■ to use social and play-based learning to promote the students' development
■ to develop pre-literacy skills and a further awareness of phonics to build a solid base for the teaching of reading and writing from the beginning of Junior Kinder Classes
During Preschool, children enjoy learning through a wide variety of social studies and science based topics - starting with familiar topics like the classroom surroundings, their family and home, and progressing to other areas of interest, such as Space, Dinosaurs, Mini Beasts and Road and Rail Transportation. Children enjoy art and craft, music and drama, story time and cooking associated with these topics.
Also through experiencing a variety of activities with their classmates, we set the stage for the continuing development of our students social skills.
In addition, we continue to develop their fine motor skills through teaching them how to use scissors, glue and writing implements.
Exposure to sight words is also one of the first steps towards building basic reading and writing skills, which helps children to transition smoothly into Junior Kinder. Students also begin Pre-writing activities with a view to handwriting practice in the second half of the year.