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Developing the whole child. Learning through play and activity.




The musical concepts such as timbre; tempo; dynamics; pitch; pulse; melodic recognition and graphic notation are taught. The children have an opportunity to play non melodic instruments and soon develop an appreciation and love of music.


Large motor co-ordination; balance; spacial awareness; laterality and core muscle development are encouraged in this teacher directed activity. The children work with various apparatus to achieve this.



These activities allow for self-expression, creative thought and cognitive development. The children are able to conceptualise and internalise many themes and topics in this language [both expressive and receptive] rich activity.



We realise the importance of books, and stories are read to the children on library day. It is important for teachers of small children to have eye contact when telling stories and to not only develop the young child’s love of reading but also their imagination. The teachers therefore also tell stories using drawings, puppets, soft toys and other 3 dimensional objects.



Grantleigh’s Pre-school is open plan and the children have access to all the areas below.


This area is extended daily with different apparatus. Apart from water and sand play equipment, wheel toys, climbing apparatus and swings, we have a sensopathic garden and a vegetable garden. The teacher on duty also extends imaginative and cooperative play in the garden with adventure play equipment.



This area is changed bi-weekly. Themes have included the shoe shop; bank; restaurant; hospital; camping; veterinary surgery; post office and beach. It encourages language, life and social skills.



Puzzles are graded and are rotated weekly. Educational games and construction, manipulative toys are available. The teacher on duty also extends the block area, by adding wheel toys, soft toys and plastic creatures.



Creative activities are done in the art room or outdoors. The children have an opportunity to work freely with paint; play dough and various drawing mediums. They also construct or complete collage activities using different waste or recyclable materials. When all activities are planned, the teacher bears in mind that as we are an open plan school, she will have to have activities that all ages can enjoy.



A learning table is set up for the children to explore various themes. It is an interactive table. The children also go on outings and have guest speakers for some of the themes. Visits have included: Enseleni Game Reserve; a nearby farm; the Kwambonambi air strip and the local post office to post letters to Father Christmas. Visitors have been the Fire Department, a nurse, a dentist, a spider enthusiast, the SPCA and an empathy dog.

Other activities that are our ‘special days’: Entrepreneurs' day, galas, fun athletics day, baking or a braai at school, Mini Olympics, parent’s days and concerts.



This concept was developed by Lise’ Harrison a Pre-primary teacher. It is a readiness programme for children ages 3-5yrs. It is a small group activity, involving practical exploration of concepts, collaboration and 2 dimensional application and consolidation. The concepts start with the concept of “self” initially and then we move into the children’s environment. The concepts are more concrete then become more abstract. The carefully planned activities help the children develop listening skills, problem-solving skills, pre-reading and pre-writing skills and above all, self-confidence and a positive attitude to learning.



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