We emphasize mainly on these areas of learning:
● Personal, social and emotional development;
● Communication, language and literacy;
● Mathematical development;
● Knowledge and understanding of the world;
● Physical development;
● Creative development.
These areas help teachers plan the learning environment, activities and experiences in a way that is appropriate for the age and stage of development for each child. This does not mean that all young children’s learning is divided up into areas. One experience may provide a child with opportunities to develop a number of competencies, skills and concepts across several areas of learning. For example, children building with blocks may co-operate in carrying the heavy and large blocks, negotiate the best place to put them, compare the weight and dimensions of different blocks and act out an imaginary scene. Therefore, they may be developing language, mathematical, physical, personal and social competencies through this one activity.
Approaches to teaching include recognition of the value of providing first hand experiences, of giving clear explanations, of praise, of appropriate adult intervention and of using play and talk as media for learning.
At SKANS Junior School children’s progress and next steps are monitored using informal observation and attainment sheets and Records of Achievement.