Pre­par­ing chil­dren for school

The Press - Zest - - Early Years -

Sel­wyn House Preschool is a vi­brant place where child­hood is cel­e­brated. Its mod­ern, spa­cious build­ing is lo­cated within the Sel­wyn House School com­mu­nity and caters to the spe­cific needs of pre-school chil­dren.

As the only pre-school in the South Is­land that of­fers the In­ter­na­tional Bac­calau­re­ate Pro­gramme and is in­flu­enced by Reg­gio Emilia, its ed­u­ca­tional phi­los­o­phy in­cor­po­rates an in­ter­na­tional per­spec­tive into the in­quiry-based pre-school. In an en­vi­ron­ment that sup­ports the ‘‘100 Lan­guages’’ prin­ci­ple (the dif­fer­ent means by which chil­dren learn and ex­press them­selves), the chil­dren’s ques­tions drive their learn­ing. The pre-school’s hands-on and life ac­tiv­i­ties sup­port an ex­pand­ing aware­ness and re­spect of other cul­tures and per­spec­tives. its fo­cus is on teach­ing boys and girls how to learn, how to ask ques­tions, how to re­search and how to present in­for­ma­tion.

It of­fers a unique spe­cial­ist pro­gramme where, each week, the chil­dren at­tend music, Span­ish, per­cep­tual mo­tor pro­gramme, tech­nol­ogy, art ses­sions and swim­ming lessons with trained, spe­cial­ist teach­ers within the school en­vi­ron­ment.

It also of­fers the Fu­ture Coders pro­gramme and a Tran­si­tion to School pro­gramme for its fouryear-old girls.

The Fu­ture Coders pro­gramme in­tro­duces older chil­dren of four years to early cod­ing and ro­bot­ics skills. This is achieved through use of i-Pads, ro­bots and in­ter­ac­tive web­sites.

The Tran­si­tion to School pro­gramme pro­motes school readi­ness and sup­ports chil­dren to be­come fa­mil­iar with the school en­vi­ron­ment and the new rou­tines they will ex­pe­ri­ence. The pre-school also plans care­fully to ex­tend the chil­dren’s skills such as lit­er­acy, numer­acy, prob­lem solv­ing and ac­tive in­quiry, along with per­sonal re­spon­si­bil­ity and in­de­pen­dence. These classes are held in the ju­nior block along­side the Year 1 class.

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