriculum focuses on the development of the ‘whole person’ — your child’s knowledge, skills and dispositions.

3. To prepare your child not only for exams, but also for life, we carefully balance a focus on exams with a focus on learning skills, nurturing dispositions and developing knowledge that extend beyond the classroom and are life-long assets for your child.

4. To meet the demands of a continually evolving world, our curriculum is current and informed by the latest trends and findings in education, educational psychology and neuroscience research.

5. Our curriculum is continually updated with input from our teachers so that your child’s learning needs are met at every stage of his or her academic development.

Enriching Your Child’s Learning Experience

Our curriculum has been thoughtfully designed with your child in mind — we place a priority on creating engaging and exciting learning experiences through our lesson materials.

Our curriculum offers intellectually stimulating lesson materials that motivate and engage your child. These materials provide rich resources for teaching and learning so our teachers are able to help each student at The Learning Lab to achieve academic success.

Developing the ‘Whole Person’ — A Holistic Education

Our curriculum focuses on facilitating and developing three facets of student learning outcomes: knowledge, skills and dispositions. We refer to this as TLL’s K,S,D teaching and learning model.

Knowledge

We comprehensively cover the MOE national syllabus with a focus on developing complex thinking and deep learning as well as increasing opportunities for applied learning by integrating relatable real-world perspectives for each academic age group.

Your child will gain a life-long love and understanding of the subject in addition to the exam-based knowledge he or she will need for their immediate challenges.

Skills

Your child will learn a broad set of skills that are general and specific to each subject of study. There is a strong focus on metacognitive and communicative skills; your child will learn to be aware about their thinking processes and learning. Additionally, your child will develop the ability to understand language specific to each subject of study. For example, he or she will be able to identify, understand and respond to specific terms used in the study of science to denote specific question types, or understand how certain phrases are used differently in math questions versus day-to-day conversations.

We employ proprietary teaching methodologies that help your child develop into a confident learner, empowering him or her with strong analytical and problem-solving abilities. Such abilities will help your child succeed, both in tests and in life.

Dispositions

The Learning Lab believes that your child’s education must be about nurturing the whole person. Mindsets and values such as a growth mindset, conscientiousness, self-awareness, self-control and resilience have been shown to be very important predictors of academic success. At TLL, we work towards helping your child develop these learning dispositions as fundamental foundations so that your child can fulfil his or her fullest potential.

Key Features of our K, S, D Model

While knowledge acquisition and development have always taken centre stage in education, recent educational research has shown that there is a strong need to focus on helping students develop the right set of skills, and nurture positive learning dispositions to help them become more successful learners. Our curriculum is designed to help teachers facilitate the development and nurturing of these learning characteristics.

Growth Mindset

Professor Carol Dweck’s much-lauded research emphasises how student mindsets, perceptions and attitudes can determine how well they perform academically in school. Dweck’s research clearly points to the advantages of students with a growth mindset over those with a fixed mindset.

With a growth mindset, your child will be able to face challenges and overcome failure, rather than seeing himself or herself as being unable to change or improve. When your child has a growth mindset, he or she believes that they can learn and improve from their mistakes, and that challenge is part of learning. This learning disposition is contrasted with a fixed mindset where a learner is afraid of challenge, does not learn from failure, and thinks he or she cannot change or make progress.

At The Learning Lab, we believe that nurturing the right dispositions, values and mindsets towards learning can make a constructive difference to the way your child learns, helping him or her face challenges and difficulties with a positive outlook to work successfully towards academic success.

Metacognition

It’s important for your child to learn about English, Mathematics, Science or Chinese, but it is perhaps even more important that your child learns to think about how he or she thinks and learns.

Metacognition is a key component of deep learning: By developing an awareness of his or her own thought processes, your child is better able to adapt his or her thinking and analysis to address intellectual challenges and to perform better at the exams.

Self-Awareness and Control

A sense of self-awareness of his or her own areas of strengths and weaknesses will help your child plan for his or her learning more effectively. At The Learning Lab, your child will become well-versed in goal setting and in mapping out achievable steps to reach his or her goals.

Why does this matter? Your child will become a more reflective learner, be able to consider and appreciate what he or she is learning as well as how he or she learns. Developing self-awareness and control has long been affirmed in educational research as being important to academic success. Though developing this learning disposition, your child can continually self-monitor and make positive progress for each stage of his or her academic development.

Balancing Learning and Exam-Focus at The Learning Lab

The Learning Lab’s curriculum carefully balances a focus on learning and a focus on exams. We believe that success at the exams stems from deep learning: it is only through mastery of the subject that your child will learn to develop a strong understanding of the subject and be able to successfully respond to complex questions and problems. This deep learning thus enables your child to apply what he or she has learnt and to demonstrate the highest levels of achievement in the subject in tests and exams.

We believe that deep learning provides your child with a strong foundation for life-long academic success.

A Focus on Learning Excellence

A focus on learning means that our efforts are directed at developing your child’s subject mastery.

By strengthening understanding of the subject, your child will develop an intrinsic motivation to continually improve his or her knowledge of the subject. Focusing on learning also leads to the development of transferable skills that will enable him or her to achieve long-term goals.

Developing strong subject mastery is also strongly correlated with the ability to understand and respond to complex academic concepts.

A Focus on Exam and Task Performance

Hand in hand with a focus on subject mastery, our curriculum also develops your child’s ‘exam-smartness’ — what world-renowned educational researcher, Professor John Hattie, refers to as ‘success criteria’. At The Learning Lab, your child will learn how to critically read and analyse task requirements and develop an understanding of what examiners look out for in the exams.

Your child will also be taught to approach tasks like a test, an exam or classwork methodically by managing time wisely and applying the most appropriate techniques to identify and analyse question requirements. We also use research-attested ‘formative testing’ techniques that help your child become familiar with exam and test-taking, thereby focusing his or her attention to learning. This is affirmed by Roediger, a reputed psychology researcher in memory and learning, whose research suggests that constant, low-stakes testing helps your child to reduce anxiety related to test-taking.

All these elements work together to help your child maximise his or her confidence in any task he or she takes on.