Pre-School (Nursery) Section
The Pre-School section is premised upon the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) system. We have developed our own unique approach by taking into cognition a wide range of curriculum guidelines and incorporating these into the Nigerian Curriculum; in order to establish a broad based and unlimited learning process and thereby ensuring our children are able to have a smooth transition into any environment.
Our classrooms have been carefully designed to suit the needs of the children according to their ages. Children are grouped into classrooms using the Vertical Grouping method as follows:
Throughout the EYFS, emphasis is placed on helping children develop their Physical (Motor), Social & Emotional, Cognitive, Communication & Language, Creative, Problem Solving & Reasoning as well as Attention skills. Bearing this in mind, our curriculum is developed around the following Key Learning Areas (KLAs)-
Personal, Social and Emotional Development – Development of self esteem; working and playing independently as well as part of a group, through cooperation with others.
Physical Development – Understanding of personal and social health with respect to safety and hygiene. Development of fine and gross motor skills through constant practice and indoor/outdoor activities.
Language, Communication and Literacy – Ensuring quality of speech in response to peers as well as adults through evolution and expansion of vocabulary. This includes reading and writing.
Problem Solving: Reasoning and Numeracy – Understanding of numbers, patterns, shapes, space and measurement.
Knowledge and understanding of the world – Exploration and awareness of the environment, people and places.
Creative Development – Exploration and expression of ideas through technology and various forms of art e.g. music, dance, role play, collage.
Subsequently, subjects taught will include the following:
|Science – Nursery only||Social Studies|
|Information and Communication Technology – Nursery only||French – Nursery only|
|Practical Life Skills||Music and Dance|
|Nature Study||Creative and Expressive Arts|
There will also be extra-curricular activities like ballet, music lessons
It is important to note that the Early Years targets are a guide only and therefore flexible in order to encourage children to grow at their own pace; with full parental and school support. Other factors that influence the child’s performance include length of time spent in/exposure to an academic environment as well as the age of the child. Children will constantly be monitored and evaluated per term using four (4) phase descriptors which underscore the child’s progress in each activity. These phase descriptors are as follows:
Phase I – Becoming Aware Phase II – Exploring Phase III – Making Connection Phase IV - Applying
Pre-KG – This is mostly the oral stage. Academic targets are undefined and focus is on health and safety of the child. However, children will be assisted in group play to aid in developing their social skills and most of the learning is done through song. Gross motor skills and communication skills are also developed through building blocks, picture reading of alphabet and numbers (visual aid).
Kindergarten – This is a transition phase whereby children are encouraged to be independent through potty training, confident as the Sharing Person, and helpful as the Handy Helper. Fine motor skills and hand-to-eye coordination are developed through various activities for good pencil control and concentration. The vertical grouping method is applied at this phase and pupils are grouped into three as follows:
Group A – 19-24 MONTHS
Group B – 25-30 MONTHS
Group C – 31-36 MONTHS and above
SCHEME OF WORK
Parents will receive copies of the scheme of work via email. Kindly use it as a guide for setting personal goals for your children. Please feel free to schedule an appointment with the school for further clarification. Also note that this document is not an end in itself and is subject to review by the school authorities based on the identified needs of the children.
This will be done at home with parental assistance and the details/theme will be communicated at the beginning of each session.