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The Lower School

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The Lower School starts with KG1 classes which pupils usually join when they are 3.6 years old. At the age of 4.6 years, pupils would normally have progressed to KG2 classes. The programme of work in the Lower School is structured along the requirements of the British National Curriculum.

While much of the early teaching focuses on developing attentiveness, concentration, control, responsiveness and self-esteem, pupils also enjoy a classroom environment where they feel both valued and secure and where they can participate in stimulating learning situations. 

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Approach to learning in the Lower School

In the Lower School, emphasis is placed on speaking and listening. Pupils are therefore given plenty of opportunities to talk, including telling real and imagined stories, imaginative play, drama, reading and listening to nursery rhymes and learning some of them by heart, reading aloud, exploring, developing and clarifying ideas.

Pupils are also encouraged to predict outcomes and discuss possibilities, describe events, make simple and clear explanations of choices, and give reasons for opinions and actions. The aim is to teach pupils to communicate effectively, to speak with confidence, to listen with concentration and understanding, and to participate in discussions.

Much of the work in the Lower school is communal so that pupils learn to share, to give and take, and to live and work together amicably and harmoniously. This is achieved through wide ranging activities which include cooking, baking, sewing, painting, collage, cutting, construction and a wide variety of games. All of these activities develop considerable control in the use of fingers and hands which is necessary for writing.

Often, some of these activities are incorrectly described by adults and pupils as "Just Play" but they are in fact purposeful activities. The pupils are experimenting and finding out what materials will do. This is the beginning of Mathematics and Science. The activities are accompanied by teacher-directed discussion, leading to related work.

A programme for the development of social skills and self-help skills is an integral part of our work with pupils in the Lower school.

After the child’s many and varied experiences in KG1 and KG2 classes, the young pupil continues through the successive stages of social, emotional, physical and academic development towards readiness for higher scholastic levels in the Primary School.

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