Classroom experiences are integrated and focused to provide students with many opportunities to speak, listen, read, write and express ideas in a variety of ways. Students work individually, in small groups and as a whole class to identify the function of print and symbols to convey ideas and express thoughts repeatedly, regularly and through a multitude of avenues.
Children are provided with the tools and guided opportunities to respond to stories and questions, to develop listening skills and gradually increase their attention span. Children are presented with a variety of fictional and nonfictional literature including traditional fairy tales, short stories, poems, simple text and songs. Activities will include role play, finger play, chants and poems, puppets and big books.
This program begins the developmental process of fine motor skills. The learning objectives involved are to experiment with a range of writing tools and materials, to hold a crayon / felt pen / pencil with the appropriate grip and to choose or confirm which hand to write with.
Children are introduced to early math skills including oral – visual counting, number recognition, shape and space. The aim is to develop an understanding of numbers, match objects in a one-to-one correspondence, count objects to ten, recognize and read numerals 1-5, identify shapes of a 2-D nature, compare objects by size and develop knowledge of sequence.
This program helps children develop an ongoing understanding of people, surroundings and festivals. Children will learn about festivals and events, to be aware of school surroundings, rules and safety, occupations and their value in everyday life and to identify a range of emotions.
Children are introduced to science through visual, aural, oral and experimental methods in a fun and interesting way. Themes in this program include to name parts of the body, use their five senses to explore, hold simple experiments, identify food and categorize, understand the necessity of good hygiene, observe plant growth and talk simply about findings, sequence the different stages in life cycles and categorize animals according to family and habitat.
This program embodies creative play, creative thinking and production of art. Students are encouraged to experiment using a variety of tools and materials, produce 2-D and 3-D pieces of art, model art work on ideas shown by teacher, create and interpret other media forms such as music into art and dance.
Social – Emotional Development
This program is designed to encourage confidence in children, to show respect to fellow pupils and to understand and express feelings. Children will learn to share, be sensitive and respect the decisions of others, play independently, in pairs or as part of a group, learn to take turns with patience, develop an awareness that everyone is different, respect the rights and belongings of others, try not to interrupt others when they are speaking and take steps to express themselves and begin to develop their personal voice.