(3 Years – 6 Years)
The Pre-School environment comprises a group of children ranging between the ages of 3 and 6. The child spends preferably a three-year period developing and enhancing his academic, social and emotional growth at his/her own pace with the hands on guidance of the Directress.
The Practical Life Area:
Is aimed at providing the child with opportunities to develop the fine and gross motor co-ordination; it encourages the child to become independent, helps increase the level of concentration as well as satisfying a need for order.
The Sensorial Area:
The sensorial equipment provides the child with sensory-motor activities designed and targeted at each of the five senses; isolating each sense provides an intense experience. The materials help develop the child’s muscular co-ordination as well as provide the child with both direct and indirect experiences in the Mathematics, Reading and Science areas.
The Cultural Area;
The activities in the cultural area create the opportunity for the child to become grounded in his/her knowledge about the world around them.
The Maths Area:
In the math’s area, the child works through a progression of tasks, which reaffirms his/her number concepts and the ability to count out using single to four digit hierarchies. An understanding of the four basic operations is achieved and internalized whilst exploring the variety of materials available on a concrete level.
The Language Area:
Language is used and encouraged as a means of communication in all areas of the environment, thereby developing strong communication skills. The alphabet is introduced using their phonetic sound. Working through a series of reading activities, the child is able to eloquently read words of three, four or more syllable words. The child is able to read phonetic readers that enforce the rules of reading. Early grammar is also introduced.
Skills in various codes ie. Soccer, cricket, athletics, softball, etc. are taught in the Sports lesson. These are reinforced in coaching sessions after school. Team Spirit, leadership qualities and social skills are also developed by interaction at Inter-House or Inter-School level.
Music skills; such as rhythm, timing, instrument playing are developed in this session. The child gains an appreciation for music and an “ear” for aspects of music.
The child is exposed to working with various programmes on tablets and also develops basic knowledge in its operation Concepts taught in the environment are further reinforced with suitable programmes.