Our goal is to provide a safe, happy and stimulating environment for TOTAL child development physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially.

We provide a broad and balanced range of experiences / activities to encourage each child to develop a sense of achievement and realize his/her potential.

Children’s progress will be at different rates. In any group we find a wide range of ability and individual achievement will vary. However all children should be able to follow a curriculum which enables them to make maximum progress.

Early childhood years are not the time to emphasize and limit learning to only facts and information. Education, especially so, at this stage, is about more than just subjects. Equally important is personal and social development. We should ensure children feel loved, secure, valued and confident. Children should be encouraged to share, cooperate, have moral values, know and respect boundaries and be able to function in a group beyond family.

Due account should be given to how children learn, their interests and their developing physical, intellectual, emotional and social abilities. They should be provided with a responsive, varied and rich environment where they are exposed to new experiences, new situations and encourage to explore new materials. Doing and attempting to do is at the heart of children’s natural acquisition of knowledge.

They should also be given appropriate periods of time for learning through sustained involvement in concentrated activities. Approaches to teaching should include recognition of the value of providing first hand experiences, of giving clear explanations and of using play and talk as media for learning.

A curriculum is not a limiting document , it should be neither rigid nor restrictive. It should be seen as a guide, be reviewed regularly and be open to new ideas and developments and accommodate changes for the better.

The following is a broad outline of important areas. For more details on specific activities, please contact the Nursery Director.


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Language and literacy

  1. Oral Language Development : speaking and listening skills are one of the priorities of  the Nursery curriculum and are emphasized at all times.

  2. Auditory discrimination : the ability to recognize and identify sounds – to hear likeness and differences.

  3. Vocabulary development : the discovery of new words and their meaning

  4. Classification : the ability to categorize/group items or objects by like or common criteria.

  5. Visual discrimination : the ability to see likeness and differences.

  6. Visual memory : the ability to remember what is seen and to identify items missing from what has been seen.

  7. Hand-eye coordination : synchronizing the movement of the hands and the eyes.

  8. Whole / part relationships : the ability to understand that parts make up a whole.( develop to : several letters make a word ).

  9. Colour and shape.

  10. Sequencing.

  11. Stories / songs / picture reading.

  12. Fine motor coordination.

  13. Book awareness.

  14. Written communication : the understanding that symbols communicate thoughts , ideas and feelings.

  15. Children will be encouraged to “write” using a variety of materials so that they can draw recognizable shapes/pictures and use “emergent” writing. They will be encouraged to trace and make patterns with letter shapes.

  16. If ability allows, phonic awareness and developing sight vocabulary will be encouraged and introduced.

Mathematical Skills / Experience

Mathematical experiences go on in the Nursery on a daily basis. Some of the skills are not exclusive but overlap with skills mentioned in other areas of the curriculum.

  1. Simple counting (through number songs and action songs , counting games and activities)
  2. One to one correspondence / relationship. ( to encourage understanding of concept of numbers).
  3. Shape identification and discrimination.
  4. Construction activities to develop an understanding of shape and space.
  5. Water and sand play : to develop concept of volume and capacity.
  6. Introduce to mathematical language.
  7. Basic concepts of measurement.
  8. Sorting.
  9. Classifying.
  10. Comparing.
  11. Ordering / patterning.
  12. Before and after pictures.
  13. Number recognition.

The Sciences

To develop knowledge and understanding of the natural and physical world around us.

Children will be encouraged to observe, explore, describe, collect, experiment, compare, predict, look closely at similarities, differences and changes. Ask the question WHY ?, which forms the basis for scientific thinking.

At this early stage, the goal is not to teach hard facts , abstract concepts or even scientific terminology. Rather the child should be encouraged to begin to learn how his world works.

  1. Sand and water play.( experiments what floats / sinks. What absorbs water, what does not).
  2. Changes.
  3. Our senses.
  4. Movement.
  5. Animal kingdom ( collecting and observing insects, animal habitats / their young / food they eat, how they move e.t.c.).
  6. Plants. ( observing growth of plants . Describing different parts of plants e.t.c.).
  7. Mixing colours.
  8. Magnets.

Physical Education

Our goal is to provide a safe, happy and stimulating environment for TOTAL child development physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially.

  1. Fine motor development.

  2. Gross motor development.(Run, hop, jump, climb, balance e.t.c.).

  3. Expressive movement.

  4. Manipulative skills.

  5. Eye-hand co-ordination.

  6. Eye-foot co-ordination.

 

 
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