The approach is not curriculum based, as we still follow the national guidelines to Early Childhood Development. It is more a mind-set, one of which allows the teachers to expand on and explore various pockets of information with the children. It is child-centred thus giving the children the opportunity to lead their own learning. It essentially helps us to be in touch with the children’s interests and from there we can formulate our lessons to incorporate the elements of the National Curriculum in an interesting and experiential manner.
With small classes our experienced and caring teachers nurture each child, adhering to our Catholic Ethos, in order to assist them in working towards their full potential.
Our teachers are highly skilled, motivated and well informed keeping abreast of educational developments both here and abroad, placing strong emphases on perceptual and motor skills. These necessary skills are stimulated through the medium of play activities.
Specialist coaches come in throughout the week and run full movement and music programmes as part of the curriculum we offer.
We have well-equipped classrooms that reflect the latest educational trends. Our outside play area is safe and secure and provides equipment which helps the children develop whilst having fun.
The school has on-site Occupational and Speech Therapists, so any problems detected can be dealt with promptly within your child’s formative years without them having to leave our premises.
As we are on the same premises as Veritas College Preparatory, we enjoy access to their extensive facilities. The Grade 00 and Grade R children are able to visit the Computer Centre and receive lessons on how to use a computer as well as enhancing perceptual skills by having access to online educational games. By 2020, we will be including simple coding into our computer lessons so as to keep up to date with technological trends.
The Pre-Preparatory children also have access to the Media Centre where children are encouraged to develop a love of books and reading at an early age. We implements this by way of a book exchange programme. The teachers select age appropriate books for their children and send them home with guidelines to parents on how to approach reading the book to their children in order to enhance language development.
In the summer months we are able to use the Preparatory swimming pool where our children become water safe and learn the basics of swimming through our learn to swim program by a qualified swimming instructor.
In addition to this, all Pre-Prep children engage in a weekly yoga class furnishing our learners with a holistic gross motor program.
Our open door policy means you are welcome to visit at any time. We provide regular feedback in the form of a report every term, have regular parent meetings and also send out newsletters to keep our parents informed of our activities.
The development of a child can be divided into 5 main areas: Spiritual, Intellectual, Physical, Social and Emotional.
We strive to ensure all children reach their true potential in each of these areas in a happy, relaxed and secure environment.
We follow a thematic approach, each theme incorporates: language, mathematics, science and life skills.
The Grade R groups are following the new Caps curriculum .
The children have 2 language rings each session incorporating: stories, drama, rhymes, discussion rings, listening and comprehension skills and pre writing and reading skills.
They are introduced to Afrikaans as a second language.
This is taught through concrete experiences.
Numeracy: counting forwards and backwards; shape and patterns
Number concepts: e.g. more/less.
Length, measuring with parts of their body
Mass, comparing light, heavy, heavier
Capacity, comparison of various containers
Time, parts of day, sequencing
The Grade 00 and Grade R groups learn to use the computer confidently and skilfully.
- Religious Education
We start our day with a Bible or Moral story and have class discussions about them. We include them into our themes where possible. We discuss and celebrate the various feast days throughout the Church calendar.
The children are encouraged to use a variety of mediums to develop their creativity.
The children follow a programme designed to introduce a wide range of sporting activities and to develop their gross motor skills.
The children enjoy several different forms of singing lessons. Music is taught in class groups using a wide variety of instruments and involves making instruments.