At prep School our aim is to provide a happy, secure environment for the youngest students in our care. We base our curriculum on the Foundation Stage Early Learning Goals, which cover the Nursery, Reception and KG. In preparing our students for the future we wish to nurture, inspire and challenge children to become:
- Successful Learners – who enjoying learning, make progress and achieve.
- Confident Individuals – who are able to lead safe, healthy and fruitful lives.
- Positive Citizens – who are able to contribute to the betterment of the society.
CURRICULUM FOR NURSERY, RECEPTION, KG
The curriculum is based on the six areas of learning as laid down in the Curriculum Guidance for the Foundation Stage. These are as follows:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development: Developing skills such as dressing/undressing independently; managing personal hygiene; behaving according to the social and school expectations; cooperating with others; building confidence
- Communication, Language and Literacy
- Developing speaking and listening, reading and writing
- Problem solving, Reasoning and Numeracy
- Counting, number recognition, mathematical language
- Knowledge and Understanding of the World
- Helping to make sense of the world, forming the foundation for later work in Science, History and Geography.
- Physical Development
- Developing skills in different Games and to develop sports man spirit.
- Creative Development
- Art, show and tell
CURRICULUM FOR KG
Our teaching program is based on the best of the British and American Curriculum with due amendments made in recognition of our international setting. All lessons, with the exception of Urdu, are taught in English. Children are encouraged to speak English at all opportunities throughout the school day. While the Curriculum assigns specific skills to subject areas, thematic links are made between disciplines to ensure learning takes place in context. We continually work to provide a practical and ‘hands-on’ learning adventure for children. In Reception and KG we use “Abacus Evolve” which is a scheme used in many schools. It encourages problem solving and practical activities. There is an interactive element which supports the class activities. We teach the children to write their numerals as follows:
The “Collins Reading” Scheme is the school’s main reading scheme, although it is not used exclusively and reading is supported by a number of other schemes and the Library provision. Reading books will be sent home on a regular basis for the parents and children to share together. Other work to support literacy and numeracy may be provided where this can be helpful to consolidate the child’s understanding.
All Primary classes follow the Nelson Handwriting Scheme. Examples of this can be obtained from the class teachers.If your children are writing or drawing at home, please encourage them to use the correct grip. If they are writing their name, please only use a capital letter at the beginning.
COMMENDATIONS & REWARDS
We encourage team work. The children can gain stars and points on a weekly basis for good behaviour and hard work. The stars and points are also counted on an individual basis and for every ten points your child is awarded a commendation. When your child has accumulated 10, 25, 50, 75 or 100 commendations he/she will receive a certificate and a reward, which is presented in our weekly assembly.
Every week we present a “special Medal” to the Lower School. Theses medal are for those children who have shown the most care, consideration, hard work and good behaviour etc.
Throughout the year the children take part in a number of events, e.g. Arts Festival, Sports Day and other diverse activities in which their involvement gains points for them and for their class.
We operate a policy of positive behavior reinforcement and frequently award stickers and stamps. At the beginning of every year each class develops a set of classroom rules. These are displayed in the classrooms and are in keeping with the whole school policy on promoting good behavior.
COMMUNICATION WITH PARENTS
Home and school—everyone shares the goal of helping children learn and feel successful. Research has proven that when parents and teachers work together, everyone benefits: Students tend to earn higher grades, perform better on tests, attend school more regularly, have better behaviour, and show more positive attitudes toward themselves and toward school. School programmes that include strong parent involvement are more effective.
PISES establishes an effective home-school partnership for both teachers and parents to create a trusting, equitable relationship. Parents can talk frequently with school personnel about their child’s grades or misbehavior. PISES provides an opportunity to develop a cooperative partnership with teachers. Parents are always welcome to make an appointment to see a Teacher, Coordinator and the Principal. Two formal parent teacher meetings are held in a year to facilitate communication.
SUPPORTING CHILD AT HOME
We place great importance on reading and ask for your help in spending a little time every day sharing and talking about your child’s book with them. In KG, in addition to reading, there are weekly spelling tests and simple mathematical activities which we hope parents will support by working with their child for a few minutes each evening. In delivering the Curriculum we aim to equip students with the necessary skills to become:
- Independent Enquirers
- Creative Thinkers
- Reflective Learners
- Team Players
- Effective Communicators
PHYSICAL EDUCATION (P.E)
Participation in sporting activities is an essential element of any healthy and balanced lifestyle. During Physical Education we aim at development of the children’s ability to face the challenges of trying to do better, to set goals and find the discipline to pursue them, to appreciate and learn the importance of fair play and healthy competition, to understand the co-operation involved in team sports and to appreciate the fun of taking part.
It is extremely important that your child is fully toilet-trained before starting in Nursery. Please also make sure that they can ask an adult when they need to use the toilet. Of course, “accidents” happen from time to time, so please pack a spare set of clothes in your child’s bag.
In Nursery, Reception and KG we use an informal means of assessment developed by the school and used throughout the school year. This involves observing the children as they go about their activities and assessing their progress in all subject areas. The results are used as a tool to track both individual and class progress over time. We would like to stress that it is a fun activity which the children thoroughly enjoy doing.
Infants’ Wing holds orientation evening at the beginning of the school year to provide an opportunity for parents to gain information about the curriculum. Team of staff members brief the mothers about what exactly is to be taught and when. They also discuss various teaching techniques.
Everything must be clearly labelled with your child’s name. It is frustrating for both parents and teachers when items go missing or get mixed up. We collect items of lost property in a container.
Please note that this will be emptied at the end of each month.
FOOD AT SCHOOL
It is part of our school ethos to promote healthy eating. We also encourage good manners when eating together and allow the children plenty of time to finish their food.
■ Snacks and Packed Lunches
Please avoid sending sweets, crisps and fizzy drinks in your child’s snack or packed lunch. For safety reasons glass bottles are not allowed in school. Children find the screw tops on bottles and containers particularly difficult to seal properly and this often causes leaks. Please provide healthy and balanced meals to your child for lunch. Following are few examples
Fruit, cut up, or vegetable sticks are always tasty
■ Everyone Enjoys Sandwiches
A snack box with a snap lock lid is important. Remember a label. Small drinks cartons with a straw help prevent spills and leaks. Drinks containers should have a reseal-able lid. If you pack yogurt, remember a spoon.