Our School Day
We have five co-ed classes of differing ages. They range from three (turning 4) to six years of age. For some of the little ones starting school, the adjustment to a school with five classes is significant. With this in mind, we try to keep our classes small. Each class has a qualified pre-school teacher as well as an assistant. All the teachers are very enthusiastic and creative, and offer quality care to the children. Our aim is ultimately to prepare your child for primary school. It is very important to us that children are allowed to be children.
Although the curriculum in each class varies according to the interests and backgrounds of the children, our focus remains the same: to teach the children through play and to develop the child as a whole child. Play underpins all development and learning for young children, and it is through play that they develop intellectually, creatively, physically, socially and emotionally. Children will have opportunities to play indoors and outdoors, and to participate in whole-class activities and small-group work through planned, purposeful play, with a balance of adult-led and child-initiated activities. Throughout the day, we concentrate on fostering good manners, being responsible, looking after possessions, helpfulness, washing hands before snack and lunch times, and packing away if we have been busy in an area.
Themes are planned for the year by the educators, taking age, development and the interests of the children into consideration. Teacher-directed or focused learning takes place between 8.30 and 9.00, 10 and 10.30, and 11.30 and 12.00. This is a time when the children will focus more on the skills needed to prepare them for their future learning experiences. The children will explore letters and sounds (with a strong emphasis on listening), investigate mathematical problems, take part in group singing, do brain gym, and enjoy music and story time.
Ongoing assessment is an integral part of the learning and development process. We make observations and assessments of each child’s achievements, interests and learning styles. We then adapt our curriculum to meet the differing needs of all the children in our classes, and encourage individuals to progress at their own levels. Listening skills are promoted, as we feel it is vital for the children to be able to listen and respond to instructions if they are to have a happy, successful school career. Assessments are ongoing and reports are handed out three times a year. Individual parent interviews are held for all in the second term. Constant feedback is given throughout the year.
We have a staggered start at the beginning of each year. This is communicated to the parents in the Welcome pack you will receive if your application is successful.
The school is open at 7.30 every day to accommodate working parents.
Please note that at the beginning of the year, Turtles, Dolphins and Whales classes finish school at 12.00 for the first two weeks.
Starfish and Penguins finish at 12.00 for the 1st Term.
Things to remember:
– Please make sure your child is at school on time.
– Please wait for your child outside their classroom.
– Please ensure you inform the teacher if somebody different is fetching your child.
On a daily basis the programme includes
- Creative activities
- Language rings
- Outdoor play
- Educational play
On a weekly basis it includes
- Sing-a-longs / group singing
- Drama (3-4 year olds)
- Listening and language (4-5 year olds / Grade R)
- Fit kids
- Experi-buddies (Grade R)
On a termly basis it includes:
- Educational outings
- Educational entertainment
- Various events (Mothers Day / Fathers Day / Grandparents Day / Christmas Concert)