In the early stages, great emphasis is placed on creative and practical activities leading to the formation of reading skills and number concepts. Spoken language is strongly encouraged and social behaviour is given special attention with the aim of laying sound foundations.
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.
Reading: 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.
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.
Physical Activity: 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.
Music: 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.
Religious Education: The children attend two assemblies a week in the auditorium. In addition, moral education is taught by the class teacher.
Art, craft, science, social studies, language and mathematics are covered by the class teacher.