INFANT Ages 4-7
NEWS & EVENTS
In the Infant Department we teach an integrated day based on project work. All subject areas are covered as guided by the Ministry of Education curriculum.
We teach both phonics and sight words. Letterland is used for the teaching of individual letter sounds as well as blends. The children also take home words on flash cards to learn by sight. Our reading scheme is the Oxford Reading Tree and the children take home one book a week to support the reading done in school. There is an Infant's library, which the children visit every other week and borrow books, which they are allowed to keep with them in class for two weeks at a time.
The children have two physical activities in which they participate: Physical Education outdoors with the P.E. teacher, including racket and ball skills, body awareness, skipping etc and Music and Movement sessions indoors with a dance teacher. Swimming begins in Top Infants
Each class in the Infants has a music lesson every week with the music teacher. They learn rhythm, percussion and basic notes. Recorder classes begin in Reception
Mathematics: Our approach is mainly practical, using a variety of mathematical manipulatives. Worksheets are designed by the teachers to support this practical work and they often reflect the class project. Workbooks are done in Top Infants
Music and movement helps with balance, coordination, self esteem and body awareness. Helps with creativity.
At St. Gabriel's our philosophy in the Nursery is to provide a happy, healthy environment where children “learn through play”. We focus on academic, social and physical skills.
Art & Craft
Every week we have a variety of art and craft activities in which the children enjoy participating. They are all topic based using different mediums which encourage the children's fine motor skills and creativity as well as teaching them how to follow instructions.
Sand and Water
Our Sand and water trays are accessible on a daily basis and often contains many of our toys or learning tools with which children interact. These activities promote several areas of the children's development especially sensory play, engaging with nature, science and problem solving.