Pre-primary Programme

Age group: 2 years 6 months to 6 years

Timing : 9 am to 1:30 pm

Our environments are designed to support child's need for activity. The children are free to choose their own work and to watch another child work. We gather once a day or more for stories, songs and games.

Children in this age group are sensorial explorers, hence the name Seven Sense of our school. They constantly feel, explore and learn from experiencing the objects through direct contact with them. They constantly absorb every aspect of their environment, their language and their culture like a sponge, and growing their knowledge.

A large variety of specially designed learning materials and activities are invitingly arranged on open shelves in specific and yet integrated areas of the environment - Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Mathematics and Culture. Of course, Science, Music, Art and Physical Education are an important part of the daily curriculum too.

Children choose their own activities and work independently at their own pace under the gentle guidance of the class educator. In this way the child develops concentration, independence, self-motivation and a love of learning.

Practical Life

Practical Life activities provide the link between the home and the school. The direct aim is to help the child become more independent thus leading to a greater self-confidence and ability to face new challenges. The indirect aim of these exercises is to enhance concentration, co-ordination sequencing and independence. Examples of activities include:

  • Care of the environment

    • Caring for plants

    • Performing household tasks

  • Care of the self

    • Using clothes fasteners

    • Washing hands

    • Simple food preparation

  • Social or grace and courtesy lessons

    • How to interrupt

    • How to ask questions

    • How to move in an appropriate manner

Sensorial

Sensorial materials were designed by Dr Montessori specifically to help the children refine their senses and therefore become more perceptive to their surrounding environments. The refining of the senses at this age leads to a greater awareness of detail and allows the child to focus on the world around them. Activities include matching and grading using materials that isolate the senses of sight, hearing, touch, taste, kinaesthesia and smell.

Language

Language materials are always included but specific materials increase vocabulary and explore both written and aural/oral language. Children are introduced to letters using the senses of touch, sight and hearing. They progress using concrete materials to compose their own written works and to read the work of others.

Mathematic

Mathematical concepts are introduced using Montessori concrete materials. Initial work with the sensorial materials prepares the child for a more formal introduction to mathematics through working with geometric shapes and triangles. Through the sensory work, the child understands concepts in arithmetic and geometry. The hands-on materials stimulate absorption of the decimal system and the four mathematical operations. Standing on this firm foundation, the child is later able to understand abstract concepts and more advanced operations.